Archive: August, 2012
Today on Afternoon Snacks, we've got tastings to suit any taste, including beer, cheese, and Japanese delicacies.
If our piece on Round Guys caught your eye, but you don’t see yourself making it out to Lansdale anytime soon, Memphis Taproom (2331 E. Cumberland St.) has an idea to keep you from trolling the city, trying their brews one at a time like some sort of dilettante. Hit the Taproom on Tuesday, August 28th Wednesday, August 29th from 6 p.m. to close, and you’ll meet co-owner/head brewer/Round Guy Scott Rudich and sample several of their finest pours in one fell swoop. The line-up will include RG’s Berlinerweisster, Buh-Nana Hammock Saison, relative newcomer Fuzzy Muttness Stout (8% ABV, brewed with molasses and boasting “notes of coffee, chocolate, and licorice”), and the endless possibilities of “and more.”
Hey kids, a few weeks back Meal Ticket put a call out for a few good interns and we got plenty of great responses. But the fall is quickly approaching and with it comes a busy season of restaurant openings and events. In other words, we're looking for back up.
Do you like food? Well, sure, everyone likes food. We're looking for a little more.
A background in journalism or English is a bonus, awesome food-tography (DSLR, please) skills make us smile, pervious blogging experience isn't a must but it sure does help. Otherwise the only requirement are that you're old enougt to cozy up to the bar and a serious knowledge of the Philadelphia food scene.
And as we said before this position is paid in perks, pizza, samples and schmancy invites to food events around town. Oh, and experience.
If you think you've got what it takes to join team Meal Ticket please email email@example.com (subject line: Meal Ticket Internship) with your resume, a handful food-related writing samples as well as a brief summary of why you're chomping at the bit for this internship. Also please include two brief paragraphs covering two of the following topics:
Dream blog: Not one that already exists, one that would cater to all of your food and drinks related needs and desires.
Go-tos: Give us a reason to love your local hang.
Food trends: One that's over and one that's breaking out.
A taste test: Check out a sandwich, a slice, a Dorito taco or anything else you fancy and tell us about it.
Although Side Project Jerky (which we introduced you to last month) is made in Philly, until very recently you had to order it online or make the pilgrimage to Hickoree’s in Brooklyn if you wanted to get your hands on some. Not super-convenient, given that jerky cravings tend to be of the sudden and crushing variety. Fans of the "jerky for gentlemen" will be happy, then, to hear that the brand is now available at Art in the Age (116 N. 3rd St.), making it much easier to get your fix. And keep an eye out for the brand to pop up elsewhere in the city soon—while it's only on shelves at AITA at the moment, Side Project co-owner Marcos Espinoza tells us that they’ll be shipping an order to COOK (253 S. 20th St.) as early as the end of this week.
If you're going to be in town with this weekend's Made in America concert featuring an all over the board lineup including headliners Jay-Z and Pearl Jam, Maybach Music, Skrillex, Passion Pit, Santigold, Dirty Projectors plus a few more, chances are you're not going to want to drop too much more dough on drinks and snacks after that $50 general admission ticket. Here's look at a few of the companion events going on around the Parkway.
The folks over at Thrillist have done their homework, putting together a 6-stop bar crawl through the Fairmount-Art Museum area with all of the stops serving beers for under $4. The map includes all important festival amenities such as which places serve cheesesteaks, who has beer to go, and whether or not there's outdoor seating.
Add University City’s White Dog Café (3420 Sansom St.) to the list of kitchens changing hands this week. Their new exec is Eyhab Hatab, who served as chef de cuisine at Daniel Stern’s Rae and later as sous at Le Bec Fin before leaving the city for a stint in Connecticut. With the new chef, of course, come updated lunch and dinner menus; a first look reveals some intriguing new dishes with an expanded worldview, including merguez sliders, a vegetarian tagine, seitan dosas, and a Vietnamese-inspired burger.
Note: Earlier today we caught wind that Cafe Estelle would be closing its doors at the end of September. Adam Erace sat down to talk to Chef/owner Marshall Green about five years in the brunch biz and what the future has to hold.
The last day for Cafe Estelle, Philly's most beloved out-of-the-way brunch stop, is Sunday, September 30th. Chef/owner Marshall Green will be serving up five years of memories along with omelets and cinnamon buns.
Saying goodbye to summer is hard. Local swimming pools and water ice stands shutter their doors; the morning commute is clogged with school buses ferrying children back to school. Berries, melons, tomatoes and peaches become scarce on market tables, and there is no coda once the season has past. But the autumn holds its own deep pleasures, and local farms are busy planning harvest parties sure to make this transition just a little easier for us all. So dig your favorite flannel out from the back of your closet and high tail it to one of these country shindigs.
File this one under brunch bummers: The Insider is reporting that come the end of September Cafe Estelle (444 N. 4th St.), Marshall Green's unlikely weekend hot spot will be closing its doors for good. We're not sure if has to to with the semi-no-man's-land locale or lack of evening traffic but we're sure going to miss that rooftop-smoked bacon. We're not sure yet what Green's next move is going be but we're hoping that cured meats remain involved.
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
A.D. Amorosi: AA
Note: Ladies and gentlemen, please give a big round of applause to the newest addition to Team Meal Ticket, illustrious guest blogger Scott Schroeder. Scott's going to be taking time off from South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar every so often to interview noted chefs around town. We're certainly looking forward to Scott's unique brand of rogue journalism. First up he's chatting with Stateside's Best of Philly winning George Sabatino.
Get ready for tales of boxed mac and cheese, the parallels between working in a kitchen and being in a band and Sabatino's top 7 places to eat.
Name: George William Sabatino Jr.
Birthplace: Hamilton, New Jersey
Position/Location: Chef, Stateside
SS: You're a failed musician turned chef. Do you draw any similarities between the two?
GWS: I guess it is the same type of thing but I'm much more comfortable doing this because I don't have to travel somewhere for it. I kind of miss playing music but I don't miss going, setting up all my gear and having three people show up. The creative outlet still feels the same though.
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