It’s the last weekend of service at Fond’s location at 1617 E Passyunk Avenue. Next week Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki are moving just down the block to the corner of Tasker and Passyunk. The new spot will be bigger, feature a liquor license and have this cool looking bar in the front.
Fear not BYOB regulars, the new Fond will offer no-corkage BYOB Tuesday through Thursday and a reasonable corkage fee on weekends. OpenTable reservations are currently available at the new location for Thursday, December 6th.
Fond [Official Site]
We’re not sure anyone does a better risotto in Philadelphia than Lee Styer at Fond. And now he’s added luxurious lobster, hazelnuts and truffle to the dish. That’s when we started drooling, the rest of the menu is just as appetizing.
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We’ve been mulling over the news about Gordon Dinerman walking away from his plans for the Fountainhead Saloon at 11th and Tasker for some time now. We knew that something had gone south with the city bureaucracy and that Dinerman had walked away from the whole project (and straight into his deal with Rob LaScala at Barra), but what we didn’t know was what was going to be happening next at 1537 South 11th Street. At least not until now.
Over at Grub Street, they’re reporting that Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki of Fond and Belle Cakery signed a lease for the space just last night and are planning on moving Fond out of its current home at 1617 East Passyunk and transporting it right around the corner. This won’t be happening until the fall, but when it does, the new Fond will be opening with more seats, a short bar and a liquor license–which will be a nice improvement.
Fountainhead Saloon Project Is Dead, Fond Moving In [GrubStreet]
For the summer Fond has updated its offerings. The Passyunk Avenue BYOB is serving dishes like frisee salad with za’atr, grilled Spanish octopus with chorizo and mussels and skate wing with pineapple and bok choy.
Look for more summer menus throughout the day today and beyond.
And of course check out dessert »
Eater reports that Fond super-duo, Lee Styer and Jessie Prawlucki are getting married on Sunday, May 27th. Their restaurant will be closed from May 26th to June 6th.
We wish them the best, though selfishly we’re a bit disappointed that we won’t be getting any speck and gruyere croisants for a few weeks as Prawlucki’s Belle Cakery is also closed through June 5th. But seriously, congrats.
Bistrot La Minette isn’t the only area restaurant getting in on the National Escargot Day fun. On Wednesday, May 23rd Southwark will be joined by Doug “the Snailman” Dussault of Potironne Company. Doug will be on hand to talk snails while Southwark’s kitchen serves up four courses (including dessert) of snail inspired dishes. Dinner is $45 per person, $65 with wine or beer pairing. The menu will also be available on Thursday the 24th.
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Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki at Cook
Each menu Lee Styer and Jesse Prawlucki create at Fond seems to be better than the last, so we were quite excited when this spring menu arrived in our inbox. Among the most interesting combinations:
- Rhubarb and foie gras
- Frissee salad and za’atar
- Sweetbreads and ramps
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A new month means a new schedule of classes at Cook. As always, we have your sneak peek–this time two whole days before the class list goes live on Wednesday, March 7th, at the Cook website. So take a look, see what’s coming up and then, come Wednesday, be sitting by your computer early because these classes seem to be selling out faster and faster every month.
What’s New, What’s Cool and Who’ll Be Dropping By
As if Craig LaBan’s Four Bell mania wasn’t enough, today he highlights a number of his favorite restaurants in different categories.
- New American (Full Service)
- New American (BYOBs)
- Distinctive Italian
- Updated International
- Great Restaurants Deserving More Buzz
Joe Cicala (Le Virtu), Jennifer Conley (Stateside), George Sabatino (Stateside), Jesse Prawlucki (Fond, Belle Cakery), Lee Styer (Fond)
It began with tiny espresso cups of warm foie gras soup, ended with big coffee mugs of rum and rye under a nutmeg-sprinkled egg foam masquerading as a harmless after-dinner cappucino, and in between there was a handmade pasta demo, tiny little finger-thick tuille cannoli, a dry gin Vesper with persimmon, roasted squab attended by their own confit legs, tales of saffron smuggling in Abruzze and rabbit agnolotti topped with slips of black truffle that all the cooks (plus me and Art) ended up eating in the basement–gathered around the still-warm pan, stabbing the little ravioli with forks, swearing that we were going to eat just one more, then going back in for another and another and another.
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