All Roads Lead from Horizons

Nicole Marquis and her new team at HipCityVeg

Vance Lehmkuhl of the Philadelphia Daily News looks at how Kate Jacoby’s and Rich Landau’s Horizons broadened Philadelphia’s vegan scene through four alums who have stepped out on their own.

How Horizons broadened Philly’s vegan scene [Philadelphia Daily News]

Opening Date For HipCityVeg

With just about every single man, woman and child–vegetarian or carnivore–going loopy for the radishes and rutabega at Rich Landau’s Vedge, it should come as welcome news to Philadelphia’s tofu enthusiasts that, come Monday, April 16, there will be yet another new place where those with the taste for it, might score even more Landau-inspired vegetable goodness–and this time, on the cheap.

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Foobooz TV: Nomad Pizza, Ready For Its Close Up

In terms of restaurant world trade-offs, the one that happened at 7th and Kater is just about the best deal anyone could hope for. Yes, we lost Horizons when it bailed on the space back in July, but Richard Landau and Kate Jacoby leaving South Street meant they were free to go on and open Vedge in Washington Square West–which, according to all reliable sources, is the kind of place that can make even a dedicated carnivore weep at the deliciousness of a radish.

In the meantime, Horizons closure cleared the way for Tom Grim and Stalin Bedon to bring more than just a pizza truck to Philly. It allowed them to open another brick-and-mortar location of their interstate Nomad Pizza empire (the other location is in Hopewell, NJ), which had local pizza fanatics drooling from the word “go.”

And now, with all the final details cleared up and that big, beautiful oven cranking, Nomad is ready to debut. There’s a friends and family dinner tonight. Tomorrow, the place opens for business for real. Here’s what it will look like when the doors finally open.

Around the Web: Federal Donuts Preview, Best Pork & Last Night at Horizons

Photo via Bridges, Burgers and Beers

Bridges, Burgers and Beers was at Zahav’s Down the Shore Party where revelers got to sample Michael Solomonov’s take on fried chicken. Surely a taste of what’s to come at Federal Donuts. [Bridges, Burgers and Beers]

Midtown Lunch may have found the best roast pork in Philadelphia and at B and Venango Streets no less. [Midtown Lunch]

Mac & Cheese discovers a gem in Sushi Planet. [Mac & Cheese]

All goat dinners and final night at Horizons »

Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Shrimp and Grits, Root Beer and Ice Cream, Hot Dogs and Beer, and 10 Chefs On Why You Can’t Grill For S#!t

That picture above (of the shrimp grits at Relish) was my favorite snap of the week–the kind of thing that made me want to immediately get in the car, head out to West Oak Lane and eat seven or eight bowls of it. My favorite story? The one about Victory Brewing finally bottling their artisan root beer (perfect for bourbon-spiked root beer floats) and selling their own beer-inspired ice cream. The best deal of the past week? Daniel Stern losing his mind and almost giving away Smokehouse Dogs and pints of Narragansett Lager at MidAtlantic. And the most useful thing we came up with? Grilling advice from 10 of the best chefs in the city (including Daniel Stern, who may be nuts but does know a thing or two about working a grill).

And you know what? That wasn’t even half of what we had going on this week on Foobooz. Here’s some of the other good stuff you might’ve missed:

Gemelli Opens In Manayunk And yeah, we’ve got the menu and the pictures
Ex-Horizons Owners Promise to Make Vegetables Sexy Frankly, I already find kale quite alluring
A. Kitchen Opens the Doors And yeah, we’ve got the menu and the pictures
Should Servers Get Paid Sick Days? Or would you rather them just sneeze right on your food?
Vendy Awards Nominations Announced Philly’s street food fans go bonkers
Ranstead Room Unveils Its Summer Cocktails And yeah, we’ve got the menu. No pictures this time, though, so just go see it for yourself, Drunky

Happy 4th of July, everyone. See you all back here on Tuesday.

