With September’s swift approach, Jose Garces’ Volver is getting back into the swing of things. Most notably is the addition of a full dinner menu for Bar Volver. Previously, Bar Volver only offered bar snacks but will now offer more substantive plates. Reservations are also now accepted for dining in the bar area of the Kimmel Center restaurant. The changes answer the demand for quick but elegant dining for the before and after theater crowds. Bar Volver’s hours will be Wednesday and Thursday: 4:30 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday: 4:30 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
For the third year in a row, the Garces Foundation is throwing a big party out on chef Jose Garces’s Luna Farm in Ottsville, Bucks County.
The event will be happening on Saturday, September 10 from 1pm-4pm, and tickets will run $75 per person, $35 for kids between the ages of 5 and 12, and it’s free for children under five.
So what’s going to be going on at the farm?
So glad you asked…
We stopped by Volver yesterday as Jose Garces prepped for the first class of his Summer School at Volver. Garces is offering classes on Wednesdays and Thursdays this June and July to offer guests a different way to experience Volver as well as a way to spend some quality time with Garces Group chefs like James Beard Award winner Michael Laiskonis and Philadelphia native and Amada New York chef de cuisine, Justin Bogle.
Tickets are sold out for 9 of the classes already, so if any of the remaining classes appeal to you, like “Chimichurri to Romesco: Exploring the Latin Mother Sauces,” act quickly.
So, I’m guessing no one has told the Iron Chef that Atlantic City is going through a bit of a rough patch, huh?
Or maybe Jose Garces just doesn’t care. Maybe he knows something we don’t. Maybe, at the tail-end of a $40 million renovation, the Tropicana in Atlantic City just looked like too good of a bet not to take (see what I did there?).
This June and July, Jose Garces’ Volver is hosting hands-on cooking classes on Wednesday and Thursday events. Each class is taught by Garces Group chefs and beverage experts and are aimed for all culinary skill levels.
The series kicks off on Wednesday, June 1st with Jose Garces leading a class to prepare a menu of recipes selected by Garces himself. The hands-on class will feature tips, techniques and tools from the Iron Chef. Tickets to the Garces led kickoff are $225 per person. Other tickets range from $100 for cocktail classes to $185 for a pasta class with Amada New York’s chef de cuisine, Justin Bogle.
Classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and last two to three hours.
Jose Garces is up next in the Pat’s Steaks Guest Chef Series. Garces will be there ahead of his Garces Foundation’s Think Local Give Local Benefit set for Friday, March 18th at the Loews Hotel. Garces will be slinging steaks at Pat’s on Monday, March 14th from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Garces will be serving the JG Cheesesteak, a steak sandwich made with Pat’s ribeye, served with provolone fondue, To-Jo wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, black truffles. The sandwich will $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Garces Foundation. As if getting a cheesesteak created by Jose Garces wasn’t enough of a reason to head to Pat’s on Monday, one lucky cheesesteak customer will receive two tickets to the Garces Foundation’s benefit. The tickets are valued at $300.
Volvér has been named a Five-Star Restaurant by Forbes Travel Guide in its 2016 Star Ratings. Only 56 restaurants around the world received Forbes’ highest rating. Restaurants that receive the highest rating are described as “outstanding, often iconic properties with virtually flawless service and amazing facilities.”
The Forbes guide was formerly the Mobil Travel Guide and has been issuing ratings since 1958. The last restaurant in Philadelphia to receive five stars was the Fountain at the Four Seasons, which had it five consecutive years before closing in December of 2014.
Jose Garces’ planned restaurant at 2401 Walnut Street finally has some details associated. The first floor restaurant will be called 24 and will feature “health-conscious wood fired fare.” The restaurant will offer a full bar and is aiming to open in the second quarter of 2016.
Garces and his culinary team will also have a research and development kitchen adjacent to 24.
In other Garces Group news, Amada New York is getting closer as final hires are being made. The first New York restaurant from the Iron Chef will be opening shortly with chef Justin Bogle at the helm.
And mark your calendars for Friday, March 18th. That’s the date of the Garces Foundation’s Annual Benefit.
‘Tis the season for holiday spirit, and what better way to begin celebrating Christmas than with the classic “Ugly Sweater Party?”
10 years is a long time. In the restaurant world (where we celebrate a 1-year anniversary like its remarkable and 5 like its unheard of), it’s damn near forever.
So it’s definitely worth mentioning that this month, The Garces Group is presenting “Amadaversary” as three different events celebrating Amada’s 10th Anniversary.