Food and Music
Asher Roth, Bucks County's finest MC, yesterday dropped a mixtape titled Seared Foie Gras with Quince and Cranberry. The DJ Wreckineyez-mixed release, unfortunately fortunately, does not feature any rhyming couplets skewering the controversial gavage process. Instead, we got Roth (plus guests like Talib Kweli and B.o.B.) over beats from the likes of Kanye, Just Blaze and 9th Wonder, with a few food-related lines mixed in there for good measure.
Here's "Hot Wangs," featuring passing mentions of breakfast cereal, lo mein, leftover-stuffed sandwiches and escargot:
Download link and track listing after the jump.
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The kids at Penn Glee Club are putting on a show inspired by some of our favorite kitchen dramas. "Top Chef: A Soup Opera" debuts this Thursday at the Annenberg Center's Zellerbach Theatre.
"Think Ratatouille, Top Chef and Hell's Kitchen, all at the same time," says cast member Chris Wogan.
In a comedic musical revue directed by Eduardo Placer, the show follows Darren, a failing restaurateur obsessed with his own fleeting celebrity and known for having "the fastest blade in North America." While Darren tries to revive his failing career by opening a new restaurant, a famous critic whose harsh reviews have been known to close restaurants faster than you can say mise en place sets his sights on our blade-slinging protagonist. The critic returns, disaster strikes, '80s power ballads are sung â good times.
You can catch performances this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 and available online.
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Cafeterias have been getting lots of wack press lately. First the Inky's Craig LaBan finds a big-ass hair in the cheesesteak he orders at the already-health-code-violation-beleaguered Capitol CafÃ© in Harrisburg. Now ?uestlove, Roots Crew icon, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon bandmember and unapologetic Overtweeter, shares this pic of a Black History Month special in the NBC employee eatery, accompanied by the caption "Hmm HR?"
So is this racist? It's definitely the safe play to say yes, but peruse the comments section on Vulture, or on the TwitPic itself, for some alternate takes. Seems like a lot of people feel that labeling this whole deal insensitive is a knee-jerk overreaction. We've compiled a few of our favorite comments after the jump. One or two of them are notably insightful and the rest of them are pretty much just funny/true.
I don't know about the rest of ya'll FOOLS, but I eat that on the regular. And for the record the look of hurt on the BLACK chef's face when she was told that BLACK people were offended by her idea is really sad.
Um, it's not the soul food. It's the "in honor of Black History Month" part that's racist. Kind of like saying, in honor of Lunar New Year, we're going to give all Asian people driving lessons.
Racism aside, that is a lot of food for 7.50
I am going to make a huge issue with HR when our cafeteria does the corned beef/cabbage/sourdough bread combo for St. Patrick's Day. What, just because I'm Irish I eat corned beef and potatoes all the time and that's how you label me? Not to speak of the leprechauns and other such nonsense that patronizes our culture and reduces us to boorish alcoholic stereotypes who like listening to fiddles and causing fights. Outrage!
post-racial menu quandry of the day: do you eat the fried chicken even if it is racist?
Soul Food's not complete without a side of heart attack inducing Mac & Cheese. Sayin.
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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.
Jamie Lokoff of MilkBoy Recordings just touched base with Meal Ticket to share some details on a planned Center City branch of his MilkBoy coffeehouse/live music venue, which has locations in Ardmore and Bryn Mawr. (He'll present to the Washington Square West Civic Association this evening.)
Lokoff says he was approached by development firm U3, which is looking to revitalize the stretch of Center City they refer to as "the hole in the doughnut" ï¿½ historically, there hasn't been a whole lot going on around this stretch, but that's changing rapidly. "We toyed with the idea of Northern Liberties, and up on Broad Street," says Lokoff, "but ultimately we liked this because it's right in the middle." Situated on the southwest corner of 11th and Chestnut in a currently vacant property, MilkBoy Center City will feature two floors ï¿½ coffeehouse/dining seat on the ground, with a 100-or-so-head space for performances upstairs. there will be full bars on both floors. An larger kitchen with a hood will means they'll be able to expand their food offerings quite a bit.
As this project is still in the very early stages, Lokoff will commit only to "spring" for a projected debut, though he says he'd love to open before local colleges let out for the summer.
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Local music writer Dave Allen also works at Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South St.), and he just shared some disturbing news with us ï¿½ sometime this weekend (most likely Saturday night), the German beer bar's autographed David Hasselhoff poster (subject of a September WWE?) was pilfered from the second-floor restroom. No one seems to have seen the large framed poster make an exit out of the front door, which has led to some speculation that someone actually unscrewed it from the wall, removed the screen in the bathroom window and lowered the thing onto Kater Street behind the bar, kinda like a drunk-ass Thomas Crown Affair.
