Dining Out In Jersey For A Good Cause

MartinezFundBack in August, a car accident killed two kids in Southampton, New Jersey. Two others were injured but survived and have been undergoing treatment and physical therapy ever since. Now, a bunch of the Delaware Valley’s best chefs are getting together to do a fundraiser for the families of the injured kids.

It’s a good deal for you because tickets are running $75 ($150 for VIP which includes early admission and a meet-and-greet reception with the chefs), and the white jackets they have signed on for this are an impressive group. We’re talking Kevin Sbraga, Greg Vernick, Brad Spence and Josh Lawler from our side of the river, plus Tony Sparacio (La Campagnola), Ivan Coppola (Tarantella) and Dory and Joe Valeriano (Summit Catering) from New Jersey.

And all of them will be getting together at Valenzano Winery (1090 Route 206, Shamong, NJ) for a single fundraising event on January 19 at 6:30pm (6pm if you’re a VIP) which will include chef’s tastings, beer and wine, a silent auction and entertainment.

So if you’ve got the green and feel like doing something good with it (while also getting yourself a fine dinner in the process), check out the event. Tickets and more information can be found at the link below.

Dining For Life [Tickets & info]

The Fat Ham Turns Two with Revamped Menu and Wingaversary

Happy wingaversary.

Happy wingaversary. The Fat Ham turns two with wings and an expanded menu.

The Fat Ham, Kevin Sbraga’s University City Southern comfort food restaurant is turning two on Wednesday, December 9th and he’s celebrating with a night of wings. Sbraga will be offering offering a variety of wings including:

  • Country Captain Wings with curry and Chow Chow aioli
  • Lavender Honey Wings with pink peppercorn
  • Salsa Verde Wings with smoked green tomato and pork rinds
  • Mustard BBQ Wings with mustard, hickory, and brown sugar

The six wings go for $7.50 during the celebration, they’ll normally be $10.

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Kevin Sbraga’s the Fat Ham Offering Three Days of Wings

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Winged Out Pop Up at The Fat Ham

Kevin Sbraga, who is very much a chicken whisperer, is doing chicken wings for three days at his University City restaurant, the Fat Ham. His Winged Out Pop Up is running from Thursday, September 3rd through Saturday, September 5th.

The pop-up will feature three different kinds of wings at $7 for a half-dozen. The wings will be available for eat-in or takeout.

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The Gastronaut: I Love the ’80s

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

I am, for better or for worse, a child of the 1980s.

Born in 1973, I spent my youth in a haze of Transformers (the original ones), Atari and Members Only jackets. I owned an actual pair of parachute pants, though I only wore them to school once, was mocked, and acquired, briefly, the nickname “Parachute.”

More important, I started cooking in the ’80s. I cut my teeth in the industry through the late ’80s and early ’90s (seeing as this was upstate New York during the pre-Food Network American food scene, the ’80s lasted until about 1996), and I can tell you one thing: The food was terrible. Read more »

Juniper Commons Unveils New Spring Menu

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Juniper Commons | Courtesy of Sbraga Dining

Juniper Commons, Kevin Sbraga’s ’80s themed restaurant at the corner of Broad and South, has debuted its new menu for spring, and it boasts big changes. The overhaul may have come in response to a series of lukewarm reviews from critics who called the restaurant’s food good but aggressively normal to the point of almost being boring.

Gone are the days of the rotating weekly rotisserie menu. In fact, the whole menu has been streamlined.

Some of the new dishes include garlic shrimp, eggplant fritters, lavender fried chicken, blackened salmon, broiled scallops, a soft shell crab sandwich, Wagyu flank steak and an $80 32-oz rib eye. In fact, the only entree that seems to have made the transfer from the old menu to the new one is the Surf and Turf, and even on that the lobster has been replaced by king crab.

Spring menu at Juniper Commons »

Restaurant Review: Juniper Commons

Juniper Commons | Photos by Michael Persico

Juniper Commons | Photos by Michael Persico

At Juniper Commons, where old newspaper headlines paper two walls in a triumph of microfilm and selective memory, there’s electricity in the air.

E. GERMANY OPENS BORDERS

SURGERY OVER, REAGAN IN CHARGE

PHILLIES RULE THE WORLD

Lionel Richie’s on the radio — along with Air Supply and Hall & Oates, all those smooth synthesizers washing over the occasional drum-machine downbeat of early LL Cool J. Votive candles flicker in amber ashtrays beneath globe lights fed by telephone-coil wire, and the lounge area goes back to the future with wingback chairs out of the Jetsons’ living room. Read more »

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