Spend the Day with Ela’s Jason Cichonski at “Shopping with the Chef”

Headhouse Square Farmers Market for The Food Trust September 7, 2014

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Headhouse Farmers Market is entering its tenth season since opening in 2007. It is Philly’s largest open-air market and each year over 40,000 Philadelphians flock to it.

On Sunday, June 5th The Food Trust and the owner and chef of Ela, Jason Cichonski, are partnering to host Shopping with the Chef at the market as part of the year long celebration of Headhouse’s ten seasons.

Shopping with the Chef will offer a behind the scenes look at how local chefs, like Cichonski, approach their seasonal menus.

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Whiskey For Breakfast: Sunday Brunch At Ela With Scott Schroeder

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UPDATE: We’ve got the full menu now, so check it out after the jump.

Granted, it’s going to be a little late for the official festivities, but if Sunday comes and you still haven’t gotten all the St. Patrick’s Day out of your system, there’s this: A brunch, being organized and prepared by BFFs Scott Schroeder (Hungry Pigeon, etc.) and Jason Cichonski at Cichonski’s restaurant Ela. It’s happening on Sunday from 10:30am until 2:30pm, and they’re calling it the “St. Patrick’s Day Whiskey And Waffles Brunch” so there will presumably be both whiskey and waffles.

Also, this is like the third time the duo have done an event like this together, and yeah. There was plenty of whiskey before. And waffles.

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New Happy Hours Offer Alternatives to Sips Crowds

Late afternoon wine enjoyed outdoors at Fitler Dining Room.

Late afternoon wine enjoyed outdoors at Fitler Dining Room.

Whether you’ve tired of Center City Sips, your go-to bar, or simply drinking at home, here’s a round-up of the newer additions to the list of Philadelphia’s happy hours this summer. With the heat of August on the horizon, we’re probably all going to need a drink (or three), so let these newcomers reinvigorate your weekday drinking.

We’ll accept a cocktail as thanks.

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Ela Offering Special Monday Night Prix Fixe

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Jason Cichonski’s Ela is offering a special $30 prix fixe on Monday nights. The three-course dinner options for each course, if we were ordering, that would mean:

  • Melon Gazpacho
    mango, hibiscus
  • Pennsylvania trout
    pumpernickle orecchiette, horseradish, mustard chips
  • Cookie Dough
    vanilla-bay ice cream, warm cookie dough

To further sweeten the deal, select bottles of wine are half-price on Mondays.

Ela Monday Prix Fixe Menu (PDF)

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Maria Polise of Ela Is The Cochon 555 “Punch Kings” Champ

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On June 29, in Denver, bartender Maria Polise of Ela won the Cochon 555 “Punch Kings” competition. She went up against 10 other drink-slingers who’d qualified at the various local Cochon events and, in the end, brought home the golden gloves (which is what they give you when you win–plus a 3-day trip to some heritage BBQ festival) for Philly.

So how did she do it? Apparently by mixing together a whole lot of delicious alcohol, pouring some more alcohol on top and then adding a little alcohol. You can check out her ingredient list for her award winning “Porcine Pick-Me-Up Punch” after the jump.

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New Summer Bar Menu for Ela

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Eggplant Tots

Ela has added new cocktails and bar menu items for summer. Chef Jason Cichonski has added dishes like:

  • Pork Belly with watermelon bbq, pickled rind, arugula
  • Lamb Pita with sesame cucumber, salsa verde, yogurt and radish
  • Eggplant Tots with piperade, shaved fennel and pecorino

The bar is also celebrating summer with several new cocktails including:

  • Divine Intervention with Lillet, Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin, Orange Bitters, Lavender
  • I Am Fred Astaire with Vodka, Mango-Rosemary-Red Bell Pepper Shrub

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Audrina Patridge Slings Cheese Curds In Philly

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Yesterday, NBC’s “1st Look” sent Audrina Patridge (who, near as I can tell, got her food journalism training on MTV’s The Hills) to Philly to spend a day with Rob Mitchell from the Cow and the Curd. Together, they served fried cheese curds to folks at Yards Brewery for one of their Ales Of The Revolution pairing events.

And yeah, there’s video. Because of course there’s video.

Cheese curds, beer and Audrina Patridge, right this way

This Weekend: Whiskey And Waffles Brunch At Ela

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So Scott Schroeder and Jason Cichonski should be getting pretty used to cooking together at this point.

I mean there was that Bromance Collaboration Dinner they did together in February, and the first Whiskey and Waffles brunch the two of them did last year. Now they’re getting together again to do a second drunken brunch which will pair everyone’s favorite breakfast foods (waffles, bagels, bacon, shrimp salad) with everyone’s favorite breakfast beverage (whiskey).

This Sunday, the two chefs will come together at Ela to put out a menu of inspired breakfast foods. Starting at 10:30am and going until 2:30pm, the special brunch will run you $35 for four courses. Reservations are recommended but not required and, for an additional $20, you can even get each course paired with specially-designed breakfast cocktails (like a Laphroaig-and-rye Bloody Mary or a shot of bourbon).

And yes, of course we have a copy of the menu. Right this way…

Whiskey & Waffles Menu

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