So now that the big day is over, what’s the second-best thing about Thanksgiving? Leftovers. And while you may be perfectly happy with turkey-and-stuffing sandwiches or just eating mashed potatoes out of the bowl with your fingers, the crew at Ela is doing something a little classier.
On Wednesday, December 4 at 7pm, chef Jason Cichonski and Ela are doing a one-time-only Thanksgiving Leftovers And Bourbon dinner. Four courses, $55 a head, and all the bourbon is being provided by Jim Beam. The cocktails are being designed by Ela’s bartenders. The kitchen crew is putting the menu together. And you can score your reservations by calling the restaurant at 267-687-8512.
And, of course, we have the full menu after the jump. Because we’re looking out for you, that’s why.
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Sugar Philly Macarons – Photo by Jason Varney
From chocolates and ice cream to gorgeous pastries, Philly’s collective sweet tooth is strong. So here are three Philadelphia desserts you must try before you die.
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Yes, we still have some time before the first episode of the new season of Top Chef, featuring Nick Elmi, Jason Cichonski and a bunch of other people who aren’t from Philly.
But for those of you out there who just can’t wait, we thought it might be nice to offer up a bit of history–a way for you to get a handle on our two hometown chefs and maybe come to understand, once the show starts, why this one is freaking out over his pork chops or why that one is doing that thing to that scallop. To that end, we’ve assembled a Six Pack of places where the two chefs trained, rose to prominence, made names for themselves or, in the case of Jason Cichonski, are still currently cooking (Elmi is unemployed at the moment, but working on opening his first restaurant–Laurel on East Passyunk).
It would make a helluva restaurant crawl. Or maybe something to do on the weekend before Top Chef premiers. But we’re not telling you how to live your life…
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Noted pig-hugger, Jason Cichonski, is not letting the porkish glow of Cochon Epic fade so quickly. For those of you who missed the big event yesterday at the Ritz, he’ll be doing a re-do of all the dishes he and his team prepared for a one-night-only, 5-course pig dinner at Ela tomorrow night (Tuesday, July 30). The price is $45 (with an optional $25 beer and cocktail pairing), and reservations are highly recommended.
Check out the menu after the jump.
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Jason Cichonski of Ela scored his pig for next week’s Cochon Epic from Country Time Farm. As you can see, it’s just about the same size as the chef.
It’s summer hours at Ela with a new happy hour schedule, a new menu, new drinks and a new beer list. The big draw? Jason Cichonski‘s modern American outpost will be serving its new late night bar menu until midnight on weekdays and 1am on the weekends, with a Thursday and Friday late-night happy hour that will also run from 10pm until midnight.
So what will the kitchen be serving up after the sun goes down? How ’bout plates of tater tots loaded down with short rib and chorizo? Or jerk chicken sandwiches and steamed buns with duck and pickled fennel?
You can check out the full late night menu (which went into effect just a couple of days ago) after the jump. And we’ve also got a list of some of the bar’s new cocktails which, in keeping with the house style of unique and challenging concoctions, is truly something to behold.
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Apparently Jason Cichonski likes a “girly” shot aptly named “Pancakes & Syrup,” and that will be the first course of the Whiskey & Waffles collaborative brunch between Cichonski’s Ela and South Philly Tap Room’s Scott Schroeder and Mark Regan.
This St. Patrick’s Day, (Sunday, March 17th), from 10:30 am-2:30 pm, for only $35 a head (with an optional $20 whiskey pairing), Ela and SPTR want to be the ones to kick off your celebrations. The menu looks awesome–including such guaranteed winners as hash browns with bone marrow gravy, cereal-crusted donuts with cereal milk filling, coffee-coddled eggs over duck hash and the aforementioned Whiskey & Waffles (sausage waffles with foie gras whipped cream and smoked maple-whiskey syrup)– and starting off your Sunday with a morning shot doesn’t seem all that bad, because, you know, YOLO or whatever.
Heading to a friends house for the Super Bowl? Don’t be THAT guy who shows up empty-handed. Here are a handful of restaurants offering special takeout options for the Super Bowl. Bring an order of Ela’s wings (pictured) and a local growler and quickly go from zero to hero.
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