Archive: October, 2012
East Passyunkers, save the date! On October 29th Joe Cicala and Angela Ranalli are going to be lighting up fire pits on the patio of Le Virtù (1927 East Passyunk Ave.) for Autunno alle Brace with the help of SPTR-ASB frontman Scott Schroeder and the Stateside champ George Sabatino.
Schroeder is promising more menu intel next week but for now he's telling MT that the evening's dress code is cozy hoodies and there will be crackling fires to keep guests nice and warm. And we're going out on a limb here but we're thinking that there's a pretty good chance that this is going to be a sausage-heavy 'cue rounded out with a selection of killer desserts.
Tickets for the event go on sale Friday and are $90 a person for plenty of autumn-inspired beer, food, wine and good times.
You may have thought Oktoberfest was over. And to be fair, actual Oktoberfest is over. But October's still young, and blank-toberfest plays are still ripe for the picking. Enter Shacktoberfest! Honestly though, if Shake Shack wants to serve us 25-ounce steins and a bunch of Germanish menu options, we gladly accept—regardless of the date.
Today through Sun., Oct. 21, the menu at Shake Shack (2000 Sansom St.) will feature a handful of Shacktoberfest-only sausages; a burger topped with a sausage because it's a celebration, ok?; a couple of German-style beers in oversized souvenir steins; and a special concrete and shake in keeping with the theme:
Cheddar Brat Burger ($7.50)
Burger topped with a flat-top griddled cheddar bratwurst, crispy ShackMeister ale marinated
shallots and ShackSauce
Spicy Brat ($5.25)
Andouille sausage griddled and served with German-style slaw
Our spin on the Oktoberfest classic! Served on a toasted potato roll and topped with
crispy ShackMeister ale marinated shallots and curry ketchup
Bavarian Brat ($4.50)
For the purist! A griddled bratwurst topped with Dusseldorf Mustard
German Chocolate Pecan Concrete ($4.25 half, $6.50 regular)
Chocolate frozen custard blended with coconut–pecan caramel
and chocolate truffle cookie dough
Apfelstrudel Shake ($5.75)
Vanilla custard handspun with apples, caramel and spices
Shacktoberfest Bier Stein, 25 oz. (Yours to keep! $10)
Fill it with your choice of Brooklyn Brewery Oktoberfest or ShackMeister Ale
Refill is available, $7
In this week's print edition we're headed to the cookbook shelf with Jose Garces' latest release The Latin Road Home, a travelogue that guides readers through Ecador, Cuba, Peru and Spain, the five places that shape Garces' culinary career.
We travel out to Lambertville and chat with the ladies of Canal House Cooking, the lovely cookbook series that they have been self publishing from their kitchen-atelier.
And if you're in the market for a new breakfast destination Adam Erace is calling out Mercer Cafe's creamed chipped beef as not only the best in the city but possibly the best on the world.
After having been open for a month (and already having received three toque-tips from Phyllis!), The Mildred (824 S 8th St.) is breaking out brunch service. Starting tomorrow, from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday, the crew will be turning out a succinct array of very cozy dishes, in addition to an alluring cocktail service.
The brunch menu, in keeping with the vibe set in place by the dinner menu, tips toward classic and even homey plates—with touches that go above and beyond what many of us are willing or able to execute at home on a Saturday morning. (We’d put sides like polenta dressed up with goat cheese and chicken jus and a basket of homemade breads and apple butter in that boat.) On the ‘dishes to curl up with by the fireplace’ tip, you’ll find steak and eggs, a seasonal quiche selection, eggs benny, and short rib hash paired with an oil-poached egg and biscuits. We love the sound of the baked sourdough pancake topped with roasted apples and a smoked trout and watercress salad, not to mention a spicy “fisherman’s breakfast” of eggs and shrimp on a rösti—crisped, one assumes, in the spot’s signature cast iron.
Perhaps in an effort to lighten things up, the cocktail menu leans toward the refreshing, with a shandy, an always welcome pimm’s cup, and a handful of bloody mary variations. We also appreciate the availability of brunch reservations (although they’re not required) for those times when brunch isn’t impromptu and waiting in a line won’t fly.
