Chris Kearse To Collaborate with Jaxon BYOB

Jaxon BYOB hosts Chris Kearse

Jaxon BYOB hosts Chris Kearse

You know what used to happen in Philadelphia restaurants all the time? Collaboration dinners. But for some reason, not so much anymore more. So we were very excited to see this event cross our desk.

On Monday, November 14, Jaxon BYOB will be hosting a dinner with chef Christopher Kearse from Will BYOB and Jaxon’s new chef, Matthew Gansert. Kearse and Gansert worked together at Will. Gansert has also been the chef of Jerry’s Bar and Resurrection Ale House. The pair are reuniting for this special prix-fix dinner event. The dinner is BYOB and will cost $55 per person.

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Will’s Tuesday Night Tasting Menus Return with Three Tasty Ingredients

will-byob-940Will BYOB on Passyunk Avenue is restarting its Tuesday ingredient focused menus. On Tuesday, October 20th, pumpkin will be the featured ingredient. On Tuesday, November 17th, it will be all about the pork. December rounds out the year with a lobster focused menu on Tuesday, December 15th.

The dinners are $55 per person and of course Will is BYOB.

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The Fall Menu at Morgan’s Pier

View from the Crows Nest at Morgan's Pier

View from the Crows Nest at Morgan’s Pier

The fall menu at Morgan’s Pier debuts tomorrow, Wednesday September 23rd. Among the fall bites from chef-in-residence Nick Elmi, tater tots poutine, smashed local squash with pumpkin seed, smoked kielbasa and more.

Also there’s been a change in Morgan’s Pier Guest Chef Series. Will’s Chris Kearse replaces Michael Solomonov on the weekend of October 10th and 11th.

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If There’s A Will There’s A Way: Chris Kearse Documentary



Chef Chris Kearse of Will BYOB  tells his inspiring story in a short Vimeo documentary recently created by videographer Oliver Gallini, the first of a short series on some of Philadelphia’s top chefs.

Gallini describes his video not as a tribute to Kearse’s remarkable culinary creations, but as a film that speaks to “his inspiring story and the way he works every day to influence others.”

Updates on the coming documentaries on Philadelphia’s chefs can be found here.

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Pumpkin Dinner at Will BYOB

will pumpkin tasting menuChris Kearse is preparing a special Pumpkin Tasting Menu for Tuesday, October 21st at Will BYOB. The five course dinner will be $55 and include dishes like Nori + Black Lime Cured Kampachi served with pumpkin seeds, kumquat and country ham dashi.

Take that, pumpkin spice latte.

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Al Paris And Chris Kearse Collaboration Dinner At Heirloom

heirloom1Chef Al Paris has been running a series of collaboration dinners at Heirloom, his Chestnut Hill BYOB. He’s already had Georges Perrier in the kitchen, cookbook author Aliza Green, and Josh Lawler from The Farm And The Fisherman, and now it’s time for Will’s Chris Kearse to step behind the stoves.

The dinner is happening October 8. It’ll run you $65 (plus tax and tip), and there will be two seatings, at 5:30 and 8pm.

And of course we have the menu.

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DIY Down the Shore: Chris Kearse’s Heirloom Tomato and Summer Melon Salad

will-kearse-milk-fed-poulardeFor the past couple weeks, we’ve been talking to a variety of Philly chefs and bartenders, asking them what they bring with them to eat and drink when they go down the shore. And now, for the next couple weeks, we’re going to be sharing with you their favorite recipes for snacks, cocktails and other delicious things so that you, too, can eat and drink like a pro.

It’s clear by reading the menu at Will BYOB that executive chef and owner, Chris Kearse, has a passion for featuring the freshest ingredients of the season, always with an added twist. Today, Kearse has shared his take on a traditional summer tomato salad for you to take down the shore with you.

But don’t fret. If you’re familiar with the chef’s elaborate and artfully designed plates, rest assured that you won’t need tweezers for this recipe. Chef Kearse’s tomato salad is delightfully simple, and showcases some of summer’s best produce.

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Collaborating with Chris Kearse

clambakeChris Kearse is a chef’s chef. His technique and food make chefs like Eli Kulp a fan. So it isn’t surprising to see a couple of collaborations coming up with the chef/owner of Will BYOB.

This Wednesday, July 16th, Will is hosting chef Adan Trinidad of Sancho Pistola’s and Jose Pistola’s for a special five-course dinner and clambake. The dinner is $50 per person and includes a complimentary drink.

And then next Tuesday, July 22nd, Chris Kearse is heading to Rosemont, New Jersey to collaborate with Matthew Ridgway, chef and owner of The PASS restaurant.

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We Want Answers: Eli Kulp

You grew up in Mossyrock, Washington. Is that a town of more or less than 100 people? Ha. Last time I saw, it had 498. My mom is from Holland; my dad is from New York. And they were sort of hippies traveling in the ’70s, doing their thing. They met and found this little plot of land in the middle of nowhere and bought it, put a single-wide trailer on it, and that’s where I grew up.

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Tuesday Tasting Dinners At Will: Morel Mushrooms


Will is running a Tuesday Tasting Dinner series in which chef Chris Kearse takes one item and then crafts a complete menu around that single ingredient. And on Tuesday, May 20, that ingredient is morel mushrooms. Wild morels from Oregon, in this case. And there are still a few seats left.

The dinner is five courses. Tickets are $55. And you can get yours by calling the restaurant at 215-271-7683.

Oh, and yes. We have the menu. Check it out below.

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