Friday 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.
Leigh Maida, 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.
SouthHouse 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.
The 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 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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Knead Bagels, which promises to fill Philadelphia’s perpetual need for more bagels has opened at 725 Walnut Street. Adam Willner, who got into bagel-making when he was chef at Matyson is behind the kettle at Knead. The bagel shop offers a single bagel for $1.50, $13 for a bakers dozen. The menu includes traditional bagels and toppings as well as bagels flavored with pastrami spice, togarashi and porcini. Knead also offers egg sandwiches and coffee by Elixr.
Knead Bagels will be open 6:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. till they sell out on weekends.
Birchrun Hills Farm in Chester Springs, PA is already known for several of the cheeses that they produce on the farm. But in order to move their cheese-making business forward they need a cheese cave and some other pricey additions. The family-run dairy has already secured financing to build the cheese cave but they’ve turned to Kickstarter to raise funds for a curd vat, shelving and cooling system.
Sue Miller and her family hope to raise at least $25,000 in the next month and is kicking off her Kickstarter with some launch events.
Beginning today, Instacart is now delivering from 32 Reading Terminal merchants. The online delivery service allows users to select items from Bassetts Ice Cream to Valley Shepherd Creamery. It’s an exciting addition for crowd averse Terminal shoppers.
Instacart already provides delivery from Whole Foods Market, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Fine Wine & Good Spirits, ACME Markets, Super Fresh and Green Aisle Grocery within a couple hours of ordering. Instacart charges a flat fee for delivery and also offers an Amazon Prime-like service of no-charge delivery for $99 per year.