BarLy Opening in Chinatown


Looks like Chinatown is getting a new bar, and it’s gonna be a big one.

Sunday, September 8th marks the grand opening of BarLy. (And yes, that’s the correct spelling.) All we know right now is that it’s going to be offering 50 or 60 beers on draft, a menu of “intercontinental bar food” including burgers, sandwiches, dumplings, shellfish and more, and it’ll be opening at 101 N. 11th Street. Check it out on grand opening day, and they’re promising a dragon dance and special giveaways.

BarLy [Facebook]

Totally Awesome Pairings Dinner at McCrossen’s Tavern

The summer may be winding down, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t any reasons left to get out and enjoy the restaurant scene in Philadelphia. Fairmount’s McCrossen’s Tavern is offering a “Totally Awesome Pairings Dinner” today Tuesday, August 27th. This late summer harvest event includes four killer wines, four courses and Di Bruno Bros. cheese for just $40. Dinner is served at 6:30.

McCrossen’s [Official Site]

Culinary Literacy at The Free Library of Philadelphia

Tomato Dinner at Supper and Bistrot La MinetteGet ready to brush up on your culinary literacy. This Saturday, August 24th @ 11:30 a.m., The Free Library of Philadelphia will host chefs from the Philadelphia Chapter of Les Dames d’Escoffier as they present a cooking demonstration of recipes that take advantage of summer’s bounty in “Craveable Fruits & Vegetables: Delicious Dishes to Eat Right Now”. Recipes and samples will be distributed to attendees. 

The program is at the Main Library at 1901 Vine Street and is free of charge.

Did you know the Free Library regularly hosts author events with acclaimed chefs and is proud to offer the robust Julie Dannenbaum Culinary Literacy Collection at the Parkway Central Library?

Craveable Fruits & Vegetables [Free Library of Philadelphia]

Brian Manucci Fundraiser Will Happen This Sunday at Time

Brian Manucci was one of those people that everyone in the industry knew and loved. He helped open up Del Frisco’s and Route 6 and worked at tons of other places around town including Varalli and Perch Pub. One of the city’s old school waiters/bartenders, he recently had a heart attack and died while on vacation in Mexico.

Tim Heuisler and the staff at Time are holding a benefit on Sunday the 25th from 5 p.m. to close to try to raise money for his family to cover expenses and for homeless veterans. Brian had served for a number of years in the military.

Brian Manucci Obituary []

Lancaster Sunday at Osteria


It’s Lancaster Sunday at Osteria with Country Time and Green Meadow Farms. Farmer Ian from Green Meadow in Gap, PA and Paulie “The Pig Farmer” from Country Time in Hamburg, PA are repping their respective farms with their best products. On Sunday, August 25th you can come out and taste the goodness of fresh produce, milk, eggs and pork they personally bring to our doors every week. Enjoy a four-course dinner prepared by chefs Jeff Michaud and Brad Daniels highlighting the very best of the summer, paired with wines by the Osteria sommelier.

The event costs $125 and includes wine, tax and tip.

Osteria Lancaster Sunday [Osteria]
Osteria [Official Site]

Noodles and Burgers – The Latest Craze?


There’s a new potential food craze sweeping the nation and its receiving its fair share of hype: noodles and burgers. In the tradition of the cronut and Luther Burger, seemingly incompatible foods are getting married into dishes that are making some rolling their eyes, and others foam at the mouth.

Brooklyn residents have already gotten a taste of this craze with The Ramen Burger. Created by ramen enthusiast and blogger Keizo Shimamoto, it debuted at Brooklyn’s Smorgasburg food fair. Its zeitgeist has extended to Good Morning America and blogs all across the virtual multiverse.

But you don’t need to travel to New York to get your noodle/burger fix. Philly’s own PYT boasts the Spaghetti Burger—a mozzarella-stuffed meatball patty smothered in red sauce and parmesan flakes smushed between crispy fried spaghetti, garlic butter buns.

And then there’s the Spaghetti Sandwich »

Dock Street Brewery Celebrates Six Years in the Fire House

This Thursday August 22nd, Dock Street Brewery celebrates six years of  beer and pizza in their firehouse and over 25 years in the craft brewing industry. The special event includes all sorts of sweet deals: drafts will be half price from 4-6 p.m. and the first 25 guests will receive a souvenir gold logo tulip glass. Plus they will be premiering a Trappist IPA and re-releasing Firehouse Saison, Satellite Espresso Stout, and That’s What She Said.

More on the beers » 

Di Bruno Bros. Throws a Cheeseventure


Think of all the cheese you could get with one-hundred smackeroos! The Di Bruno Bros. is giving away a $100 gift card to the cheesiest guy or gal in Philly. To enter, just share your favorite cheese, pairing, and/or cheese-centric recipe with them on Twitter or Instagram.

To Enter:

Di Bruno Bros. will pick a random winner on Tuesday, September 3rd.  The more times you enter, the more chances you will have attain cheese glory.  Feel free to submit a favorite cheese, a favorite pairing, and a favorite recipe (including a link) as separate entries.

Go here for more deets:

Lemon Hill Welcomes New Chef

lemon-hill-bar Photo by Jason Varney

Lemon Hill has a new chef and his name is (drum roll, please)… Adam Zensinger.  A native of North Jersey, Zensinger earned his chops at Le Cordon Bleu in Atlanta, Georgia before moving to Philadelphia and becoming the chef de cuisine at Amada. Among the most interesting additions to the menu:

  • Farm egg- 6 and 1/2 minute egg, sea salt and bone marrow butter toast.
  • Diver scallops – celery root purée, sweet corn, peaches, radish
  • Duck confit flatbread – whole grain mustard bechamel, apples, cherries, arugula and Cabot cloth bound cheddar
  • Roasted half Amish chicken – cheddar biscuits, glazed baby carrots.

Check out Lemon Hill’s web site for the full menu.

Lemon Hill [Official Site]

Pucker Up at Devil’s Den – A Week of Sour Beers


Devil’s Den in South Philly is the latest bar to go bonkers for sour beers. Running from Saturday, August 17th through Friday, August 23rd, the South Philadelphia bar is holding its fourth annual Pucker Up Sourfest. Sixteen draft lines will be dedicated to sour beers on Saturday and the remainder of the week, at least half of the draft lines at Devil’s Den will offer sour beers. These sour beers are rare, some brewed only once, some off season, others are just handpicked by owner Erin Wallace because they are just the  funky, tart, sour, and lip-puckering flavor you would want from a sour beer.

Pucker Up 2013 at Devil’s Den [Facebook]
Sour Fest Tap List for Saturday [Philly Tap Finder]

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