It’s nice to see that the Wall Street Journal has discovered Philadelphia’s dining scene. Just a month after featuring Kensington Quarters, the paper is back with a story on Michael Solomonov, Steve Cook, Broad Street Ministry and Rooster Soup Company. While the charitable background of Rooster Soup will be familiar to Foobooz readers, there are new details about Rooster Soup Company to share.
Yes, the temperatures are dropping and that means you are probably thinking about soup more often. And if you’re like us, that means thinking about Cheu Noodle Bar more often. Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh’s noodly heaven is set for the weather. Chef Ian Boothman is officially in charge of the kitchen and he’s updated the menu. Also new, Melissa Pellegrino is in as the front-of-house and beverage manager and she’s got some new drinks that she’s added to the menu.
Since Adam Leonti left Marc Vetri’s flagship Vetri back in June, the restaurant has been operating without a chef de cuisine. But yesterday, Vetri announced that Joe Delago would take the role.
Delago, a Moorestown, NJ native has been with the Vetri Family since he was an extern in 2010. After graduating from the Culinary Institute of America he went to work at Alla Spina and then Osteria. For the past three years he’s been at Vetri.
In a post to Instagram, Vetri said “we are thrilled to have him taking the reigns.”
You can follow Delago on Facebook at @joeyofthelake.
Earlier this week we told you about the complete redo at Plenty Cafe on East Passyunk. But the Center City location is also getting an upgrade. Starting today, the cafe at 1602 Spruce Street is also serving booze. The drink list includes 5 beers, 1 dry cider, 2 red wines, 2 white wines, Prosecco, mimosas and Bloody Marys.
As for Plenty Cafe’s planned third location in Queen Village, that’s still under construction at 5th and Monroe Streets. The Queen Village location will be the biggest Plenty Cafe at 1,500 square foot. The corner is the anchor of owner Damon Mascieri’s Fabric Lofts, eight bi-level apartments with 13-foot ceilings and a green roof deck.
Fitler Dining Room is going BYOB with no corkage fee for one night only, tonight. The 22nd Street restaurant had a private event scheduled for this evening that cancelled. So on a day with no reservations, they’re inviting all to come by with their own bottles to fill the room.
Maybe you can even score a bottle of Beaujolais Nouveau to bring.
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Tired Hands Brewing’s Jean Broillet appears on an episode of Vice’s online food series, Munchies. Broillet offers a tour of his Ardmore brewery and a look behind the scenes as he brews a hoppy saison with trifoliate oranges.
This is the fourth episode of Munchies’ Craftwerk series. Prior episodes focused on Brooklyn Brewery, 3Floyds, and Dogfish Head. Definitely lofty company for Broillet and Tired Hands to be with.
It’s not like Sam Jacobson needs help making wonderful pies at East Passyunk’s Stargazy but that doesn’t mean he’ll turn down a good idea.
Today and through the rest of the week, he’s teamed up with Chris Kearse of Will BYOB to create a special dessert pie. Kearse took Epoisses de Bourgogne cheese and combined it with chopped chestnuts and handed it over to Jacobson, who baked it into the middle of his Bosc Pear Pie.
The results can be yours through the rest of the week, or until they’re all sold out.
On the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau hits the world. It is the first taste of the 2015 vintage and in France, it’s a celebration of wine, the year and the region. And in Philadelphia we hate to miss a party, so many Philadelphia bars and restaurants offer pours, specials and in one case, a dinner cooked by a former Le Bec Fin executive chef.
Pizzeria Vetri has made national news over the past couple of days because of Urban Outfitters announcement that it was purchasing Marc Vetri’s pizza chain and the rest of his restaurants (minus the eponymous Vetri). Headlines have blared “Why Urban Outfitters Made Its Controversial Pizza Purchase,” “Urban Drops After Saying It Will Buy Pizza Chain” and “It Will Take More Than a Pizza Party to Sure Up Urban Outfitters.” The business end of the deal has been covered excellently by our business reporter Jared Shelly, but we’re the food guys, and we want to talk pizza.
So for all the Wall Street analysts, URBN stockholders, University of Texas Seniors and everyone else who has been meaning to try Marc Vetri’s jump into casual dining, here is your guide to getting the most out of Pizzeria Vetri.