Tomorrow, the October schedule for classes at COOK goes live. And they’ve got another packed month, with everyone from Bistro La Minette’s Kenny Bush and Damon Menapace from Kensington Quarters to the crews from Stockyard, Scarpetta and Fork.
As always, the best classes fill up fast. But you folks are getting an early look. So plan your schedule, make your choices and be ready to hit COOK’s website at 2 p.m. tomorrow with your credit card in hand.
October Classes at COOK
October 4: Lebanese Please! with Frances Vavloukis
October 5: Bouchon La Minette with Kenneth Bush of Bistrot La ...
Named for its once-booming shad industry, this historically working class ‘hood is a case study in the more palatable side of gentrification. Stalwarts like Standard Tap and Johnny Brenda’s paved the way for an influx of culinary talent to move north, making for a neighborhood that’s shed its blue collar roots in favor of a thriving eating and drinking scene.
It’s been a big summer for beer gardens in Philly, with nearly 40 pop-ups and other spots in the city and the suburbs serving up al fresco sips this year. We’ve seen the good — the trend spread to new neighborhoods by local business owners who present the beer garden concept as a family-friendly community gathering space. We’ve also seen the bad — like drunken fisticuffs (and a subsequent shutdown) at the Comcast Center’s Center City Sips location.
But now, a little more good outdoor drinking news to close out the season: The Porch ...
The Berley brothers are expanding their dessert domination with Franklin Ice Cream Bar, an Old City shop with a vintage vibe like sister spots Franklin Fountainand Shane Confectionery, which share the block. True to its name, Franklin Ice Cream Bar (112 Market Street) will sell ice cream bars, of the hand-dipped, made-to-order variety.
With its 1930s-40s art deco décor, Franklin Ice Cream Bar is the most contemporary of Eric and Ryan Berley’s neighboring sweet shops. The always-packed Franklin Fountain, in business since 2004, goes for an early 1900s ice cream ...
Malvern-based Dixie Picnic, a bakery and restaurant offering Southern-style fare, is opening up a second location in downtown Philly.
The restaurant, which opened its first location in Malvern’s Lincoln Court Shopping Center in 2008, will occupy 1,200 square feet of the former Scratch Biscuits space at 1306 Chestnut Street.
While Dixie Picnic will serve breakfast, salads, and baked goods made in-house, their specialty is boxed lunches, a southern tradition that includes a sandwich, choice of side like pasta salad or coleslaw, half a deviled egg, and one of their Upcakes, their take on the ...
Upstairs, in the second-floor lounge at Maison 208, everything is a disaster. Beautiful, sure. With the retractable roof peeled open in a way that seems to defy possibility and the room’s pale colors and decorative birdcage chandeliers all arranged like something out of an unreleased Wes Anderson short, it looks lovely. The most Manhattan-as-designed-by-someone-who-has-only-ever-been-to-Los-Angeles space imaginable. The most sleekly modern in a city that wears modern like an ill-fitting pair of shoes.
AT A GLANCE
★ Maison 208
208 South 13th Street, Midtown Village
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When you’re talking about vegan restaurants in Philadelphia, the conversation must revolve around Rich Landau, who, along with his wife Kate Jacoby, now own Vedge, V Street, and Wiz Kid, which just debuted in Rittenhouse. Landau has been operating vegan restaurants in Philadelphia since well before you realized it was cool to eat vegan, and here, he tells us all about it.
Summer coming to an end is always a drag. But one of the few silver linings of the past few years has been that the end of summer also means that Feastival is on its way.
This year, it’s happening on Thursday, September 28th at the FringeArts theater and is being called “The Year of the Beard” — which, okay, is not the best name if you don’t know that this is referring to the multiple James Beard Award-winning chefs and restaurateurs co-hosting this year’s event.
This year, the co-hosts are Outstanding Chef winner Michael Solomonov, Outstanding Restaurateur Stephen ...
With the recent opening of Philly favorite Tiffin at a shopping center less than a mile away from the King of Prussia Mall, the newest occupant of the KOP Town Center will make two fast-casual Indian operations in the area. Which is surprising only because, at the end of spring, there were zero.
