Packing a picnic basket for a day trip to the beach can be a monotonous task. Water bottles, ham-and-cheese sandwiches on white, bags of salt and vinegar chips. Or maybe, because you’re a true Philadelphian, you’re making a pit stop at Wawa for an Italian hoagie with extra sweet peppers. There’s nothing wrong with the usual. Old habits die hard and it’s a fact that hoagies taste better with salt water in the air. This summer however, we’re breaking routine and packing up some of our local Philly favorites to bring down the shore because everyone needs a taste of home away from home.
Long before Throwback Thursdays were a thing on Facebook and Twitter, we used to occasionally run a feature called Retro-raunts. But since Throwback Thursdays are the flavor of the day and PhillyHistory.org is still one of my favorite web sites, we were inspired to bring back the feature. Check out the above photo of the original Di Bruno Bros. from 1954. Look closely and you can make out the Di Bruno Bros. sign.
The forces of Rittenhouse Row, Kevin Sbraga, and Danielle DelRe, of Starr Restaurants, have come together to create an event that will be one to remember. From August 4th to the 7th, the restaurants of Rittenhouse Row will prepare meals unlike the ones on the traditional menus and give you a dining experience that is one of a kind. As of right now, 18 members will participate in the Rittenhouse Row Culinary Collective, but the list is growing.
Remember last week when we told you about the amazing La Quercia prosciutto event coming to DiBruno Bros.? The one where you get to run around like a fat kid at a candy store for a couple hours, just cramming cured meats into your pork hole with both hands and chasing it all with beer from Yards and wine from Moore Brothers?
Of course you do. Because you’re not going to forget something like that. Especially when you can get in the door and be turned loose on some of the best prosciutto in the world for just $35.
Well guess what? Because you’re a Foobooz reader and because the folks over at DiBruno’s just love it when we get all geeked up about stuff like meat and cheese, you’re going to be able to get in even cheaper because we now have a discount code for you that’ll knock five bucks off the ticket price.
For the love of cheese. This Thursday, June 26th, at 6:30 p.m. the Rittenhouse Di Bruno Bros. will host an International Cheesemaker Rock Stars Dinner. Attendees will be served cheese-focused dishes from six of the top cheese makers along with beer by Brooklyn Brewery. Preparing your food will be José Luis Martín of Manchego 1605, Sam Holden of Hafod Welsh Organic Cheddar, Betty Koster of L’Amuse Gouda, Philippe Goux of Marcel Petite Comté, Giorgio Cravero of Cravero Parmigiano Reggiano, and Joe Schneider of Stichelton.
Those of you who know about La Quercia don’t need me to say anything else. Those of you who don’t? Let me just say that if you haven’t tried the cured meats from this American producer, then you may think you’ve had the best prosciutto in the world, but you’re wrong.
Better than the Italian? Yup. Better than San Danielle? Yup. So good that I once considered stealing a leg left perilously close to a restaurant’s open front door? Yup. It’s that good. And DiBruno Bros. is having an event dedicated solely to the consumption of it.
Last week we told you how UberX can make it even easier to dine out New Jersey restaurants. Today, Iron Hill Maple Shade brewer Chris Lapierre is making it even easier to try his beers. He’s bringing his German Pils, Caprice (American Belgian) and Full Nelson IPA with Nelson Sauvin hops to Di Bruno Bros. at the Franklin for Cheese Happy Hour from 5 to 7 p.m.
The beers will be paired with three cheeses picked out by DiBruno’s cheese mongers and the price can’t be beat, it’s all free.
Cheese Happy Hour at the Franklin [DiBruno Bros.]
Just a block from Rittenhouse Square and hidden among a collection of retail and commercial establishments is this bi-level condo rising above one of Philly’s most pedestrian-filled streets. It has a balcony overlooking Chestnut, and should new tenants not feel like making dinner, there’s Di Bruno Bros. right next door.
The apartment’s interior consists of walnut flooring, exposed brick, and polished concrete, industrial details complemented by the exposed air duct that runs through the open living and dining area. In the kitchen are SS appliances, a Sub Zero refrigerator, and granite countertops. Upstairs, the master bedroom includes walk-in closets and a balcony.
The good stuff keeps coming from Eli Kulp and the Fork and High Street on Market crews. This spring, Kulp is teaming up with self appointed “cheese courtesan” and author of The DiBruno Brothers House of Cheese book, Madame Fromage (née Tenaya Darlington) to host a series of monthly dinners. The dinners will happen on Tuesday evenings March 4th, April 1st, and May 6th, when High Street normally does their friends & family dinner series. Each evening will feature the products of a local cheesemaker in a three course prix fixe menu for $25.
You know what’s awesome? Beer. Know what else? Prosciutto. Add in whiskey and Skittles and a man could live on not much else.
Which is why we’re already excited about Cured & Crafted–a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma–coming to Philly on February 20, because it’s an event that’s basically all about drinking craft beer and eating as much prosciutto as possible.