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Yesterday, we announced our fourth Foobooz After Dark dinner. On Saturday, April 26th at 11:30 p.m., we’re taking the chef de cuisine from SBRAGA, Greg Garbasz, and transplanting him into The Fat Ham’s kitchen with chef de cuisine, Aaron Gottesman. They’ll be doing what they do best: Aaron showing off his Southern skills, and Greg doing some fancy Yankee stuff.
Remember, beer from Sixpoint Brewery and The Fat Ham’s signature cocktails will be pouring all night, so it’ll be lots of eating and lots of drinking–as is tradition for our After Dark dinners.
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Aaron Gottesman, the chef de cuisine at The Fat Ham, came to our first After Dark dinner at Will BYOB, and he sat at the table that had the most fun that night. After dinner, he came up to me and said, “I’d love to do one at The Fat Ham once we’re all settled in.” And guess what?
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Before I begin my story, I’d like to first confess something:
I never believed in vegan food. It always stood as this ridiculous symbol for a movement that tried too hard and failed to prove anything to the “real food” community. It added no substance, and subtracted even more, and in the end, there was always something left to be desired. It was a cuisine full of soul-sucking impostors, phonies and shams. So I gave up on it.
But the movement shifted. Places like HipCityVeg opened—that was my first reentrance to the cuisine. A few years ago, I took a bite of their fajita wrap and lost my mind. A few more trips back, and a visit to Vedge sealed the deal. These chefs weren’t aiming to convince anymore—they were showing off. Vegan options have grown in Philly since—all the way into South Philly, even. Which, admittedly, was expected given the gentrification eruption rolling there over the past decade. Now, on the corner of 11th and Morris, Steve Laurence’s Vegan Commissary exists, and the food coming out of that kitchen is as impressive as it gets in this city’s restaurant collection.
And so it begins: a look into our late, late night dinner, put together by a vegan chef, sharing knives with a steakhouse chef, both in a tiny little restaurant/commissary kitchen in South Philadelphia.
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Yesterday, we announced our third Foobooz After Dark dinner. We’ll be taking a steakhouse chef, Jeff Froehler, and pairing him up with a vegan chef, Vegan Commissary’s chef de cuisine, Leigh Needham. They’ll cook together in peace and harmony, and from the looks of their menu, they’re going to have some fun.
Keep in mind, when we named this dinner “Vegan Steakhouse”, it was only because of the steakhouse chef. Now that we’ve seen the menu, it looks like the two of them have wandered pretty far from the vegan-in-a-steakhouse concept. All the way to edible chopsticks, it seems…
We’ve got the menu for you after the jump. Take a look.
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Philadelphia has its company of vegan darlings: Vedge, HipCityVeg, Grindcore House, Miss Rachel’s Pantry, Barclay Prime, Blackbird Pizzeria, Breezy’s Cafe. We love them because they never fail to impress. Being able to coax any semblance of umami out of nothing-from-an-animal is basically a magic trick, and these crews do it day-in and day-out. They’re the mind-blowers and the mind-changers, and they’ve diversified Philly’s dining scene so that it’s accessible to anyone: vegan, vegetarian, and not.
Wait, Barclay Prime?
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Hardena does this every day. Stop in sometime during the week, and you’ll see. Just walk in, pick your plastic cutlery and a paper plate with a heaping pile of rice, and have one of the beautiful sisters top it with Surabaya classics. Sit in a rolling chair, roll yourself close, and delight in the first bite–because that bite will knock your taste buds around with every bit of gusto South Philly has running through its veins. And although they do it every day on the corner of 1754 S Hicks Street, there was something different about Saturday’s Foobooz After Dark rijsttafel dinner…
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UPDATE: SOLD OUT
Last week, we announced the second coming of Foobooz After Dark. We know this time it’ll be a rijsttafel, a beautiful Indonesian feast put together the Hardena crew, held at Noord on East Passyunk.
Remember, there are only 25 seats available for this dinner, and tickets are going on sale very soon. To find out exactly when, sign up now for our Foobooz After Dark alerts.
If you do get a ticket, here’s what you’ll be eating:
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Rijsttafel literally translates to “rice table”, and that’s what our next Foobooz After Dark dinner is.
For over 300 years, Indonesia was a Dutch colony and some of the best Indonesian food in the world can be found in Amsterdam.
So we took Philadelphia’s Best Indonesian, Hardena Waroeng Surabaya, and paired them up with our very own Little Amsterdam, Noord, to give us Philadelphia’s very first rijsttafel. Tables will be graced with big and small plates of beautiful Indonesian satays, sambals, fish, vegetables and the people will feast, family-style, until they can feast no more.
And like last time, it’s just going to be late, 11:30 pm on Saturday, February 1st and only 25 tickets will be sold, at $85 a piece (tax and gratuity included).
So who wants in? If you’re interested, sign up for our reminder email and we’ll email you the day and time tickets go on sale. Last time, tickets sold out in about two hours, so we suggest signing up.
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The most telling quote of the night went like this:
“I’ve never seen twenty-five people eat duck at one in the morning. Wait, it’s two? What the fuck. It’s two in the morning?”
And although I don’t know who spoke it, it was right on the money. Where else would you see such a large group of people sop up a pool of hazelnut miso with a medium rare, dry-aged duck breast so many hours after dinner, and so many hours before breakfast?
Nowhere, that’s where. Nowhere but at the first ever Foobooz After Dark dinner.
Tickets for Foobooz’s first After Dark dinner are now on sale. Get over to the Foobooz store right now to purchase tickets to this special event.
The night features Justin Bogle of the forthcoming Avance collaborating with Chris Kearse from Will in a special after-hours dinner on Saturday, November 16th. Tickets are $125 per person and available only through the Foobooz Store.
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Tickets to Foobooz After Dark: Bogle and Kearse [Foobooz Store]