But Choolaah Indian BBQ (part of a three-store chain based in Cleveland) is something different. It’s modern Indian. Healthy Indian. Indian made for our quick-serve age.
Which is why its so surprising to me to see those big tandoor ovens behind glass in ...
Baker-owner Chris DiPiazza will be setting up shop in a former warehouse space at 1211 Gerritt Street (right around the corner from Palizzi Social Club). With the lease finalized, he’s working on getting the bakery up and running there for a November opening.
While the space will primarily be a production bakery rather than a retail operation, DiPiazza plans to hold pop-up retail sales of his own loaves, like his rosemary peppercorn loaf and purple-flecked toasted Bloody Butcher corn sourdough ...
Just like the rest of us, chef Eli Kulp has been riveted by the images coming out of Texas and Louisiana over the past few days. The flooding there has been unlike anything seen before — a cataclysm that will take months to recover from. And just like the rest of us, Kulp was wondering what he could do to help.
His answer (like any chef’s answer would be): cook.
So he got the idea that he would donate the proceeds from one dish on the menu at each of the High Street Hospitality restaurants ...
Local chefs are raising money for disaster relief in flood-ravaged Texas in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Eli Kulp and Ellen Yin of High Street Hospitality Group started #chefs4houston, with a call for Philly restaurants to create a dish, serve it nightly, and donate the proceeds. Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran, who own several restaurants and shops on 13th Street, had a similar idea: On Tuesday, September 5, they’ll be donating 10 percent of total sales from all of their restaurants, shops, and online stores.
High Street Hospitality’s #chefs4houston pledge includes all of the group’s Philly and ...
Fitler Dining Room marked a return to grown-up dining when it opened back in 2013. It has won some awards over its lifetime. Though it had some rough moments, it served a lot of friends and neighbors. And now it looks like it has closed.
But owners Ed Hackett and Dan Clark left a note promising “something new and fresh” coming to the space that once housed Melograno and Meme.
In case you can’t read that, it says:
“Dear neighbors. We will be back at the end of September with something new and fresh. See you in a few weeks!”
We’re fairly sure this isn’t just a remodel or an overhaul of the existing concept because the Open Table page is currently listing it as “Permanently Closed.” We’ve reached out to Hackett for details on what’s next, but haven’t heard back yet.
The Penn campus is getting another bar: Bernie’s, a casual restaurant and bar that got its start in the Philly suburbs, is opening on Sansom Street.
The new Bernie’s is scheduled to open this fall in a 7,000-square-foot space at 3432 Sansom Street. Owner Eric Kretschman, who named the restaurant after his grandmother, is an alum of both Penn and Drexel.
Bernie’s also has locations in Glenside and Hatboro. And another city location, at 4411-4413 Main Street in Manayunk, is set to open this fall as well.
We’ve been pretty excited about Puyero ever since it opened down on 4th Street in Queen Village. Back in June, we reviewed the place and gave it high marks for its arepas, chipotle ketchup, and cool, casual BYO vibe.
But now, they’ve taken a menu that was already stuffed with arepas, plantain sandwiches called patacones, fried cheese, and (more) plantain and added cachapas — a vital addition that comes straight from the roadside food stands of Venezuela.
Photo courtesy of Puyero
That thing right there? That’s a cachapa: a ground sweet corn pancake used kind of ...
Football season is here and in a sports town like Philly there’s no shortage of bars to watch the game. Whether you wind up cheering on the Eagles or your favorite college football team in a familiar neighborhood dive, a massive venue with multiple bars and giant screens, or a tavern built in the 1800s, the game will be on — and the fans will be passionate.
Note that the points on the map are arranged geographically, and aren’t ranked.
Dock Street Brewery is one of the city’s oldest existing craft brewers — they’ve been at it since 1985. And 2017 marks 10 years in the West Philly firehouse space that’s home to their pizzeria, brewery, canning line, and tasting room.
Naturally, they’re throwing a party to celebrate — and they’re providing a memento that will last quite a bit longer than the buzz from your beer.
