Did Georges Perrier Bring That Ladder, Too?

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In keeping with our pretty-much-unbroken streak of posting about Kevin Sbraga every day (no, seriously), we present you with this. A nice little peek into some recipe testing with Georges Perrier happening at Juniper Commons. According to Sbraga’s Twitter, this is all about “Making sauces with the master.”

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One of Us: Interview with Kevin Sbraga

Illustration by Andy Friedman

Illustration by Andy Friedman

The Top Chef winner is set to open his third restaurant, ’80s-themed Juniper Commons, this month. He talks about his love of Michael Jackson, the secret to Italian gravy, and the Philly food trend that must end.

My name is … Kevin David Sbraga. My last name is Italian, and something tells me that it means “large around the waist.”

I was born in … Mount Holly.

The best thing about growing up in New Jersey … was tomatoes in the summer.

If I wasn’t doing this, I would probably be … a truck driver.

I drive a … Mercedes ML350.

One food I cannot stand … is takeout Chinese.

Yelp is … a pain in the ass.

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First Look: Juniper Commons

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Kevin Sbraga’s third restaurant, Juniper Commons is now open at Broad and South Streets. The restaurant is heavily influenced by the 1980s and Sbraga intends to make that a good thing. There are table-side Caesar salads, baked potatoes, house-made wine coolers, prime rib and so much more.

But this is more than just kitsch, the restaurant is Sbraga’s biggest yet, and the 1980s vibe is just a jumping off point. To any child (or adult) of the 80s, the soundtrack will be hard to resist. And that music selection goes a long well in setting the mood. So does the bar program which is aiming to stock over 150 gins and offer a cocktail menu exclusively of gin-based cocktails. That isn’t to say there isn’t a full bar selection available but the bar is definitely obsessed with gin. And what’s gin without tonic? Juniper Commons is stocking 24 tonics, including six that are made in house.

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The Fat Ham Is Celebrating Its First Anniversary With An Oyster Roast

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The Fat Ham is hosting an Oyster Roast on Tuesday, December 9 to celebrate its one-year anniversary, and chef Kevin Sbraga is going all-out, serving a variety of dishes family-style. He’s also got a solid list of sides and accompaniments for the oysters, and the whole thing will only run you $60 a head for 3 courses.

Check out the menu below.

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Tonight: Kevin Sbraga’s Career Dinner Looks Amazing

SbragaCareerDinnerChef Kevin Sbraga is hosting a Culinary Career Dinner tonight at Sbraga, and with it, he will be representing his entire career as a chef with one 7-course meal. Sound a little like the schtick at Volver? Well yeah, it is. But this one is half as many courses and will only run you $85 per person (plus an additional $45 a head if you want beverage pairings). And the dishes Sbraga has chosen to represent himself–everything from oysters and caviar a la Juniper Commons to cheesecake inspired by his father’s shop, Harvey’s Bakery– sound awesome.

Check out the menu and details after the jump.

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Drexel to Host Second Philly Chef Conference

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Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management is hosting its second Philly Chef Conference. The two-day event takes place on Sunday and Monday, January 11th and 12th and will bring renowned chefs, restaurateurs, purveyors and food writers from across the city and region to come together to discuss issues facing the restaurant industry as well as new food trends, products and techniques.

The first day of the conference is open to the public and will feature two panel discussions and a keynote. Tickets are just $20 per person. Fine Wine & Good Spirits – Doing Business with the PA Liquor Control Board will feature a panel of industry experts including Jason Malumed (Chalkboard Wine & Spirits), Melissa Bova (Pennsylvania Restaurant & Lodging Association), State Senator Chuck McIlhinney (Chairman of the Senate Law and Justice Committee, responsible for reviewing legislation and policies related to the PLCB) and Steve Wildy (Vetri Family).

Philly 2020–The Future of Dining in Philadelphia will include a panel of chefs including chef chair of the conference, Kevin Sbraga, Jeff Benjamin (Vetri Family), Joncarl Lachman (Noord), Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo) and Rob Keddie (Garces Group) gazing into their crystal balls to discuss what Philadelphia’s dining scene will look like in 2020.

The keynote will be delivered by James Beard Award winning author and internationally known expert on bread and baking, Peter Reinhart.

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Kevin Sbraga’s Juniper Commons Will Be A 1980’s Theme Restaurant

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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 Continues Guest Burger Series

sabatino-burgerRex 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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