The search term Downton Abbey regularly brings Googlers to Foobooz. It’s all because of a Downton Abbey dinner party that chef/owner Chip Roman threw last February at Blackfish in Conshohocken. On Sunday nights the traffic to the page skyrockets, often pushing the story back into the Most Popular Foobooz stories box. It even tricked our Social Media team, which posted the Downton Abbey dinner post this past Monday as if it were new. People immediately started calling Blackfish looking to book their table.
There was enough of a groundswell that Roman has decided to bring back the event. On Monday, February 24th. The dinner will be similar to last year and the price will be $100 per head.
To reserve your table, call Blackfish promptly at 610-397-0888.
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Tradestone Cafe swung open its doors in Conshohocken today. The cafe is giving away coffee today and tomorrow, Wednesday, January 29th. The cafe is open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
In addition to coffee, the cafe, which is owned by Chip Roman (Blackfish, Mica, Ela) and Fred Ortega, offers freshly-made soups, sandwiches and gourmet confections.
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In 2014, getting brunch at Mica is going to be a lot easier. in 2013, Mica participated in Chestnut Hill’s Second Sunday food and shopping events but now the Germantown Avenue restaurant will be open every Saturday and Sunday for brunch from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Expect brunch standards like eggs benedict, fritattas and pancakes. For something different, check out the spaghetti carbonara with applewood smoked bacon, parmesan cheese, black pepper and topped with a fried egg.
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Last week, culinary pioneer, chef and restaurateur Charlie Trotter passed away. We’ve already seen a special meal at Will over the weekend and it looks like we’ll see some more commemorative dinners this week.
Matyson is dedicating its weekly tasting menu to the Chicago restaurateur. Tonight through Thursday the “Grand Finale Tribute to Charlie Trotter will be offered for $45 per person.
Chip Roman, who first heard about Charlie Trotter when he was 19 and working in Marc Vetri’s kitchen is hosting a special tribute dinner tomorrow, November 12th. Roman bought all of Trotter’s books which he says were “very out of my league at the time.” But tomorrow he looks to heed Trotter’s advice about balance in his special $45 per person dinner at Conshohocken’s Blackfish.
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Blackfish is offering lobster for Halloween | Photo by Samuel Markey.
Chip Roman’s Blackfish and Mica as well as Ben Puchowitz’s Matyson are offering up special Halloween themed menus this week.
At Blackfish the menu is all about lobster. And if lobster doesn’t scare you, maybe the vampire squid will. No? OK, how about the price? $45 for a four-course lobster tasting dinner? Nope, ok maybe Blackfish isn’t so scary.
At Mica it’s a foie gras-centric menu. Ewww, liver. No? Not scared? Well at least the Hanibal Lector first course and bloody beet ravioli fit the season.
Matyson is going with a Franken-food theme. Puchowitz and his staff are combining unusual ingredients to make winning combinations. Eating anything named “Fnocchi” takes some bravery.
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Here’s Georges Perrier in the kitchen at Mica. Perrier has taken over Chip Roman’s kitchen all week.
Mica seems to want a bigger piece of the map.
First, they announced that Perrier will take hold of the restaurant’s reigns for a week in May, and now, they’re offering a four course oyster dinner this Wednesday and Thursday. The menu will have no geographic theme to it, with a menu ranging from Garganelli pasta to a po’ boy, but who cares? Oysters are great—especially when prepared with the culinary prowess of Chip Roman.
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So much for Perrier being retired. Chip Roman posted on Facebook that he is handing over the reins of Mica to friend and mentor, Georges Perrier. From Chip Roman’s Facebook page:
My friend and mentor chef Georges Perrier will be taking over my Mica Restaurant from May 7th through May 11. A la carte and tasting menus will be available. He will be creating his signature dishes that made Philly famous. Items will range from $10 to about $30 bucks. My staff and I will be following his command that week. Please call 267-335-3912. The menu will be on our mica website shortly. Reservations strongly recommended .
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Saturday Night was ACHIEVEability’s Food for Thought charity event, where more than thirty local restaurants prepared tasting plates for guests of the event.
HughE Dillon was there and in this photo captured just about all the news to be had at the charity event. Chip Roman, owner of Blackfish, Mica and Ela was on hand showing off his new line of Bluestone candies. Jen Carroll was helping out Phoebe Esmon as Esmon served a couple of different punches for the assembled, but Carroll couldn’t help but come to the aid of Karl Isaiah, of Cake Boulangerie, who was serving solo next to Esmon’s cocktail stand.
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