New, Local Cookbooks: From Bratwurst to Radishes And Everything In Between

This, and many others, are bringing Philly's best bites to your kitchen.

This, and many others, are bringing Philly’s best bites to your kitchen.

Usually when we talk about food news here, we tell you what’s new and cool, and then we tell you where to go to eat it. This post, however, requires little more than a trip to Barnes & Noble, or (for the remarkably lazy, like myself) an Amazon account.

Philadelphia and the nearby areas have some pretty amazing food and drink, and now many of the recipes are down on paper for your cooking pleasure. We’ve talked cookbooks in the past, but it’s time for a round up of all the delicious (local) stuff that’s been printed since January.

So order a book, even order your groceries, open a bottle of wine. With these books, all the awesomeness of the city’s food scene can now happen right in your own kitchen. And you know what’s better? Even if you burn it all, you’re never too far from the recipe’s source, allowing you to give up at any point and make nothing more than a reservation.

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Pastry Chef Jessica Nolen Opening Bakery and Cafe

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Jessica Nolen with husband Jeremy at a book signing for their cookbook, New German Cooking.

Jessica Nolen, the pastry chef for Brauhaus Schmitz and Whetstone is striking out on her own. Nolen is opening The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe at 517 S 5th Street, the former home of Cookie Confidential. The Little Bird will make all the bread and pastries for the two restaurants as well as offer breakfast pastries, desserts, soups, salads and lunchtime sandwiches to the public.

Nolen, who is the wife of Brauhaus Schmitz chef and Whetstone owner Jeremy Nolen, has most of her funding in place but has launched a GoFundMe campaign for a couple of high price pieces of equipment. Nolen is looking to raise money for her coffee setup and an industrial mixer.

If all goes well, the Little Bird Bakery and Cafe will open in October.

The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe [Foobooz]

Brauhaus Schmitz Turns Six Celebrates with Whetstone Preview

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Outside Brauhaus Schmitz during last month’s Maifest.

 

On Monday, June 29th Brauhaus Schmitz will celebrate its sixth birthday with a fundraising party to benefit the Friends of South Street Police Mini Station. For a $20 minimum donation, you can enjoy a beer or wine from an open bar and buffet. The best part? The buffet will be a preview of Whetstone Tavern, the anticipated spot from Brauhaus chef Jeremy Nolen and owner Doug Hager.

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Where To Eat And Drink on This Big Weekend

There’s a lot to look forward to this weekend. For some reason, it just seems like everybody decided to schedule their street festival / spring fest / goat race this weekend, so in order to keep track of everything going on in Philadelphia and to help you map out your plan of attack, here’s a roundup of some of the awesome food and drink events happening around the city.

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A Sure Sign Of Spring: Celebrate Spargelfest at Brahaus Schmitz

Happy Spargelfest

Happy Spargelfest

Okay, so I think we can all agree that spring is officially here, right? And with spring comes asparagus.

People do crazy things for asparagus. Food legend has it that one English asparagus enthusiast wanted to consume his asparagus as quickly after he picked it as possible, so he developed a Rube-Goldberg-esque contraption that picked asparagus and flung it into a pot of boiling water (that he had set up in his garden) within seconds of it leaving the ground.

The Germans really like their asparagus (or, “spargel,” which often actually is used to specifically refer to the white asparagus that is grown underground and thus does not photosynthesize and turn green) too, so to celebrate the beginning of spargel season (and spring), Brauhaus Schmitz is once again hosting Spargelfest all throughout May.

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More Spring Menu Porn, Now From Brauhaus Schmitz

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Photo by Vanessa Beahn

 

Yesterday, we drew some attention to the Instagram work being done by Kevin Sbraga as he showed off some details from his new spring menu at Juniper Commons. Today, it’s the photo-snappery being posted by chef Henrik Ringbom over at Brauhaus Schmitz that caught our eye.

Ringbom has been filling up his Instagram with photos (all taken by Vanessa Beahn) like the pea soup with Westphalia ham, creme fraiche and pea shoots pictured above. There is also got a pan-roasted salmon with mustard green sauce that looks fantastic, a gorgeous endive salad, and a half-chicken (with cauliflower puree, fried Jerusalem artichoke and Hungarian pesto) that looks so good I had to include it below.

Show me the chicken

Craft Beer Express Bar Crawl

Craft Beer Express

If you’re into the whole bar crawl thing, but not interested in huge crowds of people dressed in green, here’s an option that may be more appealing.

The Craft Beer Express is Saturday, March 14th, featuring 12 different bars in Philadelphia. The bars include Kraftwork, Johnny Brenda’s, Standard Tap, The Institute, Bishop’s Collar, Kite & Key, Jose Pistola’s, The Sidecar, Pub on Passyunk East, Devil’s Den, Brauhaus Schmitz, and Race Street Cafe.

Each bar will feature their own selection of craft beers, with some offering food specials and fun activities.

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Tonight: Mardis Gras Donuts At Brauhaus Schmitz

A close up of the fastnachts.

A close up of the fastnachts.

It’s called Fat Tuesday for a reason, folks. Head down to Brauahaus Schmitz today for pastry chef Jessica Nolen‘s “fastnachts.”

Fastnachts are a traditional Pennsylvania-Dutch potato donut, fried up and dusted with a combination of nutmeg and sugar. They’re the perfect pre-Lent indulgence–or if lent isn’t your thing, they’re just the perfect indulgence for a Tuesday. Also, there’s nothing like hot donuts to make you feel a little less cold and miserable during these arctic temperatures.

You can get a half dozen donuts for $8 or a dozen for $14.

Brauhaus Schmitz [f8b8z]

 

TONIGHT: Karneval Party at Brauhaus Schmitz

fruh kegeratorTonight, Brauhaus Schmitz is hosting its annual Karneval party. The German version of Mardi Gras kicks off tonight at 7 p.m. Brauhaus Schmitz will be offering half-priced Kölsch for the women and raffling off a kegerator at 10 p.m. Each Kölsch gets you a ticket in the raffle and an order of a Kölsch Kranz gets you five tickets.

A costume contest will also be held with the winner walking away with a $50 Brauhaus gift card.
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