Chef Brian Lofink is understandably very excited by his latest special at Kraftwork. Last night I had his chicken fried sweetbreads and waffle, with Crystal’s ramps and maple demi glace. The dish is an excellent balance of sweet and savory. The perfectly fried sweetbreads will turn any offal novice into a gluton, demanding “more organs now!”
Lofink has the sweetbreads on special this weekend at the Fishtown bar and he says, “Im not scared to say I’ll stack it up to any sweetbread dish in the city and knock it down.”
Chef Brian Lofink alerts us that Kraftwork in Fishtown will be the first restaurant serving cheese curds from the Best of Philly winning Cow and the Curd food trucks.
Rob Mitchell, owner of the Cow and the Curd has been working with Drexel University’s Food Lab to get his cheese curds out to the masses.
The Curd Caprese Salad, served with classic curds, basil aioli, aged balsamic vinegar, oven dried tomatoes and micro basil salad will be available for a limited time only. So get out there and get yours while you can.
The curd salad will also be available at the Sidecar Bar & Grille starting next Friday, April 24th.
I was lucky enough to try the “salad” yesterday with some friends and it was a hit. Just one word of advice, don’t pop the whole curd in your mouth at once, bite halfway through and stretch that curd out. It just makes it even better.
Cow and the Curd [Official]
Sidecar Bar & Grille [Foobooz]
Sean and Andrew Arsenault, the twins behind the kickstarter to raise money for Brewery ARS, have hit their goal of raising $30,000 (it was all Rose!). To celebrate the end of their campaign they’re throwing a “Kill the Kickstarter Campaign” party at Kraftwork in Fishtown.
You can check out the event on Facebook, but here are the details: the twins will be serving their “Salted Caramel Chocolate Stout” and “Old Stoop” (a “lightly smoked dark ale infused with wildflower honey”), and the party starts at 5:30.
You can still donate to their campaign and get cool stuff like t-shirts, growlers, or even a pizza party.
Tonight, Tuesday, March 24th,Kraftwork is hosting its monthly Staff Picks. This month’s theme is “The Final Four of Hoppy Beer.” The event is a blind tasting competition to decide which region of the United States produces the best hoppy beer.
Representing the East: Victory Dirt Wolf
Representing the West: Firestone Walker Union Jack
Representing the South: Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Representing the Midwest: Great Lakes Chillwave
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Kraftwork in Fishtown was lucky enough to score some burgundy truffles this week. This weekend, Exec chef Brian Lofink and chef de cuisine Josh Evans whipped up a dish highlighting the truffles.
The special will be house-made pappardelle pasta with a butter emulsion, chopped burgundy truffles and fine herbs with grated black truffle on top. It will be good while supplies last, which at $20, won’t be long.
What better way to spend your Saturday than doing a Philly bar crawl? And what better way to do a pub crawl than to have you and your friends chauffeured by the Craft Beer Express? This Saturday, November 8th, The Craft Beer Express will be hitting up a slew of beer bars from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m.
Bus tickets are $10 each, or you can start at the bar of your choice and pay as you go. Each participating bar is hosting a different theme, so check the list out below to decide where to begin your crawl:
Who’s on the crawl and what they’re serving »
Owner Adam Ritter (left) and Executive Chef Brian Lofink (right) watching the battle from the outside.
Last night, we held our 28th Open Stove cook-off. It was an inner-city rivalry: Fishtown gastropub Kraftwork vs. Graduate Hospital gastropub The Sidecar Bar & Grille. Both restaurants under the same chef/owners; both contenders doing some pretty awesome stuff in their own kitchens. But in the immortal words of Arthur Etchells, “I don’t eat eggs enough for dinner.”
So we made that happen.
It was a booze-y, brunch-y, Scissorhands-y dinner, full of all the breakfast favorites from Bisquick to scrapple. This night, like every other Open Stove, was exceedingly fun. So join us in our recap, and see with your own eyes what went down.
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Join Kraftwork for a Labor Day party. The Great Boogie Woogie party is happening in a warehouse at 1526 N American Street and there will be live music, food trucks and beer from 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Music will include acts from New Orleans, Manitoba and New York combining for a day of electro-rock, N’awlins flavor and Afrobeat. Beer will be provided by Ithaca, Troegs, Victory and Goose Island.
Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at Kraftwork, Kermit’s Bake Shoppe and online at TicketFly.
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Kraftwork is bringing back its Filet & Foie Cheesesteak this week as a special. Chef Brian Lofink packs a toasted roll with the holy trinity of filet mignon tips, foie gras sauce and black truffle shavings. The highfalutin cheesesteak also features roasted balsamic cippolini onions and gruyère cheese.
The cheesesteak, minus the black truffles sells for $15. That quarter-ounce of fresh black truffle shavings adds $8 more to the sandwich.
It’s only available for a week, so plan your Girard Avenue trip now.
Year of the Cheesesteak [Foobooz]
Chef Brian Lofink of Kraftwork is offering habanero-and-orange glazed Alaskan snow crabs. The special is available for $18 and includes roasted corn salad, salt roasted potatoes, garlic herb butter and chimichurri sauce.
And as if that weren’t enough to have you plotting your trip down Girard Avenue, Kraftwork has also tracked down some prized Cantillon beers. Cantillon Classic Lambic is on draft and both 2012 Cantillon St. Lamvinus and 2012 Cantillon Iris are available in bottles beginning today.
The crab deal runs through Thursday.