Tony’s Baltimore Grill in Atlantic City has filed for bankruptcy. Co-owner Christopher Tarsitano tells the Atlantic City Press that a $715,000 bill for withdrawing from a pension fund is to blame. In 2014, the business left Local 54, the Atlantic City hospitality workers union and the National Retirement Fund. Tarsitano says the business was paying$10-15,000 per month for ten employees to receive health and pension benefits. By withdrawing from the fund, the business is on the hook for a “withdrawal liability.” That’s where the $715,000 comes from. Tarsitano tells the Press, the business will not close and remains open as it has since 1927.
Tonight at 7 p.m., Reading Terminal Market is kicking off their “Movies at the Market” series. Once a month, anyone looking to watch a free flick can head over to the market to do just that. The film of choice tonight is “Chef,” a comedy/drama about a chef who quits his job at a prestigious LA restaurant and decides to open a food truck with his ex-wife, son, and best friend.
It’s a better movie than the description makes it sound.
Kensington Quarters chef John Boswell is cooking up something different at the restaurant tomorrow night. From 6 p.m. until 9 p.m., the upstairs loft space of the restaurant will become a Ramen pop-up.
The menu will include two Ramen dishes: pork Ramen ($14) and vegetable Ramen ($12). Aside from the soup, there will also be steamed buns and small charcuterie plates. For drinks, Kensington Quarters will be serving sour beer, Basque sidra, and natural wine.
No reservations are needed for the pop-up; simply walk on in and get your noodles.
Kensington Quarters [Foobooz]
For the third year, Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management is hosting its annual Philly Chef Conference. The two day conference is set for Sunday and Monday, March 6th and 7th. The event brings together big names and rising stars of Philadelphia’s restaurant scene as well as experts from beyond.
The forum connects professional chefs with the regional food community to discuss key issues and to showcase the latest food and beverage ideas and techniques.
Tomorrow night, Le Virtú will host the traditional outdoor winter festival La Cottora. The festival, which is celebrated annually in Italy’s Abruzzo region, will include food from chef Joe Cicala along with guest chefs Sam Jacobson of Stargazy and Michael Strauss of Taproom on 19th. All of the proceeds from La Cottora will go towards Project H.O.M.E., the non-profit organization that offers housing and assistance to homeless men and women in Philadelphia.
Philly Cooks is happening on Tuesday, February 16th. 43 restaurants are participating including 25 from the most recent 50 Best Restaurants list. In addition to the savory bites being provided by the participating restaurants, cocktails will be crafted by bartenders from Vernick Food & Drink, Rex 1516, Neuf and Brick and Mortar.
Desserts will be provided by the likes of Little Baby’s Ice Cream, Nomoo Cookie Company, Shake Shack, Rival Bros., The Little Bird Bakery, The Night Kitchen Bakery & Cafe, MoJo’s Pop Co., Di Bruno Bros. and more.
Get your tickets now or be left on the outside looking in.
Philly Cooks [Philadelphia Magazine]
Last year we said goodbye to a Philadelphia institution and a standard bearer of fine dining, The Fountain at the Four Seasons. Now, there’s a new kid in town. Urban Farmer Steakhouse opened a month ago in the historic restaurant space in what is now The Logan hotel. Just as Avance was always compared to Le Bec Fin, so too will Urban Farmer be compared to The Fountain, and the two are very, very different dining experiences.
Under normal circumstances the folks staffing Philly’s farmer’s markets are a hardy bunch. August’s temperature spikes, November’s frosts, and April’s rain showers don’t phase or slow down people who routinely deal with livestock and pull food from the very ground.
This weekend, however, they’re coming as close to taking a break as they ever do. Both Farm to City and The Food Trust have made the decision to close all of this weekend’s year-round farmer’s markets to prevent area growers from having to navigate what, at the moment anyway, are projected to be tough driving conditions. You heard right: no farmer’s markets this weekend in Rittenhouse, Chestnut Hill, Fitler Square, Clark Park, or Bryn Mawr. Considering the fact that many of these growers drive an hour or more to get downtown, market organizers are doing their best to make safe decisions for one and all. This week, instead of highlighting what to look for at your local farmer’s markets, I’m highlighting a few places to shop for local foods besides your local farmer’s market. Get your bread, get your milk, and stock up on snack food, because it’s time to hunker down, farmer’s included.
Each Sunday, Marzinsky creates two-or-three special curries with one of the curries being paired with a special hoppy beer for $15. Buckminster’s full dinner menu is also available on Sundays.
Also and Sundays and through Thursdays, the Point Breeze bistro offers late-night happy hour from 10 p.m. to midnight. The happy hour includes $3 select drafts, $3 well drinks, $5 select wines and an abbreviated dinner menu.