Aldine and Saint Benjamin’s Will be at Amis

Saint Benjamin's and Aldine at Amis.

Saint Benjamin’s and Aldine at Amis.

Aldine and Saint Benjamin’s Brewing are teaming up for 2016’s first Industry Night at Amis. Tonight, Monday, January 4th, Aldine’s George Sabatino will be serving up tasty bites while Saint Benjamin’s pours discounted beers.

The event kicks off at 10 p.m., bring proof of hospitality employment as admission.

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Spend Christmas Eve with Stargazy Pies at Aldine

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South Park’s Cartman would appreciate this pie fest.

In what we hope becomes a long running tradition, on Christmas Eve, Thursday, December 24th, Aldine chef/owner George Sabatino is inviting his long time friend Sam Jacobson, chef/owner of East Passyunk’s British pie and mash shop, Stargazy, to come over and celebrate the holiday.

And instead of turkey, ham, seven fishes or even Chinese food, there will be pies. An all-you-can-eat pie buffet to be exact. The event will cost $40 per person and will include Stargazy staples plus special pies like, pulled beef cheek; chorizo and mussel; chana masala (vegetarian), and winter pumpkin with house ricotta (also vegetarian).

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Back to the Future: Aldine Revisited

Warm romanesco : butternut squash vinaigrette : sunflower seeds : toasted oat milk froth | Photo by George Sabatino

Warm romanesco : butternut squash vinaigrette : sunflower seeds : toasted oat milk froth | Photo by George Sabatino

I have never before been stricken speechless by beets, but I was at Aldine. Big beets—chunks of them cut like kebab meat, that require days of preparation (marination, dehydration, poaching, having bedtime stories read to them, whatever) to give them the texture of rare steak. Beets that taste of pickle-y bitterness and garlic and a lingering, building chili heat. They came on a plate as beautiful as all the plates at Aldine, a shallow bowl in which they sat clustered together, punctuated by razor-thin slices of radish and a smear of sour yogurt and curled puffs of beet chips that I would’ve gladly eaten from a bag while sitting on my couch.

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Aldine Is Celebrating Year One with a Halloween Party

The Sabatinos dogs at Aldine | Photo by  Emily Teel

The Sabatinos dogs on the wall at Aldine | Photo by Emily Teel

George and Jennifer Sabatino’s Aldine turns one this Wednesday, October 28th. The Sabatinos are throwing an Anniversary/Halloween party to celebrate. Instead of sit-down dinner service, for $35 guests can enjoy an unlimited buffet of selections from Aldine’s fall menu. Among the dishes offered:

  • Potato and leek croquettes with herb aioli
  • Chicken liver mousse on focaccia with sweet and sour red onions
  • Roasted baby carrots with sour cherries and almonds
  • Squash tartine served on house made grilled bread

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Drinking Seasonally: Cool-Weather Cocktails In Philly

Fall Cocktails at Heritage | Photo via Heritage

Fall Cocktails at Heritage | Photo via Heritage

A man can’t live on gin and tonic alone.

Well, he can, I suppose. And god knows I try. But the changing seasons here don’t just affect what’s for dinner at Philly’s better bars and restaurants, they also mean changes to cocktail lists across the city. We poked around a little bit, and here’s what we found: Almost a dozen cool-weather cocktails that you should be drinking this weekend.

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Tired Hands and Aldine Deepen Relationship

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Scentless and Senseless, a beer inspired by Tired Hands resident musician, Mike Lorenz. Available at Aldine.

Aldine and Tired Hands Brewing Company are deepening their relationship. George and Jennifer Sabatino’s restaurant has featured beers from the Ardmore brewery in the past but now they are offering especially rare Tired Hands brews. The beers are available via 500 milliliter bottles and 10-ounce pours. These are the beers that create hours long lines outside the Ardmore brewery. But now limited quantities will be exclusively available at Aldine at 19th and Chestnut.

Because the beers are of limited edition, the selection will change.

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Look Who’s Coming to Dinner at Aldine

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Pasture raised pig in the woods by Jen Sabatino’s family.

Aldine chef George Sabatino received this heritage breed, Mulefoot pig from Alafia River Heritage Farms in Florida. The farm is owned by his wife and Aldine co-owner Jennifer Sabatino’s family. The pig, which was raised in the woods on the family farm, was then slaughtered and sent up north as a gift to Aldine and the Sabatinos.

The pig arrived yesterday and George got to butchering the animal, and will be featuring it in a number of dishes on Aldine’s menu as soon as this weekend. Sabatino also plans on turning some of the 250 pounds of pork into sausage, charcuterie and other fun stuff.

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