Volver’s announcement of ticketed dinners had us wondering how Jose Garces’ new restaurant stacked up against other dining experiences in the city.
Here is a selection of prix fixe dinners in Philadelphia.
Two real estate companies made an announcement yesterday of a joint purchase of most of the 17-story Avenue of the Arts building, which has the Olive Garden and Capital Grille on the ground floor, and Art Institute student housing on floors 4 through 17.
Washington, D.C.-based MRP Residential and the commercial Principal Real Estate Investors plan a “comprehensive redevelopment” of the building into a luxury apartment complex. The deets:
- 220 Class A residential units
- New building lobby
- Leasing office
- Fitness center
- Theater room
- Interior landscaped courtyard
- Roof deck
- Renovated elevators
The companies plan to keep Olive Garden and Capital Grille. The project has a target completion date of early 2016.
Volver, Jose Garces’ culinary showcase is set to open in April at the Kimmel Center. The space will feature a caviar and champagne lounge as well as a forty-seat performance dining area. Garces, architects KieranTimberlake and interior designer Marguerite Rodgers have collaborated to design a space that highlights the arts, culinary and otherwise.
The first three Philly Cooks Tasting Tours are on sale now. We’re offering three different neighborhood tours on Monday, February 17th. South Philadelphia, Broad Street and Fishtown tours are all on sale now. Tickets to these events are very limited and sure to sell out fast.
Oops: Today’s newsletter linked to this story instead of the Farmers’ Cabinet story. You can find the story about the raid here.
Today’s splashy news is the announcement that Carl Dranoff is adding SLS International to South Broad Street and Philadelphia’s skyline. The 47-story tall hotel and condo tower will include a ground floor corner restaurant and bar space. So let the speculation begin, who will take this prime corner opposite the Kimmel Center?
We just received word that Jose Garces’ Volver at the Kimmel Center has been pushed back till January, 2014. We’re not surprised, given that we snapped the above photo of the very much under construction restaurant on Saturday morning during ThinkFest.
So we’ll just have to wait a little bit more before we get to check out Jose Garces’ champagne bar and culinary theater.
As for Garces’ Rosa Blanca, look for his Cuban diner to open the week of December 2nd.
When we compiled the list of Philly’s Best Bars there was one bar that we couldn’t count. The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s pop-up beer garden received enough votes to place on the list and to come in rather high. Not bad at all for a pop-up garden that only was open for five months. But we couldn’t include a closed bar on a list highlighting the best Philadelphia has to offer. However, the PHS’s Pop-up Beer Garden was the hit of the summer (and fall) and deserves a special mention.
It was the go-to spot for al fresco drinking all summer. A wonderful place to meet friends or find new ones. The Kimmel Center and a setting sun presented a wonderful vista. Locals hears swelled with pride. Visitors were sold on Philadelphia after one look around. It was at once an urban respite and an energy filled lot of what can be. It forced the question, how can this location right on Broad Street, across from the Kimmel Center be allowed to have remained empty for so long? It’s a question that resonates today on South Broad and now across the city. For what the PHS’s garden really did, was open our eyes to what can be.
“Keep your head down and cook from the heart. The gimmicks? They’re not gonna work.” That’s the advice offered to our current Top Chef contestants by Kevin Sbraga—Philly’s only big winner to date. Here, he walks us through one perfect four-course prix fixe at Sbraga—with fallback options for those who don’t share his deep and abiding love of octopus and pork products.
Kevin Sbraga is hosting chef Michael Laiskonis on Wednesday, November 6th for an “inspiring” Lithuanian menu. Is your eyebrow raised? Well maybe you don’t know enough about Laiskonis. The classically trained chef was Le Bernardin’s pastry chef and is now the creative director at New York’s Institute of Culinary Education. He’s also won accolades from Guide Michelin, the James Beard Foundation, Bon Appetit and the New York Times among others.
Laiskonis is also proud of his Lithuanian heritage and much like he’s doing at COOK, he’s showing off the traditions and flavors of Lithuania in his creative menu.
The dinner is $150 per person including beverage pairing and all taxes and gratuity.