It’s the last official weekend of summer, so go big. Sure, there are throngs of activities happening all over the city. But it’s also one of your last chances to throw a barbecue party. We’ve got a list of places to help make yours the tastiest shindig of summer.
Chances are you could get just about everything you need for your party at the Italian Market. We recommend meat from Esposito’s. If you really want to make friends, pick up some of the thick-cut bacon to add to your burgers and chicken sandwiches.
1001 S. Ninth St., 215-222-2659, www.espositosmeats.com
Go ahead and put out a spread of nutty, buttery, pungent cheeses at your Labor Day party. It’s easy to go overboard at Wedge + Fig in Old City. The staff there knows their fromage and they’ll probably be happy to help you make selections. What? You thought we were going to say DiBruno Bros?
160 N. 3rd St., 215-238-1716, www.wedgeandfig.com
Pickles and preserves
If you really want to impress at your party, offer up a full cheese plate with preserves and pickles for pairing. The jams at Green Aisle Grocery range from familiar, like blackberry, to exotic, like red onion star anise orange and kung pao apple. As for pickles, we suggest going for the garlic and dill cucumbers and the Korean cucumbers.
1618 E. Passyunk Ave., 215-465-1411, www.greenaislegrocery.com
Cupcakes, pastries, and cakes – you’ve got a ton of options at Night Kitchen Bakery. Whether you want everyone to stick their forks into a chocolate cake with raspberry buttercream icing or you prefer to create a grab bag of sweets – don’t forget the lemon squares, please – Night Kitchen’s got your back.
7725 Germantown Ave., 215-248-9235, www.nightkitchenbakery.com
If your pad is going to match the food, it better look sharp. Coordinate your table with vibrant placemats and textured serving platters from Hello Home. They also have way chic wine decanters and whiskey tumblers.
1004 Pine St., 215-545-7060, www.shophelloworld.com