The third annual Oscar Viewing Party took place at the Ritz-Carlton on March 2nd. Guests donned their finest gowns and suits (some even wore black tie) to enjoy a pre-party before the screening of the famed awards show. They enjoyed a complimentary happy hour featuring Peroni beer and Casamigos Tequila cocktails, as well as light bites and desserts from the 10 Arts bistro.
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We’ve talked a fair amount about 10 Arts new chef, Nathan Volz. He had the unenviable responsibility of taking over the kitchen in the post-Ripert, post-Jen Carroll world, but has answered this challenge with several interesting ideas and a complete re-working of the menu.
And now, he and his kitchen are offering people a helluva deal. Until the end of August, 10 Arts will be doing their “Summer Classic Night Out,” which is a 3-course dinner for two for just $78. Oh, and even better? A round of drinks are included. Here’s how it works…
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Chef Nathan Volz has been holding down the line at 10 Arts for three months now, ever since the departure of his boss and mentor, Eric Ripert. In that time, he has stuck (more or less) to the vision of 10 Arts as it stood under Ripert (and Jen Carroll), but no more.
Beginning tonight, there is a single new menu for the space which will bridge both the lounge and the main dining area, bringing the entire floor under the sway of Volz’s new “American comfort cuisine” take on the board. This means a mix of small, medium and large plates, desserts, custom cocktails and Philly classics–which, in turn, means that you can now get a cheesesteak at 10 Arts (with shaved tri-tip and shallot confit, natch), in case that’s one of those things you’ve really been waiting for.
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This Sunday is the Academy Awards and we’ve got three very different suggestions for show business’ biggest night. Whether you want to pretend you’re on the red carpet, would rather show off your movie knowledge or just want to stuff yourself full of crabby snacks, we’ve got you covered.
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Okay, folks. So we’re coming the end of stage one of Philadelphia Restaurant Week. For most places, Friday marks a brief respite before things pick up again on Sunday, and in celebration of that, we figured why not make a day of it tomorrow–hitting both a lunch and a dinner spot for the deals offered.
First stop? 10Arts, where chef Nathan Volz has been getting plenty of practice knocking out those plates of tagliatelle pomodoro with fresh mozzarella pictured above. He’s offering a creamy seafood chowder as one of the first-course lunch options (putting it up against a Honeycrisp apple salad), then the tagliatelle (which, when stacked up against a croque monsieur, is an easy choice), with either a carrot-hazelnut cake with carrot sauce and cream cheese sorbet or a pina colada sundae with rum gel and coconut foam as dessert.
Both of those sound weirdly compelling. Wonder what it’d cost me to double-up on dessert? And honestly, with the lunch price coming in at just $20, would it really matter?
But where should we go for dinner?
Been a big day in Eric Ripert news. First came word that he was stepping away from the Ritz-Carlton’s Westend Bistro in Washington D.C. effective January 1st. And now the Insider is reporting that Ripert is also ending his association with 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton here in Philly–the place that made Jen Carroll famous before that whole Top Chef thing. The reason? Some mystery restaurant in NYC affiliated with his celebrated fish palace, Le Bernardin.
For the time being, 10 Arts staff (including sous chef Nathan Volz) will continue to operate 10 Arts as 10 Arts, but what we’re wondering over here is whether a recent visit by Jose Andres (who recently began a partnership with Ritz-Carlton at their new, ultra-luxury property, Dorado Beach in Puerto Rico) to the kitchens at 10 Arts while he was in Philly has anything to do with anything.
Because, seriously, losing The Ripper sucks. But trading him for Jose Andres would go a long way toward making me feel better…
Eric Ripert Leaving 10 Arts [The Insider]
10 Arts Bistro and Lounge has announced their latest Chefs Dinner will be held on Tuesday, October 23rd at The Ritz-Carlton. 10 Arts’ Culinary Director Eric “Steel Eyes” Ripert and Chef du Cuisine Nathan Volz will collaborate on a seafood heavy menu of six courses, each featuring locally grown seasonal ingredients.
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If you’re into the Oscars and looking for a way to view them that doesn’t involve laying on your couch, drinking copious amounts of wine, screaming “what are you wearing?” and laughing out loud to snarky Twitter posts, several Philadelphia bars and restaurants can save you. If you aren’t looking to be saved, then by all means, carry on.
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We already let you know that his Ripert-ness was going to be in Philly, bringing a little taste of Le Bernardin to 10 Arts for a few, special nights. But tonight, he isn’t going to be in the kitchen because he has a friend in town: his dark alter-ego, Anthony Bourdain.
The two of them are going to be onstage at the Merriam Theater tonight at 7:30pm, telling “fascinating, hysterical and sometimes shocking stories about their culinary experiences,” according to the PR shills. Oh, and they’re going to be taking questions from the audience as well, so if there’s ever been something you wanted desperately to know about judging Top Chef, eating warthog ass or running one of the greatest restaurants in the world, now’s your chance to get the answer.
Tickets are running between $45 and $55 and can be gotten by calling 215-893-1999, by visiting the Kimmel Center website, or at the box office tonight.