It’s A Matter of Taste – Joncarl Lachman on Philly’s Food Scene


Illustration by Alex Fine

What makes Philadelphia different from the other big restaurant cities, like New York or Chicago?

Joncarl Lachman, Noord: “I lived in both of those other cities and cooked in both, so I’ll be talking from real experience. There’s a camaraderie that exists in Philly that doesn’t exist in other cities like Chicago and New York. Not just between restaurants and the people, but between chefs and the other restaurants. Maybe it’s the size of the city combined with the Philly personalities, but it doesn’t quite exist anywhere else that I’ve worked.”

The January, 2014 issue of Philadelphia magazine is devoted to food. The issue serves up frequently asked questions and insightful answers about Philadelphia’s food scene. Check out the sneak peek online, it  includes answers from Peter Serpico, Anne CollScott Schroeder, Joncarl Lachman and others.

Look for the full issue hitting newsstands next week.

A Matter of Taste [Philadelphia Magazine]


Susanna Foo Tribute Dinner At Meritage


Anne Coll, chef at Meritage, has worked with a lot of big names (Georges Perrier, for example). But she learned a lot of her best tricks from Susanna Foo while working at her mentor’s eponymous Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine on Walnut Street.

Now, in honor of that time, she’s putting together a Susanna Foo Tribute Menu at Meritage. It’ll be available from Wednesday, Oct 9 through Saturday, Oct 12, and features versions of “her mentor’s famous dishes from Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine.” The menu is four courses (plus an amuse), and is going prix fixe at just $39 per person. Reservations, of course, are strongly recommended.

Check out the full menu after the jump.

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A Farm To Table Tasting Menu At Meritage


Yeah, yeah… Everyone is doing farm-to-table these days (except for those who aren’t), and sometimes it’s hard to get excited about yet another menu touting its connections to the local zip code.

But here’s the thing about farm-to-table menus. Every once in a while, one comes along that just feels…inspired. Like the chef really did what chefs are supposed to do when faced with one of these events–looked at the bounty at hand and used both the availability and the scarcity to inspire them in the creation of truly interesting, seasonal plates.

It might help here that Anne Coll was sourcing partly from her own garden. It might help that Meritage is running this thing during one of the true boom-months for Philadelphia-area growers. But it really is a beautiful, poetic board. So take a look and, if the flavors move you, there’s a link at the bottom of the page for making reservations.

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Korean Tasting Menu At Meritage



Korea is a hot topic right now, and it’d be really weird of me to try to connect any Philadelphia food-related news to the politically unstable, war-torn region of North and South Korea. I really shouldn’t.

But speaking of Korea…

Meritage’s Anne Coll has innocuously created a Korean inspired menu, because Korean food is off the hook, and because we shouldn’t let whatever is happening out there take away from what’s happening over here. It’s available through Friday, March 15, so you should go eat there right now because it’ll be awesome. And also because if you don’t, they win.

How’s that for motivation?

The Menu

Game Tasting This Week at Meritage

BIGdsc_6003.jpgMeritage Restaurant & Wine Bar will be hosting another game-driven Chef’s Tasting Menu from today through Friday, January 11th. Chef Anne Coll has put together a unique take on rabbit, guinea hen, quail, and wild boar, and all for only $39 (including a fourth dessert course).

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Meritage Hosting a Game Tasting Menu

Meritage Restaurant & Wine Bar will be hosting a Chef’s Tasting Menu from Wednesday, October 24th through Friday, October 26th. Chef Anne Coll has put her culinary prowess to use by creating a five-course menu of game, with dishes ranging pan-fried wild boar dumplings to roasted venison, all for only $39.

Create yourself a Game of Rhones, because Chef Coll’s got game when it comes to her cooking, and it’ll be a sure game-changer.

Those were too easy, it had to be done.

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Korean Fusion Pop-Up Coming to Fishtown

As part of the week-long performing arts space pop up called ReSource Arts Philadelphia Ann Miller, one time chef of David Ansill at Ansill Food + Wine (and their awesome Korean tacos) as well as a sous chef at Meritage under Anne Coll, will be hosting a community dinner. The ReSource pop-up runs from July 29 to August 5 and the dinner will be on the night of August 1 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Miller’s dinner will be four courses of Korean fusion with wine pairings, specialty cocktails, and live music. The tickets are $60 and the dinner will be in the Crane Arts Old School: The White Space at 1427 N 2nd Street.

Tickets are now available here.

Summer Menu at Meritage


Executive chef Anne Coll has launched a new summer menu at Meritage. The menu will be in a casual format with affordable seasonal items and a specialty items section including bites like Korean Fried Pig Tails and Foie Gras Ravioli.

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Anne Coll Celebrates Her Pet Piglet with a…Pig Dinner?

We’ll file this one under things things that really kind of freak us out but hey, the menu sounds good. Meritage chef Anne Coll is hosting a pig dinner this evening inspired by her new pet piglet, Jenny.

Yes, Coll’s new pet pig has inspired her to cook a four-course pork centric dinner. We understand that many chefs have a strong connection to pigs. We know more than a few who have porcine tattoos, but this is the first time we’ve seen a chef cook a pork dinner in honor of their pet pig.

The dinner is available only tonight for $39 per person.

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