Halloween falls during the week this year, which means you have a choice of two weekends to don your freaky costumes and roam the streets, but there’s only one Dia de los Muertos. So pour one out for your fallen homies at any of the following…
La Calaca Feliz
2321 Fairmount Ave
Tim Spinner is offering a four course Day of the Dead tasting menu for $29. It begins with tamal de rana (slow braised frogs legs and green chili), moves to cemita sliders, then pork cheek mole coloradito with blue cheese grits and mustard greens, finally ending with traditional pan de muerto. At Cantina Feliz, the $28 menu (with the option to add a beverage pairing for only $12 more) is completely different and looks equally tasty. Red chili duck tamales with Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen by Neshaminy Creek Brewing, anyone?
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Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz and Lemon Hill are combining for a special Halloween night. Twenty dollars ($25 at the door) will give you all-you-can-eat Feliz margaritas, red or white sangria and Dos Equis drafts. There will also be passed dishes from La Calaca’s menu and creations from new executive chef MacGregor Mann.
Wear a costume and you’ll be entered in a raffle to win tickets for either a Sixers or Flyers game. There will be a Day of the Dead face painter on hand as well. The La Calaca party runs from 10 p.m. to midnight. At that time everyone will be invited to head up to Lemon Hill for the after party.
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MacGregor Mann, who was chef de cuisine at Amada has returned to the area. Michael Klein is reporting that Mann is opening a BYOB, Junto in Chadds Ford. Junto promises “Pennsylvania-sourced ingredients prepared with a blend of old world techniques and modern cuisine knowledge.”
After leaving the Garces mothership, Mann staged at Denmark’s Noma for eight months. Noma was named the best restaurant in the world in 2010, 2011 and 2012.
Mann is predicting a Spring opening for Junto but today you can find him at Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz. Like Feliz owner Tim Spinner, Mann was often seen on Jose Garces’ Iron Chef teams.
Garces alum opening a BYOB [The Insider]
Today, Global Philly 2013 kicked off with a special event at Zama. Hiroyuki ‘Zama’ Tanaka and Kevin Sbraga were on hand to unleash the “Sbraga Roll.” The sushi roll is the latest collaboration from Tanaka who has conspired with many of Philadelphia’s best chefs and top celebrities to create a series of unusual rolls. Chef Sbraga suggested some of his favorite ingredients for the roll that will be served at Zama over the course of Global Philly 2013, from September 15 to November 1. The Sbraga Roll is a sushi roll with dill, jalapeno, avocado and crispy shallot topped with a Panko-crusted bite of dorado.
Global Philly is an international exposition, presented by the Global Philadelphia Association. Sbraga, who is leading the culinary part of the initiative, has rounded up some of his chef contemporaries to participate in the month-and-a-half long event to offer “Global Philadelphia” appetizer specials.
Starting at $12, the appetizers will be found at Sbraga’s eponymous modern American restaurant as well as at restaurants like Tashan, Bistro La Minette and Zinc , La Calaca Feliz, Zama and Han Dynasty.
- Sbraga will feature a steak tartar with French onion dip and a pea tendril salad.
- Tim Spinner (La Calaca Feliz) will spotlight the Al Pastor Pork Taco.
- Bistro La Minette’s Peter Woolsey created a salmon tartare with lentils and a blood orange vinaigrette.
- Han Chiang of Han Dynasty will offer a lamb dumpling with garlic sauce vinegar sauce.
- And of course Zama will feature the Sbraga roll.
GlobalPhilly 2013 [Official Site]
Taco Feliz is opening soon in Ambler, as indicated by this sign in the window, but it has nothing to do with Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz, Fort Washington’s Cantina Feliz or Manayunk’s impending Taqueria Feliz, and the owners of those three restaurants are suing to protect their brand name. Read more »
Caciofo Alla Giuda at Le Castagne
Passover begins at sundown this evening and Philadelphia restaurants are celebrating the Jewish Festival of Liberation with special passover menus.
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Today through Sunday, March 3rd, La Calaca Feliz is offering a four-course tasting menu with mezcal pairings inspired by chef Lucio Palazzo’s recent visit to Oaxaca, Mexico.
The menu is $27 per person plus $18 for mezcal pairings.
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Steve Wildy is back with the second Weekly Wildy where he shares how to get a free can of beer at Alla Spina. He also announces that the team from La Calaca Feliz is going to be at Alla Spina tonight for Industry Night.
Alla Spina [Official Site]