Milwaukee's East Side loses a food icon
February 25th, 2012
03:00 AM ET
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Last week, Milwaukee lost a walking institution when Frank “Pepperoni Cannoli Guy” Pecoraro died. He was 76.

To those born and raised in Brew City, it’s fair to say the East Side nightlife scene wouldn’t be complete without spotting him with a cooler full of snacks.

Standing barely over five-feet tall, Pecoraro could be seen walking for miles on end carrying - you guessed it - pepperoni and cannoli inside his signature blue and white cooler.

Having immigrated to the United States during the 1960s from Italy, he had a distinct bellowing voice that would grow hoarse by the end of the night after repeatedly calling out, “Pepperoni! Cannoli!”

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Ben & Jerry's co-founder promotes fewer bombs, more ice cream
September 12th, 2011
11:00 AM ET
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An unlikely pairing took to the stage Saturday in front of a sold out audience at World Café Live to promote peace and ice cream.

Philadelphia-based Christian author and activist Shane Claiborne partnered with Ben Cohen, co-founder of Ben and Jerry’s Ice Cream, to raise public awareness about federal military spending.

The evening started off on a somber note with Cohen pouring 10,000 BB gun pellets into a metal container to illustrate the power of the United States’ nuclear arsenal in front of a stunned audience.

Read the full story: 'Jesus, bombs and ice cream'

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February 1st, 2011
12:30 PM ET
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A Loko-vore dinner party
December 14th, 2010
03:30 PM ET
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Philadelphians are loco for Four Loko. And at Adsum Restaurant, it was standing room only — just to get a taste.

On Monday, chef and owner Matt Levin put his culinary skills to the test with a food pairing extravaganza featuring the "blackout-in-a-can," Four Loko.

The $35, three-course dinner started with two seatings, but quickly grew to four. All were sold out.

“I kind of put it up on Twitter as a joke a few weeks ago and within about 3 minutes I had 40 people that said they were in, and at that point we had to do it,” said Levin, who opened Adsum, Latin for “I am present,” in July. The cozy eatery is located in the Queen Village section of South Philly with a menu full of refined comfort food like macaroni and cheese, fried chicken, burgers and duck fat fries.

“It's foods I’d want to eat every night after work,” he said.

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