Last November, butcher Bryan Mayer (scheduled to open Kensington Quarters very soon now) partnered with chef Andrew Wood from Russet and the team at Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook, PA on “la tuade” a day that began with one of Wyebrook’s heritage hogs on the hoof and ended with a multi-course meal featuring cuts from that hog.
The day of butchery demonstrations and discussions of sustainable farming was so well-attended that they’ve scheduled a second event on Sunday, April 27th, with one of the male dairy goats from Doe Run farm. While this event isn’t for everyone, for folks who eat meat it is a rare chance to confront the realities of meat eating in a respectful and professional context.
And, of course, we have the menu…
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Craig LaBan finds that Jose Garces’s Rosa Blanca may suffer from a split personality but is worth it when it comes to Cuban classics.
Rosa Blanca is at its best when embracing its Cuban comida soul. The ropa vieja was stewed to brisket silk, profound with a subtle molasses sweetness and sneaky red fresno chili spice. Flavorful cubes of pork-shoulder masitas were intense with savory adobo seasoning, practically melting on the tongue. The garlicky roast chickens, meanwhile, are among the most flavorful in town, dripping oregano and achiote-tinted essence down from the spit onto baby potatoes that turn yellow with flavor. With a crock of perfect black beans and rice on the side, it’s a satisfying value for $18.
Two Bells – Very Good
Rosa Blanca still seeking an identity [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Rosa Blanca [Foobooz]
Chip Roman’s Treemont Is Now Open It’s the 4th restaurant for Roman (not counting Tradestone)
Morgan’s Pier Will Open May 1st And we have some more details
First Look: Bar Volver What to expect from the walk-in side of Jose Garces’s new operation
High Street Doing More Friends and Family Dinners, Headed for Night Market Because Eli Kulp never sleeps
Farm Fest Comes To The Parkway An egg hunt, a petting zoo and clog dancing
Foobooz After Dark: North & South Here’s what the menu will look like
Marky Mark Has A Burger Joint? Wahlburgers is coming to Philly
Questlove DJing the Great Chefs Afterparty And that’s not even the biggest news
How You’ll Spend Your Summer The Spruce Street Harbor Park
This Saturday, April 18th, Memphis Taproom is celebrating its sixth anniversary and the return of its beer garden and hot dog truck.
The celebratory beer bash will include the debut of Memphis Taproom’s latest collaboration beer, UNITY, a Kölsch-style beer brewed with Hersbrucker hops by Victory Brewing Co.
Outdoors, the hot dogs will be grilling and the sun will be shining. There will also be some new Memphis Taproom/DeDolle t-shirts for sale.
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No sooner had I cautioned you not to expect ramps and fiddleheads to be going all gangbusters at farmer’s markets last weekend then, boom, there they were at the Philly Farm and Food Fest just two days later. Cold snap or no, there’s no stopping springtime now, and here’s the latest:
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The Franklin Flea, Philly’s homegrown answer to the Brooklyn Flea’s departure, reopens tomorrow from 10 to 5 in the historic Strawbridges’s building at 801 Market street, and it’s worth bringing your appetite as well as your hand-sewn shopping bags.
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For only the second time in Philly (and one of the very few times in the US entirely), Hitachino Anbai plum beer is showing up on a tap list. This weekend, Zama will be tapping the one small keg they were able to get their hands on and, odds are, it isn’t going to last longer than a couple days.
So what is this stuff? It’s Hitachino Nest white ale (already a rarity) that has been doctored with Japanese plums picked from Hitachino owner, Toshiyuki Kiuchi’s, private orchard. The plums spend six months soaking in the beer, then a little bit of natural sea salt is added to finish this strange, salty/sour wheat beer.
So if you’re one of those people who just can’t resist bragging about the rare and unusual beers you’ve tried, this is a can’t-miss event. The Hitachino Anbai plum is on tap now and will only be around for this weekend.
Today, the Delaware River Waterfront Corporation has shared the details for its Spruce Street Harbor Park. The pop-up waterfront park will bring a boardwalk, urban beach, fountains and misting areas to the Penn’s Landing Marina and for two months.
The pop-up park, which will feature floating barges complete with lily pad water gardens, restaurant and bar kicks off on June 27th and run through August 31st.
Groundswell Design Group, Interface Studios and Digsau combined to create the plan for the space. Groundswell’s David Fierabend says “We’re involved because we believe iterative placemaking is the future of urban development and city renewal. By creating these moments along the waterfront we’re reconnecting the city to this long forgotten asset. Not only are these spaces amazing, they’re cost effective and immediately attainable. Their ephemeral quality keeps us intrigued and our attention focused on what’s next.”
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Cheesecake at Vedge // Photo via Facebook
Be Well Philly launches new “The Best Thing I Ever Ate” feature. And for the first edition, they’re asking Philadelphia vegans what their favorite vegan dishes in Philadelphia are.
Check it out.
The Best Thing I Ever Ate in Philly: Vegan Edition [Be Well Philly]
We hoped it wasn’t true when Nikole Stever tweeted that there was paper up in the windows of Blue Belly Barbecue. But Meal Ticket confirms that Gene Giuffi’s global barbecue spot has closed. The “lack of lunch and weekday business” was the culprit. You can still catch Giuffi’s pork-centric fare across the street at his French BYOB, Cochon.
Sorry We’re Closed: Blue Belly BBQ [Meal Ticket]