Around the Web: Pies, Fare, El Rey Lunch and Local Cheese Plates

Adam Erace demands we immediately eat the pie at Cafe Estelle. Sounds like a plan to us. [Meal Ticket]

Mac & Cheese checks out the new Fare on Fairmount Avenue where vegetables certainly don’t take a back seat. [Mac & Cheese]

We agree with Midtown Lunch, the $10 express lunch at El Rey is a deal worth partaking in. [Midtown Lunch]

Philly Phoodie rolls out to Trenton to check out De Lorenzo’s tomato pie and it looks out of this world. [Philly Phoodie]

Two Eat Philly’s food crush on Peter McAndrews only grows as they check out the $34 Turista menu at Modo Mio. [Two Eat Philly]

Ashley Primis tips us off to the fresh and local cheese plates available at the Fair Food Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market. A plate for 10 will set you back $50. [Philadelphia Inquirer]

Living on the Vedge makes sure to get to Horizons one last time before it closes this Saturday. The Crunchy Korean Seitan Tacos sure look good. [Living on the Vedge]

Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Great Chefs, Tyson Bees, Vetri, Sbraga and Mayor Nutter’s Secret Career as a Karaoke Superstar

The week started with some bad news (partners Tyson Wong Ophaso and Cliff Asavadejpakdee leaving the Tyson Bees food truck that they’d made famous) and ended with bacon cupcakes and the closing of Ernesto’s 1521, but what happened in between wasn’t all quite so grim. Here’s what you might’ve missed if you spent the last few days recovering from a Beer Week coma.

Sunset Set for Horizons


Horizons chef and owner Richard Landau tells us that Saturday, July 2nd will be the last day for vegetarian restaurant. What he doesn’t tell us is where and what is next. For that we will have to wait until at least next week.

In the final days at Horizons the kitchen will feature some classics from days gone by and some dishes from Landau’s next project.

Landau has sold the Horizons building to Tom Grim and Stalin Bedon who own Nomad Pizza Company in Hopewell, New Jersey. Nomad gave us a sneak peek of what they can do when they brought their wood burning pizza truck to the Night Market last week.

Horizons [Official Site]
Nomad Pizza Company [Official Site]

Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Vegans, Tastykakes, Whiskey and Flies

“Just when we started hearing some things about the Farmer’s Daughter at Normandy Farm in Whitpain Township (former site of a restaurant from the missing-in-action Jim Coleman, who disappeared from there, WHYY’s Chef’s Table, and World Cafe Live all in 2010) that made us actually consider making the awful drive up to that part of Montgomery County, we find out that Corey Fair, the bull-riding Texas-born chef that started to turn things around for the property, is gone.

Although the original tip that came in at the end of last week suggested that this was a sudden departure (to the effect of: ‘something happened last night, and the chef is gone’), both Fair (pictured) and the folks behind the so corporately named Normandy Farm Hotel and Conference Center say that’s not the case…”

Want to know the real story? Check out “Chef Flees Farmer’s Daughter For The Big City, But Promises ‘A Flawless Transition‘” for the truth.

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Something New on the Horizons

Horizons, Philadelphia’s well-regarded vegan restaurant is closing. Owner Rich Landau tells us the building has been sold and the restaurant will be closing around July 4th.

Vegetarians and vegans shouldn’t fret too much as Landau says he will be back, in a new neighborhood with a simpler operation. The new concept will be vegetable focused and more approachable to the mainstream dining crowd, especially those who wouldn’t consider a vegan restaurant but believe vegetables are the next big thing. The new restaurant will also focus on smaller plates instead of the traditional app/entree/dessert formula.

According to Michael Klein the new owner of the Horizons building will be Tom Grim and Stalin Bedon who own Nomad Pizza, an acclaimed wood-fired pizzeria from Hopewell, New Jersey. No name for the new concept but it will feature good wine, beer and a brick oven for pizzas when it opens this Fall.

Horizons [Official Site]
Restaurant Notes: Horizons to Close [The Insider]

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