All throughout the month of March, chef Chris Kearse is doing collaboration dinners at his East Passyunk BYO Will. Every Thursday, it’s a different chef, a different menu. The one thing that stays the same? the price: $70 for five courses.
He’s doing these dinners every Thursday night. And since today just happens to be Thursday, that means he’s doing one tonight–a collaboration with Townsend Wentz who has been very busy lately announcing the openings of new restaurants (most notably, his resurrection of the East Passyunk space that once housed Sophia’s).
It’s looking like a good party, and there are still some seats available. We’ve got the menu after the jump–and also a list of all the other dinners Will has on the books for this month of collaborations.
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In what appears to be a first-of-its-kind commercial endeavor, a South Jersey winery is selling wine aged on hops normally used for brewing beer. As of last week, Valenzano Winery in Burlington County has released the first of what may end up being a series of hopped Chardonnays, which are available for around $15 a bottle at South Jersey liquor stores like the Joe Canal’s chain and WineWorks in Medford.
Winemaker/homebrewer Michael Jones says as a hophead who works at a winery owned by a beer geek, the idea emerged–as ideas so often do–over pints.
“We were drinking some really good IPAs and we thought, ‘Why don’t we try putting hops in the wine?’” he recounts.
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Nomad Roman has a pretty great happy hour. It runs seven days a week including late-night on Fridays and Saturdays. And tonight they’re making it even better with Troegs beer paired with Nomad pizzas. From 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. one pizza and one Troegs beer is just $8.
The pairings include:
- Margherita Pizza and Troegs Cultivator
- Trenton Tomato Pie and Troegs Pale Ale
- Spicy Soppressata and Nugget Nectar
- Castelvetrano and Scologno with Troegenator
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Beginning on Thursday, March 6th, Oyster House will be bringing back classic dishes from the Mink family’s 60+ years in the seafood business. They’ve dusted off their old school menus from Sansom Street Oyster House as well as Kelly’s on Mole in order to feature a special Throwback Thursday dish every week.
Things kick off today with Oyster Pan Roast, oysters lightly poached in a creamy tomato broth and served with blackened shrimp-buttered crostini.
Other throwbacks will include Crab Imperial, and Dockside Flounder. The full schedule of chef Brett Naylor’s Throwback Thursday plates will be announced via social media. So follow @PHLoysterhouse on Twitter and Instagram or Like them on Facebook.
Oyster House [Foobooz]
As we continue the Year of the Cheesesteak, we’ll be taking a look at cheesesteak spots that are new, been flying under the radar or been suggested to us. Today, we visit the SPOT Burgers truck at The Porch at 30th Street Station. Yes, SPOT Burgers has gotten plenty of rightful ink for their hamburgers but you cannot sleep on owner Josh Kim’s cheesesteaks.
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Shawn Darragh and Ben Puchowitz have signed a lease for the current El Zarape at 12th, Passyunk and Morris Streets. Passyunk Post has the details on what will not be another Cheu Noodle Bar but a different Asian concept. No doubt inspired by Darragh and Puchowitz’s recent trip through Asia.
El Zarape will be open through March 14th, when it will move to 1304 S 9th Street.
Huge! Owners of Cheu Noodle Bar plan second restaurant in El Zarape space [Passyunk Post]
Tonight, Northern Liberties newest bar, Bourbon and Branch is kicking off its burlesque and variety shows with the Beauty Brains troupe. That goes down at 8 p.m. but before that, there are other attractions at B&B. Namely, the pictured banh mi sliders which are half-price between 4:30 and 6:30 p.m.
Bourbon and Branch [Foobooz]
Leading off the news today, Starr’s D.C. outpost, Le Diplomate, got a big, wet, sloppy kiss of a write-up in the Washington Post. Roxanne Roberts gushed about the place (and about Starr), talking about the famous people who’ve come through the doors (Michelle Obama, Newt Gingrich, Joe Biden, etc) and Starr’s history.
For us, the most interesting stuff was about the restaurant itself and how it has quickly become one of the hottest addresses in a city full of very hot addresses. Here’s Roberts:
The bistro is the brainchild of Philadelphia restaurateur-impresario Stephen Starr, who made his fortune correctly predicting what audiences want — and even he’s surprised with the success of the Marais-inspired mob scene, his first foray into Washington. It’s not a power spot in the traditional clubby, steak-and-martini sense, nor the only French restaurant in the city.
But the guy from Philly guessed that Washington was primed for his meticulously detailed brand of theatrics. It’s not just about the food, or the wine, or the bread. What we want is an experience, this time a two-hour trip to Paris complete with crusty baguettes, steak frites and naughty pictures in the bathrooms.
Nice, right? But that’s not the only news on Starr today…
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File this one under positive thoughts. Here’s the March schedule for food trucks at The Porch at 30th Street Station. We’ll be dining outside in no time.
This month, breakfast will be served on Mondays and Tuesdays. Lunch will be served, each weekday but Thursday.
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On Sunday, March 9th, Il Pittore will be presenting a special five-course wine dinner with exclusive pairings from c. Pira & Figli Winery. Chef Chris Painter has created a special menu for the dinner, with each course tailored to pair each wine served. Winemaker Chiara Boschis will be on hand to walk guests through each selection.
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