Today, COOK is offering a very special takeout lunch. Chef Lou Boquila of Audrey Claire will be preparing Filipino ”silog”-style boxed lunches. The lunches will include your choice of beef, chicken, eggplant with eggs, fried rice, lumpia, flan and sago. The lunches are $12 and cash only. All proceeds will benefit Philippine typhoon relief efforts, with all the money going to the Gawad Kalinga Fund, a poverty empowerment organization.
Lunch kicks off at noon and goes till the food runs out.
The four-course dinner will have two seatings (6-6:30 p.m. and 8-8:30 p.m.) and will cost $55 per person. Each course is paired with Frecon Farms cider. Call 215-732-3331 for reservations.
This Monday, December 9th is going to be all about Sherry at a.bar. Though many people’s only experience with sherry is on the sweet side, there are dry Sherries that work very well with food.
From 3 to 6 p.m., all oysters are $1.50 each and several local wine reps will be pouring multiple Sherries, ranging from $5 to $10 a glass.
At 7 p.m. chef Terence Feury (Tavro 13) will prepare a four-course dinner with Sherry pairings. The dinner is $85 per person and there is only one seating. Contact beverage director, Tim Kweeder for reservations.
Can’t get enough dancing on Friday night? Then check out the new Saturday brunch party at Alma de Cuba. All three floors of Stephen Starr’s Cuban restaurant are transformed into a brunch-and-dance affair with progressive DJs, Latin brunch favorites and lots of mimosas.
Doors open at 11 a.m. with dishes ranging from French toast and mini banana pancakes with crispy Serrano ham and candied walnuts to a chorizo and Manchego breakfast quesadilla and Cuban sandwich. Get those plates polished off by 1 p.m. because that’s when the DJ begins spinning in earnest.
Justin Bogle’s Avance is moving closer to its opening. Bogle and Avance’s Instagram feed have been alive with behind the scenes shots and teases about what will be on the menu when the restaurant opens later this month.
Check out our one-sheet on Avance from the December issue of Philadelphia magazine and some other shots of the new facade of the former Le Bec Fin.
The second location of Plenty Cafe opens today at 1602 Spruce Street. Like its East Passyunk original, Plenty will be be a welcome addition to its neighborhood. The bi-level cafe offers coffee, sandwiches, salads and cafe fare. Breakfast and lunch will be available beginning at 6 a.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. on weekends.
The Farmers’ Cabinet team has opened Sutton’s Parlor at 40 S 19th Street (the former Whistle Bar location). The craft cocktail bar is being run by Adam Kanter, former owner of Rum Bar. In addition to the cocktail program designed by Farmers’ Cabinet’s Paul MacDonald, Sutton’s Parlor has applied for a distilling license. That’s still three to six months out, but the idea will be cocktails made from handmade spirits.
This is the first new news from the Farmers’ Cabinet since they closed The Butcher and the Brewer on 11th Street last November.
Le Chéri is now open in the Art Alliance building at 18th and Rittenhouse Square. The successor to Rittenhouse Tavern is owned by Pierre and Charlotte Calmels of Bella Vista’s much-praised Bibou. The chef de cuisine is Waldemar “Val” Stryjewski who comes from a.kitchen. The price point is less than that at Bibou with entrees ranging from $17 to $30.
For now the restaurant is BYOB but a liquor license is in the works. Reservations are already tough to land but a tipster informs us the bar is first-come-first-served.