TONIGHT: Suppa’s Chef on Chopped

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Chef Georgeann Leaming of Northern Liberties’ Suppa will be on Chopped this evening. Tune into the Food Network at 10 p.m. to see the Philadelphia chef.

Check out the Food Network’s description of the show.

In the first basket, the fryer gets pretty crowded as the chefs race to make crispy chicken wings, and the chefs are challenged to make African peri peri rub work in their dishes. Then in the entree round, a difficult cut of meat and a salty sandwich spread are among the mandatory ingredients. And will either finalist decide to bake a pie from the pie dough in the dessert basket?

Speaking of Pies » 

Read This Now: Israeli Cuisine In The Spotlight

Photo courtesy Collin Keefe, TheDrinkNation.com

Photo courtesy Collin Keefe, TheDrinkNation.com

So the good folks over at Food Republic had an interesting idea: 5 editors, 5 world cuisines, 5 days, with each day’s focus being stories about (or inspired by) a single cuisine about which the editors wanted to learn more.

Yesterday, it was Japanese food. Today, it’s Israeli, with a bunch of stories all being done by Matt Rodbard. And one of those stories happens to be all (well, half) about Michael Solomonov, Zahav, and Solo’s two upcoming restaurants–which, of course, is why I noticed it in the first place.

Not just that Solomonov got a mention. It’s not like I’m stalking the guy or anything. But being a non-Philly writer writing about things Philadelphian, Rodbard got taken to task for a (slightly) clumsy line he included which some readers took as a slight against Philadelphia. It wasn’t, actually, but it did ruffle enough feathers that I–as the man who once went all kinds of apeshit over Matt Duckor characterizing Philadelphians as a bunch of jug-blowing knuckleheads and fatties who didn’t know enough to wear our good overalls out to a fancy dinner at the Olive Garden–was looped into the Twitter conversation.

Here’s what Rodbard actually said

Fitler Dining Room Is Hosting a Wine Dinner

Photo by Mike Persico

Photo by Mike Persico

On Friday, April 25th, Fitler Dining Room is inviting winemaker and sommelier Nicola Biscardo of Nicola Biscardo Selections and ConExport Italy in for a special seven-course dinner. The dinner will feature Biscardo’s wine from various regions of Italy. Fitler’s executive chef, Robert Marzinsky will pair these wines with an impressive spring menu that includes bacon rabbit loin, sorrel-stuffed lamb belly and of course ramps. The pasta dish alone just screams spring.

Ramp spaghetti, peekytoe crab, bottarga, sea urchin butter, breadcrumbs, baked nettle cavatelli, wild watercress, full nettle jack cheese, semolina gnocchi, lamb ragu valley shepherd pepato

There will only be one seating at 7 p.m. and dinner is $190 per person, not including tax and gratuity.

Reservations are required and can be made by calling Fitler at 215-732-3331.

Fitler Dining Room Nicola Biscardo Wine Dinner (PDF)

Fitler Dining Room [Foobooz]

Three Critics Walk Into a Chat Room

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Craig LaBan’s online chat this afternoon will feature LaBan talking with City Paper’s Adam Erace and Philadelphia magazine’s Trey Popp. Stop by Philly.com at 2 p.m. to ask the trio about restaurant criticism, anonymity or what their favorite restaurant is (because we’re sure they never get that question).

UPDATE: Here’s the direct link to the archived chat.

Craig LaBan Restaurant Chat [Philly.com]

Fond Shows Off Its New Spring Menu

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Lee Styer has rolled out his spring 2014 menu at Fond. The East Passyunk eatery’s menu now offers signs of spring like yellowfin tuna crudo with mango, cilantro, yogurt, jicama and plantains as well as beef sirloin served with roasted beets, farro, goat cheese and sauce Bordelaise.

Full menu » 

Cheesesteak Tasting at Jake’s Sandwich Board

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For the month of April, Jake’s Sandwich Board is offering a “cheesesteak tasting.” Order a cheesesteak and Jake’s will serve it two ways. One half will be made with brisket, the other half made with traditional sliced sirloin. Both sides are topped with fried onions and provolone cheese. The sandwich is $9 and includes a free order of fries or a soda.

Fill out a comment card and let Jake’s know which you prefer and you could win a $50 gift card. The offer runs through the end of April.

We’d tell you which we preferred but we wouldn’t want to influence your opinion.

Jake’s Sandwich Board [Official]
Year of the Cheesesteak [Foobooz]

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