Farmers’ Feast at MidAtlantic

This Thursday chef Daniel Stern is  pairing up with members of Blooming Glen and Birchrun Hills Farm as well as Stoudts Brewery for a Farmers’ Feast dinner at MidAtlantic. The 4-course, $45 dinner will feature the local farms and beers and sounds pretty tasty, especially the special firkin of Fat Dog Stout infused with pomegranate.

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We promised we’d get back to Supper’s Harvest Week. Tonight the South Street restaurant is tapping Dock St. Man Full of Trouble Porter cask-aged in apple brandy barrels.

First, a small quantity of Man Full of Trouble was aged for several months in an emptied Apple Brandy oak barrel.  Then, like the old vatted Porters of England and Ireland, the beer was blended with “stale” beer which had been aged and for over a year.  During this time the “stale” beer acquired a strong acidity from wild yeasts and bacteria.  The result of the blend is a complex and delicious brew with notes of caramel, espresso and chocolate balanced by hints of apples and brandy along with a tart and “wild” acidity lent by the stale beer.

Supper is also debuting their new Farm House Table this week. The table seats eight people and is available for one seating, per evening Monday through Thursday. The Farm House table can be reserved for $50 per person and a special family style three-course supper will be served.

The Farmhouse Table Menu (PDF)
Supper [Official Site]

Bryan Sikora Lands In Allentown

Bryan Sikora has landed at a new restaurant in downtown Allentown. He’s the chef at the Cosmopolitan, a new multi-level restaurant with grand ambitions.

The restaurant opened earlier this month with a farm-to-table concept opposite Allentown’s Symphony Hall. The building’s first two floors makeup the restaurant with catering facilities above that. There will also be a rooftop bar overlooking the city.

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Some Seats Remain for Noble’s Rooftop Garden Dinner

Noble has a handful of seats still remaining for tomorrow’s 5-course dinner featuring items from their rooftop garden as well as Swiss Chard, beets, peppers, basil and fresh laid chicken eggs. from Farm51.

The dinner is $55 per person with the option of doing a wine/beer/cocktail pairing for an additional $20 per person. There will also be a live jazz performance by Drew Nugent & The Midnight Society.

Noble American Cookery [Official Site]

Homegrown Cheesesteaks

Steve Poses of Frög Burger and author of the book At Home by Steve Poses is partnering with Philly Homegrown to give away cheesesteaks to 1,000 people at the Mayor’s Farmers Market at Love Park tomorrow at 11am. What makes this cheesesteak unique is that all its ingredients come from a 100-mile radius of Philadelphia.

Poses also provides the fresh and local recipe on his blog with detailed directions on making this tasty looking cheesesteak.

Homegrown Philly Cheesesteak with Farm Stand Sweet & Hot Peppers [At Home by Steve Poses]
Philly Homegrown [Official Site]
Mayor’s Farmers Market [Official Site]

Glamorous Eating at Tweed

Brian Freedman really likes Tweed, a restaurant that makes “fresh and local” more than a buzz phrase and turns it into an exciting addition to Philadelphia’s restaurant scene.

Sauteed pork chop was Chef Cunningham’s riff on the barbecue of the season, and it hit all the right notes. A Fred Flintstone-worthy bone-in chop was plated atop a mound of rainbow Swiss chard and covered in a comforting blanket of cheddar-reinforced creamed corn. And despite the drama of that hunk of pork, it was the toppings that were most remarkable. Star anise, cinnamon and vanilla brought an exotic perfume to all- American corn. And the barbecue sauce (spicy, tangy and complex from Boylans birch beer, smoked garlic, hickory, coffee, chiles, vinegar and more) enhanced the pork’s own flavor without dominating it.

Tweed [Philadelphia Weekly]
Tweed [Official Site]

4 Seats Remain for Noble Dinner


This Thursday will be the first of Noble’s Roof-to-Table dinner. The special dinner for just 10 guests will feature produce and herbs from the restaurant’s rooftop garden.

The meal is $55 per person and for an additional $20 per person Noble will pair cocktails or wine with each course.

Additional dinners will be on the last Thursday of each month including Thursday, July 29th and Thursday, August 26th.

Noble: American Cookery [Official Site]

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