Taste Illustrated: Whiskey Business

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  1. Pollyodd, South Philly: Limoncello and other flavored aperitifs.
  2. Philadelphia Distilling, Northeast Philly: Vodka, gin, whiskey, absinthe.
  3. New Liberty Distillery, Kensington: Bourbon, rye, whiskey.
  4. Hewn Spirits, Pipersville: Rum, whiskey.
  5. Jersey Artisan Distilling, Fairfield: Rum.
  6. La Colombe Distillery, Fishtown, Rum.
  7. Manatawny Still Works, Pottstown, Vodka, rum whiskey.
  8. Rowhouse SpiritsKensington: Irish moonshine, gin, herabal liqueuer.
  9. Cooper River DistillersCamden: Rum.
  10. Dock Street Spirits, West Philly: Mezcal.

Originally published in the November, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine

Weekend Primer

weekend-primer-greenThe temperatures are actually seasonal, there’s ice skating at City Hall and the Foobooz Weekend Primer has your picks for what’s new, what’s sweet and what’s a good cause.


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Tale of the Tape: Steve’s Steaks – Center City

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Whenever Pat’s and Geno’s Steaks are mentioned, undoubtedly someone will weigh in with the seemingly erudite argument that they don’t pick a winner between those geographic rivals, but rather they prefer Steve’s Steaks. The Philadelphia cheesesteak joint has been Northeast Philadelphia royalty since opening in the early 1980s. In March of 2013, Steve’s opened a branch of cheesesteak kingdom at 16th and Chestnut Streets in Center City Philadelphia.

Today, we measured how Steve’s Prince of Steaks stacked up against the best cheesesteaks in Philadelphia.

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Friday Saturday Sunday Has a New Chef

samantha-orskog-400Friday Saturday Sunday has been a Center City Philadelphia institution for 41 years. And for the first time, the restaurant has a female chef. Samantha Orskog comes to FriSatSun from Seattle where she graduated from culinary school. Orskog has just rolled out her first menu for fall. The menu has enough favorites to keep regulars happy but enough new dishes to draw people back who haven’t been to the 21st Street restaurant in quite some time.

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Say Hello to Clarkville

Brendan Hartranft, Leigh Maida, Brendan Kelly will be opening Clarkville on Clark Park | Photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop

Brendan Hartranft, Leigh Maida, Brendan Kelly will be opening Clarkville on Clark Park | Photo by Bryan Karl Lathrop


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Brendan Hartranft and Brendan Kelly alluded that the sale of Resurrection Ale House was related to plans they had for another project. Today it’s official, the team has signed a lease for the Best House Pizzeria (formerly Wurst House) at 4301 Baltimore Avenue, across from Clark Park, and that corner space is becoming Clarkville.

The menu will take advantage of the pizza oven and dough mixer that came with the space. So expect “pizza-like offerings” plus sides of vegetables and small plates that will keep vegan and vegetarian guests happy.

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Opening Menus for SouthHouse in South Philadelphia

southhouse-taps-940SouthHouse is a new 60-seat bar and restaurant coming to 13th and Shunk in what the Passyunk Post is calling Lower Moyamesning. The restaurant is by Thom Sueta, a first-time owner and chef/partner Thomas Day. If all goes well, the twelve-tapped bar will open in the first week of December.

Zagat has the brunch menu and we have the opening menu.

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Spot Burger Looks to Put Down Roots

spot-burger-cart-940.jpg-spot-burgersThe highly praised Spot Burger cart by Josh Kim has launched a $75,000 GoFundMe campaign in order to raise money for a brick-and-mortar location for the cart that normally hangs out around Drexel’s campus.

According to Kim, Spot Burger has “caught the attention of a retail developer, and we have been given the opportunity of a full restaurant in the Drexel Campus/Mantua area.”

Since coming on the scene in early 2012, Kim has received lots of praise including a 2014 Best of Philly award for Best Cheesesteak.

GoFundMe is a bit different than the better known Kickstarter, all GoFundMe campaigns have no deadlines or goal requirements and no penalties for missing your goal. So all donations are received by the person offering the fundraising campaign.

 

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Drexel to Host Second Philly Chef Conference

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Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management is hosting its second Philly Chef Conference. The two-day event takes place on Sunday and Monday, January 11th and 12th and will bring renowned chefs, restaurateurs, purveyors and food writers from across the city and region to come together to discuss issues facing the restaurant industry as well as new food trends, products and techniques.

The first day of the conference is open to the public and will feature two panel discussions and a keynote. Tickets are just $20 per person. Fine Wine & Good Spirits – Doing Business with the PA Liquor Control Board will feature a panel of industry experts including Jason Malumed (Chalkboard Wine & Spirits), Melissa Bova (Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association), State Senator Chuck McIlhinney (Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, responsible for reviewing legislation and policies related to the PLCB) and Steve Wildy (Vetri Family).

Philly 2020–The Future of Dining in Philadelphia will include a panel of chefs including chef chair of the conference, Kevin Sbraga, Jeff Benjamin (Vetri Family), Joncarl Lachman (Noord), Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo) and Rob Keddie (Garces Group) gazing into their crystal balls to discuss what Philadelphia’s dining scene will look like in 2020.

The keynote will be delivered by James Beard Award winning author and internationally known expert on bread and baking, Peter Reinhart.

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Foobooz Jobs: Front and Back of the House Jobs Available

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Juniper Commons is hiring for all front-of-the-house positions.

Juniper Commons is just one of the many restaurants looking for staff as we enter the busy holiday season. Check out what jobs are available today.

Foobooz Jobs, the better and cheaper alternative to Craigslist, where candidates are legitimately energized by Philadelphia’s food scene.

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