Here’s some big news for those of you enamored of the intersection between science and junk food. Alex Talbot of Ideas In Food is coming to Nick Elmi’s ITV for a one-night-only pop-up. And he’s bringing his fried chicken and donuts with him.
Top Chef is back for a 14th season and the still-popular Bravo show has plucked another Philadelphia-based chef to compete. Sylva Senat, who came up with Dos Tacos and was the man who opened Tashan on South Broad Street will be competing on this season from Charleston, South Carolina.
Senat’s resume is deep and varied. The Haitian native has cooked across the world including at Aquavit in New York and with Jean Georges’ restaurant at Trump Hotel. He also was chef de cuisine at 66 Leonard Street and Mercer Kitchen.
Joncarl Lachman has just begun serving his fall menu at his Passyunk Avenue BYOB, NOORD. Fall is Lachman’s favorite time to cook and he points out that “autumn is ‘Noord Weather'” and we happen to agree. It is also time for snert to be on the menu and snert might just be the favorite word of the entire Foobooz staff. Snert!
In addition to the snert, a Dutch split pea soup served with sausage, bacon and rusk, other fall dishes include Maastrichts Zuurvlees, beer & vinegar braised beef served with vegetables and clove; and Hete Kip Uitsmijter, an open faced spicy chicken sandwich served on milk bread with gouda, sunny-side up eggs, salad and pickles.
It’s been said before that no plan survives first contact with the enemy. That same thinking applies to restaurants opening their doors to customers for the first time. Now Serving is Foobooz’s series of interviews with the chefs and owners of just-opened restaurants and bars where we ask what has changed between opening night and today.
Without Southwark, Ambra wouldn’t exist. At least not now. Not in the form it has taken. And without Ambra, owners Chris D’Ambro and his wife, Marina De Oliveira would’ve never taken over the Southwark space operated for years by Kip and Sheri Wade.
“We really walked into a unique scenario,” D’Ambro told me when I got him on the phone to talk about how things have come together at his tiny, jewelbox Italian restaurant next door to Southwark. “And it wouldn’t have worked without Southwark.”
The popular and well liked (4.5 stars on Yelp) Washington D.C. pizza chain, &pizza lands in Philadelphia. The first area location and 17th for the chain is opening Thursday, October 13th at 1430 Walnut Street (on 15th Street under the Cheesecake Factory).
The quick-serve pizza spot (pronounced “and pizza”) will host a celebration in honor its first location outside of Washington D.C. with free pizza and tattoos.
That’s right– &pizza is offering tattoos of their logo, the ampersand, on their opening day. The first five guests to request this tattoo will receive it for free, along with free pizza for a full year. If you aren’t sure permanent ink for a year of free pizza is for you, you can still get a free pie if you are one of the first 215 guests to arrive–the number 215 being a nod to Philadelphia’s area code.
On Thursday October 13th, over 60 local Chinatown restaurants, businesses and food trucks will participate in Yè Shì Night Market. The Ye Shi night market is a production of the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation and is the result of several years of holding night markets in conjunction with the Food Trust.
Monday October 17th is set to be a big day for Shake Shack. According to a story in The Courier Post, the zoning board of Evesham, New Jersey will consider an application for a freestanding building to be shared with a new Honeygrow and near a ShopRite supermarket at Marlton Commons. the intersection of routes 73 and 70.
That same day, we will find out if another Shake Shack will be opening at the Wells Fargo Center. Rumor has it, the stand will be behind Section 116 of the lower level. Take that Penguins fans.
At this time, neither Shake Shack nor the Wells Fargo Center are willing to confirm the openings. But we don’t have to deny them either. Watch this space.
I was a big fan of Lansdale’s Stove & Tap when I reviewed it a couple months back. It’s a large, ambitious space in the ‘burbs, run by two industry vets, serving food that’s better than what most people expect to find outside the city.
And now, owners (and Starr alums) Justin Weathers and Joseph Monnich are expanding in a big way. They’ve got two new restaurants scheduled to open next month, both of them in the Eagleview Town Center in Exton. We haven’t got a lot of information yet, but here’s what we know…
In case you didn’t believe the project was real (like I didn’t), I visited the site of the 1,000-person venue, 1209 Vine Street, just last week. Yes, NOTO (short for “Not of the Ordinary”) is a thing, and yes it’s still happening
Bloktoberfest returns to South Street for the 8th edition of the beer, food, music block party. The blockbuster street festival happens this Saturday, October 15th from noon to 9 p.m. South Street will be closed off from Broad Street to 18th Street for local vendors serving craft beer, local eats and a variety of neighborhood initiatives.
Bloktoberfest is free to attend but all festival-goers will need a beer bracelet and beer tickets. A bracelet is $15 in advance and includes three drink tickets. A bonus beer ticket comes with five drinks for $25 in advance ($30 day of). Get your tickets online now.