Tragic News From Alma de Cuba

UPDATE: Services for Scott McLeod are scheduled for Monday, March 30th at New Liberty Distillery (1431 N. Cadwallader St.) in Kensington.

On Sunday night, Alma de Cuba chef Scott McLeod collapsed at the restaurant. According to Michael Klein, McLeod was found unresponsive and taken to an area hospital where he was pronounced dead.

McLeod  worked previously at several Philadelphia restaurants including Azafran,Bridget Foy’s, Cuba Libre, Denim, Fresca Superior and Pasion.

McLeod was 41.

Chef had died of heart attack []

Extend Your Weekend With Mojito Mondays

EB86F182-9696-47C9-830C-55BC4FBBCE51Keeping your weekend down the shore going through Monday? Then check out what the Continental Atlantic City is doing. Alma de Cuba chef Douglas Rodrigez  and the Continental Atlantic City’s exec, Brandon Iacone are combining for Mojito Mondays. Starting July 28th through Labor day, the Continental in Atlantic City is offering an array of mojitos ($7) such as classic, passion fruit and watermelon while you munch on some Cuban snacks. The godfather of Nuevo Latino cuisine, Douglas Rodrigez will be cooking up some cuban specialities ($7 each) for an exclusive monday menu. Expect ceviche, tuna tacos, empanadas, and stuffed dates.

The week can start on Tuesday.

Continental Atlantic City [Official]

Down the Shore [Foobooz]



Rittenhouse Row Debuts Four-Night Culinary Event

Rittenhouse Row Culinary logo2_BlackThe forces of Rittenhouse RowKevin Sbraga, and Danielle DelRe, of Starr Restaurants, have come together to create an event that will be one to remember. From August 4th to the 7th, the restaurants of Rittenhouse Row will prepare meals unlike the ones on the traditional menus and give you a dining experience that is one of a kind. As of right now, 18 members will participate in the Rittenhouse Row Culinary Collective, but the list is growing.

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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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Alma de Cuba Now Offering Suckling Pig Dinner

Center City’s Alma de Cuba is now offering a traditional Cuban style Cochinillo Asado dinner of ceviche, whole suckling pig (serves two) and dessert. The special $85 per person dinner requires a three day in advance reservation.

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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.

Read on! Read on!

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