In case you don’t already know what you’re doing next Saturday, here’s something to add to your calendar: Greensgrow Farms is throwing a shrimp boil. It’s a benefit event for the Greensgrow Community Kitchen (which is a social entrepreneurship project which does everything from acting as a classroom and a licensed kitchen for food truck owners and small food entrepreneurs, to serving as the place where Greensgrow assembles all its prepared food and an educational venture helping people “navigate the labyrinth of city certifications and licenses”), so right from the start you can feel good about attending. But more important, it’s also gonna be a sweet party–a straight up low country shrimp boil with lots of food, popsicles from Little Pop Shop, beer from Philadelphia Brewing Company, and a Zydeco dance party on the side.
Alright cats and kittens, it is time once again for the new COOK schedule to go live. Tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 2pm but, in the meantime, we’re here to help you plan by letting you know about a few of the highlights of the upcoming month.
One of the best modern pitmen in America is from Philly.
No, seriously. Daniel Delaney, who left town in 2008 and currently runs Delaney BBQ, which might be the best Texas-style barbecue joints in NYC, makes some of the best brisket anywhere (according to people who really know about this stuff, like Dan Vaughn, the staff BBQ expert from Texas Monthly). And now he’s coming home, for a one-night-only collaboration at 10 Arts.
Summer ain’t over yet. At least not on 13th Street, where Marcie Turney and Val Safran are running three nights of seafood specials at their restaurants to celebrate all the bountiful (and delicious) sea critters we eat during the hottest months.
From Sunday, August 10, through Tuesday, August 12, there will be special seafood-inspired menus, with beverage pairings, offered at each of their four popular Midtown Village restaurants. We’re talking ceviches at Lolita, a crab boil at Jamonera, lobster spaghetti at Little Nonna’s, and a mixed seafood grill at Barbuzzo. The dinners are running $45 per person (which includes a paired drink), excluding tax and gratuity. Check out all the menus after the jump.
There was this moment, shortly after the finale of Top Chef: New Orleans had aired, shortly after Nick Elmi had been named the winner, when another chef walked up to him at one of the big food events in town, shook his hand, congratulated him, and asked him what the hell he was thinking, opening a 22-seat restaurant.
Because, seriously? When you win Top Chef, you suddenly become one of the most famous chefs in America. At least temporarily. Shoot, even losing on the show can be enough to raise you up out of obscurity and turn you into a brand — a known name who can draw down the dollars just by having been featured on the jumping box for a few hours. Cookbook deals, product endorsements, cruise-ship gigs — it all comes to you. And a big-ass restaurant with high-volume turnover on the floor? Of course. That’s just a given.
Over on Be Well Philly, they’ve put together a list of the best chilled soups that you can eat in Philly right now. And you should get over there and check it out because A) it’s still super-hot outside, B) the chilled zucchini soup with squash blossoms, crab and curried yogurt at Fitler Dining Room sounds awesome, and C) the spicy chilled cauliflower vichyssoise at Noord sounds just as good.
And that’s only two of the cold soups on a list that runs to almost a dozen. Go check it out now.
The Most Mouthwatering Chilled Soups In Philly Right Now [Be Well Philly]
Yes, every single day of the year is National Something Day. Today, for example, is National Cheese Sacrifice Purchase Day (just trust me, it has something to do with mousetraps), which falls during National Baked Beans, Hot Dog AND Ice Cream Month.
But Tuesday, August 5 is National Oyster Day. And the Oyster House is celebrating it with a 4-course oyster feast courtesy of chef Brett Naylor. It’s a one-night-only kind of thing (and happens to fall within the whole Rittenhouse Row Culinary Collective four-night event), and will run you $50 per person after 5pm.
You ever stumble across a great piece of restaurant news and just can’t wait to tell someone about it? Whether it’s spotting a new liquor license, hearing about a chef on the move, discovering another shuttered Matt Swartz restaurant or just learning that your weird uncle is opening up a combination massage parlor and cheesesteak shop on the Main Line, Foobooz should be your first call.
Why? Because we’re Philly’s home for food and restaurant (and beer) news. Because we believe in the obsessive fascination that you all have with this city’s incredible restaurant scene and love the idea of having thousands of eyes out on the street, keeping track of all the daily strangeness that makes food such an endlessly engaging topic. And because if you come up with something super-good, we might just send you out a t-shirt or something.
All Your Tips Are Belong To Us [The Foobooz Tip Line]
Greatest Hits And What You Missed: Susanna Foo, Death Of Fun, Center City Expansions, Lobsters, Milkshakes and Some Early Best Of Philly Winners
And now, another great week has come to a close. And just in case you were out enjoying the summer sun rather than sitting in front of a computer, trolling for food news, here’s what you might’ve missed.
Death Of Fun State legislators express “grave concern” over Philly beer gardens
Susanna Foo Returning To Center City We have a Sansom Street Address, a chef and a name
And So Is Citron and Rose A Center City expansion is now a real thing
By The Numbers A fantastic year for Philly restaurants
Pop Up Restaurant Incubator Coming To West Philly And applications are being taken now
DIY Down The Shore Lobsters, daiquiris, cold soups and a clam bake rounded out this week’s recipes
Tale Of The Tape: Cheesesteaks At Jimmy G’s
Foobooz Six Pack: Milkshakes That Are Better Than A Juice Cleanse