Day in the Life: Tenaya Darlington

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

Photography by Jauhien Sasnou

I wake up just before dawn, stretch for 20 minutes, and then fix a cup of Steap and Grind’s Black Tea with Coconut with a slosh of Green Aisle’s raw milk. By 8 a.m. I’m on Google Hangouts with my brother, André. We’ve written two books together, The New Cocktail Hour and TCM’s Movie Night Menus. Read more »

Pickled Heron and Tenaya Darlington Host Rosé Dinner

Ricotta in Sicily | Photo by Tenaya Darlington

Ricotta in Sicily | Photo by Tenaya Darlington

On Sunday, August 28th, cheese guru and author Tenaya Darlington will be hosting a ricotta and rosé dinner party at the Pickled Heron on Frankford Avenue in Fishtown. The dinner, which includes four courses and rosé pairings is $85 per person. Seats are limited and vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives are available. Just be sure to mention your preference when reserving.

The ricotta dinner is the result of Darlington’s trip to Sicily, where she fell for the cheese. The Pickle Heron’s Daniela D’Ambrosio followed Darlington’s trip on Instagram and suggested the dinner.

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Di Bruno Bros. Kicks Off Beer and Cheese Classes

di bruno bottle shop culture club 400The Best of Philly winning Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop at the Franklin is now offering Tuesday night tasting classes.

Each week Di Bruno Bros. owner Emilio Mignucci, with assistance from our triple certified Jeff DiMaio (he’s a sommelier, cicerone and Certified Cheese Professional) will pair five beer samples with five bites of Di Bruno cheese and charcuterie. Mignucci will share stories about the beer and cheese, feel free to take notes or just sit back and enjoy the stories.

The Culture Club classes are $30 per person and tickets can be purchased online. Classes are currently scheduled through September 13th.

Di Bruno Bros – Franklin [Foobooz]

Di Bruno Bros. to Host Cheese “Legends”

LegendsWorldTour_cheeseFor one night, and one night only, get your fill of cheese-related knowledge at The Legends Series: World Tour. It’s just like a band’s world tour, but instead of music rock stars, it’s the rock stars of the cheese world.

Di Bruno Bros. is hosting the only U.S. gathering of the tour at their Rittenhouse location this Thursday, June 23rd at 6:30 p.m.

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Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop Opens Today

Now grandly open, the Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop at the Franklin.

Now grandly open, the Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop at the Franklin.

Di Bruno Bros. celebrates the grand opening of its Bottle Shop at the Franklin today. The beer store within the Di Bruno Bros. store at 9th and Sansom offers more than the typical bottle shop thanks to cheese pairings created by Di Bruno’s cheese experts and the chance to enjoy a beer along with “the holy grail of meat,” four slices of Jamon Iberico de Bellota.

Curated and run by triple-certified Jeffrey Dimaio, the bottle shop is a chance for Di Bruno Bros. to show off their extensive knowledge in a new way. Dimaio is a sommelier, cicerone (beer sommelier) and certified cheese professional. Di Bruno has the second most certified cheese pros in the country, only trailing Whole Foods. At the Bottle Shop, Dimaio gets to show how well beer and cheese can pair.

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Di Bruno Bros. Bottle Shop at the Franklin Gets Closer

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Photo by Suzanne Woods

The bottle shop at the Di Bruno Bros. location at 9th and Chestnut is getting close to opening. Groundswell Design (who you know from their work at Spruce Street Harbor Park and the PHS Pop-Up Beer Gardens) installed the tables and chairs last night and the beer is being ordered.

Once the license approvals are set, the Bottle Shop at the Franklin will softly launch with beer. Then expect a grand opening in mid to late June when the shop gets its own menu of cheese flights, charcuterie boards and more.

We can’t wait.

Di Bruno Bros. – The Franklin [Foobooz]

Pay Homage to Fromage at the Twisted Tail with Tenaya Darlington

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Tenaya Darlington will be at Twisted Tail

Love cheese? Well, on Sunday, May 1, George Reilly of the Twisted Tail will be hosting a cheese and cocktail tasting with food writer and cheese aficionado Tenaya Darlington, aka Madame Fromage.

From 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. there will be a sampling of Darlington’s favorite cheeses along with three cocktails inspired by her book, The New Cocktail HourShe is also the author of another book, DiBruno Bros House of Cheese: A Guide to Wedges, Recipes, and Pairings

Tickets are $45 and include a signed copy of The New Cocktail Hour. They can be purchased online or by phone at (215) 558-2741.

Twisted Tail [Foobooz]



Weckerly’s and Birchrun Hills Farms Offering Cheesy Ice Cream Sandwiches


Ko Ko Blue and Fat Cat’s Creamsicle ice cream sandwiches. Only through the weekend.

Ice cream and cheese: both are tasty, but have you had them together? If not, now’s your chance— Best of Philly winning Weckerly’s Ice Cream and Birchrun Hills Farm have teamed up to create two limited run cheese ice cream sandwiches: Ko Ko Blue and Fat Cat’s Creamsicle. Available exclusively through Di Bruno Bros.

Ko Ko Blue is made of Dominican chocolate ice cream with Birchrun Hills blue cheese and candied walnuts in between two bourbon brown sugar cookies, and Fat Cat’s Creamsicle is a completely different taste with two layers of Birchrun Fat Cat cheese ice cream, an orange marmalade in the middle, and a shortbread cookie on the top and bottom.

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What Mattered To You In 2015: Cheese, Idiots, Beer And Tacos

Foobooz Morning AvatarEvery year we take a moment to look back at the Foobooz web statistics and see what it was that brought you to visit us. There are always some obvious things: Restaurant openings and closings, reviews, and our big packages like 50 Best Restaurants. But there are always some small, odd tidbits and trends that we discover while poking at the data.

So here’s what visitors to Foobooz were most interested in this year, and what we learned.

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A Cheese Class to Yodel About

di-bruno-cheese-class-400All week, Di Bruno Bros. has been celebrating the cheese of the Alps. Each day a different cheese is being showcased at all Di Bruno Bros. stores. The cheese mongers, or sherpas will guide visitors through the high altitude cheeses of Germany, France and Switzerland.

And even if you’ve missed some of the cheeses so far this week, you can play catch up at Di Bruno’s Alpine Cheese Class on Sunday, November 15th upstairs at the Rittenhouse location (1730 Chestnut Street).

The BYOB class will feature all seven cheeses highlighted during the week plus sweet and savory accompaniments.

The class runs from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and tickets are available online.

The other Alpine cheeses being featured this week »

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