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.
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Photo by Mike Arrison
“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.
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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.
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The blank facade that the Kimmel Center used to show to Spruce Street is going to become a floor to ceiling glass space that will sport Jose Garces’ Volver. Check out this rendering and more over at Property.
The latest on Volver [f8b8z]
Look: Renderings of Kimmel Center Renovation [Property]
CANCELLED: The Pop-up meat market has been cancelled due to illness.
Maybe Victor Fiorillo will want to check out Philadelphia CowShare next time he needs to go meat shopping. You can check out the CowShare this afternoon at Williams-Sonoma in the Bellevue at Broad and Walnut.
From 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. you’ll be able to pick up grass-fed beef and pastured pork for your Labor Day needs and wants.
Pop-Up Meat Market [Philadelphia CowShare]
Philly CowShare [Official Site]
Juice bars are definitely having a moment. We’ve personally been impressed by the flavorful juices at South Street’s Sip N Glo Juicery and the friendly service at Sansom Street’s Yellow Juice Bar. Next up is the Fueling Station in the Sporting Club at the Bellevue. The juice and smoothie bar is open to members and non-members alike. The Fueling Station also offers breakfast bites, La Colombe coffee and sandwiches and wraps.
The juice bar opens on Tuesday, September 3rd and Restaurant Impossible’s Robert Irvine will also be on hand, promoting his new protein bars.
Check out Be Well Philly for the full menu.
Fueling Station [Official Site]
Tonight, Monday, July 22nd, Missouri’s praised 4 Hands Brewing Co. will be featured at Perch Pub. Hang with the brewery’s owner Kevin Lemp, while sipping on drafts hand picked for being both refreshing and quaffable. The event starts at 5 p.m, which also happens to be Perch’s happy hour, when all drafts are available for half-price.
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Kevin Sbraga is focusing on barbecue at his chef’s counter. The Top Chef winner is serving up a menu that includes barbecued glazed salmon, roasted pork belly with smoked pig ear mac-and-cheese and jerked beef brisket.
The $79 per person menu (with optional $50 beverage pairing) will be available from July 15th to August 1st. Call 215.735.1913 for reservations.
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After hemming and hawing on where to head after happy hour last Friday night a friend suggested checking out the new Pennsylvania Horticultural Society Pop Up Garden on Broad Street, across from the Kimmel Center. The garden offers food from Jose Garces’ catering division (the food is not by Morgan’s Pier’s George Sabatino as previously announced) as well as local craft beers, frozen margaritas and local root beer.
The design of the space will feel a bit familiar, as the design has been completed by Groundswell Design Group, the team behind Morgan’s Pier and the outdoor area at Talula’s Garden. Picnic tables dot the area as does as a terraced area that is great for people watching. On a mild summer night, the space takes on a magical feel, illuminated by twinkling market lights.
The Garces Group is manning the food stand, offering a picnic menu of hot sandwiches like, chipotle short rib with horseradish creme fraiche, veggie sandwich with grilled zucchini, tomato conserva, basil pesto and arugula; and a South Philly dog with caramelized onions and cheese on a potato roll. Lighter bites like summer melon, Philly pretzel bites, chorizo Bilboa and pie-in-a-jar desserts are also available.
The beer garden offers local craft beer and cider including Yards Philly Pale, Victory Summer Love and Philadelphia Brewing Company’s Commonwealth Cider. Yards root beer is available as a non-alcoholic option, or spike it with one of several flavored vodka selections.
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