Starting at 3 p.m. this Thursday, Dock Street will offer their West of Center Pale Ale in cans for the first time.
And at 6 p.m., they’ll mark another first, with ...
First, the Vetri Family empire expanded into fast-casual with Pizzeria Vetri. Then, the sale of (most of) the restaurant group to Urban Outfitters took the empire to new, national heights.
But you haven’t truly hit the big time until you’ve collaborated with a fast-casual behemoth like Shake Shack.
Pizzeria Vetri has combined forces with the Shack to create two new Italian-inflected fast-casual bites that will be available at their Philly-area and D.C. outposts.
Pizzeria Vetri locations in Philly and D.C. will serve the SmokeShack Rotolo, a twist on their signature rotolo that’s inspired by the SmokeShack burger: it’s filled with ground beef and smoked Niman Ranch bacon, then topped with the Shack’s cheese sauce and chopped cherry peppers.
And Shake Shack locations in the area are offering the Chick’n Parm, a crispy chicken breast sandwich that’s topped with Pizzeria Vetri’s marinara, fresh mozzarella, and basil.
Taste the collabs at the Shake Shacks in University City, Center City, the King of Prussia Mall, and D.C.’s Logan Circle and at Philly-area Pizzeria Vetri locations, including those in King of Prussia and D.C. from this Friday, September 1st through Sunday, September 10th.
Over the weekend, a new poke spot opened up on the University of Pennsylvania campus.
You’ll never guess what they decided to call it.
Poké-Man (heh), located in the former Caffe Bene spot at 3737 Chestnut Street, specializes in build-your-own poke, served over your choice of salad, rice, or noodles or rolled up in a sheet of nori, burrito style.
While the name — just on the right side of copyright infringement, hopefully — and sparse web presence make the spot borderline ungooglable, they have a pretty sweet grand opening deal going on.
So you made it through another weekend. Good for you. And if you’ve found your way here, it’s probably because you’re curious about how scientists are planning on making food from astronaut pee or the history of the guy who invented the tater tot.
Or maybe you’re just wondering how to save a few bucks at Whole Foods with that Amazon Prime membership of yours. Yeah, us too. So let’s start right there this week, huh?
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Head to the Devon Fall Classic, Sept. 14th-17th, where the beach meets the boardwalk in the midway! Indulge in boardwalk favorites at the end-of-summer themed festival including rides, carnival games, cotton candy, hot dogs, and performers.
The 6th Annual Devon Fall Classic, scheduled for September 14th through September 17th 2017, gives visitors a beach feel with an end-of-summer themed festival packed with numerous boardwalk favorites!
Benefiting the Devon Horse Show and Country Fair Foundation, the Devon Fall Classic equestrian competitions begin each day at 8 a.m. and will run through the evening, end times will ...
Villanova is getting a new California-focused bistro.
Main & Vine will take over the space previously occupied by Avenue Kitchen (which still has a location open in Glen Mills) and Maia at 789 Lancaster Avenue.
The new menu from chef-owner Jay Stevens will highlight Northern California cuisine in addition to the Italian, Latin, and Asian influences in the region. They’ll also offer a California-centric wine list and Napa Valley-style sourdough pizzas.
Stevens, a Philly-area industry veteran, most recently helmed the King of Prussia outpost of Morton’s The Steakhouse, with past stints at Deterra ...
Baltimore-based Korean pop-up Haenyo is making the journey north to Philadelphia.
The itinerant outfit — named for the strong-willed women divers of Korea’s Jeju province — will take up residence at West Philly beer garden Pentridge Station from September 6th through 8th.
Run by chef-founders Irvin Seo and Collin Morstein, Haenyo’s ethos draws from Seoul-born Seo’s childhood eating and preparing “traditional Korean farm food” with his mother in Portland, Oregon and Morstein’s commitment to increasing access to responsibly grown ingredients direct from farmers.
At Pentridge, Seo and Morstein will serve up bites like mandu (dumplings), gimbap (sushi-esque rolls of ...