Win Tickets to the Vetri Foundation’s Great Chefs Event

Win VIP tickets to the Great Chefs Event (includes access to after party, 200lb mortadella and Questlove DJing) Photo by Steve Legato

Win VIP tickets to the Great Chefs Event (includes access to after party with 200lb mortadella and Questlove DJing) Photo by Steve Legato

Each year, the Great Chefs Event brings the best chefs from all over the globe to the Navy Yard in Philadelphia resulting in dozens of memorable dishes, like last year’s Foie Gras Cotton Candy from Daikaya in DC. Take a look at the 10th annual Great Chefs Event participating chefs’ list and tweet what your dream dish would be and who you’d have make it for you. The best bite you can think of from your favorite chef of all time. For example: “I would go crazy for duck confit pho by Charles Phan” or “I want fried chicken and waffle ice cream from Big Gay Ice Cream.” Get creative—your great, great grandma’s meatballs, want to see Marc Vetri take a stab at Kung Pao Chicken or take a bite of Tom Colicchio’s frog legs?

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Chef (And Bartender) Shuffles: Stipo, Glass And Leonti

That's Vince on the right, standing next to Sara Justice, who still has her job at the Franklin.

That’s Vince on the right, standing next to Sara Justice, who still has her job at the Franklin.

You know what they say in the newspaper biz–three makes a trend. And with the news we reported on yesterday of pastry chef Monica Glass coming back to Philly (to work for Kevin Sbraga) after two years in Boston, we now have two more moves to report on: one up and one…sideways kinda?

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Boatload of Events Happening This June Upstairs at Vetri

pasta-tools-of-the-trade-vetri-940Check out what the impressive lineup of events that are happening Upstairs at Vetri this June. He’s got local personalities like Peter McAndrews (Monsu, Modo Mio, Paesano’s), Scott Schroeder (American Sardine Bar, South Philadelphia Taproom), from Hop Sing Laundromat and Emilio Mignucci of Di Bruno Bros. on the docket. And then he also has 2012 James Beard Award winner Mindy Seagal talks cookies and of course Marc Vetri himself teaching about pasta. 

Check out the full list on Vetri’s web site.

James Beard Award Finalists Announced

james-beard-semisThe 2015 James Beard Award Finalists were announced this morning. Philadelphia area chefs Marc Vetri, Joe Cicala (Le Virtu), Rich Landau (Vedge), Greg Vernick (Vernick Food + Drink) and Alex Bois (High Street on Market) all moved onto the final in their respective categories.

Vetri is a finalist for Outstanding Chef. He is joined in the category by Michael Anthony, Gramercy Tavern, NYC; Sean Brock, Husk, Charleston, SC; and Suzanne Goin, Lucques, Los Angeles.

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Restaurant Review: Lo Spiedo

Photo by Steve Legato

Photo by Steve Legato

It was no surprise that the Navy Yard’s Saturday-night gate guard greeted my car with wry amusement. Given all the restaurants in all the neighborhoods of Philly, who picks one in a deserted office park half a forlorn mile from the nearest SEPTA station? I wish I could have seen him later when a sleek SUV limo rolled up, blinker flashing for Lo Spiedo.

The Vetri Family’s latest restaurant may profit most from its location at lunch, when this resurgent hub teems with some 11,500 workers. But it can also thank Uber, which no doubt delivered many of the customers who filled this stately brick building in after-dark Nowheresville with Center City-level weekend energy. Read more »

James Beard Award Semifinalists Announced

james-beard-semisToday at noon, the James Beard Foundation announced the semifinalists for its 2015 Restaurant and Chef Awards.

Abe Fisher and Townsend were Best New Restaurant nominees. Michael Solomonov and Marc Vetri got nods for Outstanding Chef and Ellen Yin’s new restaurant group received three nominations. Fork was nominated for Outstanding Restaurant and Alex Bois (High Street on Market) and Jon Nodler (a.kitchen) received rising stars nominations.

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Two Bells for Lo Spiedo

Murals by "Distort," the same artist who did the much more wild artwork at Alla Spina.

Craig LaBan reviews the Navy Yard’s Lo Spiedo. LaBan enjoys much of the menu but inconsistencies have him wondering if the South Broad Street restaurant can be the magnet that Marc Vetri’s Osteria is on North Broad.

The meats and seafood are obviously the main event, and each brimmed with a zest of the live-fire.

The spit-roasted octopus, in contrast to the roll, was magnificent undressed on the plate, its long, tender arms kissed with little more than olive oil, lemon and char. The spice-rubbed brisket was also superbly rendered, moist and infused with smoke. But I preferred it as a composed sandwich, chopped on toasted bread with slaw and horseradish, rather than as a lonely hunk in a pan, as it is offered in the entrée section.

Two Bells – Very Good

Lo Spiedo: Go for the wings, stay for the octopus arms [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Lo Spiedo [Foobooz]

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