Lo Spiedo was always a solid enough concept for the Navy Yard. It was a back-to-the-basics approach by the Vetri Family culinary team, where a casual American menu centered itself around the kitchen’s custom-built spit and wood-fired grill. According to co-owner Jeff Benjamin, lunchtime was great for the restaurant — so was happy hour — which makes sense if you consider the 12,000-or-so employees working at the Navy Yard complex.
But when the Vetri higher-ups sat around the boardroom to brainstorm ways to grow its dinner crowd, Brad Spence (the chef-partner behind Amis) proposed a name/concept-change: Bar Amis.
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Photo by Emily Teel
Brigantessa has some fun stuff going on in the next week: A craft spirits night with Manatawny Still Works tomorrow and their monthly industry night, featuring Amis chef Brad Spence and Dock Street Brewery, on May 30th.
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Vetri Family restaurants are spotlighting organic wineries, teaching classes, and hosting their chef friends for special events and pop-ups all month long.
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Sal’s meatballs at Amis | Photo via Amis
So word went out this morning that Marc Vetri, Brad Spence and their Urban Outfitters partners were planning a second location for Amis–the successful, Roman-style Italian restaurant on 13th Street that was part of the package of restaurants that Vetri sold to Urban in 2015.
Unfortunately, it’s gonna be a little bit of a drive if you want to check it out because they’re opening it in Westport, Connecticut.
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Alla Spina | Photo by Michael Gruber
Next Thursday, August 18th Alla Spina will be hosting an Iron Chef Throwback Thursday Party.
Marc Vetri, Brad Spence and Jeff Michaud will be recreating the recipes that landed them the Iron Chef win against Michael Symon in 2010. And don’t worry, the winning episode will be playing while they whip up their creations.
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Back in August, a car accident killed two kids in Southampton, New Jersey. Two others were injured but survived and have been undergoing treatment and physical therapy ever since. Now, a bunch of the Delaware Valley’s best chefs are getting together to do a fundraiser for the families of the injured kids.
It’s a good deal for you because tickets are running $75 ($150 for VIP which includes early admission and a meet-and-greet reception with the chefs), and the white jackets they have signed on for this are an impressive group. We’re talking Kevin Sbraga, Greg Vernick, Brad Spence and Josh Lawler from our side of the river, plus Tony Sparacio (La Campagnola), Ivan Coppola (Tarantella) and Dory and Joe Valeriano (Summit Catering) from New Jersey.
And all of them will be getting together at Valenzano Winery (1090 Route 206, Shamong, NJ) for a single fundraising event on January 19 at 6:30pm (6pm if you’re a VIP) which will include chef’s tastings, beer and wine, a silent auction and entertainment.
So if you’ve got the green and feel like doing something good with it (while also getting yourself a fine dinner in the process), check out the event. Tickets and more information can be found at the link below.
Dining For Life [Tickets & info]
Last year, Brad Spence prepared a 210 pound mortadella for the Vetri Foundation’s Great Chefs Event after party. And since it is the tenth anniversary this year, Spence had to outdo himself.
Pictured to the left is this year’s 230 pound mortadella, enjoying a bath in 500 gallons of Victory beer.
Tickets are still on sale for Tuesday, June 9th’s Great Chefs event, where 40+ chefs will be cooking for two causes— Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Foundation for Children.
The event expects to raise nearly $1 million and have 1,200 attendees in the Navy Yard.
This year the after party is at Lo Spiedo and in addition to the mammoth mortadella, will feature Questlove DJing and even more food and drink.
The Great Chefs Event runs from 6 pm to 9 pm., the after party starts at 9:30 pm and runs til 2 am.
Get your tickets while you still can. Last we checked there were less than 30 tickets left to the after party.
Great Chefs Event [Vetri Foundation]
Photo by Rachel Wisniewski
Lamb is definitely having a bit of a moment here in Philly. There’s the Lamb Shack dinners at Zahav, the lamb menu at Mica last week, and lamb popping up on dinner menus all over town. But here’s a little bit more lamb for those of you who still haven’t had enough.
On Wednesday, February 18, chefs Brad Spence and Ned Maddock of Amis and Katie Parla of the food blog Parla Food will be hosting a whole lamb dinner at Amis Trattoria. While the chefs are cooking, Parla will talk about her time in Rome and discuss the traditional lamb-based fare of the culture.
The event begins at 6:30 pm and will cost $65 per person. Customers can also opt for a beverage pairing for an additional $30. Call 215-732-2647 for reservations. And check out the menu below.
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On Friday, August 22nd, the first ever Cooking Up Couture event is happening in Philadelphia. The event food and fashion showcase is hosted by Jen Groover and will featured hand-crafted cocktails as well as bites from some of Philadelphia’s hottest chefs, including Top Chef winner Nick Elmi (Laurel), Chopped champion Georgeann Leaming (SUPPA) and Brad Spence (Amis). Proceeds will benefit Philabundance. The event is being hosted at Front & Palmer, 1750 N Front Street and runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Tickets are on sale now for $75 per person but we’re lucky enough to be giving away a pair to a lucky Foobooz reader.
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Tonight’s monthly industry night at Amis will feature chef Brad Spence and co-conspirator Han Chiang of Han Dynasty creating a free feast centered on the “holy trinity” of pork, pickles and chicken wings.
Chiang promises to show off dishes that have never been seen at any of his Han Dynasty locations. Discounted drinks, including Yards Pynk, Neshaminy Creek County Line IPA and Tsingtao will be available. Beverage Director Steve Wildy will also be getting in on the fun with Tapioca Milk Punch, spiked Watermelon Cooler and Amis punch.
As always, bring a pay stub and valid ID for admission.
Han Dynasty – Old City [Foobooz]