Viking Pastries in Ardmore is being redone inside and out as part of a TV show. The big reveal for the Cricket Avenue bakery is set for today at 5:30 p.m. Official word on what show it is has been mum, but The Main Line Times says it is for a Food Network show and spots Nancy Glass Productions on site. We’re going to guess it is an episode of Save My Bakery, which actually has been on the Cooking Channel, a subsidiary of the Food Network.
Food Network giving Viking Pastries a makeover; big reveal Thursday [Main Line Times]
Viking Pastries [Official]
Spike TV has greenlit its first food show. Frankenfood, which will star Philadelphia’s Tony Luke along with executive chef Josh Capon. The show will pit amateurs and their weird food combinations against each other. Luke and Capon will judge the creations and the winner gets $10,000 and is featured on the menu of a local popular restaurant.
Look for the show to premier in spring of 2014.
Bravo’s Top Chef returns on Wednesday, October 2nd. Season 11 is based in New Orleans and includes local chefs Nick Elmi and Jason Cichonski. In the first episode the chefs must prepare a soiree in the swamp. In the sneak peek, Cichonski finishes early and harrasses a still working Elmi.
Top Chef [Bravo TV]
Fidel Gastro is excited for Top Chef New Orleans and the TV premieres of Jason Cichonski and Nick Elmi. So excited, he’s written a song previewing the season.
Check it out and if you’re lucky, the catchy “Pack your knives and go” chorus, won’t get stuck in your head all day.
The Greatest Top Chef Season 11 Pre-Cap Song You’ve Ever Heard [Fidel Gastro]
So now that it is official that Jason Cichonski and Nick Elmi are competing on season 11 of Top Chef. We wonder, who do you think will go further in the Bravo series.
Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
Check out Cichonski and Elmi in their Top Chef promo video »
Kevin Sbraga is getting his own show on the Cooking Channel. Get Trucked will feature Sbraga helping out food trucks that need help with their menu, service and look.
The show’s pilot debuts on Thursday, August 15th and will be rebroadcast three times.
Later tonight (Wednesday, August 7), Sbraga will be on Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen.
Get Trucked [Cooking Channel]
The Appetizer Formerly Known As
Back in February Guy Fieri filmed at six local spots for Diners, Drive-ins and Dives. Tonight at 10 p.m. we’ll see the first of the Philadelphia establishments featured. Sidecar Bar & Grille will be on tonight’s episode, Chicken, Chili and Chowder.
The Sidecar is inviting everyone to come in and hang out as they watch the showing on both floors. Sidecar’s clam chowder, gnocchi and crab topped fries(The Appetizer Formerly Known As …) will be featured on the show.
Chicken, Chili and Chowder [Food Network]
Sidecar Bar & Grille [Official Site]
Tonight at 7 p.m. on Destination America, formerly Discovery Home & Leisure, is featuring four local restaurants on United States of Bacon. As you might expect there’s a ton of bacon on the show but we have to raise an eyebrow over the inclusion of McNally’s Tavern’s Schmitter. Surely a great gluttonous sandwich, but as the diagram above shows, bacon is not a normal part of the Schmitter. Now bacon is available for a dollar add-on, but who needs bacon when you already have steak, grilled salami, cheese, fried onions, tomatos, special sauce and even more cheese?
Four Philadelphia stops on United States of Bacon and some deals »
ABC’s The Chew is filming at the Center City location of Federal Donuts today. According to the Federal Donuts’ Twitter feed, the filming should take place between 11:30 a.m. and 12:45 p.m.
We thought it was odd that Sidecar Bar & Grille at 22nd and Christian was closed during the day yesterday. Doubly weird that the Standard Tap was also closed. But then a tipster told us they spotted a Diners, Drive-ins and Dives film crew at Sidecar and it began to make sense. We reached out to Standard Tap owner William Reed as to whether he had received a visit from “Flavor Town.” Reed issued a “no comment” which speaks volumes.
Did anyone see Guy Fieri himself around town? And are any diners, drive-ins or dives not open today? Let us know.