Earlier, 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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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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The Pabbit Room above Pub & Kitchen |Photo by Mike Persico
For the holidays, sometimes the greatest gift is one you give yourself—not cooking at home for all those guests. Here are seven Philly restaurants well equipped for handling large parties of revelers suddenly arriving on the doorstep.
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For 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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Once 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]
We’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, and now it is finally here. Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran have finished testing, tinkering and experimenting with their creation and are now ready to turn it loose on the world.
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If you’ve been holding out on throwing yourself into the Wine Week festivities until the weekend, tonight is your chance to catch up on all of the drinking.
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It looks like Barbuzzo is getting a (brief and relatively simple) makeover this week. But in order that the crew doesn’t have to shut the joint down while the walls get a fresh coat of paint and some new kitchen equipment gets moved in, they’re opening up the new(ish) upstairs space and using it as the main dining room.
They’ll be open from noon-3pm for lunch, then from 5pm to midnight for dinner service. And as usual, they’ll be offering late night specials from 10:30 to close, Sunday through Thursday. You can come in for $5 house wine, $4 sangria, $3 draft beer and $10 burgers, pizza and pasta–which ain’t a bad deal at all.
Reservations are being taken as normal. And if all goes according to schedule, the new-and-improved Barbuzzo will re-open the downstairs dining room next week.
Chef Rob Marzinksy, formerly of Fitler Dining Room is hosting a dinner series upstairs at Barbuzzo before jetting off for stages in Bangkok, Singapore and Australia. Marzinksy’s “Uncut Dinner Sessions” will happen upstairs at Barbuzzo, February 25th – 27th. There will be two seatings each night and the five-course prix-fixe menu will be $65 per person with an optional $40 cocktail pairing.
Marzinsky will be joined by his good friend Ian Chapin who in addition to being a restaurant designer and fabricator, is described by Marzinsky as “veritable music encyclopedia.” Chapin will compose an eclectic mix of songs to play for guests, ranging from Born to Run-era Bruce Springsteen to Stax’s Otis Redding recordings.
Steva Casey will handle the drink program. Casey runs Swingshift, a pop-up dinner program in Birmingham, Alabama.
Marzinsky asked several of his industry friends from his time at Stateside and Pub & Kitchen to help him out. So don’t be surprised to see the likes of Jonathan Adams, Sean Murphy and Jae Hee Cho working the line.
Seats are limited and reservations can be made by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Looking for some last minute sweeties for your sweetie? Barbuzzo and Kermit’s have you covered.
Barbuzzo is offering its Budino Is for Lovers two packs at Verde (108 S 13th Street). The two-packs are $15 and can be picked up from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow.
Kermit’s Bake Shoppe at 22nd and Washington has several special Valentine’s Day offerings. Among the goods that the bakery is offering are a Red Velvet Cake with cream cheese butter cream centers and cocoa krispies covered in chocolate ganache. Pink and White Cookies with pink and white fondant over black and white citrus shortbread cookies. Kermit’s URA 10 Sweetheart Cake is available in blue, green, yellow and of course pink. The cake can be customized with other Candy Hearts appropriate sayings like “Love Bug,” “Cutie Pie” and “Hot Bod.”
Kermit’s Bake Shoppe [Foobooz]