The July issue of Philadelphia magazine is all about selfies. Particularly, Philadelphians taking photos of themselves. Check out the local food and drink pros who obliged with their candid shots.
Philadelphia’s Taste of the Nation, sponsored by No Kid Hungry, is back this year at the Loews Hotel on May 3. The huge event will feature over 40 different restaurants whipping up some food and drinks for the attendees.
Tickets to the event are $95 per person and $145 for VIP, which includes an extra hour prior to the event for tastings. The event starts at 6 p.m. (5 p.m. for VIP holders) and ends at 8 p.m.
Restaurants attending include Townsend, Vernick Food + Drink and Helm, along with a.kitchen, Olde Bar and Brick & Mortar mixing up specialty cocktails.
Things did not go well for Jason Cichonski when he debuted his Old City bro-haven and drink-a-teria, The Gaslight. He got kicked around pretty good by our own Trey Popp, who handed down one lonely star (“The Ela chef’s sophomore effort feels like an Old City boite for singles who’ve almost outgrown them, but who aren’t quite ready to choose between Manayunk and Cougar Town.”) and given a single mercy bell by Craig LaBan in a review most notable for the fact that the chef himself knew an ass-kicking was forthcoming.
Still, he kept things going–serving crowds who didn’t seem dissuaded at all by the bad press. Right up until February 28 when a burst pipe upstairs forced a “temporary” shutdown (which has now lasted nearly a month) and Cichonski decided to use the time to re-do, well, pretty much everything.
It’s an Old City collaboration with the Gaslight’s Jason Cichonski and The Franklin Fountain’s Eric and Ryan Berley. The four-course dinner will pair Cichonski’s food with the hot drinking chocolates developed by the Berley brothers. The dinner takes place on Thursday, December 18th and costs $45 per person. A Dad’s Hat cocktail pairing will be available for an additional $25.
Though Cichonski has taken a critical beating recently at the Gaslight, $45 is a reasonable price for the dinner and if you’ve had a Franklin Fountain drinking chocolate, you’ve wanted to have a reason to have several. So here’s your chance.
Jason Cichonski’s Ela is offering a special $30 prix fixe on Monday nights. The three-course dinner options for each course, if we were ordering, that would mean:
- Melon Gazpacho
- Pennsylvania trout
pumpernickle orecchiette, horseradish, mustard chips
- Cookie Dough
vanilla-bay ice cream, warm cookie dough
To further sweeten the deal, select bottles of wine are half-price on Mondays.
Top Chef contestant Stephanie Cmar is in town today at castmate Jason Cichonski’s Gaslight in Old City. Cmar is in the midst of a national pop-up tour for her Stacked Donuts and Trademark Tarts. The pastry chef is joined by Justin Burke-Sansom to form Party of Two. The pair have been popping up in Boston every week for the past five months offering their Stacked Donuts and Trademark Tarts. They have now joined forces and are working as a collaborative.
Today they will be offering three donuts and two types of tarts, starting at 11 a.m. Each sweet treat is $3 and is cash only. Get there early, there are only 100 donuts and 80 tarts to go around.
Ela has added new cocktails and bar menu items for summer. Chef Jason Cichonski has added dishes like:
- Pork Belly with watermelon bbq, pickled rind, arugula
- Lamb Pita with sesame cucumber, salsa verde, yogurt and radish
- Eggplant Tots with piperade, shaved fennel and pecorino
The bar is also celebrating summer with several new cocktails including:
- Divine Intervention with Lillet, Uncle Val’s Botanical Gin, Orange Bitters, Lavender
- I Am Fred Astaire with Vodka, Mango-Rosemary-Red Bell Pepper Shrub
If you’re comfortable looking a bartender straight in the eye and asking for a Sex Panther, then girl, does Jason Cichonski have the bar for you.
That Granny Smith-and-cranberry cosmo isn’t the only cocktail on offer, of course. You could also order a Red Hot Mama (black cherry margarita) or a Mr. Muffin (gin and tonic with strawberry and sage) — though, as with the Pirate Hooker (red currant Bellini), propriety would seem to dictate tacking a “for my friend” onto such requests.
But then, hitting Old City for the propriety is like going to Thailand for the cheese.