Aldine Debuts New Menu Format

Poached Mussels with English Peas, Shaved Radish and Vinaigrette

Poached Mussels with English Peas, Shaved Radish and Vinaigrette | Photo via Aldine

When I heard that Aldine was changing its menu format, I thought maybe that meant the menu would no longer feature stupid colons in between ingredients (like sorry but,”sugar snap peas : pickled chili : smoked almond milk : rhubarb,” just does not look right). But alas, that was too much to hope for. Instead, Aldine is abandoning its unique tasting menu, which was divided into either the “omnivore” or “herbivore” menu, in favor of a more traditional format.

Chef and owner George Sabatino’s new menu is divided into first, second and third courses. First courses are either served cool or room temperature, second courses are slightly larger and served warm, and third courses are really the bigger main courses.

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The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Is Coming

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

If you’re looking for a fun, free way to celebrate the beginning of allergy season (or what some people call, “spring”),  on Saturday, May 2, head down to Center City for the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. There will be a fashion show, beauty booths, live music, and most importantly food demonstrations and cocktail lounges.

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Village Whiskey Opening in DC

Rendering via Douglas Development

Rendering via Douglas Development

The Garces Group is still very much in expansion mode, and Jose Garces announced this week that he’s bringing a Village Whiskey to the Shaw neighborhood of Washington D.C. The bourbon bar will open at 920 N Street Northwest (Rear/Blagden Alley NW). The space will be 4,459 square feet. That’s just about four times the size as the original just off of Rittenhouse Square in Philadelphia. The location is on Blagden Alley and right next store to another Philadelphia export, La Colombe.

Washington D.C.’s Village Whiskey will open in the fall of 2016. Garces’ first Washington DC restaurant, Rural Society opened in July of 2014.

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Tonight: Mac & Beer Fest In Collingswood

Follow the instructions for the lightened-up baked mac and cheese, and pair it with the prescribed spinach salad and—BOOM—a mac and cheese salad on your plate. Genius? We think so.

Sure, you’ve had lobster mac n’ cheese and mac n’ cheese with pancetta, but have you tried Mexican mac n’ cheese? Or Greek mac n’ cheese? Didn’t think so.

But you can change that tonight by going to the Mac & Beer fest at the Grand Ballroom in Collingswood. The fest, which runs 5-9 pm, benefits the Collingswood Foundation for the Arts, who manage the ballroom and the Scottish Rite Auditorium and Grand Ballroom, and the Crossroads Programs, which helps a abused, abandoned, homeless and at-risk young people. So yes, it’s for a good cause.

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Opening Soon: 1st Ward Sandwich in Pennsport

1st-ward-logoA new sandwich shop is coming to South Philly in early May. 1st Ward Sandwich is located at Morris and Front Street in Pennsport. Paul Frost is the man behind the project.

What we know right now: The space will seat around twenty, with additional seating outside. Frost hopes to eventually feature a monthly prix fixe dinner with a changing seasonal menu. But in the meantime, they’re going the soup, salad and sandwiches route (hence the name).

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Zahav and Vetri Throwing Collaboration Dinners

zahav-vetri-interlockedOn Monday, May 11th at Zahav and Tuesday, May 12th at Vetri, the two restaurants are hosting collaborative dinners. The dinners will feature the cooking of chef Adam Leonti of Vetri Ristorante and chef/co-owner Michael Solomonov of Zahav.

Each night will feature identical seven-course tastings exploring Eastern and Western Mediterranean cuisine, served in each restaurant’s private dining room.

The dinners, which are $200 per person (plus tax and gratuity) include a collaborative beverage pairing between Vetri’s Bobby Domenick and Cook N Solo beverage director, Brian Kane. Each ticket is $200, plus tax and gratuity.

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This Weekend: Crawfish Boil And Live Jazz At Rex 1516

crawfish

Crawfish boils are fun for everyone (except the crawfish, I guess). Head over to Rex 1516 anytime between Thursday April 23 and Saturday April 25 for a crawfish boil and live jazz music from the Eric Worthman Trio.

For $25 you’ll get two pounds of crawfish, andouille sausage, corn and red bliss potatoes. You can also get a bucket of Naragansett pounders (4 of them) for $10.

If crawfish doesn’t suit your fancy, or if you just identify with them too strongly, you can order off the regular menu as well.

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TONIGHT: Earth Day Dinner at Vegan Commissary

Even Vegan Food Can Be Delicious

Even Vegan Food Can Be Delicious

For those of you who don’t have a lot of tree-hugging friends posting about it on Instagram, today is Earth Day. Inexplicably, despite the gravitas of this enormous day, I was still expected to show up to work today. I know, it’s shocking how little people care about our planet. Nonetheless, some people know how to celebrate Earth Day correctly. Tonight, Vegan Commissary is taking a break from serving its traditional weekend brunch fare and opening up for a four-course $45 dinner.

The menu is heavy on the spring flavors, and right now is arguably the best time to eschew meat and dairy anyway because the produce is just starting to get exciting again. I mean, I’m not going to be a vegan, but I support you if you are.

The first course is a baby arugula salad with rhubarb and strawberries, followed by asparagus and artichokes served with sprouted barley and meyer lemon. The main course is risotto with spring greens, morels, and black pepper ricotta, and dessert will be a caramel coconut budino with pineapple and pistachios.

You can make reservations by calling (215) 964-3232.

Vegan Commissary [official]

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