Iron Chef Throwback at Alla Spina

Photo by Michael Gruber

Alla Spina | Photo by Michael Gruber

Next Thursday, August 18th Alla Spina will be hosting an Iron Chef Throwback Thursday Party.

Marc Vetri, Brad Spence and Jeff Michaud will be recreating the recipes that landed them the Iron Chef win against Michael Symon in 2010. And don’t worry, the winning episode will be playing while they whip up their creations.

What’s on the winning menu? »

Matt Levin to Appear on Beat Bobby Flay

Matt Levin at his restaurant Adsum in 2010.

Matt Levin at his restaurant Adsum in 2010.

Matt Levin, executive chef for Brûlée Catering at the National Constitution Center, will be appearing on the Food Network’s Beat Bobby Flay on Thursday, March 3rd at 10 p.m. Previous to working for Brûlée, Levin came to the forefront of Philadelphia dining as the chef at Lacroix. Under Levin’s reign, Lacroix was awarded four bells by the Inquirer’s Craig LaBan. After Lacroix, Levin opened his own restaurant Adsum, which was as noteworthy for its serious cuisine as for its stunts like a Four Loko dinner and burgers served on Tastykake Kandy Kakes.

To have the chance to take down Flay, Levin will first have to defeat Sanaa Abourezk of Sioux Falls, South Dakota.

Beat Bobby Flay [Official]

Paesano’s Offering Scrapple Cheesesteak Seen on Andrew Zimmern’s Bizarre Foods

Peter McAndrews' Scrapple Cheesesteak is on the menu now.

Peter McAndrews’ Scrapple Cheesesteak is on the menu now.

Andrew Zimmern and Bizarre Foods were in town for their 200th episode and Zimmern got together with Paesano’s Peter McAndrews for a scrapple cheesesteak. In the episode, which first was broadcast a month ago, McAndrews walks Zimmern through making the scrapple and turning it into a riff on the cheesesteak. McAndrews compares the sandwich to Philadelphia itself, ballsy, tough, made with love, integrity and flavor.

The sandwich is currently on the menu at the Italian Market location of Paesano’s. That location has just extended its hours. You can now get a Paesano’s sandwich from 11 am to 5 pm, Monday through Saturday and 11 am to 3 pm on Sundays.

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Watch: Trailer for Erace Brothers’ Great American Food Finds

great-american-food-finds-erace-400We told you a bit ago that brothers Adam and Andrew Erace of Green Aisle Grocery are getting a food network show. With just over a week til Great American Food Finds Monday, August 3rd premiere, we get to see a teaser trailer on their newly updated website. Check out the clip (and the mac n cheese at the 11 second mark) and watch the show Monday August 3rd at 9:30 pm. #GreatAmericanFoodFinds

Watch the video (and a Fishtown Green Aisle update) »

Erace Brothers Get Food Network Show

Green Aisle Grocery's Graduate Hospital location.

Green Aisle Grocery’s Graduate Hospital location.

Brothers Adam and Andrew Erace who own Green Aisle Grocery locations on East Passyunk, Grays Ferry Avenue and soon, Girard Avenue are getting their own TV show. Great American Food Finds is premiering on the Food Network on Monday, August 3rd at 10:30 p.m.

The Food Network describes the show as:

With a sixth sense for the unexpected and delicious, brothers Adam and Andrew Erace travel the country in search of America’s hidden food treasures to fill their family market’s shelves. Whether it is a mac’ and cheese pie at the out-of-the-way farm stand, or the bacon-studded fudge brownies at the hole-in-the-wall bakery, the Erace brothers are on a mission to find it and put it on your plate.

In addition to his ownership of Green Aisle, Adam Erace is the food critic for City Paper (so much for the veil of anonymity) and Andrew has a background in real estate. Stay tuned for more news about the show.

Green Aisle Grocery [Official]

Bourdain Eats a Cheesesteak

donkeys-place-cheesesteak-400When Anthony Bourdain finally came to Philadelphia to film one of his TV shows, he steered clear of the city’s iconic cheesesteak. But he recently came back around these parts for an episode of his CNN show, Parts Unknown and he showed he wasn’t afraid to woof down the region’s singular sandwich.

Debuting on Sunday, May 31 at 9 p.m., this week’s episode is all about New Jersey and Bourdain makes his way to Camden for a cheesesteak from Donkey’s Place. Bourdain calls the cheesesteak “sublime” and “unbelievably good.”

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Watch: Philly Food Crew on the Chew Today

Best Italian Restaurants in Philadelphia: Pasta at Le Virtu

Joe Cicala making his pasta alla mugnaia | Photo by Jason Varney

Le Virtu’s Joe Cicala, Jose Garces and Holly Ricciardi (Magpie) will be on ABC’s The Chew today. Cicala will be showing off his single strand pasta alla mugnaia, while Garces makes a ceviche and Ricciardi bakes her butterscotch bourbon pie.

Tune in at 1 p.m. (or set your DVR) to see the whole crew repping Philly.

The Chew [Official]

Andrew Zimmern Spotted Around Town

woodland avenue meatHost of the Travel Channel’s Bizarre Foods, Andrew Zimmern is in town. Yesterday the chef and writer posted photos on his Instagram feed of Rieker’s Prime Meats in Northeast Philadelphia as well as at Le Mandigue, an African restaurant at 6620 Woodland Avenue. That wasn’t Zimmern’s only stop on Woodland Avenue. The gutsy eater tried also ate Liberian grilled chicken from a sidewalk grill.

Today, Zimmern has been spotted at Dizengoff/Abe Fisher on Sansom Street.

If you spot Zimmern and his film crew around town, let us know.

UPDATE: He has also made it across the street for the Solomonov hat trick, he’s been seen at Federal Donuts.

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