Jen Zavala’s Cherry Bomb Bus Appears Ready to Roll

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Jen Zavala and Christina Clark have been talking about launching their Cherry Bomb Bus food truck since January, 2012.

In a Facebook post a week ago they seem to say they’re ready to go but the where and when has still not been mentioned.

Yesterday the menu was posted on their Facebook page and they do promise that every Saturday they will be serving a roasted or smoked whole pig (right down to the brains). But as for where? We’re still in the dark. But how hard can it be to find a florescent pink bus?

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Zavala Joins Farmers’ Cabinet Team, Hosts Hens Revenge Tonight

One-time Top Chef contestant Jennifer Zavala has joined the culinary team at the Grainery Restaurant Group (Farmers’ Cabinet, The Boilermaker). She will be collaborating with Executive Chef Chris Allen. Zavala has most recently been at Interstate Drafthouse in Fishtown and previously had stints at El Camino Real and Xochitl, spots with a decidedly Latin influence on the menu. This is the latest change for the Farmers’ Cabinet/Boilermaker team that has recently gone modernist in the cocktails and witnessed several staff defections.

Tonight Zavala is hosting Hens Revenge, a female focused industry night at Prohibition Taproom.

Maddox-Star BBQ Challenge Winners

Over the weekend 59 teams competed in the Garry Maddox-Stephen Starr Barbecue Challenge, but only one came out on top. The team at Carolina Blue Smokehouse and Taproom (pictured above) of Pitman, New Jersey was the ultimate champion. The team fended off competitors from both the restaurant and amateur Pit Master divisionsto win tickets to the 2012 World Series.

More than a dozen judges including Phillies alumni and Philly restaurateurs and chefs like Jen Zavala and Sylva Senat worked their way through every entry (poor guys!) to come up with the results.
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Handmade Hot Sauce Contest At Tattooed Mom

To start off a summer season full of crazy events that could end very badly the crew at Tattooed Mom is holding their first annual “Hotter Than Hell” Handmade Hot Sauce Contest. The competition, on Tuesday June 12th from 5 to 9 p.m., will feature 20 contestants vying for the ultimate title. The panel of judges for the competition includes Jen Zavala of Interstate Draft House, Collin Thompson of Barcade, Tony Baris the South Street tattoo artist and self-proclaimed hot sauce junkie, and Chubb Rock of Tattooed Mom.

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Truck Stop Brunch at Interstate Drafthouse

Steak Cactus and Egg Tacos

Interstate Drafthouse in Fishtown is rolling out their new brunch menu. Chef Jen Zavala’s American-Southwest-inspired “Truck Stop Brunch” will be served every Sunday from 11am-3pm and features some, well, interesting dishes.

Drink specials like $4 mimosas, Beermosas, and Bloody Marys will be served along plates like Gator Breakfast Nachos, with egg and alligator sausage and Coffee Pudding French Toast with chocolate latte and maple syrup. For the less adventurous and/or gator-phobic there is always a Stacked BLT with avocado and Siracha mayo or the Chicken Salad Sandwich. Either way, the “Truck Stop Brunch” is sure to wake you up in the morning.

Check out the rest of Zavala’s menu »

Hens Revenge: Industry Night at Teri’s

Jen Zavala and Christina Clark are launching an all-female hosted industry night tonight at Teri’s Bar & Diner. The event which will happen on the third Monday of the month at rotating venues, encourages women in the hospitality to come out in support of each other.

Complimentary food will be offered starting at 10 p.m.  Zavala and Clark who are behind the forthcoming Cherry Bomb Bus are hoping to encourage more women in the kitchen through “support and inspiration and resources to achieve greatness.”

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Jennifer Zavala On Board Cherry Bomb Bus

Top Chef contestent Jennifer Zavala is getting back into mobile food. The one-time chef to heavy metal acts like Pantera and Ozzy Osbourne is back on the bus, the Cherry Bomb Bus. The Philadelphia based business will feature Zavala and pastry  chef Christina Clark. The truck is “coming soon” but the pair will definitely be cooking a special Misery Dinner Party at Teri’s on Valentine’s night.

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Quick Bites: Troc Is Bankrupt, the Other Jen Makes Some News

The Trocadero has filed for bankruptcy protection and is going down slamming Ticketmaster. The survivor of a venue has been paying Ticketmaster $3 on tickets under $10 and up to $8.50 on tickets over $50. [Philly.com]

We haven’t thought about Jennifer Zavala in quite some time. Turns out she’s still around and is working on Cherry Bomb, a mini-bus turned food truck. Debut won’t be to 2012. [Meal Ticket]

Last week we spotted the liquor license application in the window for Strongbox. Meal Ticket is reporting it could be a French concept. Patisserie by day and and full fledged restaurant by night. [Meal Ticket]

Pad Thai Shack is done on 18th Street near Sansom Street. We don’t want to kick a place on the way out but it always disappointed us.

The Potbelly Sandwich Shop that occupied the primo corner location at 12th and Walnut has closed up. Three other area locations remain. We wonder what could be next for that corner. Four years ago the space looked like this.

Roots Picnic Winner Crowned

If the path of excess leads to the palace of wisdom, then last night’s judges panel, myself included, are now experts in food.  To pick (pun totally intended) this year’s backstage chef for the Roots Picnic, ?uestlove and his people selected nine finalists to compete in a 5-course cook-off from a pool of entries sent to @cook4quest.  If you do the math, that means we had to score an elastic pants-worthy 54 courses.  I’ll be submitting my audition tape for The Biggest Loser later this week.

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