There’s an old saying that goes: There’s no such thing as bad publicity. We’re not entirely sure who coined that phrase, but we’re fairly certain they never contemplated the dilemma faced by acclaimed Rittenhouse restaurant Crow & the Pitcher, whose chef-partner Alex Capasso was arrested on July 20th, facing horrific child pornography allegations. Read more »
He trained under Georges Perrier at Brasserie Perrier, opened Blackbird Dining Establishment in Collingswood to great acclaim, then came back across the river to open Crow & The Pitcher in Rittenhouse in the spring of 2014.
Now, Alex Capasso is in jail, charged with one count of distribution of child pornography, and the allegations against him (first reported this afternoon by the Philadelphia Inquirer) are seriously disturbing.
If you want to know the details (and trust me, you probably don’t want to know the details), Victor Fiorillo has laid them out over on the Phillymag news blog. Here, we’re mostly concerned with the restaurant side of things.
From what we've read and heard, it seems that Capasso has actually been missing from Crow & The Pitcher for the past week or so, and the crew has been carrying on without him. And right now, the restaurant remains open under the command of the remaining crew--something they've apparently gotten accustomed to.
UPDATE: Partners Rush to Sever Ties With Accused Child Pornographer Alex Capasso
Rittenhouse Chef Alex Capasso Arrested For Child Pornography [Phillymag]
Duke & Winston is hosting a Beer and Cheese Tasting tonight from 6-9 p.m. The cheese pairing will be done by Crow & the Pitcher, and Victory Brewing Co. founder Bill Covaleski will be on hand for beer discussion.
The event is free, just reserve your place online.
Victory x D&W presents Beer & Cheese Tasting [Ticketleap]