Archive: September, 2012
File this under once in a lifetime opportunities: on September 18 La Veranda (30 North Columbus Blvd.) is welcoming chef Luca Bizzarri for a pasta making class. What's so special about this pasta tutorial, you ask? Well, Bizzarri spent years cooking for none other than Pope Benedict XVI at the Vatican. And while we're going to assume that the majority of Roman citizens enjoy a nice plate of bucatini on the reg, we have to imagine that the Papa's pasta is pretty spectacular.
The class is $50 and includes four pastas: stuffed, straight and spaghetti along with dessert. For reservations please call 215-351-1898.
It may feel like fall right now, but the city should be getting another taste of summery weather this weekend—just in time for an end-of-summer BBQ at Drury Beer Garden (1311 Sansom St.), otherwise known as Opa’s backyard. In case you’re not sure what a BBQ entails, we’re talking music, games, hot dogs and other food specials from the grill, and drink specials to help you keep yourself in beer throughout. Drop by from 1 to 5 p.m. this Saturday, Sept. 15th for a fitting farewell to summer.
Ladies and gentlemen, a big round of applause for hometown hero Katie Loeb who took home the grand prize in yesterday's Bärenjäger Cocktail Competition in New York beating out six national finalists. Loeb mixed the German honey liqueur into a blackberry-thyme Barenberry Mule with ginger beer and rye. Loebs prize winning Mule won the hearts of judges Bridget Albert and Jeffery Zakarian as well as $1000 and a trip to Oktoberfest in Munich.
If you'd like to sample some of Loeb's garden-to-bar cocktails, she's currently en route back from the big apple and mixing it up behind the bar at U-City's Han Dynasty (3711 Market St.) this evening.
Over the past few years, many cities have seen the creation of grey markets to provide small, local producers an outlet to start selling the foods they craft at home. Events like DC’s Grey Market and SF’s Underground Market operate as private events, with members paying admission to shop, and thereby circumvent the licensing and facilities requirements that present a real barrier to many small businesses just starting out.
Philadelphia doesn’t have a market that follows that model, but we do have the Philly Swappers, whose edible swap meets could offer a valuable boost to anyone just beginning to think about whether or not their hobby has growth potential. While all you need to participate is a batch of handmade food items (no commercially-produced goods allowed) and a desire to connect with a local community that shares your passion, we’re thinking you’ll be making connections and market-testing your recipes at the same time.
Registration is now open for their next event on Sun., Oct. 4th at Greensgrow Farms (2501 E. Cumberland St.). You must pre-register to attend, and the group is kind enough to provide necessities like tables and swap cards for free (though you can contribute some funds when you attend if you wish). Any food that is homemade or homegrown is welcome—from baked goods to canned pickles or jams to eggs from your backyard coop. Get all the details and register here.
The culinary carnival that is Feastival is a mere day away and today we're back with more menu intel. Here's a line up of what Starr contingent will be serving for the Fringe/Philly Live Arts Fest benefit:
Starr's steakhouses are serving up staples like the Barclay Prime's Wedge Salad with crab dressing and Butcher and Singer is chopping up a Truffled Beef Tartare with squash blossoms and creamy horseradish.
Mexican offerings include El Vez's Pork Pibil Tacos with smoked jalapeno vinaigrette, avocado salsa and pickled red onions and El Rey's Chicken Pastor Tacos.
Parc is lining up a cheese bar with house-made bread and wine pairings.
Pizzeria Stella is taking the non-pie route and going with Lamb Spare rib Ravioli with wild mushrooms, fig mostarda, peas and Aperol.
Starr's Japanese wing is setting up a sushi station courtesy of Pod and Morimoto is dishing up bowls of Sweet Corn Miso with scallops and bonito bacon.
The Dandelion is planning on Pork Rillettes with mustard, porcinis and pear-shallot chutney.
And Talula's Garden is showcasing Lamb and Kale Meatballs with an end of summer heirloom tomato conserva and rosemary oil.
Notes from the Weekend is a feature that sees the members of Team Meal Ticket compiling all the food/drink highlights uncovered during prime eatin' time, Friday to Sunday. We'd love to hear all about YOUR weekend eating adventures in the comments. Go for it! (View past NFTW installments at citypaper.net/notes.)
Adam Erace: AE
Caroline Russock: CR
Emily Kovach: EK
Today's edition of Afternoon Snacks brings a fresh new slate of classes at COOK, quickie education in Sauvignon Blanc at Tria, and new brunch options at East Passyunk's Birra.
Registration is now open for classes throughout October at COOK (253 S. 20th St.) and, as usual, there are some real treats in store. Whether you’re genuinely interested in pairing cocktails with food or just like to watch a little cutthroat competition while you drink, October 3rd’s installment of the Open Stove series, dubbed Battle Cocktail, should appeal. We’re also excited for a charcuterie intensive on Oct. 9th with Southwark’s Nick Macri. On Halloween, Val Stryjewski and Tim Kweeder of a.kitchen get in the holiday spirit with a spine-tingling class called “Blood, Bones, and Brains.” Sounds offally spooky! (Oof. We’re sorry.)
Alright folks, the countdown to the second annual Feastival is upon us and for the next three days we're going to be getting ready for the big event by rounding up what some of our favorite restaurants around down are going to be serving for the benefit.
Today we spoke with the good folks at Alla Spina who are going to be sending out some predictably porky creations like Pig Trotter Involtini with lettuce wraps, red onion jam and house-made hot sauce garnished with chives and radishes.
Charcuterie whiz Jeremy Noland of Brauhaus Schmitz is going with Foie Gras Liverwurst served on sunflower rye with currant-shallot preserves.
Mitch Prensky of Supper is going the Southern route with crisp Country Ham and Grits Fritters along with pimento cheese and house-cured pickles.
If your tastes run to the more meatless side of things, you'll be heartened to know that Rachel Klein of Miss Rachel's Pantry will be on hand with her take on Lobster Mac and Cheese: a vegan version made with lobster mushrooms and orecchiette.
If winey, tart, Brett-y beers make your heart sing, be sure to make it over to Alla Spina (1410 Mt. Vernon St.) tonight for a some very special pours. Certified cicerone Michael McAvena of Chicago's pork and pint mecca, The Publican is going to be on hand tapping three rare kegs: Vicaris "Tripel-Gueuze," a Belgian wild-fermented ale and two Italian imports, Loverbeer "D'Uvabeer" a fruity sour and Del Ducato "My Blueberry Nightmare," a Imperial stout ale brewed with, you guessed it, blueberries!
Beers are $2 off from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. tonight.
Last week, we shared a few prix fixe options so you can skip over the prep and get right to your Rosh Hashana celebrations. Now, Supper (926 South St.) is adding itself to the mix with a special 4-course New Year menu available only on Sunday, Sept. 16th.
Chef Mitch Prensky will draw on (what else) his mom’s recipes for a homey meal covering all the traditional bases. While some may rue the fact that pastrami fried chicken isn’t a seder standard, we don’t think you’ll miss it once you're sitting down to Prensky’s mom’s brisket and sweet potato, apple, and carrot tzimmes with cider-macerated fruits. And yes, there will be plenty of housemade gefilte fish to go around, plus matzoh ball soup, chicken liver mousse, and fresh-baked matzoh.
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