On the menu right now, a collab pie with Chris Kearse.
It’s not like Sam Jacobson needs help making wonderful pies at East Passyunk’s Stargazy but that doesn’t mean he’ll turn down a good idea.
Today and through the rest of the week, he’s teamed up with Chris Kearse of Will BYOB to create a special dessert pie. Kearse took Epoisses de Bourgogne cheese and combined it with chopped chestnuts and handed it over to Jacobson, who baked it into the middle of his Bosc Pear Pie.
The results can be yours through the rest of the week, or until they’re all sold out.
New bar at Plenty Cafe on East Passyunk
Plenty Cafe has reopened on East Passyunk after a several-months-long conversion into an all-day cafe with liquor license. The reimagined Plenty Cafe will still offer coffee, breakfast and lunch but will now also have table service after 4 p.m. The cafe will also have a marble bar with 6 draft beers, six draft wines (available by-the-glass or carafe) and a total of 17 wines available by-the-glass. And since it is an-all day cafe, the bar will also offer brunch drinks like their signature Korean Bloody Mary with kimchi, gochujang and daikon. There will also be a selection of classic aperitivi and digestivi from Europe. These vermouths, red bitters, gentians and cinchonas will be served traditionally and featured in Plenty Cafe’s six signature cocktails.
The opening draft list includes a solid lineup from around the world including Gaffel Kolsch, Allagash White and Young’s Double Chocolate Stout. The drafts are backed up by 30 beers available by bottle or can.
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Some restaurants host events every single week, but others wait until they’ve got something special going on; a distinctive bottle or two to open or some out-of-town visitors to fête. Such was the occasion last week at Townsend when the sweet spot on Passyunk hosted Sierra Foothills winemakers Caroline Hoel and Hank Beckmeyer from La Clarine Farm.
Natural to the core, these down to earth, yet broadly knowledgeable vintners waxed eloquent on their unorthodox grape blends and the exciting nature of natural winemaking. The biodynamic model of minimally invasive agriculture can be considered at best capricious, and at worst reckless, but is undoubtedly the cutting edge of wine culture internationally. Finding these dynamic, challenging (and often delicious) wines paired attentively and successfully with Townsend Wentz’s take on classic French cuisine was a pleasure.
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Who knew we needed a British pie shop? | Photo by Emily Teel
The best time I had at Stargazy was on a rainy afternoon when I was going somewhere else. I hadn’t even been thinking about pies (which is odd for me), but then there I was—like a block away, walking through the drizzle—and I thought, You know what would go nicely with this weather? A sausage roll.
I pushed in through the door and watched the cooks in the tiny backroom kitchen squaring pies on sheet pans. The sausage roll cost something like four bucks and was hot and greasy enough to stain the bottom of the brown paper bag it came in. Perfect, in other words. I stepped back out into the gray and ate it walking, in its c-fold wrapping, picking apart the crisp, flaking crust with my fingers. That was a good day.
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The annual Witch CRAFT Beer Crawl is happening Wednesday, October 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. along East Passyunk. Tickets, which go for a devilish $6.66 each gets you a witch hat, access to $3 Victory and Troegs beers plus a Witch CRAFT Stamp Card, which attendees can fill for the chance to win $375 in gift certificates to participating bars and restaurants.
15 bars are participating in the crawl, each offering at least two beers at $3 each. Among the beers being offered seasonal offerings such as Troegs Hop Knife Harvest Ale and Victory Festbier and Moonglow Weizenbock. Participating bars and restaurants will also be offering food at special prices. Cider lovers can also look for a special red-apple blended Bold Rock hard cider at participating locations.
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Will 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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Lox Buns, new at Bing Bing Dim Sum
At Bing Bing Dim Sum, Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh have been constantly tweaking, changing ingredients, methods and menu items since opening six months ago. And now Darragh tells us they’ve found their groove. And with this latest menu, they’re featuring a streamlined menu of dim sum items and shareable large plates.
On this latest menu jump around the world with pork soup dumplings; Everything Pac Man Buns, served with lox, cream cheese and cucumber, to a South Philly inspired roast pork bao with sharp provolone, long hots and spinach.
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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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Today 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.
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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