Ok, so people are saying that summer is winding down. Labor Day is right around the corner, the kids are all going back to school, the grocery stores are already full of Halloween candy. But the surest sign that we’re in the final throes of the season? Corn dogs are back at Shake Shack.
Just like they did last year, the Shake Shack crew will be adding corn dogs and a Peach Pie Oh My concrete to the menu, starting Friday. They will only be available (along with pints of Shack X IPA) through Monday, September 1. After that they, like summer 2014, will only be a memory…
Shake Shack [f8b8z]
Team Vetri just released their schedule of September cooking classes at Osteria and in the new upstairs room at Vetri. So if you’ve ever wanted to have Marc Vetri show you how to make pasta (or have him and his dad Sal teach you the secrets of a proper Sunday supper), you should probably get over to the ticketing site and make your reservations now.
And hey, Vetri isn’t the only one playing teacher in September. Jeff Michaud is doing classes on Pizza and Italian bar snacks. Brad Daniels is hand-rolling pasta. Adam Leonti is making risotto. Ian Brendle is coming in to do an end-of-summer dinner. Brad Spence is doing a class on “cucina casalinga” (housewife cuisine and Italian soul food, more or less). And on Tuesday, September 16, 10 lucky folks will get to be among the first to try the food from Lo Spiedo when chef Scott Calhoun crops by to do some menu testing. That one should be awesome.
September Cooking Classes at Vetri and Osteria [Official]
Join Kraftwork for a Labor Day party. The Great Boogie Woogie party is happening in a warehouse at 1526 N American Street and there will be live music, food trucks and beer from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Music will include acts from New Orleans, Manitoba and New York combining for a day of electro-rock, N’awlins flavor and Afrobeat. Beer will be provided by Ithaca, Troegs, Victory and Goose Island.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Kraftwork, Kermit’s Bake Shoppe and online at TicketFly.
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Spruce Street Harbor Park | Photo by Matt Stanley
The Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has extended Spruce Street Harbor Park through September 28th. The riverfront park was originally scheduled to close on August 31st. The hours of operation for the park and the Garces Group operated Blue Anchor will remain the same. Look for some seasonal additions for September.
Spruce Street Harbor Park was built using a substantial grant from ArtPlace America to show visitors the potential of the Penn’s Landing Marina area. The objective of connecting Philadelphians and visitors to the waterfront clearly succeeded. 35,000 people per week visited the park, nearly twice that over the Independence Day weekend.
Of course, with success like that, you might wonder if it will be back next year.
Spruce Street Harbor Park [Foobooz]
Society Hill Society | Photo by Courtney Apple
In the annals of faint praise, neighborhood restaurant is a peculiar epithet. People usually apply it to the places that make them feel most welcome. Yet it’s a dismissive classification—not just because it implies that a place merits only limited attention, but because it suggests that one neighborhood restaurant is more or less interchangeable with any other. Warm hospitality, a menu that’s not trying to reinvent the wheel, consistent cooking, and bang—your Brewerytown pals are all, “Why can’t somebody open a place like this by us?”
Nobody would ask that about Society Hill Society, because Reed Barrow has remade the old Artful Dodger into a public house that looks like pints have been sliding across its hammered copper bar since the first bricks were laid on Headhouse Square (and only lately, eclectic cocktails). Locally crafted spindle chairs and coarse-grained chestnut soak up the warm light of yellow globe fixtures on patched plaster ceilings. The upper bar shelves hold objects so random, it seems they must have taken decades to accrue. Is that a femur wedged in next to the ship captain’s hat?
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Tony Luke’s, which has locations from Baltimore to Bahrain is heading to the Lehigh Valley. The storefront will open at 806 W. Hamilton Street in Allentown before the end of September. The new location is a franchise owned and operated by Praveen Vig who operates restaurants at Trump Taj Mahal and Trump Plaza casinos. Vig was looking for a location in South Jersey when the Allentown opportunity presented itself. The location is one block from the PPL Center, Allentown’s new indoor arena, which will be home to the Philadelphia Flyers farm team.
Tony Luke’s to open Allentown location in Sept. [Morning Call]
Photo by Jeff Fusco
George and Kim Mickel, owners of By George and Mezze in the Reading Terminal are opening a specialty burger stand facing the center court of the Market in the former home of Tokyo Sushi Bar (across from The Original Turkey). The new stand, which doesn’t have a name yet, will also offer shakes, fries, onion rings and other sides.
A portion of each sale will be donated to support hunger relief agencies locally and around the world. Look for the new burger stand at the Reading Terminal to open this fall.
Reading Terminal [Foobooz]
Crow & the Pitcher | Jason Varney
For food-obsessed Philadelphians, the first half of August unfolded like a rigged game of Two Truths and a Lie. In case you were down the Shore, let’s play. Pick the fib: The Ritz-Carlton turned over 10 Arts to a barbecue pit-master for a night; chef-cum-doughnut mogul Michael Solomonov came out in the New York Times as a self-described “crackhead” during Zahav’s early days; and Georges Perrier did a three-night gig at a restaurant that serves deep-fried pickles and a “Cool Ranch Dorito Omelette.”
Now, you already know the game’s fixed. All three are the God’s honest. But still, Georges Perrier—Georges “I declare war on Steve Starr” Perrier—moonlighting in a kitchen that crumbles junk food into the eggs? Well, that casts Le Bec-Fin’s legacy in an unexpected light.
The highbrow/no-brow tug-of-war has been playing out in Philly since at least the 2004 debut of Barclay Prime’s $100 cheesesteak, but Crow & the Pitcher (which marks chef Alex Capasso’s return to Philadelphia after seven years operating Blackbird in Collingswood) is our first restaurant to carry the yupster embrace of cognitive dissonance to what you might call a post-ironic stage.
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Greg Vernick is hosting chef Jamie Bissonnette for a special nose-to-tail dinner on Monday, September 8th at Vernick Food + Drink. Bissonnette, who is celebrating the release of his new book, The New Charcuterie Cookbook, has been named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef: People’s Choice and won a James Beard Award-winner of Best Chef: Northeast. He and Vernick first connected in restaurants in Boston, Vernick worked under chef and restaurateur Ken Oringer at Boston’s Clio, and Bissonnette has since partnered with Oringer, with whom he operates three restaurants including the extremely popular Toro and Coppa.
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La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko
Peter Woolsey’s La Peg is now officially open at Race Street and Columbus Boulevard. The brasserie in the FringeArts building has an emphasis on small plate French food and is currently open nightly for dinner and late-night bar bites. The menu ranges from $3 bites to $27 for a steak frites dish. A $30 dinner includes French Onion soup or trio of salads; roasted half-chicken with fries or salmon with horseradish; and chocolate cake or la peg sundae.
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