Team Meal Ticket is heading up to the Big Apple for the next few days to the New York City Wine and Food Festival. We'll be covering the food and drink action on the blog and tweeting away. Look forward to lots of Philadelphia-area chef coverage - we're looking at you, Jose Garces, Michael Schulson and Jonny Mac - as well as appearances from your favorite (or not so favorite) Food Network stars.
We've got karaoke with Morimoto booked, seats to a live episode of Iron Chef America and plenty of plans involving epic sandwich and burger tastings.
Things are usually pretty quiet around Meal Ticket HQ come Saturday and Sunday, but this weekend promises to be nothing but excitement. Be sure to check back throughout the weekend for tales of rubbing shoulders with Guy Fieri, tequila shots with Bobby Flay, highlights from Meatball Madness and loads of food celeb sightings.
Chefs Jeff Michaud and Brad Spence hit Dude Food to demo a classic that we think anyone with even a passing interest in pasta should have in their arsenal: cacio e pepe. The black pepper and pecorino romano pasta is one of the simplest dishes around—but if a few dismal versions of cacio e pepe we've been served in the past are any indication, the simplest dishes can sometimes be the easiest to screw up. If you want someone to show you how not to screw it up, you could certainly do worse than Vetri family members Michaud and Spence.
The Insider is reporting that the new Italian Market location of Underdogs (1205 S. 9th St.) is opening up Friday—as in, tomorrow! As you can see from our picture above, it's a bit later than expected... or would be, if late opening dates weren't to be expected. Looks like the menu will be the same as v1.0, and opening hours are 11 am to 9 pm (though, according to Klein, they'll eventually be staying open much later).
Given their proximity to Pat's and Geno's, what do we think are the odds that we'll be able to talk tourists into opting for a classic Philly Combo in lieu of a cheesesteak?
Last week, we gave you the details and menu for tonight's Cheese of the Moment dinner at Kris. Here, A.D. Amorosi talks with the men behind the meal to give you a closer look.
When Kris (1100 Federal St.) said it was reuniting owner/chef Kristian Leuzzi with DiBruno Brothers’ Emilio Mignucci for a dinner celebrating ripe cheeses, I had to think for a moment what that meant. Was it a neighborhood thing, what with both men fully ensconced in the business of the Italian Market forever? No. These guys have known each other since they were tots, as well as having grown up together on the line at DiLullo Centro as teenagers from 1989 into the early 1990s.
“Emilio was an experienced star at Centro when I arrived,” says Leuzzi, who reminded me that Emilio worked across the aisle from him in the vast kitchen. “I was the new kid, and Emilio was running the pasta station. Mignucci often asked me to come over and help out when things got crazy busy. He taught me a lot.” The pair bonded over furiously busy Saturday nights at the Center City pasta palace, and there were plenty of good times to be had after work at Locust Rendezvous and Copa Too. “The crew worked really hard and always went out to blow off steam together,” says Leuzzi.
If you've ever wondered about Aksum, the attractively low-slung cafe lounging across the 4600 block of Baltimore Avenue, you're not alone. This Mediterranean kitchen has been veiled in hookah smoke mystery since opening in summer 2011, but it seems for the past year they've locked down a legit chef. He's Mr. Whiteside, Wayne Whiteside, that is, a veteran of Fork and previously, an unfortunately named place on South Street called Cheflu. We can't imagine why that's not still open. Anyway, Whiteside has scrapped his summer menus for heartier, fall-y business like gingery braised lamb shank, mushroom bisque and pumpkin pancakes. Visit on a Tuesday, when hookahs are half-price when you order an entree.
Calling all West Philly homebrew hustlers: Sign up for Dock Street's 2nd Annual Homebrew Competition on October 21st! Bring your finest batch of suds to their 50th and Baltimore brewpub to compete for one of two awards (and bragging rights all year). The Judges Award will be given to the best beer overall as far as flavor, trueness to style, body, and aroma, which will be determined by a panel of celebrity judges, including Rosemarie Certo, Carolyn Smagalski, 2010 Philly Beer Geek Steve Hawks, 2011 Philly Beer Geek Natalie DeChico, and Yards Brewer Frank Winslow. The People's Choice award will be given to the best beer of the day, as chosen by the attendees.
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