Brigantessa Introduces New Chef de Cuisine

Julia Robinson, chef de cuisine at Brigantessa

Julia Robinson, chef de cuisine at Brigantessa

Chef/Owner Joe Cicala and Brigantessa are officially welcoming Julia Robinson as chef de cuisine to the East Passyunk restaurant with a  wine dinner. Robinson started at Brigantessa in June after two years as chef de cuisine at the White Dog Cafe in University City and a six-year run at Vivere, a third-generation family-owned Italian restaurant in Chicago.

The Delaware native is showing off her work with a chef’s tasting menu with unusual Italian wine pairings on Wednesday, September 16th. The four-course, three wine and one digestivo dinner is $75 per person.

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Sneak Peek: Stargazy

stargazy squareToday is Sam Jacobson’s birthday and he’s celebrating by offering a preview of his East Passyunk pie shop, Stargazy.

The British bakery is offering a limited menu of pies and mash, tea and some other treats. Philadelphia’s food man about town, Holly Moore has already called Stargazy, 5 Grease Stain worthy.

Stargazy is serving today but will be closed this weekend. Look for an official opening on August 26th or 27th 28th.

Stargazy [Foobooz]

New Seasonal Menu for Fond

New from Fond

New from Fond

Fond enjoyed an early August vacation and now chef Lee Styer, pastry chef Jessie Prawlucki and front of the house manager Tory Keomanivong are back and showing off a new summer menu, plus a featured dish of the month.

Among the new dishes are tuna poke with yellowtail and albacore tuna served with soy, black sesame, pineapple, cucumber, toasted coconut; scallops with summer squash, fregola sarda, piquillo pepper sauce; and more.

The new featured dish for August is shrimp with watermelon, feta, micro basil and a smoked paprika aioli. The dish is described as smoky but bright and refreshing at the same time. It’s available now as an appetizer.

Fond can be enjoyed a la carte or via five ($59) or seven course ($69) tasting menus.

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Hipsters and Grandpas: Triangle Tavern Reviewed

Spaghetti and Meatballs at Triangle Tavern | Photo by Jeffrey Towne

Spaghetti and Meatballs at Triangle Tavern | Photo by Jeffrey Towne

There’s only so much you can tell about a restaurant from its staff’s sartorial choices. But Triangle Tavern’s bar — whose bulbous edge gleams darkly with decades’ worth of varnish — offered a fascinating study in contrasts as I settled in amid drifting speckles of disco-ball light. A bullet casing swung from my bartender’s pale white neck as she stirred Dubonnet into gin. Nearby, a slender crucifix tagged its owner as a South Philadelphian of a more iconic stripe. And passing between them was a young black man rocking a Portland Trail Blazers jersey. Read more »

Tart Times at Devil’s Den

sour-beer-fest-devils-den-940Saturday, August 15th marks the kick off of Devil’s Den’s annual Pucker Up! Sour Fest. For the weekend, the entire draft selection at the bar (17 in all) will be dedicate to funky sour beers. Then through Friday, August 21st, the bar will continue to offer a rotating selection of sour beers on eight of the taps.

The lineup will include over 50 tart beers throughout the week, including award winning beers as well as rarities like:

  • Yards 20th Anniversary Sour
  • Bruery Tart of Darkness
  • Weyerbacher Tarte Nouveau
  • Dogfish Head Festina Peche
  • And five sours from Free Will Brewing Co.

To see the complete list of sour beers on draft, check out the Pucker Up! Sour Fest event on Facebook.

Devil’s Den [Foobooz]

Pop-Up Restaurant: Le Bok Fin

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Photo by Michelle Gustafson

Before the Edward T. Bok Technical School closed two years ago, the school had an culinary training cafe tucked inside the building, cleverly named Le Bok Fin. Since the school’s closed, the building has sat in disuse, and the cafe along with it. Thankfully, things have changed.

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Noord Launches New Summer Menu

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Chef Joncarl Lachman is launching his new summer menu tonight at Noord. Familiar staples remain on the menu, but there will be several notable additions including a heirloom tomato salad with goat gouda cheese; pan roasted chicken thighs; and Shellfish Waterzooi, a mix of mussels, shrimp and clams in a beer sauce.

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East Passyunk Gets a British Bakery

stargazy-pie-940East Passyunk’s ranking as a culinary destination has been cemented for some time now. But the diversity of its offerings are continuing to grow. The stretch boasts French, Italian, New American and even Dutch eateries, and in about a month, it will see the opening of Stargazy, a British bakery from chef Sam Jacobson at 1838 E Passyunk Avenue (the former Ms. Good Cupcake). Jacobson has cooked in-and-around Philadelphia for a decade now, turning Lansdowne’s Sycamore into a culinary destination.

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Gastronaut: The Case for Crawling

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Illustration by Kagan McLeod

When we were young cooks, none of us could ever stand still.

Work — 12 or 14 or 16 hours. White jackets and checked pants; prep and then more prep and then the first hit, the dinner rush, the long, slow glide toward wipe-down. Crews rolled out the back doors of restaurants, converged on the nearest bars for first drinks, then moved on — looking for salty things and fried things and sushi and pho and flat, floppy slices and weed. We were perpetually unsatisfied, a whole knot of us growing antsy and weird if we spent more than 45 minutes in any one place, because no matter where we were, there was always the chance of something better waiting right next door.

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