Fond Adds $35 Prix Fixe, Revamps Menus for Winter

Chef's Table at Fond

Chef’s Table at Fond

Fond on East Passyunk Avenue has updated its menu for winter 2015. Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki’s restaurant is now offering a $35 prix fixe menu that changes weekly.

That’s in addition to the regular a la carte menu and the five ($59) and seven course ($69) menus, Fond’s Chef’s Table can be reserved for four to ten people and chef Styer will work with his guests to create a custom nine-course tasting menu.

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Three More Tasting Tours Are Now on Sale

PhillyCooksLogo_2014Tuesday, our first two sets of Tasting Tours went on sale and the tickets went fast (as of now there is just a single ticket to the Center City tour left). Today, we’ve put our final three tours on sale.

The East Passyunk Tour is sure to sell out in a flash. The tour kicks off with a stop at the number one restaurant on Philadelphia magazine’s #1 restaurant for 2015, LaurelTop Chef winner Nick Elmi will demonstrate and serve his fresh gnocchi with wines to match. Then it is off to Brigantessa for pizzas, appetizers and matching beers. The final stop is at Townsend where the tricks of pairing food and wine will be spilled over organic chicken with leg galantine, speck, sultanas, walnuts, baby turnips and rosemary aigre-doux.

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Get a $10 Dinner from Pizzeria Vetri

Get a Rotolo and that pistachio sauce, right to your door | Courtney Apple

Rotolo | Courtney Apple

Postmates, a-kind-of-Uber-for-delivery service has launched in Philadelphia and they’re partnering with Pizzeria Vetri on a swell deal.

Today and tomorrow, you can use Postmates’ app for a mid-week pizza party. From 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., you can order Pizzeria Vetri’s Best of Philly winning rotolo appetizer and pizza (Margherita, Marinara or Renato) for just $10. Normally that would run you $16.50 to $18.50 and Postmates is paying for the delivery fee too. So this a really good deal. So good I ordered it myself yesterday.

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Restaurant Week Alternative: American Sardine Bar

american sardine bar gourmet pittsburgh cheesesteakScott Schroeder is upgrading his Best of Philly winning Pittsburgh Cheesesteak between now and January 30th, during dinner hours (5 pm. to 10 p.m.), as an alternative to Center City’s restaurant week.

The $35 Pittsburgh Cheesesteak at American Sardine Bar is a 60-day dry-aged Creekstone NY Strip, grilled royal trumpet mushrooms, truffled triple cream Brie and foie gras gravy fries served on a seeded roll. The over-the-top-steak is accompanied with a pickle salad.

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Philly Cooks Tasting Tours Are Now on Sale

PhillyCooksLogo_2014The first two Philly Cooks Tasting Tours are now on sale. Get unprecedented access to top restaurants in Old City and Center City. Each neighborhood-focused tour takes you behind the scenes at three different restaurants.

The Old City and Center City Tasting Tours take place on Tuesday, Februray 17th. The Old City Tour visits Capogiro’s new pizzeria Capofitto for a pizza primer, then heads to Eli Kulp’s High Street on Market for breads, pasta and meats before finally landing at Peter Woolsey’s La Peg for a history lesson and French pastries.

The Center City tour kicks off in the private kitchen at Kevin Sbraga’s latest restaurant, Juniper Commons for an assortment of appetizers and gin and tonics, then heads to Sbraga for a pasta and wine tasting before ending upstairs at Pub & Kitchen for large cuts of meat and make-your-own sandwiches.

For more details, check out the Philly Cooks Tasting Tours page. And don’t hesitate, tickets are extremely limited.

Philly Cooks Tasting Tours [Philadelphia Magazine]

Behold the Crowler

roger wilco beer crowlerThe Roger Wilco in Pennsauken, New Jersey is home to the state’s only “crowler” filling station in a liquor store. In addition to a glass growler of beer, the shop, just across the Tacony Palmyra Bridge on Route 73, offers 32-ounce cans filled of your favorite beer.

The portability is a big plus and the seal of the can is much tighter than a traditional glass growler and cap connection. And the crowler is pretty fun to watch in action.

Check out the beers currently available for 32-ounce crowler fills on Beer Menus.

Check out the Crowler in action »

Run or Walk for Chowder

lobster-costume-oyster-house-400Be Well Philly is taking the angle that Oyster House is hosting a 5K led by a giant lobster tomorrow. And while true, we here at Foobooz are much more excited about the $5 bowls of Oyster House chowder that will be served on the sidewalk in front of the Sansom Street restaurant, from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m.

Of course if you do want to run with a giant lobster up the Art Museum stairs and get your chowder and Narragansett Lager for free, check out Be Well for details.

Oyster House [Foobooz]

A.kitchen Adds “The Chef’s Counter” Menu

The Chef's Counter at a.kitchen.

The Chef’s Counter at a.kitchen.

Starting tonight, Monday, January 19th, chef Eli Kulp and chef de cuisine Jon Nodler are debuting “The Chef’s Counter” menu at a.kitchen. Touted as an interactive new tasting dinner, the menu is served at the 12-seat marble counter surrounding the Rittenhouse Square restaurant’s open kitchen. For $60 per person, a multi-course tasting menu highlighting a.kitchen’s hardwood charcoal grill will be offered. An optional beverage pairing from sommelier Mariel Wega will also be offered.

Kulp, a happy Seattle Seahawks fan, says the dinner is “designed to be a one-of-a-kind experience inspired by Japanese Omakase tradition, wherein guests leave it to the chef to have a memorable meal and highlight ingredients at the peak of their season.” Guests will be able to chat with the kitchen team as they watch the cooks grill, smoke and char dishes in front of them.

Dishes from the Chef’s Counter menu »

The Fat Ham Adds Lunch and Happy Hour

lunch the fat ham

Lunch is back at the Fat Ham | Pimento cheese with grilled country bread

Beginning today, the Fat Ham is offering lunch and happy hour. Kevin Sbraga’s Southern restaurant in University City is offering lunch weekdays, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. and happy hour from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Lunch includes the Fat Ham burger, shrimp and grits, pork belly and a hot chicken sandwich.

Happy hour consists of $4 snacks, discounted beers, wines and cocktails.

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SpOt Burger Is at Sancho Pistola’s Tonight

spot-burger-taco-exchange-940While the sports world is enraptured with the Roman numeral, XLIX, taco lovers in Philadelphia are more excited about XI. Tonight, Sancho Pistola’s is hosting its 11th Fishtown Taco Exchange, and this evening’s dance partner is SpOt Burger. SpOt’s Josh Kim is known for his burgers and Best of Philly winning cheesesteaks, but tonight he will be making beef tenderloin tempura tacos.

The fun kicks off at 7:30 p.m. at Sancho’s and two tacos will be $14.

Check out “Sancho Spielbergo’s” video for more details.

Sancho Pistola’s [Foobooz]

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