Cheezbooz: Even More Cheese News For People Who Love Cheese

cheezboozAs if the last cheese event wasn’t enough, here we come with two more, happening on December 15th and 16th.

First off, there’s a cheese pop-up happening at High Street on Market on Monday, December 15. Starting at 5:30, authors and cheese experts Max McCalman and Tenaya Darlington will be signing books, curating side-by-side cheese tastings and offering a cheese master class for those who are seriously into their curds.

Then, on Tuesday, December 16, at a.bar, there’ll be a cheese happy hour, also featuring McCalman, this time with wine expert Mariel Wega by his side.

Details for both events are after the jump.

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Because A Champagne Brunch Crawl Is Classy, That’s Why

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International winemaker and champagne enthusiast Jean Charles Boisset is in town, and he’s leading a Bubbly Brunch Crawl around Rittenhouse this Saturday, November 8.

So what’s that mean?

It means you have to get up early, but also that you get to drink a bunch of bubbly wine and have various brunch-y type things handed to you by some of the city’s top chefs. Here’s an idea of how it’ll break down.

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It’s the 2014 50 Best Bars in Philadelphia

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We asked 25 of the city’s best chefs, bartenders, beer geeks, cork dorks and professional drinkers to weigh in on the best bars in Philly. Here, in order, are the 50 best places to drink in a city made for drinking. Philadelphia, meet the 50 Best Bars Class of 2014.

Foobooz 50 Best Bars by the Numbers

13 bars are new to the list from last year.

18 bars have been on the list for all six years we’ve compiled it.

Another 4 bars have been on the Best Bars list at least 5 years.

A.bar was the biggest mover, jumping 38 spots on the list.
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New Menu (And Hours) For A.Bar

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At noon on July 17, Ellen Yin and chef Eli Kulp (the dynamic duo who took over both a.bar and a.kitchen a couple months back) are going to be debuting a new menu at a.bar to celebrate the Rittenhouse bar’s first anniversary. Here’s what they have to say about the change-up.

“Chef Kulp’s menu will expand upon a.bar’s already diverse fresh-shucked oyster program, and adds a globally-inspired selection of crudos, shareable snacks, more substantial salads and sandwiches [as well as] a few select whole fish. In addition, a.bar’s hours of operation will be extended, serving [the] new menu all day long, Monday through Saturday, from noon until 10 p.m, with the raw bar offerings available until 11 p.m.”

So what does Kulp have in store for this new menu? He gave us a few clues…

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A Fork / a.kitchen Partnership

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Over on the Insider, they’re reporting on a deal reached between a.kitchen/a.bar’s David Fields and Ellen Yin and Eli Kulp from Fork. The way things look right now, Fields and Yin are throwing in together at a.kitchen and a.bar, becoming partners in both operations, and Kulp will be taking the position of executive chef–designing menus for an as-yet-unnamed chef de cuisine.

The new Kulp-designed a.kitchen and a.bar menus will debut in March. For more details on how this all came together, check out Michael Klein’s interview with Yin and Fields below.

Fork’s Yin and Kulp partnering with Fields at a.kitchen [Insider]

a.bar Hosts a Day of Sherry

sherry-bottle-400This Monday, December 9th is going to be all about Sherry at a.bar. Though many people’s only experience with sherry is on the sweet side, there are dry Sherries that work very well with food.

From 3 to 6 p.m., all oysters are $1.50 each and several local wine reps will be pouring multiple Sherries, ranging from $5 to $10 a glass.

At 7 p.m. chef Terence Feury (Tavro 13) will prepare a four-course dinner with Sherry pairings. The dinner is $85 per person and there is only one seating. Contact beverage director, Tim Kweeder for reservations.

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Everyday, Oysters Are on Special at a.bar

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There’s a real oyster special going down at Rittenhouse Square’s a.bar. Here are the details: between 3 and 6 p.m. everyday, all oysters are $1.50. From east to west coast, from sea to shining sea, all the oysters are just a buck and a half. The second half of work for the day? Well that can wait.

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a.bar Gets a.sign

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The official opening of a.kitchen’s sister property, a.bar, was originally scheduled for tonight. It has now been pushed back to Thursday, but at least it’ll have a pretty new sign.

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