Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Bar Volver, High Street, Marky Mark, Questlove, Morgan’s Pier and the Spruce Street Harbor Park

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Chip Roman’s Treemont Is Now Open It’s the 4th restaurant for Roman (not counting Tradestone)

Morgan’s Pier Will Open May 1st And we have some more details

First Look: Bar Volver What to expect from the walk-in side of Jose Garces’s new operation

High Street Doing More Friends and Family Dinners, Headed for Night Market Because Eli Kulp never sleeps

Farm Fest Comes To The Parkway An egg hunt, a petting zoo and clog dancing

Foobooz After Dark: North & South Here’s what the menu will look like

Marky Mark Has A Burger Joint? Wahlburgers is coming to Philly

Questlove DJing the Great Chefs Afterparty And that’s not even the biggest news

How You’ll Spend Your Summer The Spruce Street Harbor Park

Weird Beer Alert: Hitachino Anbai Plum On Tap At Zama

hitachino-nest-logo-400For only the second time in Philly (and one of the very few times in the US entirely), Hitachino Anbai plum beer is showing up on a tap list. This weekend, Zama will be tapping the one small keg they were able to get their hands on and, odds are, it isn’t going to last longer than a couple days.

So what is this stuff? It’s Hitachino Nest white ale (already a rarity) that has been doctored with Japanese plums picked from Hitachino owner, Toshiyuki Kiuchi’s, private orchard. The plums spend six months soaking in the beer, then a little bit of natural sea salt is added to finish this strange, salty/sour wheat beer.

So if you’re one of those people who just can’t resist bragging about the rare and unusual beers you’ve tried, this is a can’t-miss event. The Hitachino Anbai plum is on tap now and will only be around for this weekend.

Zama [f8b8z]

Questlove DJing the Great Chefs Afterparty (And That’s Not Even The Big News)

BigAssMortadellaSo yes, the Vetri Great Chefs event is coming up on June 10. Yes, there’s going to be an afterparty at Alla Spina. And yes, Questlove will be DJing. VIP tickets (which are the only way to get access to the afterparty, short of becoming a Great Chefs sponsor) are $525 apiece and can be gotten through the Vetri Foundation website. Expensive, sure, but that’s the only way you’ll get to see Questlove, hang out with Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Jonathan Waxman, and feel like one of the city’s power players.

It’s also the only way you’ll get to taste Brad Spence’s 200lb mortadella cooked inside a Victory Brewing fermenting cask.

Wait, what?

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Townsend Gets A Barman

KeithRaimondiThat guy over there look familiar? If you’re the drinking sort, he likely does.

That’s Keith Raimondi, who has spent years slinging drinks at some of the best bars in the city. He was the GM at Lemon Hill, worked for years with Team Garces, putting in time at Tinto, Chifa, Distrito, Amada and Village Whiskey, and did the cocktails for Jose’s most recent book, The Latin Road Home.

Well, now he’s got a new gig which will put him behind the stick at Townsend Wentz’s eponymous new East Passyunk project, Townsend–the one opening in the (hopefully totally uncursed) space that formerly (and briefly) held Sophia’s. Raimondi will be head bartender (which is kind of a step back, but one he insists he’s looking forward to), sharing all booze-ly duties with GM and sommelier Lauren Harris.

Townsend [f8b8z]

 

Happy 50th Birthday Wawa

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the very first Wawa in Folsom, Pennsylvania. To celebrate, the stores are offering free coffee to everyone who asks for it. And over at the main Philadelphia magazine site, Dan McQuade is celebrating by rounding up 50 cool facts about Wawa through the ages–things like the origin of the name, celebrities who have Wawa tattoos, interesting observations on the hairstyles of Amish teenagers, where to buy a plush version of the Wawa mascot (yes, they have a mascot) and why you can’t buy rolling papers or porno at your local Wawa.

Seriously, it’s a great list. And the amount of history, controversy and cultish sociology he manages to cram into just 50 short entries is amazing. There is no doubt that Wawa is the greatest convenience store of all time, and the list essentially reads like 50 reasons why. Check it out at the link below.

50 Things About Wawa For Wawa’s 50th Anniversary [Philly mag]

High Street Doing More Friends And Family Dinners (Plus Bonus Night Market News)

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Okay, so at a certain point someone is going to have to go after chef Eli Kulp with a tranquilizer gun just to get him to slow down a little. He already has like nine different menus working between Fork and High Street on Market, he’s overseeing A.Kitchen and A.Bar and doing events like Franklin Flea and Taste of the Nation. But that’s apparently not enough for him. Because he also does special Friends and Family dinners on Tuesday nights at High Street, which are continuing throughout the spring.

