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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The 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]
For 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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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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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]
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 Hour. She 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]
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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Every 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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All 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 »
• Sweet potato fries are the healthy person’s french fries (albeit not-so-healthy), so it only makes sense that McDonald’s — in their (maybe futile) quest to get in on the healthy-eating market — is testing them at some of their Create Your Taste locations. [Huffington Post]
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