Audrey Claire Turns Twenty

Audrey Claire turns 20

Audrey Claire turns 20

In 1996, Audrey Claire Taichman opened Audrey Claire on 20th and Spruce. Taichman has expanded her reach since then, and now owns and operates two other businesses: Twenty Manning Grill and COOK. But now, twenty years later, her original BYOB will be celebrating it’s anniversary this coming Tuesday, June 28th.

To celebrate two decades of Audrey Claire, the crew will be hosting a five-course meal with some of the best dishes from their opening menu. The prix fixe menu will cost $40 per person, and the best part? 20% of all proceeds from the event will be donated to the OneOrlando Fund which supports victims of the recent Pulse nightclub tragedy.

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Sneak Preview: September Classes At COOK


Shockingly, another month of summer has sped by, meaning it’s that time again: COOK’s September schedule is going up tonight at 6 PM. As usual, the best classes go rather quickly, so you’d better be at the ready if you want to score seats to the classes happening in their kitchen in September. How does a whole hog from Kensington Quarters sound? Or perhaps dumplings from Bing Bing Dim Sum and Cheu Noodle Bar. Want to learn to bake apple pie (it is fall, as scary as that is), or learn to make pasta? Or come see our 40th Open Stove competition? All that and more is on their calendar for September. Read on for the full list.

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About Last Night: The One Where No One Saw Strange Brew, But At Least We Had Tiny Sombreros


Thinking caps that guests wore for trivia rounds, and Jason wore for fun.

It is imperative that you do the following tonight: crack open a beer, introduce your backside to the couch, and put on Strange Brew. Do not pass go.

Now that that’s out of the way, let’s talk about last Wednesday. The event was Open Stove XXXIX, themed (you could say loosely) around Beer Week, steak houses, and a little bit of Fireball. And teeny, tiny sombreros.

In what is turning into a recurrent nightmare for Jason during the trivia portion of our Open Stove events, no one had seen Strange Brew (recall the Barfly incident). Prepared for disappointment this time, however, we came armed with thinking caps and more than enough alcohol to ensure that even those who hadn’t seen the movie would, by the end of the night, almost believe they had.

Click through for all the laughter, tears and tiny hats. Yeah, we have pictures. Lots and lots of pictures.

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13th Street Still Booming

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Audrey Taichman is looking to open a second branch of her Audrey Claire at the corner of 13th and Sansom. Next door Marcie Turney and Valeri Safran are looking to expand their 13th Street empire with Verde, a flower and chocolate shop where Robins Books used to be. Also in the works is another restaurant next door at 110 S 13th Street. This spot will be Mediterranean and will feature a wood burning stove as well as the couple’s first liquor license.

What makes this all the more fun is that Turney used to work for Taichman at the original Audrey Claire.

Inqlings: This summer, it’ll be geckos galore [Philadelphia Inquirer]
More food in Wash West [The Insider]

UPDATE: The Audrey Claire deal is off.

Watermelon Makes The Menu

Late this summer look for watermelon on local menus.

At Audrey Claire near Rittenhouse Square, chef de cuisine Greg Garbacz tops watermelon chunks with crumbled Grana Padano cheese, thin-sliced red onion, and fresh mint. At Twenty21 in Commerce Square, sous chef Colin Leary has offered watermelon salad on his $24 lunch prix-fixe: dice-size cubes of melon and fried, panko-crusted puffs of goat cheese in a sweet sauce including shallots, mint and lavender, all on an oversize lettuce leaf.

GoodTaste – Watermelon salad [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Philly Food Blog Wrap Up

Foodaphilia takes in brunch at A Full Plate Cafe twice in a weekend. Enjoying the lemonade, breakfast burrito and Omelet of the Day. [Foodaphilia]

Foodzings experiences Venezuelan cuisine at Sazon at 9th and Spring Garden. Slow roasted beef, Venezuelan cheesesteaks and more. [Foodzings]

Foodzings also visits the Reading Terminal Market for lunch, hits up Tragos for $8 pitchers, and finally a great BYOB dinner at Audrey Claire. [Foodzings]

Ouch, gas•tron•o•my doesn’t have much good to say about Twenty Manning, “P.F. Chang’s > Twenty Manning.” [gas•tron•o•my]

Gas•tron•o•my checks out Sunday brunch at Bridget Foy’s and finds a “tasty South Philly brunch, without the laborious South Philly wait.” [gas•tron•o•my]

Mac & Cheese rates Talula’s Table’s macaroni and cheese a tie with Morning Glory. [Mac & Cheese]

PhillyFoodGuys verifies that the Good Dog cheeseburger is indeed “fantastic.” [PhillyFoodGuys]

Thursday Night

It’s a beautiful night out so why not look to dine outside, the restaurant row of 20th Street is always a good bet, whether it’s Snackbar, 20 Manning, Seafood Unlimited or Audrey Claire.

Tune into WIP tonight at 7 PM for Pizza Palooza as Glen Macnow crowns the best pizza in Philadelphia.


Open Kitchens

City Paper names Philadelphia’s top five open kitchens.

  1. Audrey Claire
  2. Dmitri’s
  3. Little Fish
  4. ¡Pasion!
  5. L’Oca

And although these are all fine restaurants and several are among our favorites. This list is incomplete without Striped Bass and Osteria. And speaking of Osteria, Thursday/Friday lunch starts today.

Air It Out [City Paper]