Tale of the Tape: Center for Culinary Enterprises

The Dorrance H. Hamilton Center for Culinary Enterprises, the new food incubator from the Enterprise Center, was ceremonially opened just last week at 48th and Spruce Streets. As Philly.com and HiddenCity are reporting, the large property will be home to multiple commercial kitchens for food entrepreneurs and small business to use in order to launch or accelerate their businesses. State of the art equipment and high tech facilities mean Philly has a breeding ground for its next generation of food industry leaders. Read more »

Quick Bites

Congratulations are in order for the Standard Tap which is heavily referenced in January’s Bon Appetit article on “the New American Pub Food.” Also getting a mention is Grace Tavern. Philadelphia area beers get several plugs as well, with a special nod to Sly Fox.

Sly Fox also got some publicity from Food & Wine Magazine which put Sly Fox’s Phoenix Pale Ale, craft beer in a can at number 11 in their list of “100 Tastes to Try in ’07.”

Philadelphia received some other love in the “100 Tastes” list as Fork’s yuca and taro fries are mentioned under updated French fries, and chef Marc Vetri’s pizzas at the upcoming Osteria is a taste we are certainly looking forward to as well. [100 Tastes to Try in ’07, Food & Wine Magazine]

The James Beard House in New York is getting a taste of Philadelphia this week as Jose Garces of Amada is preparing a Spanish Holiday dinner tomorrow and Michael Duplantis, executive chef of Crescent City will be cooking a Creole Holiday Celebration Dinner on the 23rd. [James Beard Foundation]

Will Delilah’s Southern really replace Bluezette? When Bluezette closed last month it was reported that Delilah Winder’s Old City restaurant and lounge would be reborn Delilah’s Southern. But it turns out the spot had been operating under Chapter 11 bankruptcy since last January and was recently converted to Chapter 7, which requires the liquidation of equipment and assets. [Inqlings, Philadelphia Inquirer]

Quick Bites

Michael Klein delivers the 411 on Rae. Daniel Stern’s second solo restaurant. [Philadelphia Inquirer, Table Talk]

The former Millennium Coffee at 212 S 12th Street is now Brew Ha Ha! [City Paper, Feeding Frenzy]

Trattoria Alla Costiera, a Neapolitan BYO is set to open before month’s end at 769 E Passyunk Avenue. [City Paper, Feeding Frenzy]

Delilah Winder’s Bluezette is set to be retooled as Delilah’s. [Icepack, City Paper]

In the same blurb A.D. Amorosi also reports there may be a second Red Sky on the horizon, this one across from Drinkers’ Rittenhouse spot. Could this be the old Little Pete’s at 1904 Chestnut Street? [Icepack, City Paper]

Tiffin.com will soon open Tiffin Store at 710 W Girard Ave. The 30 seat restaurant will serve up simple Indian food. Tiffin by the way means lunch, or any light meal. [Philadelphia Inquirer, Table Talk]

Everyday Soul

Delilah Winder, owner of Delilah’s, the Southern style eatery and Bluezette has published a new cookbook, Delilah’s Everyday Soul: Southern Cooking with Style.

Delilah’s “un-highfalutin” style is shown in throughout the cookbook in dishes like, beer steamed blue crabs and braised beef short ribs to blackberry pie.

Today Delilah will be doing a book signing from 5-7 PM at the ShopRite at 2385 Cheltenham Ave.

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