Alma de Cuba Launches Saturday Brunch Dance Party

pop-star-brunch-alma-de-cubaCan’t get enough dancing on Friday night? Then check out the new Saturday brunch party at Alma de Cuba. All three floors of Stephen Starr’s Cuban restaurant are transformed into a brunch-and-dance affair with progressive DJs, Latin brunch favorites and lots of mimosas.

Doors open at 11 a.m. with dishes ranging from French toast and mini banana pancakes with crispy Serrano ham and candied walnuts to a chorizo and Manchego breakfast quesadilla and Cuban sandwich. Get those plates polished off by 1 p.m. because that’s when the DJ begins spinning in earnest.

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Appetite for Awareness, a Gluten Free Festival, Hits Philly This Sunday

Appetite for Awareness, the signature event of the National Foundation for Celiac Awareness, is coming to Philadelphia on Sunday September 23rd from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Strawbridge Building. The event is in its eighth year and continually brings together physicians and chefs from the area’s top restaurants to serve up information and gluten-free dishes.

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Cuban Chef Collaboration at Alma De Cuba

This Monday, August 13th Douglas Rodriguez, the chef of Alma de Cuba, will be teaming up with Chef Enrique Nunez of Paladar La Guardia in Havana, Cuba for a one-night-only collaboration dinner. The Cuban native is visiting colleague Rodriguez to prepare a five course menu for lucky guests.

There will be a reception from 6 to 7 p.m. which for $25 includes snacks and cocktails. Then the two chefs will be cooking up their special menu with reservations available from 7:30-9:30. The five course menu is $80 per person with wine pairings for $115. The event will also be filmed, as a documentary is being prepared about Rodriguez and Nunez.

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Chef Shuffling: Starr Chefs to Former Starr Chefs

In addition to the big news that Walter Abrams is coming to Philadelphia via San Francisco and the French Laundry to be the new guy at Le Bec-Fin, there is a lot of other chef news.

Mike Santoro, who was the opening chef at Talula’s Garden and came to Philadelphia from DC’s Blue Duck Tavern, is opening his own restaurant in the former James space on 8th Street. Eater reports that Michael Dorris will be his partner and they are aiming to open in June. [Philly Eater]

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Summery Dishes At Alma


Chef Douglas Rodriguez is keeping things fresh this summer with some additions to the Alma de Cuba menu.

Chorizo sliders, duck empanadas, Alaskan crab salad, pan roasted lamb loin.

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National News & Notes

Stephen Starr places two restaurants on Restaurants & Institutions 2009 top 100 grossing independent restaurants list. New York’s Buddakan is number 7 and Morimoto NY ranks 53rd. The Jersey shore places The Lobster House and Carmine’s on the list as well. No Philadelphia restaurant cracked the list. [R&I]

Alma de Cuba’s Douglas Rodriguez will compete on the Food Network’s Top Chef Masters a spinoff of the hugely popular Top Chef. This version will have actual chefs compete and prize money will be donated to charity.

Wegman’s has been named top supermarket in the US according to Consumer Reports. [Philadelphia Business Journal]

Morimoto was ranked in Playboy’s recent list of America’s 10 Best Sushi Spots. [Playboy] via MenuPages

If you were hanging on the edge of your seat wondering what would happen to Angiebrown and Samantha Johnson of Soul on The Chopping Block, worry not, the un-aired episodes are now on Hulu. [MenuPages]

Around The Web

It’s a good week for Philly food bloggers as Le Bec-Fin and Vetri show up among the spots visited.

The Femme Fermental counts the ways she loves Vetri. [The Femme Fermental]

A free meal at Le Bec-Fin. Always say yes. [Fries with that Shake?]

Foodaphilia reminds us that we should really get to Carman’s Country Kitchen more often. [Foodaphilia]

Veggicurious skips Restaurant Week at Alma de Cuba and focuses on Gloria’s Black Bean Soup among other things. [Veggicuious]

It’s a Korean birthday dinner at Nagwon Garden for Foodzings. [Foodzings]

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