Archive: September, 2009
|Courtesy of Sprinkles Yogurt
Sprinkles Yogurt, which opened in West Philly on Sept. 18, held a grand opening promo event this past Wednesday, when they offered free yogurt to all comers. Co-owner Matt Mealey tells Meal Ticket the shop gave over more than 17,000 ounces of yogurt and toppings that day. We believe it ï¿½ look at that freakin' line. (They're the storefront with the black awning.) More pics after the jump.
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Drop by Anthony's in the Italian Market (903 S. Ninth St.) tomorrow morning from 9:30 to 11:30, when they'll be giving out free cups of coffee in celebration of National Coffee Day. The 10! Show's Justin Pizzi will file a segment from the cafï¿½ at this time, too. Then for the rest of the day, owner Anthony Anastasio and Co. will be offering all sorts of special java-laden treats, from gelato and coffee-imbued chocolate pretzels to desserts like tiramisu. Our hands are shaking already.
About 1 percent of Americans suffer from celiac disease, an autoimmune digestive disorder that interferes with absorption of the nutrients in food. The protein gluten, found in all forms of wheat, rye and barley, triggers a damaging immune response in the villi of the small intestine.ï¿½ Adherence to a gluten-free diet is the only treatment for celiac disease, but avoiding these ubiquitous grains can be a trial for celiacs dining out.
With an estimated 2 million people living with undiagnosed celiac disease and awareness of the condition growing, restaurateurs and chefs are beginning to grasp that more and more of their guests need gluten-free options.
Twenty-five chefs will vie to create the best gluten-free dish in an Iron Chef-style competition at Appetite for Awareness: A Gluten-Free Cooking Spree, this Wednesday, September 30 from 7-9:30 at the Wachovia Center.ï¿½ Big names like Marc Vetri, Daniel Stern and Jose Garces are participating, as well as Jeff Michaud of Osteria, Marcie Turney of Bindi and Lolita, Gianluca Demontis of Melograno and Mike Stollenwerk of Little Fish, among others.ï¿½ï¿½ The event will be hosted by longtime vegan chef and TV personality Christina Pirello and Marc Zumoff, the "Voice of the 76ers".ï¿½ Guests will have a chance to taste all of the dishes created, partake of gluten-free wine and beer at an open bar, as well as sample gluten-free products from over 50 vendors.
Ticket prices range from $35 for students to $250 for the VIP reception that includes face-time with Jose Garces, Daniel Stern and Marc Vetri. Proceeds benefit the National Foundation For Celiac Awareness. Buy tickets here.
This weekend, we posted the opening menu of chef Mike Stollenwerk's fish (1708 Lombard St.) for y'all. Now check out a few interior shots of the restaurant, which is taking over the longtime Astral Plane space that was briefly ChrisStevens BYOB.
Stollenwerk has reworked the space entirely, and was taking care of a few finishing touches when we popped by Saturday. There's a bar side and a dining room side to the space, with room for nine and 40, respectively. He refinished the hardwood floors in the dining room, brightened it up with skylights and new paint and introduced deep red banquettes and a raised platform in the back. Behind the granite bar is where you'll find the shucking station (check out the "raw" portion of the menu), plus room for some cocktail-y concoctions ï¿½ they're making the own ginger ale from scratch for a Pimms Cup, one of a handful of classics they'll be mixing.
Stollenwerk is aiming to open fish to the public next Monday, Oct. 5.
|Photo l Michael Persico|
|Chaddsford Winery's 2007 Essence|
Before you turn your nose up and insist that PA-grown grapes are better destined for toast than fermentation, take a chance and taste the juice - for free.ï¿½ Pinot Wine Boutique (227 Market Street, 215-627-WINE) will host Chaddsford Winery winemaker Eric Miller Wednesday, September 30 from 6-8 p.m., pouring an assortment of Chaddsford's locally-sourced wines, including the new Miller Estate-grown bottling, 2007 Essence.
Essence is a "terroir" blend comprised of seven grape varietals grown on the winemaker's Miller Estate Vineyard in northern Chester County, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Barbera, Cabernet Franc, Syrah, Merlot and Sangiovese.ï¿½ Only 61 cases of the $75 bottles were produced, making it Chaddford Winery's most limited and expensive wine ever made.
