Tonight: Veal, Lamb and Pig at Amis

amis-turduckenTonight’s industry night at Amis isn’t going to be scared off by a little snow. Join the Amis crew who will be throwing the bash this month with their friends from around the corner, Vetri.

Vetri’s chef Adam Leonti and company are preparing an amazing turducken-style roast that has to be seen to be believed. It’s a whole pig, stuffed inside a whole lamb, stuffed inside a whole veal.

Amis says they’re ready to feed 300+ people and will be pouring discounted wines, Lazzaroni spirits and La Colombe Pure Black coffee drinks to accompany the complimentary feast.

As always,  21+ and guests must bring an industry paystub for admission. The fun kicks off at 10 p.m.

Industry Night with Special Guest, Vetri [Facebook]
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Osteria vs. Amis in a Culinary Cage Match

Photo by Michael Gruber

Alla Spina hosts a Culinary Cage Match | Photo by Michael Gruber

On Wednesday, February 26th Alla Spina is hosting a “Culinary Cage Match” featuring Osteria’s Brad Daniels and Jeff Michaud versus Ned Maddock and Brad Spence of Amis.

The chefs will each be given four ingredients and tasked with coming up with a four-course meal that will featured one of the challenge ingredients in each course. The dinner is open to the public (maxes out at 20) and costs $65, including beverage pairings. The diners will also get to vote in order to determine the winning chef.

Call Alla Spina for reservations, 215-600-0017. 

Alla Spina [Foobooz]

Industry Night Is a Go at Amis

rigatoni-amis-squareTonight Joe Cicala of Le Virtu is joining forces with Amis for the Vetri Family’s monthly industry night. The industry night is at Amis this month and will feature lots of offal from Cicala and Brad Spence.

As always, the fun starts at 10 p.m. with free food and discounted drinks. Be ready to present proof of hospitality industry employment  at the door.

Amis [Foobooz]

It’s A Total Sausage Fest Tonight At Amis


Zagat has the word on tonight’s all-night, Restaurant-Week-confounding Sausage Party at Amis. $19.99 gets you three courses of sausage. Yards beers are $5. There’s sausage antipasto, multiple-sausage courses to follow and chocolate salami and ice cream for dessert.

Oh, and one other thing? At some point during the night, there’s going to be a sausage-eating contest involving several big-name local chefs. Like Kevin Sbraga, Jen Carroll, Scott Schroeder, Jason Cichonski, Brad Daniels and Le from Hop Sing Laundromat. Chefs being the way they are, there’s no guarantee that the contest will happen, that all or any of them will show up, or that it won’t, at some point, just devolve into a drinking contest (as so many of these sorts of things often do). But seriously, isn’t it worth showing up just for the chance that you’ll get to see something like that?

Anyway, the full details are over on the Zagat blog. You should check it out right now.

Amis Hosts A Chef Sausage Eating Contest [Zagat]


Marie Turney and Valerie Safran's enchanting Little Nonna's gets our prize for Best New Gayborhood Restaurant.

A table spread at Marie Turney and Valerie Safran’s enchanting Little Nonna’s, which gets our prize for Best New Gayborhood Restaurant. Photo courtesy of Jason Varney.

You don’t have to spend the mortgage at Marc Vetri’s eponymous townhouse to get that delicious Vetri Italian cooking. This exposed-brick, slightly industrial-feeling space has food that will simply knock your socks off, including our fave, the addictive tonnarelli. Sit at the counter, sip some very good wine, and watch the masters do their thing. 412 S. 13th St., 215-732-2647,

Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s latest is a step back in time to the cozy kitchen of some little Italian granny—one who wants to put some meat on those bones. Loosen your belt and dive head first into the homemade meatballs sopped in “Sunday gravy” and a plate of the fluffiest gnocchi this side of Trastevere. 1234 Locust St., 215-546-2100,

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James Beard Finalists Announced, Two Locals Move On & Journalism Gets Nods as Well


The James Beard Foundation announced their 2013 awards finalists today. The list of JBF Awards semifinalists included a boatload of Philadelphia area nominees but the list of finalists find just two, three if we claim Dogfish Head’s Sam CalagioneBrad Spence moved on as a finalist for Best Chef – Midatlantic for his work at Amis. Vetri also made the list of finalists for Best Service.

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