Sure it’s fun to order just what you want off of a restaurant’s menu but sometimes the camaraderie of a shared feast is what you’re really hungering for. That’s when a large format meal at one of Philadelphia’s best restaurants is what you have in mind. So gather up some friends and make reservations for these family-style dinners.
Amada is making your dreams a reality once again with their Summer Pig Out.
Their semiannual, all you can eat Pig Out is happening this Sunday, June 26th. There will be seating times at 1 p.m., 4 p.m., and 7 p.m at the Old City restaurant. For $60, you get to enjoy three courses of family style deliciousness, including endless suckling pig.
Consider this a test run to see how much you can eat before your inevitable Fourth of July hotdog binge.
Spots are limited and tend to go quickly (especially since you don’t need a group to reserve a seat). Call (215)625-2450 to make sure you get a spot.
Jose Garces’ planned restaurant at 2401 Walnut Street finally has some details associated. The first floor restaurant will be called 24 and will feature “health-conscious wood fired fare.” The restaurant will offer a full bar and is aiming to open in the second quarter of 2016.
Garces and his culinary team will also have a research and development kitchen adjacent to 24.
In other Garces Group news, Amada New York is getting closer as final hires are being made. The first New York restaurant from the Iron Chef will be opening shortly with chef Justin Bogle at the helm.
And mark your calendars for Friday, March 18th. That’s the date of the Garces Foundation’s Annual Benefit.
Every year, the crew at Amada does their part to keep the population of delicious, delicious pigs in check. They call it their Fall Pig-Out, and it’s coming right up.
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.
10 years is a long time. In the restaurant world (where we celebrate a 1-year anniversary like its remarkable and 5 like its unheard of), it’s damn near forever.
So it’s definitely worth mentioning that this month, The Garces Group is presenting “Amadaversary” as three different events celebrating Amada’s 10th Anniversary.
“Amada” basically translates to “beloved” or “sweetheart,” so it’s very fitting that Amada is hosting a class for people to learn all about my sweetheart: wine. On Sunday, Apr. 26 from 2:30-3:30 pm, Alexandra Cherniavsky (Amada’s Sommelier) is teaching a wine tasting class.
The class will feature wines intended to perk you up after a dreary winter, so you can expect sparkling wine from Raventos i Blanc, a rosé from Amestoi, and other bright, white wines. Also, light tapas will be served, and the whole thing only costs $25, which is a pretty good deal for wine and tapas.
You can call (215)625-2450 to make reservations.
UPDATE: This event is now sold out. Amada says to stay tuned for the next one.
So for those of you who’ve been wondering whatever happened to the guy who used to run the kitchen at Avance, now you know. The weird thing? This is a sort of homecoming for Justin Bogle, because prior to his running off to New York City to earn his Michelin stars while cooking at Gilt, he got started as a cook under Jose Garces at Alma de Cuba.
Sometimes cooking at home just isn’t an option, and what you need is a restaurant equipped to handle large parties with some degree of privacy. Lucky for you, we’ve got a list …
Earlier this month, we told you about Tinto’s new happy hour. Now, Jose Garces’s other Spanish restaurant in Philadelphia is getting a similar happy hour makeover.
Beginning today, Amada is offering a $5 tapas and drink specials from 5 to 7 p.m. on weekdays. Look for favorites like Piquillos Rellenos (crab-stuffed peppers), Patatas Bravas (spicy potatoes), and Croquetas de Jamon (ham croquettes) all to be on the happy hour menu.
In the drinks department, Amada will be offering $4 beers, $5 sangria, $6 wine and $8 cocktails.