Miller calls Essence the culmination of his career to date. "I want my wines to reflect the place and people and weather and soil that made them, not the characteristics of wine made half a world away," he says. "What makes Burgundies, or Chiantis, or Riojas so special is the way they reflect their unique heritage and region and era. And that's what Essence does for Miller Estate Vineyard."
Wednesday will be the first public tasting of Essence; the event is free, but reservations are required.ï¿½ RSVP to 215-627-WINE.
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Munish Narula's revolutionary web-based food delivery service, Tiffin, has grown like a panda-less bamboo grove since it opened in 2006, adding a second location in Mt. Airy and the area's first Desi pizzeria, Tiffin Etc., next door to the original Tiffin on Girard Avenue.ï¿½ Now the suburbs will have a chance to develop their palates when Tiffin locations touch down in Elkins Park (October), Wynnewood (December), Bryn Mawr (spring 2010) and maybe even Bensalem.
City Paper issued only 12 much-debated CP Choice Awards this year; Narula topped the food category for his big vision bringing quality, authentic Indian food to Philadelphia.ï¿½ When interviewed, he mentioned that though he often works 16-hour days, he is having more fun than he ever did working long days in investment banking, his career after earning his MBA from Wharton.ï¿½ï¿½ "When you have some success," said Narula, "You can do things that are fun or interesting, but don't necessarily bring in a huge profit."
One of those fun things is Tiffin And A Movie, a pilot project that allows Northern Liberties residents to order a Bollywood film to be delivered with their Tiffin meal. One movie runs $3.50, including a postage-paid envelope to mail the DVD back to Tiffin.
Our suggestion: Pair savory Urvashi ($5.50), turnovers stuffed with cheese, potato, pistachio, cashew and raisins, with the taste-of-vengeance 1973 Bollywood classic Zanjeer, a tale of a wrongfully imprisoned police officer who becomes the quintessential Angry Young Man in pursuit of justice for his murdered parents.
Rebecca Michaels' Flying Monkey Deuce (1112 Locust St.), a Wash West extension of her Flying Monkey Patisserie in Reading Terminal Market, opens to the public today at 8 a.m.
Michaels is keeping it simple for her new venture, in a space that's housed a number of coffee shops in the past ï¿½ she'll do a selection of sweets and baked goods straight from her RTM hub, plus La Colombe coffee/espresso and Remedy tea. (The display cases are empty in the pics above because we came through this past Friday, shortly before a welcome reception.) Michaels wants to do sandwiches and soups, too, but that won't happen right away.
On the west side of the property sits a spacious sheltered patio/courtyard area, with some seating, adjacent to a garden on Locust Street. Though it probably won't get much use in the winter months, Michaels says her landlord has long-term plans to actually extend the building out over this outdoor space, a renovation that would more than double the square footage of the cute but narrow interior.
Hours: Mon.-Sat., 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
|Photo | Drew Lazor|
Earlier today, Meal Ticket popped in to a staff training session at Pizzeria Stella (Second and Lombard streets, 215-320-8000) to snag some pics of Stephen Starr's latest venture, slated to open this Tuesday, Sept. 29, at 11 a.m. 3 p.m.
Developed in less than five months in what was a Cosi (aka Jennifer Weiner's fave place), Stella features quite a few recycled elements, from tables crafted out of discarded planks from Coney Island's boardwalk to the mismatched chairs reclaimed from a Pennsylvania elementary school. Room for 45 outside on folding chairs from the defunct Philadelphia Civic Center. The 7,000-pound wood-burning oven, visible from every one of the 80 interior seats, was built by a company in Texas, which shipped the thing all the way to Philly in one piece. It reaches temperatures in the blistering 700- to 800-degree range, meaning a pizza can go from a ball of dough to piping-hot and plated in as little as 4 minutes, according to SRO VP of operations Bradlee Bartram.
Starr, who embarked on several serious pizza research quests with his crew this summer (one including Inquirer scribe Rick Nichols), says he collected bits and pieces of the best pies he tried to develop the ideal approach for Stella's 12-inchers, which run from $11 to $17. The crust is the dealbreaker, says the detail-obsessed Starr ï¿½ he's started paying closer attention to "the weather forecast two or three days ahead," as humid days (like today) can influence the characteristics of resting dough.
