In a post to Facebook on Friday afternoon, Bar Ferdinand announced that it is closing after service on Monday, October 10th. The restaurant has been open for more than ten years, initially a bellwether of the Northern Liberties becoming the hip new neighborhood and then in more recent times, a sign of stability as the fortunes of the Piazza and Northern Liberties have ebbed and flowed.
David Ansill has quite the story (much of which we’ve chronicled): back in Philadelphia after his repose in Jamaica, he’s brought great food and drink to Bar Ferdinand, and now he’s taking on the kitchen at the Good King Tavern, alongside chef de cuisine Mike Blau.
But here’s the tricky part. He’s not leaving Bar Ferdinand to go to Good King. He’s actually going to be overseeing things at both places.
Running this double-duty seems kind of crazy, if you ask us. But then again, from the looks of things he seems to be handling it rather well: with a new menu and events in the works this month, the Good King is already getting a makeover under Ansill’s command.
Will the balancing act last? Who knows. But for now, details and a menu after the jump.
A couple days back, Danya Henninger from the Philly Zagat blog put together a great list of the 20 best secret menu items at restaurants in Philly. And while yes, there are a few odd ones in there to round out the list (the pork pastrami sandwich at Fitler isn’t exactly “secret” and the blistered shishito peppers at Bar Ferdinand come with the patatas bravas), but that doesn’t matter because the list, as a whole, is awesome for those who don’t already know about the existence of these dishes, and a fantastic reminder of some of the best one-off plates in the city for those seen-it-all souls who think they already know everything.
Philly’s summer has just become a little more delicious and a little less expensive with all of the upcoming restaurant weeks. But with as many as there are, it can be hard to keep track of the whens and wheres, so here’s a guide to the deals happening in Philadelphia.
Join Bar Ferdinand as they host Al Fresco Paella Cooking Classes on Saturday, June 28th, July 26th and August 23rd. The classes begins at 7 p.m. and will include cooking, tasting and learning about Spain’s most famous dish with the help of chef David Ansill. Chef Ansill will demonstrate the traditional ways of cooking the dish for participants to learn.
Tapas appetizers will be served and if your dish doesn’t turn out too good, don’t worry because Bar Ferdinand’s signature dish, Paella Valenciana, will be served as well.
Tickets are $40 per person (plus tax and gratuity) and include a starter paella kit with calasparra rice, chorizo and paella stock.
To learn more about the event, visit barferdinand.com. And if you’re interested in taking the class, call 215-923-1313 to make your reservations.
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What better way to kick off Philly Wine Week than with Georges Perrier opening a bottle of champagne with a sabre. And that’s exactly how Philadelphia’s first ever wine week started.
Today sees more fun as Jet Wine Bar kicks off its local lunch and local wine series. All week, Alla Spina is pouring Karamoor Estates wine on tap. This evening they’ll have Kevin Robinson from Karamoor in the building from 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Say you were trying to custom-design a truly weird night. Great food, interesting company, a crew in the kitchen who know their way around a party and could cater a trip to the DMV and make it fun. If you could put any two Philly chefs together in the same kitchen to make this happen, who would you choose?
Yeah, you’re right. It would be David Ansill and Scott Schroeder. And lucky you, because the two of them are going to be cooking together for one night only at Bar Ferdinand on Thursday, March 27. It’s open seating. The fun starts at 6pm. And tickets are $55 per person.
So you wanna know what’s going to be on the menu?
David Ansill has been getting up to a lot of cool things lately at Bar Ferdinand. There was his Spanish-inflected Chinese New Year menu, the new industry happy hour deal the kitchen launched a couple weeks ago. And now, he’s working on a chef collaboration series that’s set to start up on February 27.
And not only that, but the very first event in the series will be with Dave and Carla Gilberg of the recently closed (and seriously mourned) Koo Zee Doo. So basically, if you missed out on getting your final hit of Portuguese food from the Gilbergs back when their operation was an actual restaurant (and not a catering operation, which is what it appears to be now), this will really be your best shot.
You know what’s awesome? Beer. Know what else? Prosciutto. Add in whiskey and Skittles and a man could live on not much else.
Which is why we’re already excited about Cured & Crafted–a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma–coming to Philly on February 20, because it’s an event that’s basically all about drinking craft beer and eating as much prosciutto as possible.
So yesterday, we talked about chef David Ansill putting together an Asian-influenced Spanish tapas dinner in celebration of Chinese New Year at Ber Ferdinand. And today, we get word that he’s also launching a new Industry Happy Hour at the Northern Liberties restaurant and bar.
The deals are good–buck-a-shuck oysters, cheese and charcuterie, sausages, $5 bowls of mussels, a $5 bocadillo del noche and drink specials to boot. It’s a very chef-ly spread, and he’s running it Sunday through Thursday, from 10pm to midnight, so the hours are right, too.
Check out the menu below. The new happy hour program begins this Sunday, February 2, so if you’re a white jacket and in the neighborhood, be sure to stop down for a bite.