Chef Scott Schroeder of American Sardine Bar and SPTR has graced these pages many times in the past. There was the time he went down to Love Park to touch everyone’s wiener, then there was his SPAM-fest, his collaborations with Jason Cichonski and David Ansill, his various sandwich experiments. But he’s not generally the first guy who’d come to mind as a Be Well Philly cover boy.
Except that now he is. Yesterday, Be Well cornered him and got him to talk about his new, healthier outlook on life, his six-day-a-week meatlessness, what he thinks about vegetarian food in Philly and how chefs are changing the way they think about their diets. To wit:
Michael Solomonov told me something funny: He said whenever he eats something really bad, he always feels bad about it and then has to counteract it with something healthy. So if he has chicken wings, he has to have an apple. I think the days of the stereotypical “fat chef” are dying.
Anyway, the whole interview is good, and filled with interesting notions on modern, non-moralistic vegetarianism. You can check it out over on Philly mag’s Be Well blog right now.
Why Meat-Loving Chef Scott Schroeder Is a Six-Days-a-Week Vegan [Be Well]
Cheu Noodle Bar, home to some of Philly’s most beloved noodles, is hosting its fourth Ramen Rumble on Monday, September 29th at 6 p.m. And this one looks to be an epic battle. Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink will rumble with Nick Elmi of Laurel Restaurant to produce the best noodles of the night.
The event costs $25, which will get you 2 mini-ramen bowls, a beer and a voting card. The event is also first come, first served; however, the chefs make plenty of ramen so don’t let a line scare you.
Cheu Noodle Bar [Foobooz]
But first, Voorhees. Owner Munish Narula and his crew are doing friends-and-family (and a media preview) on Friday, September 19 for their new location at 200-300 White Horse Road, at the Echo Shoppes. The official opening (and, therefore, the one you should really care about if you’re a fan of Tiffin and living in New Jersey) is Monday, September 22nd.
But along with this news, comes some more good news for the future. It looks like Tiffin isn’t happy with just one new opening in New Jersey when they could have three. The Narula Restaurant Group is currently getting ready to open two additional new Tiffins–one at 1892 East Rt. 70 in Cherry Hill and another at 249 Rt. 10 in East Hanover in North Jersey.
While we’ve been all amped up on news from La Colombe, ReAnimator Coffee has quietly expanded with its own bigger and better facility.
ReAnimator Coffee is hosting their grand opening at 310 Master Street on Saturday October 11th starting at 3 p.m. The coffee shop is currently open daily from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends, but the grand opening is a great time to tour the new space, a restored elevator factory in the Kensington neighborhood.
The new space serves not only as a ReAnimator cafe, but will also house the green coffee inventory, serve as a training lab for employees and feature a 12 kilo Probat coffee roaster.
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SliCE owners Marlo and Jason Dilks are filling in one of the few culinary gaps that still remain along East Passyunk. The couple is opening P’unk Burger in November at 1823 East Passyunk Avenue (former Chhaya location).
The burger shop will offer beef, poultry, salmon burgers and soy-free veggie burgers. The menu will also include hand-cut fries and milkshakes.
The restaurant will be BYOB and have room for 25-30. Inside the front window will be an arcade game table-top with the classic Burger Time.
P’unk Burger will be open daily with late-night hours on Friday and Saturday. P’unk is aiming to open in November.
P’unk Burger [Foobooz]
The season of Oktoberfests and fall festivals are upon us and it’s time to celebrate in Philly’s own style. There are plenty of festivals, parties and deals to choose from, everything from the huge Brauhaus Schmitz Oktoberfest to the world’s biggest pumpkin beer festival. So choose wisely.
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From the Department of the Ridiculous:
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The Corner Foodery at 1710 Sansom St. has a fall jam-packed with free tastings this year. Check out the dates and times for their beer tastings in September and October below. They will also be hosting an “Eat, Drink and Learn” event with chef Andrew Gerson at the end of this month.
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Suburban restaurants are often doomed by the difficulties they have to overcome: lack of foot traffic, low customer counts, competition with the big-box chains that spring up on every major corner. But the one thing they have going for them? Their neighbors. Because when a great restaurant comes to a place previously served only by the mediocre and the lame, it can become the center of a community the way no urban restaurant ever can. Forno Antico is one of those places — a sprawling BYO that opened in a terrible location behind a jewelry store a few months back, but that’s been working hard to win over every single customer who comes through the doors. The pizzas come out of a traditional Neapolitan oven brought over from Italy (the name means “antique oven”), the alfredo tastes nothing like what you’ll get at the Olive Garden (meaning it’s wonderful and rich and buttery and creamy in the way that only a scratch-made sauce is), and the meatballs are huge, perfectly textured and delicious, even when, like me, you just ask for two orders to go so you can eat one in the parking lot before driving home.
Forno Antico [Foobooz]
Originally published in the September 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine
So we’re now counting down the days to Feastival, which is happening this Thursday, September 18, at Penn’s Landing. And while we’ve already told you all about the restaurants that will be there, the crazy auction items they’re offering, and even played a game of Find The Kale in order to give away $700 worth of VIP tickets, we still have some more news.
Like how about a 20% discount code for tickets?
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