industree Group Takes on Philly

Screen Shot 2014-11-12 at 3.56.13 PMPHL industree is hosting its “Heart of the House” event on November 24th from 2:30 – 5 p.m. The event company got its start hosting “unfiltered” food industry talks and seminars in Washington D.C., but now they’re coming to Philly and Heart Of The House (a conversation with chefs and owners) is the program they’re launching with.

Distrito will play host to an afternoon of candid conversation between top Philly chefs such as Marcie Turney of Barbuzzo,  Joe Cicala of Le Virtu,  Ben Puchowitz of Cheu Noodle Bar, Michael Solomonov of Zahav and Chris Kearse of Will BYOB.

The event will feature refreshments and “networking” at 2:30 p.m., while the speaker panel begins at 3:30 p.m.

So if you’re looking for some war stories, a little insider knowledge, or just want to hear how these chefs rose to where they are today, tickets are available online.

It’s Latkepalooza Time Again

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Well, it’s almost time, anyway. This year’s event at the Gershman Y is set for Sunday, December 7, from 2-4pm. But tickets (which are $15 for adults, $10 for kids) are on sale right now, and you should really get yours immediately because if there’s anything in the world better than latkes, it’s latkes being prepared by some of the best chefs in the city.

I mean, seriously? Check out this list.

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Paradiso Celebrates 10 Years with All-Star Chef Dinner

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East Passyunk Avenue’s Paradiso Restaurant and Wine Bar is turning ten and they’re going all out. To celebrate, the restaurant will be hosting a 10-course dinner with the top chefs of East Passyunk working alongside Paradiso’s Lynn Rinaldi.

The dinner begins at 6:30 p.m. on December 1st and is priced at $125 per person – a really crazy deal when you realize that Lynn Rinaldi, Will BYOB‘s Chris Kearse, Laurel‘s Nicholas Elmi, Palladino‘s Luke Palladino, Tre Scalini‘s Franca DiRenzi, Noord’s Joncarl Lachman, Townsend‘s Townsend Wentz, Fond’s Lee Styer, Izumi‘s Corey Baver, and Belle Cakery‘s Jesse Prawlucki-Styer will all be cooking for you in one place, on one awesome night.

Oh, and we have the full menu, too

Le Virtu’s 40-Course Dinner Is Upon Us

Joe Cicala at La Panarda | Photo by Alex Tewfik

Joe Cicala at La Panarda | Photo by Alex Tewfik

Le Virtu’s 2014 La Panarda is finally upon us. The feast will be a momentous 40-course tasting menu inspired by Italy’s Abruzzo region, paired with nine regional wines from Chieti Province’s Cantina Frentana and The Artisan’s Cellar.

Beginning at 12 p.m. on December 14th, guests of La Panarda will enjoy hours of dishes prepared by chef Joe Cicala and a communal atmosphere. Last year’s Panarda proved to be an awesome success, attracting attention from the Washington Post and Italy as well.

The cost of the meal is $275 per person, and requires a deposit by Monday, November 24th to secure a spot. To make a reservation for the feast, call Le Virtu at 215-271-5626.

The 2014 Panarda menu will be announced in the coming weeks.

Check out our post about the epic 2013 Panarda here.

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Drexel to Host Second Philly Chef Conference

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Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management is hosting its second Philly Chef Conference. The two-day event takes place on Sunday and Monday, January 11th and 12th and will bring renowned chefs, restaurateurs, purveyors and food writers from across the city and region to come together to discuss issues facing the restaurant industry as well as new food trends, products and techniques.

The first day of the conference is open to the public and will feature two panel discussions and a keynote. Tickets are just $20 per person. Fine Wine & Good Spirits – Doing Business with the PA Liquor Control Board will feature a panel of industry experts including Jason Malumed (Chalkboard Wine & Spirits), Melissa Bova (Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association), State Senator Chuck McIlhinney (Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, responsible for reviewing legislation and policies related to the PLCB) and Steve Wildy (Vetri Family).

Philly 2020–The Future of Dining in Philadelphia will include a panel of chefs including chef chair of the conference, Kevin Sbraga, Jeff Benjamin (Vetri Family), Joncarl Lachman (Noord), Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo) and Rob Keddie (Garces Group) gazing into their crystal balls to discuss what Philadelphia’s dining scene will look like in 2020.

The keynote will be delivered by James Beard Award winning author and internationally known expert on bread and baking, Peter Reinhart.

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This Week: Manita Burrito Takeover At Mugshots

Get your freekeh on...

Get your freekeh on…

Mugshots Coffeehouse is hosting another Manita Burrito takeover this week. Running Thursday through Saturday, it’ll offer everything you need, from cervezas, burritos and tacos to hot cocoa and desserts.

From 5:30-9 p.m., chef Michael O’Halloran of Bistro 7 will be running the pop-up, cooking his Mexican street-style foods with locally-sourced ingredients, tons of vegetables and Manita Burrito’s favorite ingredient, freekeh–an ancient Middle Eastern grain (pictured above). He’s still looking for a brick-and-mortar location for his Manita Burrito concept but, in the meantime, head over to Mugshots for a taste.

Hit up Mugshots every weekend in November for the kitchen takeover, from 5:30 – 9 p.m. on Thursday-Saturday, and from 5-8:30 p.m. on Sundays.

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Tonight’s Sandwich, Beer and Shot Combos

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“Muffin but Trouble” – Rex 1516 Collaboration burger with Pumpkin.

A few days ago we gave you the city’s best food, beer and shot combos. And here’s a friendly reminder that some of them are available tonight.

Cedar Point‘s “Drunk and Cheesy,” happening every Tuesday night, features a special grilled cheese, side of fries, beer and shot for $13. Tonight’s Cheesy is something rather intriguing – black pudding and cheddar on sourdough, with a Sly Fox stout and shot of Jameson. It sounds a little weird, but is a grilled cheese and booze deal nonetheless.

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Birchrun Hills Looking to Expand Cheese Business

birchrun-hills-farm-940Birchrun Hills Farm in Chester Springs, PA is already known for several of the cheeses that they produce on the farm. But in order to move their cheese-making business forward they need a cheese cave and some other pricey additions. The family-run dairy has already secured financing to build the cheese cave but they’ve turned to Kickstarter to raise funds for a curd vat, shelving and cooling system.

Sue Miller and her family hope to raise at least $25,000 in the next month and is kicking off her Kickstarter with some launch events.

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