Just a little something to read in between your many, many opportunities to drink yourselves stupid this weekend. Here’s what you might’ve missed this week…
Little Nonna’s In The New York Times Man, does everyone love this place? Yes, they do.
Pliny The Younger Hits Philly In case you were wondering where that special beer nerd in your life disappeared to
Rare Pasta Series At Le Virtu Yeah, we said ‘rare pasta series’
Jimmy Fallon and Tina Fey Eat Pica’s Pizza How to make your neighborhood pizza joint go viral
UCity FedNuts Is Coming You might want to start lining up now
Stephen Starr Is Making News In Philly And Washington D.C. Some of it is good and some of it is…not
Cheu Noodle Bar Crew Is Headed For East Passyunk But they’re not opening a second Cheu
Year Of The Cheesesteak Does the best cheesesteak in town come from a food truck?
Do Philly Restaurants Need Letter Grades To Let You Know How Dirty They Are? Take our poll
Where We’re Eating The bar at Avance
So just how much do you love Little Baby’s Ice Cream? Enough to show up tonight for their first-ever ice cream auction?
Yeah, that’s right. An ice cream auction. See, it appears that the guys from Little Baby’s were going through the coolers and found a bunch of “rare, one-off, seasonal and out-of-print” flavors which they are planning on auctioning off tonight at 8pm at their Frankford Avenue shop.
If there’s a long-gone flavor that you’re just dying to try again, check out the list below. Who knows? You might just have one last chance to try that burnt sugar absinthe flavor that blew your mind and then disappeared from the menu forever…
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As if any of us need more reasons to get out drinking (and eating) this weekend, Alla Spina is launching a special, Sundays-only family-style prix fixe menu that they’re calling “Suds & Grub.” It’s three courses for $35, chosen off a menu with two choices for each course–like fried Virginia oysters or veal bone marrow with mushroom marmalade, and roasted swordfish with cannelini bean ragu or bacon-stuffed Berkshire pork loin. Dessert? No choices there. You get what you get. But considering that what you get is a roasted apple and mascarpone napoleon, I don’t think anyone’s gonna be crying.
The menu also comes with a $15 beer pairing (one with each course, carefully chosen by the Alla Spina crew), or a beer flight for just $9. And the whole thing kicks off this Sunday.
Alla Spina [f8b8z]
Construction on the new Pure Sweets & Co. Rittenhouse cafe // Photo via Facebook
Over on Be Well Philly, they’re reporting that Andrea Kyan and her Pure Sweets & Co. crew appear to have an opening date set for their first storefront operation at 17th and Locust. Pure Sweets will be a bakery and juice bar, offering coffee, grab-and-go lunches (including lots of raw stuff) and their organic, gluten-free, vegan and kosher baked goods, and they’re aiming to be open to the public on March 28.
So if that’s the kind of thing that gets your motor running, you can check out all the details over on the Be Well blog.
New Pure Sweets Center City Cafe Has Official Opening Date [Be Well Philly]
It’s that time again. COOK is going to be releasing tickets for their April classes at 2pm on Monday and we have your monthly sneak peek right here. So pick the classes you want and be ready to make with the clicky-clicky on Monday afternoon before everything sells out.
COOK’s April Class Schedule
So remember when we told you about Fork’s Eli Kulp stepping in as a partner at a.kitchen and a.bar in Rittenhouse? Yeah, well it looks like Kulp has had time to look over the space, the set-up and the menu at a.kitchen and decide how he’d like to make his mark.
He’s going to do it by changing just about every single thing about the place.
Okay, maybe not every thing, but he’s certainly changing a lot of it. Like the concept, the basic operating gear of the line and the entire menu. Hell, even the PR people are calling it a “reinvention”.
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Right from the start, the crew at Avance knew two things about the downstairs bar at the former Le Bec Fin. One, it desperately needed a makeover so that everyone in the city who didn’t wish it was still 1987 would stop making fun of it. And two, it needed to have a really good burger or no one was going to take it seriously as a bar no matter what they did to the interior.
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All throughout the month of March, chef Chris Kearse is doing collaboration dinners at his East Passyunk BYO Will. Every Thursday, it’s a different chef, a different menu. The one thing that stays the same? the price: $70 for five courses.
He’s doing these dinners every Thursday night. And since today just happens to be Thursday, that means he’s doing one tonight–a collaboration with Townsend Wentz who has been very busy lately announcing the openings of new restaurants (most notably, his resurrection of the East Passyunk space that once housed Sophia’s).
It’s looking like a good party, and there are still some seats available. We’ve got the menu after the jump–and also a list of all the other dinners Will has on the books for this month of collaborations.
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Leading off the news today, Starr’s D.C. outpost, Le Diplomate, got a big, wet, sloppy kiss of a write-up in the Washington Post. Roxanne Roberts gushed about the place (and about Starr), talking about the famous people who’ve come through the doors (Michelle Obama, Newt Gingrich, Joe Biden, etc) and Starr’s history.
For us, the most interesting stuff was about the restaurant itself and how it has quickly become one of the hottest addresses in a city full of very hot addresses. Here’s Roberts:
The bistro is the brainchild of Philadelphia restaurateur-impresario Stephen Starr, who made his fortune correctly predicting what audiences want — and even he’s surprised with the success of the Marais-inspired mob scene, his first foray into Washington. It’s not a power spot in the traditional clubby, steak-and-martini sense, nor the only French restaurant in the city.
But the guy from Philly guessed that Washington was primed for his meticulously detailed brand of theatrics. It’s not just about the food, or the wine, or the bread. What we want is an experience, this time a two-hour trip to Paris complete with crusty baguettes, steak frites and naughty pictures in the bathrooms.
Nice, right? But that’s not the only news on Starr today…
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Marcos Espinoza and his merry crew of weirdos from Side Project Jerky are throwing themselves a beef jerky bake sale on Saturday, March 22nd at American Sardine Bar. No crappy cupcakes, no misshapen Rice Krispies treats that smell like cigarette smoke, just good, All-American beef jerky.
Side Project is bringing in the talents of four local chefs–Scott Schroeder, Eli Collins, Jonathan Adams and Jeremy Nolen–who will each be doing a one-time-only jerky flavor that will be for sale (by the piece or by the ounce) solely at this event. Oh, and Sixpoint will be on hand for beer pairings. And all of the normal flavors of Side Project jerky will also be for sale (like they are every day at the Foobooz Store, hint hint).
And if you want to feel good about yourself while you’re stuffing your snack hole full of cured meat products, dig this: All proceeds from the Beef Jerky Bake Sale will be donated to Fresh Palates to Palettes–a local art program run by Deva Watson.
So mark your calendars: Beef jerky and beer, Saturday, March 22nd at American Sardine Bar. Come hungry, bring your wallets and we’ll see you all there.
Side Project Jerky [Official]