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.
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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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.
UPDATE: The Audrey Claire deal is off.
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]
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.
City Paper names Philadelphia’s top five open kitchens.
- Audrey Claire
- Little Fish
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]