There’s A Big Garces Foundation Food Event Happening On March 24

Jose Garces prepping for class at Volver's Summer School

I know it’s still February, but it already feels like spring outside. And spring is when all the big food festivals start popping back up on the calendar. So it just seems like a good time to remind everyone that on March 24, at the Loews Philadelphia on Market Street, Jose Garces and a whole bunch of chefs are going to be getting together for a big party and event to benefit the Garces Foundation (organized in 2012 to help Philly’s immigrant community–particularly those who work in the food service industry).

So it’s a big party. All the best people are going to be there. And the price of your ticket is going to help immigrant restaurant crews and their families. How could it get better?

How about if you were able to save a few bucks on your ticket if you bought it before the end of the month?

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Love City Brewing Company Squeezes Into Philly’s Craft Brewery Scene

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Philly’s brewery scene — one perpetually in-bloom — has been noisier than ever, lately. Just this month, Second District Brewery opened its doors in Newbold, and Iron Hill announced it would open its first city location in 20 years.

And today, a brewery you probably haven’t heard of emerges: Love City Brewing Company, due to open in the Spring Arts district sometime this Fall.

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We Couldn’t Care Less About Fat Tuesday or Mardi Gras

A big pile of crawfish at Chris' Jazz Cafe.

A big pile of crawfish at Chris’ Jazz Cafe.

You can send us all of your Mardi Gras and Fat Tuesday press releases and special offers that you want, but you should probably know that like most of Philadelphia, we couldn’t care less. That said, we do care a whole hell of a lot about crawfish — something hard to come by in Philly — and so we started getting really hungry when this photo came across the Foobooz desk a few hours ago. Read more »

King of Prussia Mall Goes Small and Independent for Its Next Big Restaurant

Mistral KOP/Facebook

Mistral KOP/Facebook

Next week, King of Prussia Mall will further its rise to power as a serious contender in the area’s restaurant rat-race with its most ambitious addition yet: a second location of Princeton’s Mistral, Scott Anderson’s casual modern American restaurant.

But will uni pasta fit in next to Neiman Marcus and Lord & Taylor?

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Georges Perrier is Back in the Kitchen (Again)

Baril/Facebook

Baril/Facebook

Although, really, Georges Perrier has never really left. The man who brought Philadelphia all the opulence of Le Bec Fin has been a fixture in this scene for decades, and even after leaving that storied space, he still pops up everywhere. And whether he’s hanging out at a bar in Rittenhouse, dropping in on a class at COOK, or doing a dinner at the restaurants of any one of his many proteges, Perrier has never truly gone away.

But now, he’s coming back with a regular gig: doing a monthly bouillabaisse dinner in the kitchen at Rittenhouse Square’s French bistro, Baril.

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Free Pizza To Celebrate SliCE’s 10th Anniversary

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Tomorrow, February 24, SliCE Pizza will be celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving away free slices (SliCEs?) at all four of its locations–meaning Rittenhouse, Fishtown, Italian Market and Washington Township.

The deal works like this: You show up between 11am and 1pm, you get a free slice. Simple as that. One per person, no purchase required. And while that may be the free-est way that SliCE is CelEBrAtING, it’s not the only way.

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Vote for Best of Philly: What’s the Best Cheesesteak in Philly?

2014 Best of Philly winner: Spot Burger

2014 Best of Philly winner: Spot Burger

Here in Philly, we know our steaks on a first name basis. John, or Jim, or Pat, or Carmen, or Philip, or whoever — cheesesteaks are personal. Our favorite spots help get us through the week, or through a night, and sometimes a rough morning (don’t judge).

Of course, there’s a wrong way and a right way to make a one. Strangely enough, far too many shops get it wrong, and we end up with places like Center City’s Steve’s Prince of Steaks (for those in-the-know, Steve’s in the Northeast is a far better experience).

And then there are some that do it exceptionally well.

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Keep An Eye On University City’s Newest Hotel Restaurant

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It used to be hard to get excited about a hotel restaurant. They’ve always opened not for us, the city’s impassioned diners, but for the transient throngs passing through with no sense of adventure. We ended up with places like Ruth’s Chris Steak House or Aqimero, our most recent 0-star loser of a restaurant that distracts visitors, caters to expense accounts, and really, wastes prime restaurant real estate inside the Ritz-Carlton.  

But now it’s 2017, and things are getting a little easier. For every hotel restaurant that makes us yawn, there’s an Urban Farmer to keep us satisfied, or an a.kitchen, or a Wm. Mulherin’s Sons, or someday soon, a big-deal restaurant backed by a Michelin-starred team. Hotel restaurants in Philly are better than they’ve ever been, making real efforts to tune in to our world by dipping into our local talent.

Take, for example, CO-OP, University City’s brand new restaurant on the ground floor of its new, high-end hotel, The Study.

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Philly Craft Beer Festival Coming Back To The Navy Yard

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Okay beer nerds. Time to mark your calendars. The Philly Craft Beer Festival is coming back again to the Navy Yard on Saturday, March 4. Tickets are on sale right now, and the organizers are guessing its going to sell out. Why? Because it sells out every year. So if you’re interested in hanging out with several hundred of your closest friends, drinking beer under the tents at the Navy Yard, it’s time to act.

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There’s A Wine Happy Hour at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons Tonight

MulherinsWineWe get it. You don’t really need an excuse to go to Wm. Mulherin’s Sons. The Fishtown restaurant was one of last year’s most impressive openings–the kind of place where you go once and then start scouting the real estate listings looking to buy in the neighborhood just so you never have to be too far away.

But in case you do need some convincing, how about a happy hour full of Calabrian wine and getting to hang out with the guy who makes them?

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