Bryan Sikora told Michael Klein today he had been fired as chef at a.kitchen by David Fields. Sikora was scheduled to be leaving sometime this spring anyway but the abruptness is a surprise. Sikora and Fields were both at Saturday’s ACHIEVability’s Food for Thought event where the chef was serving a literal shrimp cocktail.
Sikora fired from a.kitchen [The Insider]
Caciofo Alla Giuda at Le Castagne
Passover begins at sundown this evening and Philadelphia restaurants are celebrating the Jewish Festival of Liberation with special passover menus.
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It must be chef shuffling season. Word comes from a.kitchen’s David Fields that chef Bryan Sikora will be leaving Rittenhouse Square’s a.kitchen. Like Eater, we’ve been told Sikora is opening a La Fia, a bakery/cafe in Wilmington.
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Be Well Philly asked a dietician for advice on eating healthy during Restaurant Week. She’s got five tips to live by and also suggests what to order at seven participating restaurants including a.kitchen, Butcher & Singer and Lacroix.
Cheat Sheet: A Dietician’s Guide to Philadelphia Restaurant Week [Be Well Philly]
Restaurant Week Guide [f8b8z]
Kiehl’s enthusiasts were stunned to hear that the location at 18th and Walnut had closed suddenly on January 3rd. But the prime corner location won’t be empty for long. A.kitchen’s David Fields’ tells us that AKA is taking over and plotting a “little sister to a.kitchen.” The concept is still being developed, but expect a 35-seat space with a focus on raw foods. The space won’t have a hood, so hot food won’t be a priority, wine and cocktails will.
The 700-square foot space is being designed by the same firm that did the work at a.kitchen. A May opening date is anticipated.
a. kitchen [Official Site]
In case any of you out there forgot to crawl out of your Sandy-proof panic rooms until today, we’d like to remind you that Election Day is tomorrow. And wanting to make sure this fact does not escape anyone, a.Kitchen is hosting an election-themed Industry Night tonight at Amis, offering various politically appropriate snacks and beverages for those looking to get a leg up on their Election Night drinking (what, how do you celebrate?).
While there’s no sight of Freedom Fries on the menu, it’s hard to get more patriotic than this…
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So last night was the latest installment of our now legendary Foobooz Open Stove Night, and this one had everything: Sibling rivalry, strange fruits, children, over-proof rum, fire, disqualifications, contest winners, breakfast cereal, childhood trauma, a weird old man who wandered in off the street (and not Georges Perrier, for a change).
It was a great night full of food that ran the gamut from awesomely brilliant to…not. And once more, we had COOK photo ninja Yoni Nimrod there to take the pictures. So here’s what you missed.
Show me the pretty pictures
Our friends over at Be Well Philly have some more food news and handy guides you will all want to see as they have just revealed their Best of Be Well Philly and the ultimate dining guide for the diner on a diet. Read more »
To celebrate the end of the summer season A.kitchen, the Best of Philly: Wine List winner, will be showing off their selection by offering a variety of roses and Rieslings through September 21st. The extended wine menu will rotate through the end of the summer, starting with six different roses available from August 24th-31st. Next from September 1st through the 21st eight different Rieslings will be available. These wines will be served by the glass in 3 or 5 ounce pours with prices ranging from $6 to $16.
a.kitchen [Official Site]
Bryan Sikora of a.kitchen will be serving up a beer-pairing menu on Wednesday May 16th starting at 6pm to correspond with American Craft Beer Week from May 14-20th.
Each course on the menu will be paired with a beer from Allagash Brewing Company. Allagash’s own Suzanne Woods will be on hand to answer any beer questions while Sikora creates and serves his dishes.
The special menu will range from $9 to $18 and beers will range from $6 to $8. Dishes can be ordered individually or for $65 guests can create their own four-course meal from the menu.
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