Elsewhere to on the menu, you've got antipasti (an octopus and calamari plate; arancini; salt cod; a lentil ragu with sweet fennel sausage) a small selection of salads (roasted beet and arugula; grilled radicchio) and Italian meats like cotto, soppressata and prosciutto. For dessert, they're doing gelato from a "secret family recipe" ï¿½ flavors include olive oil, ricotta and chocolate. We've actually got the full menu, but no access to a scanner at the moment; will add it tomorrow morning. (UPDATE: Here's a PDF of the full menu. h/t: Philly Insider) For now, we've transcribed the 12 pizzas on offer for y'all below. (For what it's worth, Starr's personal favorite is the pistachio.)
Hours: Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-11 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-midnight.
- Margherita: San Marzano tomato, buffalo mozzarella, basil
- Marinara: San Marzano tomato, oregano, garlic
- Bianca: buffalo mozzarella, garlic, basil
- Sausage: sweet fennel sausage, hot peper, tomato, basil
- Pepperoni: Abruzze pepperoni, oregano, mozzarella, tomato
- Tartufo: black truffle, fontina, egg parmesan
- San Daniele: smoked mozzarella, prosciutto, baby arugula
- Pistachio: red onion, pistachio, fontina, extra virgin olive oil
- Oliva Nera: ricotta, rosemary, Gaeta olive, tomato
- Vongole: clams, guanciale, broccoli rabe
- Spinach: baby spinach, sun-dried tomato, garlic, pine nuts
- Quatro Formaggi: tomato, mozzarella, fontina, scamorza, taleggio
|Photo | Drew Lazor|
Meal Ticket stopped in to Mike Stollenwerk's fish (1708 Lombard St.) earlier today to grab a few photos of the restaurant, which the Little Fish owner hopes to have open by Oct. 5. We posted Stollenwerk's sample menu on Aug. 19, but now we've got the official opening lineup (with a few new items), which is broken down into "raw," "cold" and "hot" sections. Check it all out after the jump, and headï¿½back here on Monday for more shots of the space.
Spicy Tomato Water
Green Curry, coconut, lime, shaved cashew
Black Bass Crudo
Himalayan salt, lemon, basil
Fennel Cured Salmon
Pumpernickel panade, egg yolk, shallot
Smoked Coho Salmon Roe
Celery root mousse, cider, walnut
Pear, cress, mustard seed
Tangerine, radish, pistachio crema
ï¿½Surf & Turfï¿½
Porcini, pea tendril, Worcestershire
Akudjura vinaigrette, pine nut, arugula
Roasted Baby Beets
Chicken skin, fresh chevre, mache
Artichoke, piquillo pepper, ceci
Blue fin Tuna
Scrambled cauliflower, anchovy vinaigrette
South Shore Wild Clams
Cauliflower, caper, brown butter aioli
Sea urchin, fennel, tarragon, orange powder
Loch Duart Salmon
Brussel leaves, oyster mushroom, bacon, grain mustard, apple
Truffled spaetzle, parmesan broth, melted leeks
Cavatelli, wild clam, chile, preserved lemon, celery leaf
Parsnip, autumn vegetables, roasted chicken jus
White bean, escarole, chorizo broth
Butternut squash, sunflower, curried lobster nage
Painted Hills Prime Strip
Turnip Hash, marrow, pickled shallot
|Photos | Drew Lazor|
Philly's first D.P. Dough location (33 S. 40th St., 215-796-9809) officially opens for business today at 5 p.m., after a handful of false starts. Meal Ticket popped by earlier today to say what's up to ownersï¿½Jason and Jacquie Hembrey and co-owner/manager Mike Nagao. The college-centric chain offers dozens of varieties of fresh-made calzones (full menuï¿½available on their Web site), plus sides like wings and breadsticks. (You can customize your own, as well.) Above, Nagao rocks a few 'zones out on the line.
Regular hours of operation: Sun.-Thu., 11 a.m.-2:30 a.m.; Fri.-Sat., 11 a.m.-3:30 a.m.ï¿½The storeï¿½s delivery radius will be between 30th and 50th north to south and Spring Garden and Baltimore east to west.
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