No, seriously. I mean, I wouldn’t believe me either, but this is straight from the man himself (via his PR team, of course):
“When you talk about the eighties, everyone focuses on the pop culture, not the food or drinks. While many chefs have forgone revisiting this decade, I’m excited to reinvent dishes that have been deemed passé, into quality dishes that guests will relate to today.”
See? 19-friggin’-80’s theme restaurant! Which is so totally and completely insane, that I already love it and want to go there for lunch right now–despite the fact that Kevin Sbraga‘s new Juniper Commons isn’t scheduled to open until sometime late this fall.
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Rex 1516 is continuing its guest burger chef series through August. This month, chefs Jeremy Nolen, Kevin Sbraga and George Sabatino will be participating.
Sabatino, who’s Aldine project is moving forward, will be the featured chef tonight. He’s crafted “the Livin’ La Vida Local” burger that’s topped with heirloom chile relish, Green Aisle summer pickle medley and fresh Jersey milk cheese.
The burger costs $15 and includes a pint of Newbold IPA and a shot of Buffalo Trace. Each week, the burger and an accompanying pun will be posted on chef Justin Swain’s Instagram feed.
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Kevin Sbraga is branching out to Jacksonville | Photo by HughE Dillon
Local chefs branching out to other cities have taken the expected routes; Atlantic City, New York, Chicago and Washington D.C. But Kevin Sbraga is going to Jacksonville, Florida. The chef/owner of Sbraga, The Fat Ham and the forthcoming Juniper Commons is looking to open a still undecided concept at Jacksonville’s 220 Riverside Ave project. Sbraga’s restaurant will be one of three in the mixed-use development.
According to the Florida Times Union, which originally reported the story, Sbraga’s restaurant is aiming to open in early 2015.
Is Jacksonville a foodie town? ‘Top Chef’ star’s arrival at 220 Riverside a sign of good taste [Florida Times Union via @PhillyChitChat]
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The forces of Rittenhouse Row, Kevin Sbraga, and Danielle DelRe, of Starr Restaurants, have come together to create an event that will be one to remember. From August 4th to the 7th, the restaurants of Rittenhouse Row will prepare meals unlike the ones on the traditional menus and give you a dining experience that is one of a kind. As of right now, 18 members will participate in the Rittenhouse Row Culinary Collective, but the list is growing.
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On August 5th, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Kevin Sbraga’s The Fat Ham will do its own take on the Lowcountry Boil. Attendees will receive a family-style helping of the classic summertime dish to enjoy with the new seasonal cocktails for $90 per person (tax and gratuity included).
You can expect a meal full of shrimp, blue crab claws, house made smoked garlic sausage, potatoes and corn. And this lowcountry boil is bringing the heat with The Fat Ham’s special spice blend.
Yet Sbraga isn’t just bringing the dish up North for a few good lip smacks. “Lowcountry Boil is the epitome of what hospitality is all about in the South – getting together with friends and family to eat, drink, and enjoy each other’s company,” Sbraga said. “And there’s no better way to enjoy the last days of summer than with this one pot dish spread across a table of newspaper.”
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More than 1,200 guests attended the 9th Annual Great Chefs Event on Tuesday, June 10th. The yearly eating party thrown by Philadelphia superchef Marc Vetri was held at Urban Outfitters in the Navy Yard, with proceeds going to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand eradicate childhood cancer, and to the Vetri Foundation for Children. Neuroblastoma took Alex Scott’s life when she was eight, and her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, carry on her goal of helping doctors find a cure for the disease.
The event attracts four dozen top chefs from the U.S. and Italy who created delicious dishes that people raved over all night long. The event featured a live auction that brought in $80,000 and a silent auction — which included clothing, lavish trips, sports tickets and experiences — that raised nearly $100,000.
Later that evening I headed over to Vetri’s restaurant on North Broad, Alla Spina, for the after-party. There I found many of the volunteer chefs, sponsors and ticketed guests enjoying a delicious spread by the Vetri Family, and friends including Sweet Box Bakery, Debragga meat, Nomad Pizza to name a few. Behind the turntables was The Roots’ Questlove, who appears at the after-party annually and packs the dance floor from start to finish. It’s always a highlight of the evening.
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On Monday, June 2nd, Kevin Sbraga and his chef de cuisine Aaron Gottesman will be sharing the kitchen with two of the bright lights of the Alabama culinary scene.
Leo Maurelli, exec chef of Central in Montgomery, Alabama, and Rob McDaniel, exec and GM at SpringHouse on Alabama’s Lake Martin, will join chefs Sbraga and Gottesman in the kitchen at the Fat Ham to put together a four-course, family-style dinner for guests. Tickets are $90 per person (all inclusive). If you’ve ever been to the Fat Ham, you know space is limited, so reservations are required. And all seating is at communal tables, between 6pm and 9pm.
Details, details… What matters here is the food. And the menu, though being sold as four courses, is really kinda more like eight. Click through the link and you’ll see what I mean.
An Alabama supper menu, right this way
Kevin Sbraga is opening his third restaurant (Sbraga, The Fat Ham). The Top Chef winner is once again teaming up with developer Carl Dranoff and will be opening a rotisserie-based restaurant at the base of Southstar Lofts, at the corner of Broad and South. The restaurant will go in the 1,500 square foot corner space at Dranoff’s latest Broad Street development.
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Blackened Catfish – Photo by Jason Varney
It’s not the sort of thing a food critic is supposed to say, but my favorite bite of the year might just be a piece of fluffy white bread soaked with ranch dressing on the Walnut Street Bridge.
That wasn’t everything my fork found on one plate at the Fat Ham. There was a refreshing sprig of dill, and a thin slice of cucumber pickle that was as cool as, well, you know. But there you’ve got the sum total: bread, ranch, dill, cucumber. So I know what you’re thinking: Should I even keep reading this column, or quit while I’m ahead?
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Kevin Sbraga is now serving his spring menu at his eponymous restaurant, Sbraga. The four-course prix fixe menu is now $55 and includes a complimentary amuse course of his very famous foie gras soup (vegetarians can look forward to an amuse of carrot ginger soup). Also new is an all-new pasta and grains course. An optional beverage pairing is available for $40. “At Sbraga, our focus has always been hospitality,” says Sbraga. “It’s about giving your guests what they want without them asking. The foie gras soup is one of our most popular items, so we thought it would be nice to give everyone a taste before dinner, making it part of the nightly experience.”
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