Archive: February, 2010
Michael Breslin, who came on as chef at World CafÃ© Live (3025 Walnut St.) in the fall, will be rolling out a brand-new menu in mid-March, but we've got a few teaser dishes for you after the jump.
Breslin, who's worked at spots like Wing Walker Pub in Feasterville, Tony Tomata's in Doylestown and Earl's Prime in Peddler's Village, has been easing into his new gig by cooking up menus for special events, like a Victory Brewing beer dinner in November, for which he prepared dishes like prosciutto-wrapped shrimp and scallops with vanilla bourbon butter.
- Pan-seared jumbo lump crab cake, set atop jicama slaw & topped with Julienne fried potatoes and spicy remoulade
- Chop Salad: Spinach & arugula tossed with mandarin oranges, candied pecans, craisens and feta cheese with cranberry orange vinaigrette
- Filet & Shrimp: Petite filet accompanied with jumbo shrimp scampi over garlic herb mash & arugula, roasted peppers and caramelized onions
|Photo | Felicia D'Ambrosio|
In my neighborhood, everyone's been waiting for Paesano's South Philly â on the corner of Ninth and Christian, where Butcher's CafÃ© once sat â to open on Feb. 3. (Check out last week's feature.) Nathan Baynes and Peter McAndrews â thanks for the sammiches to come, the table service youse promised and the Black Cherry Wishniak on tap. That said, like so much in Philly, The Geator â Jerry Blavat â beat everyone to the punch with a private party on Saturday night with the cast of his first 50th anniversary show that I told you about in Icepack last week. Jay Black (of the Americans), Darlene Love and some of The Skyliners went with My-Man-Pots-n-Pans to the private Paesano's shingdig, along with pol Bob Brady and other yon teens. Atsa nize. More celeb news come Thursday in Ice-a-packa.
It's official: Chef Matthew Levin, former exec chef at Lacroix, has just signed a lease to open a restaurant in what was Coquette at Fifth and Bainbridge, confirms partner Kar Vivekanathan. American bistro concept with a full liquor license; tentative opening is set for early summer 2010. Former Eagle/now Charger Jon Runyan is also an investor.
Back in August, Levin told Meal Ticket about two pending restaurants: Rubb BBQ in Manayunk and Masano and Second and Green. He's no longer involved with either project.
More details soon.
Got a note on an open casting call going down this coming Friday, Feb. 5, at the Loews Hotel (1200 Market St.) from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It's for a new Food Network show called 24 Hour Restaurant Battle, which apparently involves five-person teams (familial relationships or some other kind of close-knit hook preferred) tackling the always-ridiculous task of running a restaurant. Kinda sounds like The Amazing Race, except with espresso at the end, or an entire series running with the Top Chef "Restaurant Wars" idea. Here's FN's official description of the show.
Check out full details on the casting call after the jump, and be sure to let us know if any of y'all end up going for it.
Food Network and the producers of The Next Food Network Star are looking for teams for a new competition series!
Have you always dreamed of running your own restaurant? Does your wife, husband, brother, sister, mother, partner or friend share that dream?
Do you make restaurant quality meals at home and want to show that you can take it to the next level? Are you a pro in the kitchen while your teammate is a star in the front of the house? Are you ready to prove that you have what it takes to run a restaurant? If so, we want to meet you!
WHO SHOULD APPLY: Two- Five person teams with pre-existing relationships: Couples, ex-husband & wife, father & daughter, brothers, sisters, twins, cousins, best friends etc. or A family; mom, dad, and kids, Grandparents, aunts and uncles, groups of very close friends, etc.
The Skills to Run a Restaurant: Applicants may have no restaurant experience, a ton of experience, or some combination of the two. One member of the team will be the chef and run the kitchen, and the another will run the "front of the house," so all we ask is that you have the skills to, as a team, actually run a restaurant.
Personality that Pops: Are you and your teammate charismatic and outgoing? We're looking for lots of energy and charm!
OPEN CASTING CALLS:
Date: Friday, February 5, 2010
Time: 10am - 3pm
Location: Loews Hotel
1200 Market St., Philadelphia, PA 19107
|Photo | Michael Persico|
Maru Global Takoyaki, whose development we've been covering closely here on Meal Ticket, is officially open for business at 255 S. 10th. Hit up Feeding Frenzy for basic info/opening hours, and check out our Jan. 21 post for an extended take.
Selleck Waterfall Sandwich is a Tumblr that features photos of Magnum P.I., accompanied by various sandwiches, Photoshopped into idyllic waterfall scenes.
The image above features our very own cheesesteak kicking it in a tropical locale with Mr. Baseball himself. You can tell it's a cheesesteak because it is wearing a Phillies hat.
Selleck Waterfall Sandwich is hands down the greatest Web site we have ever seen and it makes us question why we're even attempting to do this whole blog thing. Way to make us feel like Salieri, jerks.
|The Lovely Package|
|The box inside the Balvenie Ambassador Case|
Cynics will say everything has its price, but they probably haven't ever tried to wrest a sample case away from its rightful owner; in this instance, a Balvenie Scotch whisky ambassador. Packaging design blog The Lovely Package highlights the handmade, bespoke Balvenie Ambassador Case given to the Scotch distillery's representatives to visually explain the process of making and aging Balvenie.
Dreamed up by Here Design and handmade in the United Kingdom, the leather case "presents the Balvenie story from barley to bottle. The case contains bespoke boxes which are individually tooled to hold ears of barley, a miniature copper still, cask samples, miniature barrels and tasting bottles.â
Miniature copper still and sherry butts plus tiny bottles of deluxe booze? My inner 12-year old meticulously decorating her dollhouse finally gets the meet the lushy almost-thirty she was destined to become. Visit The Lovely Package for more gorgeous photos.
The New York Times style magazine, T, gives some V-day love to our own mayor of Philly's "red-light district", Marcie Turney and her Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates (108 S. 13th St.). Writer Charlotte Druckman catalogs Turney and partner Valerie Safran's 13th St. empire, as well as cherry-picking her favorites from the Marcie Blaine chocolate box.
The current truffle selection includes the well-calibrated Lolita Hot Chocolate, which features cinnamon ganache and ancho chile; the Bindi Madras, whose curry-coconut combo takes on an unexpectedly nutty, hickory-ish life of its own; and the Italian Prosecco, with its subtle boozy kick. More Philly-centric chocolates are also notable: Busy Bee Farm supplies the fragrant purple flowers for the Lavender Vanilla; the city's beloved La Colombe coffee (the Corsica blend) meets Maker's Mark whiskey in the Tipsy Poodle, so named for its alcoholic content and the chocolate curls that cover it; and the Cajeta's caramel is made from Pennsylvania goat's milk.
Click over to the T blog to find out which chocolates Druckman knows you'll want seconds of.
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