Philly Chef Foils World’s Dumbest Caper With Dirt-Simple Sting

Jennifer "Fear" Zavala with her husband (left) and friends at her wedding. Courtesy Jump Philly.

Jennifer “Fear” Zavala with her husband (left) and friends at her wedding. Courtesy Jump Philly.

If your house were ever robbed, you’d probably call the police and wait for them to do their job. And since there are so many burglaries in the city, the chances of you ever recovering your possessions aren’t exactly promising. But if you’re Philadelphia chef Jennifer “Fear” Zavala (yes, her nickname is Fear), you take matters into your own hands. Read more »

It’s Almost Time For The 6th Annual Philly Chili Bowl

Chilly weather just makes you want chili, doesn't it?

Although BigBite Philly missed an opportunity for some great wordplay (the Philli Chili bowl would have been great), we’re still pretty excited about the 6th Annual Philly Chili Bowl on Saturday, March 14.

So why are we talking about this so early? Because we love chili, that’s why. But also because they’re still taking team entries into the competition.

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Jen Zavala’s Cherry Bomb Bus Appears Ready to Roll


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.

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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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