Paradiso’s rooftop garden is home to vegetables, herbs, and honeybees. 200,000 in fact. And on Wednesday, July 23rd, Chef Lynn Rinaldi, bee expert Don Shump, and the 200,000 buzzing bees will all come together to create a one-time only dinner event. The Bee Dinner will feature a multi-course prix fixe honey-infused dinner for guests to enjoy.
The event starts at 7 p.m. with honey-glazed Heirloom Carrots and house-made Ricotta. Next up on the menu is the Hotaki Crudo with a shishito marmalade; Stuffed Zucchini Blossoms with an anchovy and lemon-honey aioli; Mushroom Fettuccine with wild mushrooms, pancetta, bee pollen, and toasted bread crumbs; New Jersey Fluke Milanese with baby kale, charred corn, jalapeño, honey-melon vinaigrette; and Goat Cheese Panna Cotta with a berry compote and honey-sesame brittle.
And while you enjoy the sweet offerings, be on the lookout for Rinaldi and Shump as they’ll come around to talk to guests about sustainability, local honey production, bee keeping, and concerns with the recent decline in global bee populations. Rinaldi spoke of the event saying, “I’ve always been as interested in the ecology as I am in making excellent food and serving our guests. This dinner brings several of my passions together for an exciting event that will be a lot of fun for all involved.”
The event is $65 per person. Reservations are required and can be made by calling 215-271-2066.
This evening, Soom Foods, the Philadelphia-based, women-owned business of three sisters— Shelby, Jackie and Amy is going to be in the food cart at the Garage on Passyunk Avenue. They will be serving a Middle Eastern street food menu of dishes like sabich, a traditional eggplant pita sandwich and a spiced lamb dish. All dishes will feature Soom Foods Tahini and for dessert, they’ll be offering samples of their Chocolate Sesame Butter, which they are describing as similar to Nutella with only three ingredients and only seven grams of sugar.
The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and runs till the food runs out.
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On Monday, July 14th, Fond is hosting the legendary Georges Perrier, as he and chef Lee Styer prepare a collaborative dinner. The five-course menu will feature Perrier’s classic French cuisine in celebration of Bastille Day.
Reservations are limited, as there will only be one seating at 7 p.m., so call now. The five-course dinner is $90 and there is also an optional wine pairing.
Bastile Day Menu with Georges Perrier (PDF)
We’re happy to see Joe Cicala standing next to just delivered wood-fired oven. The video that Cicala posted of the delivery guys attempting to get the behemoth into the open wall at Brigantessa didn’t exactly inspire confidence.
The wood-burning oven will be at the heart of Cicala’s new East Passyunk restaurant that will focus on Southern Italian cooking and pizzas. The oven was manufactured to order in Italy for Briganessa and is hand-made from volcanic ash. Brigantessa is aiming to open this August.
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Townsend, the two-month old but critically acclaimed restaurant, is hosting a Five-Course, “Three Way” Wine and Cheese Pairing Dinner on Thursday, July 17th. Chef-owner Townsend Wentz and General Manager/Wine Director Lauren Harris put together the night of five wines, five cheeses and five plates. “I’m always looking for new ways to share our food and our wines with our guests, and this dinner promises to be the first of many inventive pairing events,” Wentz said.
Tickets are $65 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Guests will get a taste of contemporary French flare and domestic and imported cheeses, all of which are paired with wines chosen by Harris.
Reservations are encouraged. To reserve your spot, call 267-639-3203.
Photos by Jason Varney
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Townsend Wentz was an analytical chemist shifting toward genomics research when he got a chance to cook at Philadelphia’s Four Seasons for a day. It was 1996, he’d just wrapped up a second bachelor’s degree in biology, and recombinant DNA was calling his name. But Jean-Marie Lacroix interrupted, and fate took care of the rest.Wentz, who’d cooked his way through college, had a great day in the French chef’s kitchen. It beat testing canola oil acids, and it was more social than laboratory bench work. When one of the restaurant’s line cooks quit that very day, Wentz’s lark in Lacroix’s kitchen, and later Lacroix at The Rittenhouse, turned into nearly 10 years.No wonder the Riverton, New Jersey native’s sauces are so good.
Philadelphians wise to Wentz’s transformation of McCrossen’s Tavern in Fairmount have known that for three years already. In May, he opened a place of his own—really, truly his own. From the salvaged cherrywood he planed to cap a rebuilt bar to the floors he refinished with his sous-chef and sommelier to the furniture they stained and reupholstered by hand, his fingerprints are all over the place. Before Wentz became a chemist, he built racing sailboats.
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New counter at Plenty Cafe on East Passyunk
, which has locations in Center City and on East Passyunk is adding a third location, this one in Queen Village. Still a year away, brothers Anthony
and Damon Mascieri
are opening at 705-707 South 5th Street. This will be the biggest Plenty Cafe yet. The 1,500 square foot corner space sill anchor another venture of Damon, Fabric Lofts, eight bi-level apartments with 13-foot ceilings and a green roof deck.
Plenty Cafe’s original location at 1710 East Passyunk Avenue has recently been renovated, installing a 12-foot reclaimed ash wood high-top bar and adding ten additional seats.
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Nick Elmi’s Laurel
Peekytoe Crab, Maine Sea Urchin, Smoked Trout Roe, Melon & Yuzu Potage
had a few last second tables
for tonight. A rare case indeed, and if you were lucky enough to snare one, here’s a new dish you could be enjoying this evening.
Google Street View capture from 2011 shows the doctor’s office when it sported his nameplate.
The soap and bath products company Volta Organics has opened a bricks-and-mortar location at 1439 Passyunk Avenue. Be Well Philly reports that the new store will sell groceries and “once she gets Health Department clearance, Volta hopes to open a take-out tea and tonic bar inside the store, where you can get tea blends to go and quick shots, like apple cider vinegar, which has detoxing properties.
It’s another sign of change in that area. The location used to be the office of family doctor Julius Mingroni, who was the subject of a 1986 feature by Michael Capuzzo in the Inquirer. Capuzzo wrote:
Mingroni is the doctor for the whole neighborhood in South Philadelphia where he grew up. He is the doctor for about 5,000 patients – aunts and cousins, friends and high school chums – and sometimes it seems that 5,000 hearts, 5,000 sets of hands are reaching out to him.
He visits the sick in four hospitals and nursing homes each morning. He keeps regular office hours for nine hours a day, working seven days a week, until 10 or 11 at night. He sees anyone who knocks after hours, and afterward he goes on house calls until 3, 4 and 5 in the morning. Mingroni lives by a simple motto. “I cannot say no.”
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Some of the goods for sale at Volta Market // Photos via Facebook
I live near Passyunk Square, so a few months back, when a build-out on the long-vacant space at the corner of East Passyunk and Dickinson began, I was curious. And then when I saw signs that a wellness-focused market would soon be moving in, I was really curious.
Last month, the store finally came to fruition and Volta Market took up residence, celebrating its grand opening just last weekend. It’s a brick-and-mortar store from the local husband-and-wife-duo, Lisa Volta and Adli Zalloum, who make the popular organic, small-batch soap-and-bath-product line, Volta Organics.
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