If you have any information that may lead to the recovery of The Hoff poster and/or the capture of this apparent master poster thief, please come forward.
UPDATE [23nov09]: Brauhaus Schmitz owner Kelly Schmitz-Hager confirms to Meal Ticket the Hoff was most definitely shimmied out of the bathroom window ï¿½ they found the removed screen on the street the next morning. She says the bar will likely wait about a month for The Hoff to make it back before giving up and replacing the pic with something else, but in the meantime, they've put up a reward. "One free boot of beer to whoever returns it," says Kelly. "No questions asked."
Tomorrow marks one year of ownership for Vanessa and Rob Mullen, who took over Chestnut Hill's Campbell's Place (8337 Germantown Ave.) from longtime owner Mary Campbell in 2008. They're celebrating all day Saturday with guest bartenders, drink specials, a free-food drawing and live music from local performer Roger Learnard. Rob, who's worked as a touring chef for a number of bands (most recently U2 on their summer 2009 tour) will be cooking up eats like arctic char with crab risotto lobster sauce, chicken pot pie, PEI mussels in Hoegaarden broth, applewood-smoked bacon and blue cheese.
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Jolly's Dueling Piano Bar (2006 Chestnut St.), which Meal Ticket has been following for a few months now, opens to the public this coming Friday, Oct. 30 (a World Series off day) at 3 p.m. Here's a peek inside Jolly Weldon's new 125-seat space, the centerpiece of which will be two baby grands (not pictured) that'll double as battle stations for pianists Anthony "Tony T" DeCarolis and "Wildman Joe" Marchetti (more on concept here). On Friday, the music, which'll normally run Tuesday to Saturday from 8 p.m. on, will begin early, at 6; Jolly's first day will also see the unveiling of their happy hour (6-8 p.m.), which'll feature $3 cocktails, $3 wine/beer and $3 eats (sliders, flatbread pizzas, hummus, guac, etc.).
After the jump, more interior pics, a few looks at the food and the opening menu/drink list.
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Here are the specialty cocktail list and the small-plates menu, the latter of which was put together by chef/caterer Brendan Smith, owner of the nearby *smiths restaurant | lounge (39-41 S. 19th St.):
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I thought about it, and I couldn't come up with single reason why I shouldn't post this. Cheers to you, DJ Steve Porter.
|Portrait of Natalie Walker l Jason Frank Rothenberg||All food photos l Michael Persico|
Fans of electronic music know Natalie Walker for her powerful, haunting voice that emerges from a sweet and childishly beautiful face.ï¿½ Walker got her start as the lead singer of Daughter Darling, and released her first solo album, Urban Angel, in 2006 to critical acclaim from Billboard, Urb, Trace and All Music Guide.ï¿½ National exposure came in the form of a Thievery Corporation remix of her song "Quicksand", featured in Sofia Coppola's film Marie Antoinette. Walker's second effort, With You, stirs a few poppy singles into the album of ethereal, textured sounds and layered songwriting.
What fans of her sound don't know is that Natalie is as accomplished a cook and hostess as she is a musician. "I'd love to start a catering business," she said.ï¿½ Natalie invited Meal Ticket into her Fishtown home for a pitcher of white sangria and a few tastes of her culinary talent.
Tender scallops got a light sear on both sides and were dressed with a simple salad of sectioned grapefruit, fennel and red onion.ï¿½ Once the guests arrived, Natalie put them to work dipping summer roll wrappers in warm water to soften, then rolling them up with a filling of shredded cabbage and carrots, sauteed mushrooms and vermicelli.ï¿½ The fan favorite, however, were the silver dollar potato pancakes topped with Korean-style shredded short ribs.ï¿½ Check out Natalie Walker's recipe for Korean-ish Short Ribs over Potato Pancakes, after the jump.
Now Do This:
Preheat oven to 300 degrees.
Season the meat with plenty of salt and pepper and then sear on medium high in large oven safe pan or dutch oven in a bit of canola oil until brown on all sides. Remove from pan and set aside.
In same pan with heat lowered to medium, cook garlic for a few seconds and then build your sauce by adding sriracha, pineapple, sesame oil, hoisin sauce, orange zest, applesauce, soy sauce and cook together for a few minutes until bubbly.
Place short ribs back into the pan and then add your water and bring to a simmer. Once the liquid is simmering, cover with tight lid (or foil if you don't have a lid) and place in preheated oven.
Cook for 2-2.5 hours turning short ribs in the sauce every half hour. Cook them until they are very tender and easily pull apart with a fork. Let them rest on the stove top once they are finished cooking for 30 minutes and then pull them apart and stir the shredded short ribs into the sauce.
If you want to eat them as a main course, I would serve them over jasmine rice with some steamed broccoli or sweet peas. As an appetizer, though, I served the shredded meat on my potato pancakes.
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