The Italian Mother you Never Had Is Coming to Osteria

How often do you wish for that Italian mother you never had? One to teach you how to mold fresh pasta and make their famous meatballs? Well if you’re like me, pretty often. Lucky for us, we can get a taste of what it would be like by borrowing someone else’s Italian mamma.

On Tuesday, December 11th, the mother-in-law of Osteria’s Chef Michaud, Pina Carrera, is making the trek from Italy to cook up her special holiday dinner. For one night only enjoy her traditional four course Bergamoscan celebration meal. It’ll cost you $175 per person, including wine, tax and gratuity, but for a special occasion like this, it promises to be more then worth it.

Osteria [Official Site]
For tickets [EventBrite]

Holiday Food Truck Round Up

Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone and December is peeking around the corner, it is acceptable to start getting into the holiday spirit. Crank up the Michael Buble Christmas album, break out the strands of lights and pull out your favorite latke recipes. Along with these classic preparations, also head to the Piazza at Schmidts for the Holiday Food Truck Round Up.

This Saturday, December 1st, food trucks are gathering at the Piazza to kick of the holiday season, but not just the upcoming holidays. Rather, they are celebrating all the holidays, from Independence Day to Cinco de Mayo. Each truck will have their own holiday theme with dishes to match. The day will also mark the beginning of Philly Mobile Food Association’s month long partnership with Philabundance. The trucks will be collecting canned goods, so come ready to give and ready to eat.

It will be the perfect end to a day of shopping at the Northern Liberties Shopping Spree.

The Food Truck Lineup »

Winter Cocktail Menu at Lemon Hill

Oh the weather outside is frightful, but there’s nothing a little liquid warmth won’t fix. This Friday, November 30th, warm up at Lemon Hill as they debut their brand new winter cocktail menu. Created by the Franklin’s Al Sotack, the menu features new signature drinks and is packed with interesting and unique flavor combinations.

We’re talking seasonal and special, like the Transmetropolitan Punch made  with Ransom Old Tom, Plymouth gin, Cicchi Americano, fresh lime juice, house cranberry sage syrup, Bitter Truth lemon bitters all shaken and served with club soda and the Hot Butter Rum with Appleton, Smith and Cross, Goslings, butter, hot water, and fees aromatic. Yum. Ya, I think that will warm you right up.

Check out the full menu »

Weekend Roundup, November 16th-18th

Yes. Thank goodness, the weekend is finally here. It’s just starting to get chilly, but we’re already over this cold. While we’re strong proponents of curling up in front of a fire and drinking hot chocolate, we think you should bundle up and face the icy temperature for some of the fun events this weekend has to offer. Whether this means sampling top Philly chef’s best dishes in support of healthy babies, taking shots for Sandy relief, or trying out three Stephen Starr alum’s brick-oven pizza spot, we think its going to be worth it.

What’s happening around town »

Soft Shell Shrimp at Zama

Soft Shell Shrimp? Yep. You read right. For a limited time, Zama will be serving up a soft shell shrimp special. For $9, you’ll get five shrimp crisped and fried and served alongside a fried shishito pepper, all sprinkled with a dusting of yuzu salt. Yum. Well yum if you can get past the shell thing.

Zama [Official Site]

Bottle Bar East Introduces Food Menu

Bottle Bar East has launched its full food menu, so now you have something to soak up and pair with their delicious craft beers. The menu consists of soups and stews, pickles, grilled sandwiches, and selections of meats and cheeses.

These aren’t any flimsy bar snacks either, we’re talking the real deal, like a Grilled Philly Cuban with prosciutto cotto, prosciutto parma, pecorino crottonese, roasted pepper and pickles, cheese selections from around the world and a pickle menu that’ll impress, consisting of caramelized crimini onions, cumin mushrooms, and spicy green beans, just to name a few. They also feature a “local” section within their sandwiches, with all the ingredients hailing from within 168 miles.

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March of Dimes Signature Chefs Gala

This Friday, November 16th, a star-studded line up of restaurants and chefs are coming together to benefit the March of Dimes for their Signature Chefs Gala at the Please Touch Museum. The event will have the best dishes of the featured chefs of some of Philly’s favorite spots. The lineup includes Philly stars like Michael Solomonov of Zahav and Federal Donuts, Peter McAndrews of Modo Mio and Paesano’s, and many more. You can meet the chefs and eat their food while bidding on special auction items.

Audrey Claire Taichman, of Twenty Manning Grill, Audrey Claire, and COOK, is receiving this year’s Culinary Excellence award at the event. She’s also a featured chef so you’ll get to taste her award-worthy cuisine. The March of Dimes aims to improve the health of babies by preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality, so you’ll be dining to ensure generations of healthy babies to come. Tickets are $150 per person. 

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Fork Offers Prix-Fixe Lunch

Lunch is not just a time to eat in the middle of the day; its an opportunity to indulge as you refuel yourself in order to make it until dinner. Fork understands the glorious time of day that is lunch, and chef Eli Kulp is introducing a new two-course prix fixe lunch menu to prove it.

Every Wednesday through Friday from 11:30 a.m. – 2 p.m., $25 a person will get you a seasonal two course meal. Currently, offerings include:

  • Crispy Chicken Nuggets with spicy mustard and agrodolce
  • Kale Salad with crème parsley sauce
  • Lamb Burger with yogurt and crispy pickled onion rings
  • Hanger Steak Sandwich with caramelized onions and roasted sweet potatoes

Sounds like your lunch break is about to get a lot more delicious.

Fork’s Lunch Menu »

Spencer’s ETA Burger Changes Hours So You Can Eta More Burgers

Diners of University City prepare yourself; its about to get meaty. The brother restaurant of Sabrina’s Cafe, Spencer ETA Burger, is changing its hours and is now open Sun-Mon 11 a.m. – 9 p.m., and Tues-Sat 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. Basically what this change means is that you can treat yourself to one of their various burgers every day of the week for brunch, lunch or dinner. If you’re not aware of what type of patties Spencer’s has to offer, well, we suggest you familiarize yourself. Choose from beef, turkey or veggie patties and enjoy their versions of extremely avante garde burgers. We’re talking over the top, like the Ultimate Spencer Burger,  which features your choice of patty on brioche with mixed greens, grilled turkey bacon, poached apples, roasted red pepper, cheddar cheese and a caramelized red onion raspberry herb ketchup. Talk about a mouthful —not that we’re complaining.

For more beautiful burger pics [Spencer ETA Burger]

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