Questlove DJing the Great Chefs Afterparty (And That’s Not Even The Big News)

BigAssMortadellaSo yes, the Vetri Great Chefs event is coming up on June 10. Yes, there’s going to be an afterparty at Alla Spina. And yes, Questlove will be DJing. VIP tickets (which are the only way to get access to the afterparty, short of becoming a Great Chefs sponsor) are $525 apiece and can be gotten through the Vetri Foundation website. Expensive, sure, but that’s the only way you’ll get to see Questlove, hang out with Tom Colicchio, Michael Symon, Jonathan Waxman, and feel like one of the city’s power players.

It’s also the only way you’ll get to taste Brad Spence’s 200lb mortadella cooked inside a Victory Brewing fermenting cask.

Wait, what?

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The Six Degrees Game of Love, Philly Celebrity Edition

Ever notice how for the bold-faced and famous here, Philadelphia’s social scene resembles a high school? The dating pool is shallow, everyone knows everyone else, and a stroll down the hall (or around Rittenhouse Square) can lead to a memory-lane disaster. Maybe that’s why A-list magnet Roseanne Martin’s latest well-to-do beau is an out-of-towner. Smart move, girlfriend — and a departure for Martin and others whose love connections are local, notable and, like, totes complicated.
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Fundraisers for Alex’s Lemonade Stand

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This Saturday, March 22nd, the Lemon Society, a young professionals group that supports Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation is hosting its third annual Lemon Society Speakeasy. The prohibition-themed mixology event takes place at the Pyramid Club, high atop the BNY Mellon Center at 18th and Market.

Bartenders from across the city will be creating cocktails for the event that will be put to a vote by celebrity judges and all those in attendance.

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2014 James Beard Foundation Finalists

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The James Beard Awards finalists were announced today. And though Philadelphia had semifinalists in ten categories including nine nominees for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic, few went through to the finals. Brad Spence was the only local nominee to go through for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. Marc Vetri was nominated for Outstanding Chef and his Vetri is a finalist for Best Service.

Philadelphia also picked up a nomination for Outstanding Restaurant Design as Tria Taproom was cited in the 75-seats and under category.

James Beard Award Finalists » 

From the Magazine: Can Wild Boar Save the Suburban Mall?

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In the March issue of Philadelphia magazine, Vicki Glembocki looks at the state of malls in the area, including the Moorestown Mall. Developers are betting that celebrity chefs like Marc Vetri and Jose Garces can resuscitate malls by offering high-end dining in a landscape of Boscov’s and Sears.

But will customers bite?

Can Wild Boar Save the Suburban Mall? [Philadelphia Magazine]

2014 James Beard Semifinalists Announced

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The 2014 James Beard Foundation Semifinalists have been announced. Local chefs and restaurateurs and restaurants made it to the semifinals in ten categories including Outstanding Restaurant, Fork, and three nominees for Rising Star Chef of the Year, Chris Kearse, Will, Ben Puchowitz, Cheu Noodle Bar and Ben Nerenhausen, Mistral (Princeton, NJ).

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Three Bells for Osteria Moorestown

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Craig LaBan has tons of praise for Marc Vetri’s Osteria outpost at the Moorestown Mall in New Jersey. Not the least of which is the cheaper wine prices. But other dishes stand out as well.

My ultimate Osteria splurge, though, is the $36 lobster spaghetti, a dish so intensely infused with lobster-ness – the sauce enriched with tomalley and roe, plus a stock fortified with shells – that casual seafood pasta eaters might not love it at first. But with the tender meat from a 11/2-pounder twined up in the al dente strands, a flicker of spice, brandy, and basil lighting the sauce, it was soon impossible to resist. (Plus, it’s no longer available in Philly.)

Three Bells – Excellent

Osteria Moorestown: A Vetri marvel at Jersey mall [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Osteria – Moorestown [Foobooz]

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