Barbuzzo Upstairs Serves Up Dinner and a Show

Barbuzzo Upstairs | Photo by Michael Persico

Barbuzzo chef-owner Marcie Turney uses Barbuzzo Upstairs — the Best of Philly-winning event space at 110 South 13th Street – as a test kitchen when she’s not renting it out to private clients.

But on Sunday, October 15th, she and Valerie Safran are opening the space to the public for an Italian feast followed by a performance by Philly-born cabaret singer and comedienne Karen Gross.

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Barbuzzo Debuts Salted Caramel Budino Choco Taco, Gives Us Life

Frozen Salted Caramel Budino Stuffed Choco Taco / Barbuzzo

Frozen Salted Caramel Budino Stuffed Choco Taco / Barbuzzo

We’re rarely optimistic about the week ahead on a gray Monday morning like this, but a ray of hope just peeked through the clouds: Barbuzzo’s newest budino-based dessert is the Frozen Salted Caramel Budino Stuffed Choco Taco, and it’s available this Friday only.

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Barbuzzo Presents the Salted Caramel Budino Stuffed Cruffin

Budino Cruffins this Friday and Saturday at Barbuzzo

Budino Cruffins this Friday and Saturday at Barbuzzo

We didn’t think that the Salted Caramel Budino—the popular Barbuzzo dessert featuring layered custard-y pudding with caramel sauce and dark chocolate cookie crumbs topped with whipped cream—could be improved. However, Marcie Turney and Val Safran thought otherwise: on Friday, October 28th, they will present The Salted Caramel Budino Stuffed Cruffin.

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Barbuzzo Is Hosting a Rosé Happy Hour

Upstairs at Barbuzzo: Yes, there's an upstairs and it's downright roomy

Upstairs at Barbuzzo: Yes, there’s an upstairs and it’s downright roomy

It’s a Rosé happy hour tonight, Friday, August 12th upstairs at Barbuzzo. The cash only event runs from 5 pm to 9 pm and will feature $10 rosé wines from France, Germany and Spain. Barbuzzo’s kitchen will also be offering bar snacks like papas fritas, marinated sirloin kabobs,  Lolita sliders and more.

DJ Jersey Dan will be spinning hip-hop, soul and disco to keep the in-the-pink revelers partying.

Downstairs at Barbuzzo, the Mediterranean restaurant has turned its whole wine list over to rosé wines. There are 26 rosé wines representing five countries and 36 grape varietals. Elsewhere on 13th Street, Bud & Marilyn’s is serving up slushy Frosé fun all night.

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An Anti-Valentine’s Day Party At Barbuzzo

wine valentine barbuzzoEarlier, we told you all about things to do on (or before) Valentine’s Day with an eye towards those who will actually be celebrating the day. We also gave you a whole bunch of places to score candy that’s better than the heart-shaped chocolate samplers you can score at the CVS when you (inevitably) forget all about Valentine’s Day until the last minute.

But what about a little something for those doing their best to NOT celebrate an invented holiday which primarily benefits greeting card companies and the purveyors of gas station bouquets?

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Bud & Marilyn’s Now Has Its Own Whiskey


The bar at Bud & Marilyn’s is already amply stocked with a signature beer from Yards: Bud’s Best Pale Ale. And now it looks like beverage manager Terence Lewis (who’s in charge of the booze for all Marcie Turney and Val Safran’s restaurants) is going to get to bulk up the namesake supplies with a new brown liquor: Bud’s Best Bourbon–a months-long collaboration with Pittsburgh-based craft whiskey distiller Wigle Whiskey.

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Rosé Week Coming to 13th Street

Aug15RoseWeek_01For three nights, from Monday, August 24th through Wednesday August 26th, the restaurants of Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo, Lolita, Little Nonna’s, Jamonera) are celebrating Rosé Week.

Each of the restaurants will be offering special deals on rosé wine and food for all three nights.

Barbuzzo is offering 23 rosé wines from seven countries. Jamonera is offering a rosé happy hour plus a special Spanish seafood dish with a full bottle of wine for $30 per person. Little Nonna’s has a Calabrian BBQ menu that’s paired with a carafe of gagliopo rosé and Lolita is doing DIY Baja tacos teamed with rosé sangria or margaritas.

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Burger Brawl Tickets Now On Sale

Burger BrawlOnce a year there comes an event so big and so meaty that attendees must prepare themselves far in advance to consume so much beefy goodness. Which is why we’re warning you now that tickets are on sale for the Fifth Annual Burger Brawl at Xfinity Live on June 14.

Sixty contestants from restaurants all over the city will fight to be named the best burger, and for the price of a ticket, you get to try all of them, after which you’ll cast your vote for your favorite.

The doors open at 3 p.m. on the 14th. Tickets to the event are $35 for the tasting, one vote and a complimentary alcoholic beverage. If you want to ensure you get a taste of every restaurant without long lines, you can pay $100 for VIP tickets, which will get you in the door an hour early, and also gives you access to the VIP lounge during the event.

Reigning champ Blue Duck Sandwich Co. will be there to defend their title against veterans like Barbuzzo and Lucky’s Last Chance and newcomers like P’Unk Burger and Lo Spiedo.

Foobooz’s own Art Etchells–meat connoisseur and diner extraordinaire–will be among the judges for the event, so you can be sure that only the juiciest will come out on top.

To purchase your tickets, click here.

Fifth Annual Burger Brawl [Official]

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