Unfortunately there aren't any tickets left for tonight's very special A Christmas for Ben tonight at American Sardine Bar (1800 Federal St.) but you can still get in on the holiday action. If you bring in a wrapped toy this evening not only will Cheu chef Ben Puchowitz open it (right in front of you!) but you'll be reward with a free pint of Lagunitas IPA for your generosity. All toys will not be going home with Ben, instead they are going to be donated to South Philly H.O.M.E.S.
Sure, it's still a few weeks out but it's certainly not too late to be planning for New Year's Eve... and your recovery plans for New Year's Day.
This morning a pho-pun filled gem landed in our inbox and honestly, it's too good not to share. On a few levels. There's no doubt that pho is a wonderful hangover helper, mostly do to the fact that it's mostly water, helping infinitely with the dehydration factor. The good folks over at Le Viet (1019 S. 11th St.), one of the swankier (and dimly lit) Vietnamese joints off of Washington is offering a bowl of pho plus a stomach settling Sprite or ginger ale for $6 all New Year's Day long.
According to the science-heavy release this is why pho should be your NYD hangover breakfast "It's packed with protein and sodium to replenish your dehydrated systems. The chef has even added a special ingredient, egg! Eggs contain cysteine, which removes the alcohol toxins from your body to ensure that hangover will be gone in no time!"
No arguments here.
Yesterday we broke the news that Don Russell a.k.a. Joe Sixpack is severing ties with Philly Beer Week. Today friend of Meal Ticket, Danya Henninger reached out to Russell and PBW chairman (and co-owner of Philly craft institutions Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda's) William Reed for further information on this unexpected turn of events.
Mark your calendars, folks, the first annual Philly Chef Conference is happening on January 13th and 14th and it's going to be good. Mike Traud, the program director of Drexel's excellent hospitality program has organized two full days of panels, how-tis, tutorials, demos and, well, pretty much everything restaurant-related from a serious crew of Philadlephia food folks.
Expect heavy hitters like Mike Solomonov, Eli Kulp, Joe Cicala and and Joncarl Lachman to drop knowledge on subjects ranging from opening your own BYOB, pasta-making and real world jobs in the culinary sector.
Unfortunately this event is reserved for in the biz folks only. Head on over to Philly Chef Conference's site to grab your two day passes ASAP, they went on sale at noon today.
Well, we didn't see this one coming. Don Russell a.k.a Joe Sixpack, founder of Philly Beer Week has stepped down as director of the ten day long festival. Beer Week was Russell's baby from the get go so this piece of news is certainly unexpected. No word yet on reason's for Russell's departure who will be taking over as director of Beer Week (it kicks off on May 30th and runs until June 8th) but we'll sure to keep you posted.
Yesterday the Inquirer broke the big news that Dranoff Properties is SLS International, a towering "47 story luxury boutique hotel and condominium tower" to the corner of Broad and Spruce. Another schmancy hotel sounds great, right? Well, it gets even better.
sbe, the parent company of SLS and Rededbury hotel brands also owns a whole bunch of restaurants in their numerous properties including a handful from everyone's favorite Spaniard/sometimes-Bourdain sidekick Jose Andres and another from Miami restaurateur Michael Schwartz.
No matter who SLS opts to go with, this is some very serious real estate with Sbraga just a few blocks down and Garces' Volver coming to the Kimmel Center. Of course, there's no need to get too excited. Contruction is scheduled to begin next fall and last the better part of two years.