Whetstone Celebrates Turning One

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Deviled Crab – just one of the new dishes at Whetstone Tavern | Photos by Vanessa Beahn

On Tuesday, July 19th, Whetstone Tavern, the bar/restaurant of Jeremy Nolen and Doug Hager (Brauhaus Schmitz) is celebrating its first birthday with an evening long happy hour.

The night will feature $3 Pilsner drafts, $4 wines, $5 Dad’s Single burgers and $6 punch. Complimentary hors d’oeuvres from Whetstone’s just released Summer 2016 menu will also be served along with popular items from the original menu like Kung Pao wings.

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A Beer Garden in the Sky Coming to Center City

Rendering of the upcoming Skygarten at 3 Logan Square

Rendering of the upcoming Skygarten at 3 Logan Square

At a height taller than the even the observation deck of Berlin’s famed TV tower, Fernsehturm Berlin, Skygarten will be one of the highest places in the world to hoist a pint or boot of German beer. And that’s what you’ll be doing on the 51st floor of 3 Logan Square (1717 Arch Street). Top of the Tower is teaming up with Brauhaus Schmitz to launch what they’re calling the “World’s Most Celestial Beer Garden.”

The 3,000 square foot indoor and outdoor space will curated by Doug Hager and his team at Brauhaus Schmitz. Hager will have four draft lines plus multiple German beers by the can and select local craft beers. Jeremy Nolen is working with the Top of the Tower’s culinary team to create a menu of bar bites and snacks.

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Some Big Changes At Whetstone

Photo courtesy Vanessa Beahn

Photo courtesy Vanessa Beahn

I really liked Jeremy Nolen‘s Whetstone when I checked it out a few months ago. It was one of the places that shaped the way I review neighborhood restaurants, and became a point of comparison for a lot of them that came after.

And now, with the new season, Whetstone is going through some changes. They’ve got a new menu, a new cocktail program, and a new (though very recognizable) face behind the bar.

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Twice in a Lifetime: Whetstone Tavern Reviewed

Passyunk Pork - pork chop, sharp provolone polenta

Passyunk Pork – pork chop, sharp provolone polenta | Photo by Caroline Russock

Jeremy Nolen—chef at Whetstone, the man behind Brauhaus and Wursthaus Schmitz, lonely local champion of modern German cuisine and a fella who knows an awful lot about tube-shaped meats—stopped by our table somewhere between the drinks arriving and the menus being taken away. He looked distracted, tired— sucking breath like a boxer in the third round suddenly realizing that the guy across the ring from him is more of a fighter than he’d expected. Read more »

Opening Menus for Whetstone Tavern

Photo by Brian Leahy

Whetstone | Photo by Brian Leahy

Whetstone Tavern, the American restaurant from Brauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen is scheduled to open this Wednesday, July 15th at 700 South 5th Street. The restaurant, saw several setbacks as it approached its opening day, including water damage, inspection woes, and even a visit from an inflatable rat. But that’s all behind Nolen and Doug Hager, the Brauhaus Schmitz owner who is a partner in Whetstone. The food veers away from the German food that has brought him notoriety at Brauhaus. Instead expect dishes as diverse as Kung Pao chicken wings and Passyunk Pork, a 12-ounce bone-in pork chop prepared, with a tip of a cap to Philadelphia’s roast pork sandwich, with sharp provolone polenta, broccoli rabe and pork cracklings.

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German Cookbook Release Party at Brauhaus Schmitz

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Brauhaus Schmitz, the South Street German restaurant and beer hall, is hosting a book event for exec chef Jeremy Nolen and pastry chef Jessica Nolen on Wednesday Feb. 4 at 6 pm.  As we have mentioned before, the Nolens just released a cookbook called New German Cooking: Recipes for Classics Revisited on Jan. 27, which they’re celebrating with the release party next week.

Regarding the recipes, Jessica Nolen says, “Many German recipes, especially cookies and pastries, are rich with tradition – making them as fascinating and fun to prepare as they are delicious.”

Light appetizers and dishes featured in the book will be served in the restaurant’s Bauer Bund room, complimentary for all those purchasing a copy of New German Cooking.

New German Cooking [Amazon]

Brauhaus Schmitz Chef Releases Cookbook

NewGermanCookingBrauhaus Schmitz executive chef, Jeremy Nolen, and pastry chef, Jessica Nolen, release their first cookbook this Tuesday, January 27. But if you’re eager to get your hands on a copy, head over to Brauhaus Schmitz.

New German Cooking: Recipes for Classics Revisited is a contemporary, ingredient-driven revival of traditional German dishes. The Nolens hope to make classic German recipes more approachable by bringing them to the modern table.

“At Brauhaus Schmitz, and with our new cookbook, we’ve tasked ourselves with bringing this overlooked culinary style the recognition it deserves,” Nolen said.

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