In what might be a first for Philly-based blogs, the Citypaper’s food-focused Meal Ticket is dropping a print edition this week. The move from pixels to paper will serve as a replacement for the alt-weekly’s biannual dining insert, Dish. “Dish has been going on for number of years and we’ve decided to switch it up a bit,” Meal Ticket editor Drew Lazor told Grub Street. “Since the Meal Ticket brand established, we figured it would be a no-brainer to switch it over to print.”
The magazine will feature a bunch of different articles from Meal Ticket regulars, like Citypaper critic Adam Erace and gal-about-town Felicia D’Ambrosio. In addition to it being tucked between the pages of this week’s Citypaper, Meal Ticket’s print debut will also come as supplement in Thursday’s next Friday’s Philadelphia Business Journal.
“We’re partnering with them on this to reach a wider audience,” Lazor said. “They’re audience is definitely different than the Citypaper and Meal Ticket.”
Ahead of the new printed product’s release, Meal Ticket and PBJ are teaming up on Wednesday evening to present Meal Ticket to BizBites, a panel discussion with some of Philly’s top restaurateurs followed by food and beverage tastings. The panel includes Lazor, PBJ’s Peter Van Allen, Supper’s Mitch Prensky and Sampan’s Michael Schulson. Tickets to the event cost $35 and are available here.