Today, Bop, Brent Celek (yeah, that one) and Scott Keenan’s humdrum Korean fusion restaurant on Broad Street with a “three-umbrella problem“, is officially no more. And that’s okay. There’s better Korean in Center City to be had, what with Dae Bak now open, SouthGate doing its thing in Rittenhouse, plus a few more opening soon (Serpico/Starr’s new Korean spot on Sansom Street Kyung Ho and Chris Cho’s Center City Seorabol).
In its place, opening this Friday (June 9th), will be the second coming of the Blue Duck — this one called Blue Duck on Broad — Northeast Philly’s New American restaurant by Kris Serviss and Joe Callahan, Jr.
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There was a time — long before food blogs existed, long before the rise of cheflebrities — when the world assumed kitchen workers ate like royalty at home — because of course they did. Because chefs are around great ingredients every waking hour of the day, there’s no chance that they go home to peanut butter and jelly.
But when the world got obsessed with food, secrets were spilled. And now we know: the guy who built that 18-course menu with caviar and gold leaf? He probably wen’t home to a lovely spread of instant ramen and Arby’s. And there’s no shame in that. The kitchen is exhausting and junk food is easy. It makes sense.
But that’s where the love affair between chef and junk food begins, and it doesn’t stop there. Here, now, nine junk foods reimagined by some of our city’s best chefs.
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The Blue Duck from two years ago, back when it was a “sandwich company.”
Northeast Philadelphia’s Blue Duck is turning two and celebrating with a couple days worth of events. On Sunday, October 2nd, owners Kris Serviss, Joe Callahan and general manager Nick Cammarota are hosting their second annual Blue Duck Block Party. Last year there was brunch food, games, prizes, live music, a DJ and even a giant blue duck. This year, they’re going to repeat the party but you know, bigger and better.
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Kris Serviss is a year in at the Blue Duck.
The Blue Duck in Northeast Philadelphia is celebrating its first year in business with a week of specials. Tonight, a “Reverse Taco Exchange” brings Adan Trinidad (Jose and Sancho Pistola’s), Chris Kearse (Will), Josh Kim (SpOt Burgers) and Jennifer Zavala to the Holme Avenue for a taco dinner. A few seats remain for the 6 and 8 p.m. seatings, dinner costs $50 per person.
Tomorrow, Tuesday, September 29th, the restaurant is giving out free duck fries and is screening Billy Madison at 10 p.m. And on Wednesday, it’s half-priced wings from open to close.
And on Thursday, Blue Duck chef Kris Serviss is cooking up a special six-course menu with everything from cobia crudo to duck leg confit. The dinner is $55 per person and reservations are a must.
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Back-to-back for Blue Duck.
This week saw two big food competitions go down in Philadelphia. On Saturday, Philadelphia’s food truck scene was saluted with the Vendy Awards. The “Oscars of food trucks” named Foolish Waffles the best food truck; SeoulFull Philly as the rookie of the year; and Underground Donuts for Best Dessert.
Then on Sunday, the Burger Brawl took over the parking lot adjacent to Xfinity Live as 54 restaurants competed for the title of best burger. There were three awards on the line, the Judges Choice, the People’s Choice and new this year, a cocktail competition.
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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]
The story line of Open Stove XXXIII is an odd one: For the first time, the competition was comprised of two graduates of the COOK Masters Program: Christopher Ritter of The Grubhouse and Kris Serviss of Blue Duck Sandwich Company. For those of you who don’t know, the COOK Masters Program is an annual, free instructional cooking series at COOK, taught by some of the country’s biggest culinary names, for students who are truly passionate about pursuing a professional career in the restaurant industry. So we took two people who’ve graduated from the program, put them up against one another, and watched them fight it out.
Weirdly enough, one of them brought an orthodontist as his sous.
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Kris Serviss has opened his Blue Duck Sandwich Company at 2859 Holme Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia. The BYOB serves much more than just sandwiches. Highlights from the menu include: three types of wings as well as mac and cheeses including chorizo mac and cheese, a pork roll burger, fried chicken, pan-seared cobia, weekly taco specials and the namesake Blue Duck Sandwich, which consists of shredded duck confit, sautéed Swiss chard, roasted portabellas, blueberry barbecue sauce on a toasted onion roll.
Blue Duck Sandwich Company is open seven days of the week for lunch and dinner, with brunch on the weekends.
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Kris Serviss, who is justabouttoopen Blue Duck Sandwich Company at 2859 Holme Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia is showing off his taco making ability at tonight’s Fishtown Taco Exchange at Sancho Pistola’s.
The COOK Masters program alum is preparing “The Puffy Duck,” duck confit, traditional mole, plum, pear and daikon kimchi, red cabbage and charred scallion crema, served on a deep fried tortilla.
The tacos are available after 9 p.m. and come two to an order for $13.
Check out the video of Kris Serviss preparing the “Puffy Duck.”
Sancho Pistola’s [Foobooz]
Blue Duck Sandwich Company [Foobooz]