For example, on Tuesday, April 22 he’ll be doing a dinner with Phickle’s Amanda Feifer which will continue their Fermentation Series celebrating all things fermented–from coffee and chocolate to cheese and yogurt, beer and wine to pickles and kim chi. (Other dates include Tuesday, May 13 and Tuesday, June 17.) And on Tuesday, May 6, it’ll be a cheese dinner with Valley Shepherd Creamery, with cheesemaker Jaenine Dargis and some of her 30+ Basque-influenced cheeses. All the dinners start at 9pm and are just $25 per person (plus booze, tax and tip).

But wait, there’s more…

New UCity Zavino Extends Hours, Launches A Happy Hour Program

Photo courtesy Neal Santos

Photo courtesy Neal Santos

They’ve had a few weeks to get their legs under them, but now the crew at the new Zavino at Chestnut Square is ramping things up with longer hours and a new happy hour program.

First, the food and booze. Happy Hour deals will be constantly changing depending on the whims of chef Carlos Aparicio, his guys on the line and the staff behind the bar. But from 4:30 to 6:30 every day, look for things like “Bartender’s Choice” cocktails, $3 beers, $4 wines by the glass, $7 margherita pizzas, a variety of croquets, cheeses and veggies, and a $5 plate of meatballs that I kinda want right now.

In terms of service, Zavino is now offering lunch and dinner every day.

As always, follow Zavino on Twitter or like them on Facebook in order to stay in the loop on daily specials and whatnot.

Zavino [f8b8z]

Greatest Hits And What You Missed: Mad Men, Bar Volver, Night Market, Beer, Questlove, More Beer and Avance Gets Reviewed (Again)

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Even though we lost pretty much an entire day in the middle of the week to drinking beer and trying to pick the best local beer in the Philly area, this was still a huge week for restaurant news. So let’s get started, shall we? Here’s what you might’ve missed…

Where We’re Eating: Vietnam Checking in on a classic

Two Bells For Avance Yeah, but it felt so much worse…

Fast Casual Pizza Coming To Ardmore Welcome Snap Custom Pizza to the scene

The Beers At Citizens Bank Park Hope you like macrobrews

Where We’re Eating: Vernick Food and Drink Here’s to one helluva sophomore year

Society Hill Society Replaces Artful Dodger Can you guess what neighborhood it’s in?

Bar Volver Opens Everything you need to know

Pork Hearts And Awesome Sauce Recapping the latest Foobooz Open Stove Night

More Booze At The Ballpark Victory Swing Session Saison

Questlove’s 10 Favorite Restaurants Zahav makes the list

2014 Night Market Dates Announced Start making your plans now

Mad Men Viewing Parties This Weekend I’m going to be drinking whiskey at home on my couch, but here’s where you can go if you’re more…social

Instacart Now Delivering From Green Aisle Grocery

Green Aisle Grocery via Grub StreetSo last week, we brought you the news that Green Aisle Grocery was expandingpicking up a second, much larger location in Graduate Hospital–and now we have some more news.

As of today, delivery (in as little as one hour) will be available on all Green Aisle products via Instacart–the grocery (and booze) delivery service that launched in Philly a couple months ago. Instacart is already providing supplies from Whole Foods and your local wine and spirits stores. But Green Aisle? That’s a sign of them really digging in and going local. It’s also good news for those of you who really want some pickled sriracha carrots, Rival Bros. coffee and Little Baby’s Ice Cream brought to you while you sit on the couch watching cartoons in your underpants.

Instacart [f8b8z]
Green Aisle Grocery [official]

New Blood At Lacroix

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It looks like Lacroix (and the Rittenhouse Hotel in general) have done a bit of hiring and brought some new bodies into the kitchen and onto the floor.

The first is Tova du Plessis, who is coming aboard as pastry chef. That name sound familiar to you? It should. She did time at Le Bec Fin on the savory side as a sous chef, worked at Citron & Rose but, most notably, was the opening pastry chef at Avance, brought in by chef Justin Bogle to handle the sweet side of the menu. She was let go early on in Avance’s run (which, this month, might not be the worst thing in the world), but was quickly picked up by the team at Lacroix for this new gig.

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