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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Is it too late for a New Year’s resolution? Well we’re resolving to go to Fond more often. And with dishes like escargot with hazelnuts, Lola duck breast and Berkshire pork belly we’ll have to get there pronto.
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For everyone who has fallen for Jessie Prawlucki’s desserts or even just her meringues generously dropped on the bill plate at Fond, we have excellent news. Prawlucki will be opening a Belle Cakery, a pastry shop on Passyunk Avenue near Dickinson. The shop aims to open in October but there’s a lot of construction between now and then.
Fond [Official Site]
Supper | New York Times
Despite starting the column with a cheesesteak reference we enjoyed reading aboutÂ Supper, Barbuzzo, JG Domestic and Fish in the New York Times Travel section. Â [New York Times]
USA Today’s Travel section lists ten great rooftop bars including the Continental Midtown’s. [USA Today]
Tim Zagat named Fond as the topÂ up and coming restaurant in Philadelphia. [Today Show via Grub Street]
The Clover Club cocktail recipe from the Franklin makes Details list of winter drinks. [Details]
Fond has rolled out their winter menu, we’d pick out a highlight but it all sounds good. [Meal Ticket]
Rick’s Steaks which has left the Bellevue food court is going to be opening tomorrow at the food court in Liberty Place. [The Insider]
Red Zone, a sports bar is set to take over Cafe Spice in Old City. There will be 30-40 TVs and six beers on tap. [Meal Ticket]
Ed Doherty, who was most recently associated with Union Trust is now the chief operating officer of Cescaphe Event Group (Cescaphe, Cooperage, Tandenza, Atrium at the Curtis Center). [Philadelphia Inquirer]