Volver Rolls Out Changes for Season Two

volver illuminated 940Jose Garces is rolling out big changes for the second season at Volvér, his restaurant at the Kimmel Center. Effective immediately, the ticketing requirement has been abolished and starting Wednesday, September 24th, the menu format will change.

As of today the restaurant will no longer require tickets purchased in advance. Reservations can now be made through OpenTable or by calling the restaurant directly. A credit card is required to hold a reservation, similar to how some other restaurants do.

Starting on September 24th, the dining options also change. Gone is the pre-theater and performance menus. The restaurant will have two tiers, a six-course tasting menu for $75 or a twelve-course tasting for $150, not including tax tip or beverages. An optional beverage pairing will be begin at $95.

This marks a drop in price for Volvér where the performance tasting for two would set a couple back $448 with tax and tip. Now the twelve-course dinner for two would come in at $384 with tax and tip but no alcohol.

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Special $100 Dinner at Volver

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Volver just sent out an email offering a special Performance Tasting for tomorrow, September 11th. Jose Garces’s exclusive restaurant in the Kimmel Center is offering a ten-course tasting menu for $100 per person.

The offer is only valid for Thursday, September 11th only. Call 215-670-2303 to make reservations.

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Tickets are Now on Sale for the Third Annual Garces Foundation Gala

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Tickets are now on sale for Jose Garces’s third annual Garces Foundation Gala. The event is being held on Wednesday, October 29th at the Kimmel Center and raises money for education and medical care of Philadelphia immigrants.

The theme of the gala is Think Local/Give Local and chef Garces has handpicked a group of local chefs to join him in highlighting Philadelphia’s culinary talent.

The evening is divided into two parts. A VIP Chef Tasting Dinner and Chef Experience will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The VIPs will meet-and-greet the chefs before heading to the rooftop Hamilton Garden to enjoy a three-course family style seated meal cooked by Garces, Eli Kulp (Fork, High Street, a.kitchen), Rich Landau (Vedge), Kevin Sbraga (Sbraga, The Fat Ham), Peter Serpico (Serpico) and Greg Vernick (Vernick Food + Drink).

The gala starts at 6:30 p.m. on the main floor of the Kimmel Center with more than 25 local chefs showing off their talents and local ingredients. General admission tickets are $200 and along with sponsorships can be purchased at the Garces Foundation website.

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Garces to Operate Rosa Blanca Cafe at New Dilworth Park

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A rendering of the forthcoming Rosa Blanca cafe.

Philadelphia super-chef Jose Garces will operate a new Rosa Blanca Cafe on the north end of the renovated Dilworth Park when that spot — on the west side of City Hall — re-opens next month.

Garces was on hand for a press conference Tuesday morning describing the renovations. He said the cafe will offer “Cuban-inspired” cuisine and be open in time for the breakfast crowd.

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Revel Is Done, And Jose Garces Is Down Four Restaurants

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The news came down today: Atlantic City’s Revel Resort is shutting down next month.

Oh, sure. They’re still trying to sell the place. But they’ve been trying to sell it pretty much since the day it opened. Or at least since the first bankruptcy filing, which happened just a little over a year after it opened. As things stand now, the resort has never made a dime in profit, and the current owners are admitting that even if a buyer is found, Revel will still close before anyone can come in to save the day.

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The Revisit: Amada

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Amada | Courtesy of Garces Group

When he opened Amada nine years ago, Jose Garces had two visions for his debut restaurant. Only one survived—succeeding so lucratively that it suffocated the other.

You can still visit the latter’s burial place, though: just ask for one of the best six seats in the house.

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Two Restaurant Openings for Jose Garces

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Chef Jose Garces is a busy man with two new restaurant openings.

Tomorrow, Tuesday, July 8, the newest iteration of his Distrito brand opens at the Moorestown Mall. Chef Garces brings the flavor of Mexico City to New Jersey with a full bar of 100+ tequilas and shareable plates, good for families and large parties. And drunks. Lots and lots of drunks. You’re welcome, New Jersey.

And that’s not all…

Gastronaut: Arts and Crafts

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Illustration by Kagan McLeod

I saw this coming years ago. Not because I’m clever or prescient or some kind of unappreciated soothsayer of cuisine, but simply because I was on the front lines. I was a restaurant critic in Denver, Colorado, back during the second boom of New American cuisine.

I saw this coming years ago, but it had no name — not until GQ’s Alan Richman gave it one a few months back. He wrote about young chefs, exclusively male, working “with like-minded discipline, hardly ever haunted by doubts, seemingly in possession of absolute confidence.” He called it “Egotarian Cuisine” — food that is “intellectual, yet at the same time often thoughtless … straddling the line between the creative and the self-indulgent.” More to the point, food that is created solely, and with arrogant singularity of vision, to please the chef. Not the owners. Certainly not the customers. It’s food as memoir and manifesto. And often, it’s terrible.

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