Questlove DJing the Great Chefs Afterparty (And That’s Not Even The Big News)

BigAssMortadellaSo yes, the Vetri Great Chefs event is coming up on June 10. Yes, there’s going to be an afterparty at Alla Spina. And yes, Questlove will be DJing. VIP tickets (which are the only way to get access to the afterparty, short of becoming a Great Chefs sponsor) are $525 apiece and can be gotten through the Vetri Foundation website. Expensive, sure, but that’s the only way you’ll get to see Questlove, hang out with Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Jonathan Waxman, and feel like one of the city’s power players.

It’s also the only way you’ll get to taste Brad Spence’s 200lb mortadella cooked inside a Victory Brewing fermenting cask.

Wait, what?

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2014 James Beard Foundation Finalists

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The James Beard Awards finalists were announced today. And though Philadelphia had semifinalists in ten categories including nine nominees for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic, few went through to the finals. Brad Spence was the only local nominee to go through for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. Marc Vetri was nominated for Outstanding Chef and his Vetri is a finalist for Best Service.

Philadelphia also picked up a nomination for Outstanding Restaurant Design as Tria Taproom was cited in the 75-seats and under category.

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Osteria vs. Amis in a Culinary Cage Match

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Alla Spina hosts a Culinary Cage Match | Photo by Michael Gruber

On Wednesday, February 26th Alla Spina is hosting a “Culinary Cage Match” featuring Osteria’s Brad Daniels and Jeff Michaud versus Ned Maddock and Brad Spence of Amis.

The chefs will each be given four ingredients and tasked with coming up with a four-course meal that will featured one of the challenge ingredients in each course. The dinner is open to the public (maxes out at 20) and costs $65, including beverage pairings. The diners will also get to vote in order to determine the winning chef.

Call Alla Spina for reservations, 215-600-0017. 

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Pete McAndrews Wins Food Porn Award at Eagles Chiefs Game

On Thursday night, the Eagles and the Chiefs squared off at Lincoln Financial Field. I’ll let the people who know something about the sport opine about the future of the Eagles. I was there for the food and left before the end of the first quarter.

Below, some photos of what you’re going to be eating at the next Eagles home game at the Linc. Hats off to Aramark — the folks actually making and serving the food — for running a pretty tight operation.

Paesano’s Pete McAndrews wins the coveted food porn award for his namesake Paesano brisket sandwich:

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James Beard Finalists Announced, Two Locals Move On & Journalism Gets Nods as Well

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The James Beard Foundation announced their 2013 awards finalists today. The list of JBF Awards semifinalists included a boatload of Philadelphia area nominees but the list of finalists find just two, three if we claim Dogfish Head’s Sam CalagioneBrad Spence moved on as a finalist for Best Chef – Midatlantic for his work at Amis. Vetri also made the list of finalists for Best Service.

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Free ThinkFest Tickets: Prove Your Genius

As we mentioned yesterday, Philadelphia magazine’s ThinkFest is coming to town on November 30 and December 1 and with it, we’re bringing together some of the finest minds in the Philly food scene to talk about the past, the present and the future of food in Philadelphia.

We’ve got Stephen Starr coming in as our keynote speaker on Friday night, offering a candid interview about his years in the restaurant industry. On Saturday, Bill Covaleski and Tom Kehoe–the owners of Victory Brewing and Yards Brewing–will be talking about beer in Philadelphia. And then, later the same day, Aimee Olexy, Michael Solomonov, Brad Spence and Marcie Turney will be sitting down to talk about Philadelphia’s evolving food scene. All of these people are innovators. All of them bring big ideas to the city. All of them put their names, their money and their reputations on the line to make Philly the food town it is.

And we want to send you to the event for free. All you have to do to score a pair of tickets? Have one really good idea for the future of food in Philly…

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