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.
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…
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.
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.
Bryan Sikora has updated the menu for Spring at Rittenhouse Square’s a.kitchen. The spot has also added a spring tasting menu every night, four courses for $32.
Iacopo Lenci, the 27 year-old brewer and owner behind Birrifico Brùton is in town tonight and tomorrow. Italian craft beer has seen a meteoric climb in Italy and in Philadelphia. Lenci, broke away from his winemaking father to set his own path in beer and as you might guess from his photograph above, he’s an interesting guy.
Tonight Lenci will be sharing his story at Pizzeria Stella where from 6:30 t0 8:30 p.m. chef Shane Solomon is offering a special $35, four-course tasting menu with complimentary beers from Brùton. [Menu]
After Lenci is done at a.kitchen he’ll be heading up to Alla Spina to hang out. No special menu at Marc Vetri’s new Italian pub but Brùton’s beers will be pouring.