Cheese Happy Hour Debuts at Di Bruno Bros.

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Tonight, Di Bruno Bros. at 9th and Sansom is launching a weekly “cheese happy hour” series. Every Thursday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Di Bruno cheesemongers will present three cheese pairings. Tonight, Southern Tier Brewing beers will be part of the pairings. On Thursday, April 24th, it will be Victory Brewing Co.

The happy hour is free and pairing partners will be announced weekly via Twitter. Follow the hashtag, #3cheesethursdays.

Di Bruno Bros. – The Franklin [Foobooz]
Cheese Happy Hour [Di Bruno Bros.]

Townsend Gets A Barman

KeithRaimondiThat guy over there look familiar? If you’re the drinking sort, he likely does.

That’s Keith Raimondi, who has spent years slinging drinks at some of the best bars in the city. He was the GM at Lemon Hill, worked for years with Team Garces, putting in time at Tinto, Chifa, Distrito, Amada and Village Whiskey, and did the cocktails for Jose’s most recent book, The Latin Road Home.

Well, now he’s got a new gig which will put him behind the stick at Townsend Wentz’s eponymous new East Passyunk project, Townsend–the one opening in the (hopefully totally uncursed) space that formerly (and briefly) held Sophia’s. Raimondi will be head bartender (which is kind of a step back, but one he insists he’s looking forward to), sharing all booze-ly duties with GM and sommelier Lauren Harris.

Townsend [f8b8z]

 

Wahlberg Brothers Are Bringing Their Burger Concept to Philadelphia

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Wahlburgers, a burger restaurant founded by brothers Mark, Donnie and Paul Wahlberg is looking to expand in Boston, Toronto and Philadelphia. The Wahlbergs and Wahlburgers were featured in a recent A&E series about the restaurant. Th Wahlburgers concept offers both fast casual and table service dining, made-to-order ground beef burgers, all-beef hot dogs, crispy fries, onion rings, tater tots and specialty frappes.

Wahlburgers is looking to open five locations in the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. Though no site has been selected, the group is looking to open the first area location in late 2014. Two planned restaurants in the Boston area are 4,200 square feet with outdoor patios and a full bar.

In Boston and in Toronto, the planned locations are near the city’s baseball stadiums. Feel free to speculate where the Philadelphia metro locations will be. 

Wahlburgers [Official]

Crow & The Pitcher Opens on Rittenhouse

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Alex Capasso quietly opened his Rittenhouse Square restaurant, Crow & The Pitcher on tax day. The revamp of C19 makes the space more rustic with pub tables in the front and a more formal dining area beyond the bar. Capasso’s old boss Georges Perrier was hanging out when we swung by to grab a copy of the opening menu. The menu ranges from $6 for a salad with Boston lettuce to $28 for a rib-eye steak.

The restaurant and bar will be open Tuesday to Sunday, from 4:30 p.m. – 2 a.m.

Check out the full menu »

Foobooz After Dark: North & South – The Menu

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Yesterday, we announced our fourth Foobooz After Dark dinner. On Saturday, April 26th at midnight, we’re taking the chef de cuisine from SBRAGA, Greg Garbasz, and transplanting him into The Fat Ham’s kitchen with chef de cuisine, Aaron Gottesman. They’ll be doing what they do best: Aaron showing off his Southern skills, and Greg doing some fancy Yankee stuff.

Remember, beer from Sixpoint Brewery and The Fat Ham’s signature cocktails will be pouring all night, so it’ll be lots of eating and lots of drinking–as is tradition for our After Dark dinners.

Take a look at the menu »

Camden’s Cooper River Distillers Gets Go Ahead

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After months of waiting and delays Cooper River Distillers have finally received permission to legally operate their distillery. Production on their first product, Petty’s Island Rum will begin this week. It won’t be long before the made-in-Camden spirit will be available to drink and this Thursday will be the last chance for awhile to tour the about-to-rock distillery. Tours are being offered at 6:30, 7, and 7:30 p.m. The distillery is located at 34 N. 4th St.
Camden, New Jersey.

More on Petty’s Island Rum » 

Happy 50th Birthday Wawa

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Today is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the very first Wawa in Folsom, Pennsylvania. To celebrate, the stores are offering free coffee to everyone who asks for it. And over at the main Philadelphia magazine site, Dan McQuade is celebrating by rounding up 50 cool facts about Wawa through the ages–things like the origin of the name, celebrities who have Wawa tattoos, interesting observations on the hairstyles of Amish teenagers, where to buy a plush version of the Wawa mascot (yes, they have a mascot) and why you can’t buy rolling papers or porno at your local Wawa.

Seriously, it’s a great list. And the amount of history, controversy and cultish sociology he manages to cram into just 50 short entries is amazing. There is no doubt that Wawa is the greatest convenience store of all time, and the list essentially reads like 50 reasons why. Check it out at the link below.

50 Things About Wawa For Wawa’s 50th Anniversary [Philly mag]

Jose Garces Is Aiming High with Volver

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From the Garden, including live lettuce from Garces’s Luna Farm.

Tonight is the night that Jose Garces’s Volver debuts its ticketed dining at the Kimmel Center. The restaurant will immediately leap to number one in the city in at least one respect,  Volver will be the most expensive dining experience in town.

What remains to be seen is whether Garces, chef de cuisine Natalie Maronski and their team at Volver can deliver. There are two menus available, the pre-theater tasting of eight-or-so courses for $75-$100 and the performance tasting, which rings in at 12+ courses for $175 per person. These prices do not include tax, gratuity or alcohol. The grand wine pairing, which is available with the pre-theater dinner is $50 and includes tax and gratuity. That means early evening diners can get out for $146 per person with wine pairings. Or if you want to go all out with the performance tasting, it will be north of $300 per person with the drink pairings.

Check out the menus » 

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