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.
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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.
The crazy kids at Kraftwork have spent the last few months hoarding some of the best interesting Belgian beers for its “New Kids on the Belgian Block” event today,Tuesday, February 18th. There will be twenty-two beers, including 19 on tap. To capitalize on the NKOTB theme, chef Brian Lofink will be serving up a 1980s-inspired throwback menu.
The event began at noon and will go all day.
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Kraftwork is hosting the brewers from Jolly Pumpkin and the “gypsy jazz” band Fountainebleau. Nine Jolly Pumpkin beers will be on tap with four more in bottles.
The fun begins later this afternoon so you can continue to “work from home” for awhile longer.
As much as Graduate Hospital neighborhood residents enjoy brunch at Sidecar, Fishtowners seem to go even wilder for brunch at Kraftwork. And on Thursday, December 26th they’ll have even more reason to go bonkers. Kraftwork is hosting a special Russian River Brewing brunch with Damnation, Pliny the Elder, Consecration, Temptation and Blind Pig on tap.
Kraftwork is hosting a Great Lakes Brewing tap takeover right now. They’ve got thirteen drafts from the Ohio brewer on tap including the 2012 and 2013 versions of the Blackout Stout plus our favorite holiday beer, Great Lakes Christmas Ale which is brewed with honey, fresh ginger and cinnamon.
The Cambridge – Since you’ll surely be up and shopping by 4 a.m., you’ll be ready for a Bloody Mary by 11:30. And that works out well since that’s when the Cambridge opens and your first Bloody is free through 2:30 p.m.
Kraftwork and Sidecar – Both these bars are offering their annual Blackout Brunch. Sidecar is making Thanksgiving leftovers sound appealing with specials like “green bean casserole quiche” and yam soup plus dark beers like Great Lakes Blackout Stout and Goose Island Bourbon Country Stout. Kraftwork is offering almond pumpkin coffee cake and Thanksgiving biscuits and gravy. The Fishtown bar will also be going dark on tap with Founders Kentucky Breakfast Stout highlighting an impressive list.
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Kraftwork in Fishtown is offering a special Filet & Foie Cheesesteak this week. Chef Brian Lofink is going all up-market on the cheesesteak as he stuffs an almost-foot-long French roll with the filet mignon, foie gras and black truffles.
The cheesesteak is on the dinner menu through Black Friday and features filet tips, roasted balsamic cippolini onions, gruyère cheese and a foie gras sauce.
The cheesesteak sells for $16 or for $28, you can get it topped with black truffle shavings.
Hustle for the truffles, though, they’ll only be available while truffle supplies last.