Rich Howells

NEPA Metal Meltdown festival announces ‘killer’ 2015 lineup

NEPA Metal Meltdown festival announces ‘killer’ 2015 lineup

As the proud media sponsor of the 2015 NEPA Metal Meltdown festival, NEPA Scene is thrilled to announce the official lineup for the second annual event. Organized by Beyond Fallen vocalist Joe Karavis and guitarist Steve Jasuilewicz, the local festival created by metal bands for metal bands and their fans will return to Diane’s Deli […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Peculiar Culinary Co. opens new event space, appears on CNBC’s ‘Restaurant Startup’ on March 10

Peculiar Culinary Co. opens new event space, appears on CNBC’s ‘Restaurant Startup’ on March 10

From a press release: Creative caterer and pop-up restaurant concept Peculiar Culinary Company has just opened their new catering and event space, adjacent to the Hughestown Hose Company in their former banquet hall (30 Center St., Hughestown) near Pittston. PCC stands out from the rest, taking classic comfort food and putting a peculiar twist on […]

 Rich Howells

Comedian Dan Hoppel turns physical and mental weight into positive, relatable humor

Comedian Dan Hoppel turns physical and mental weight into positive, relatable humor

Pittston comic hosts NEPA Scene Mid-Winter Showcase tonight and tells jokes every week at area open mics

t’s hard to imagine that one of the best parts of your life could result from one of the worst moments in your life, but for Dan Hoppel, that’s how his career in comedy began. Growing up watching Comedy Central, he had always thought about trying stand-up, but he was married with bills and responsibilities. […]

 Mark Uricheck

CONCERT REVIEW: Fireball, Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio, and The Russello Project raise the bar for NEPA musicianship

CONCERT REVIEW: Fireball, Phyllis Hopkins Electric Trio, and The Russello Project raise the bar for NEPA musicianship

Three of Northeastern Pennsylvania’s most prominent guitarists, all currently leading very different, yet dynamically musical ensembles, combined for one of the most volatile axe-slinging evenings in recent memory at Diane’s Deli in Pittston on Saturday, Dec. 20. The heavy British blues-inspired Fireball, anchored by longtime NEPA six-string stalwart Butch Frable; the smarmy Chicago blues-infused Phyllis […]

 Lora Kormos

3 unique ways to get fit and stay fit in Northeastern Pennsylvania

3 unique ways to get fit and stay fit in Northeastern Pennsylvania

It’s officially the New Year, and that means you can no longer use the same excuse I’ve been using for working out: “It’s the holidays. I can have three slices of pie if I want.” I, for one, may have overindulged a bit during the holidays. Did I really need all those holiday cookies? Probably […]

 Rich Howells

Next Peculiar Culinary Company dinner to be held at its home in Hughestown

Next Peculiar Culinary Company dinner to be held at its home in Hughestown

After presenting a series of pop-up restaurants at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, Peculiar Culinary Company will host the next dinner at its catering and event space in Hughestown in the Greater Pittston area on Jan. 8-9. Seating in the space (30 Center St., Hughestown) is at 6, 7, and 8 p.m., so […]

 Rich Howells

PHOTOS: Peculiar Pop Up Restaurant with Skribe and Kaleigh Baker, 12/10/14

PHOTOS: Peculiar Pop Up Restaurant with Skribe and Kaleigh Baker, 12/10/14

Peculiar Culinary Company, who have been making headlines lately after chef/owner Gene Philbin won “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Food Network and announced that he’d be competing on CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup” in January, held one of their popular pop-up dinners at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The inventive à la […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Peculiar Culinary Company from Pittston will compete on CNBC’s ‘Restaurant Startup’

Peculiar Culinary Company from Pittston will compete on CNBC’s ‘Restaurant Startup’

From a press release: CNBC has announced the 20 culinary entrepreneurs who will compete for an investment on the second season of “Restaurant Startup,” premiering Tuesday, Jan. 13 at 10 p.m., which includes Peculiar Culinary Company from Pittston. Produced by Shine America, the 10 one-hour episodes feature restaurateur and TV personality Joe Bastianich and chef […]

 Sara Pokorny

Pittston Chef Gene Philbin competes on holiday episode of ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’

Pittston Chef Gene Philbin competes on holiday episode of ‘Guy’s Grocery Games’

Episode filmed in March airs tonight on Food Network

In all his years as a chef, Gene Philbin of Pittston has been around the grocery store time and again – but never quite like this. The chef/owner of Peculiar Culinary Company in Pittston – a team well-known for its pop-up dinners throughout Northeastern Pennsylvania – found himself speeding down the aisles of “Guy’s Grocery […]

 NEPA Scene Staff

Peculiar Culinary Company holds pop-up restaurant series at River Street Jazz Cafe

Peculiar Culinary Company holds pop-up restaurant series at River Street Jazz Cafe

From a press release: Pittston’s Peculiar Culinary Company will be presenting a series of pop-up restaurants at the River Street Jazz Cafe (667 N. River St., Plains), in conjunction with Camp Rattler, starting on Tuesday, Dec. 2. For dinner reservations from 6 p.m.-9 p.m., call 570-212-0960 soon, as these pop-ups with innovative cuisines are known […]