So There’s This Thing Happening On Instagram Right Now…

angry-granpa-marc-vetri-400Marc Vetri went to Elixr Coffee yesterday. While there, he saw a bunch of people there staring at their phones or working on their laptops rather than engaging in lively and spirited dialog with their fellow man. He snapped a picture. He put it up on Instagram. And in keeping with his new part-time gig as a full-on Method acting Grandpa Simpson impersonator, these were his thoughts…

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Marc Vetri Hosts Annual Great Chefs Event at Navy Yard


More than 1,200 guests attended the 10th annual Great Chefs Event on Tuesday, June 9th. The yearly eating party thrown by Philadelphia super-chef Marc Vetri was held at Urban Outfitters in the Navy Yard, with proceeds going to help Alex’s Lemonade Stand fight childhood cancer, and to the Vetri Foundation for Children. Neuroblastoma took Alex Scott’s life when she was eight, and her parents, Jay and Liz Scott, carry on her goal of helping doctors find a cure for the disease.

The event attracts four dozen top chefs from the U.S. and Italy who created delicious dishes and desserts, and features both a live and a silent auction — which included clothing, lavish trips, sports tickets and experiences — that raises nearly $100,000 every year.

This year the after-party was held just a few blocks away, under a white tent in front of Vetri’s restaurant Lo Spiedo, with Questlove spinning at the bash again. 

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Behold the 230 Pound Mortadella


Last year, Brad Spence prepared a 210 pound mortadella for the Vetri Foundation’s Great Chefs Event after party. And since it is the tenth anniversary this year, Spence had to outdo himself.

Pictured to the left is this year’s 230 pound mortadella, enjoying a bath in 500 gallons of Victory beer.

Tickets are still on sale for Tuesday, June 9th’s Great Chefs event, where 40+ chefs will be cooking for two causes— Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and the Vetri Foundation for Children.

The event expects to raise nearly $1 million and have 1,200 attendees in the Navy Yard.

This year the after party is at Lo Spiedo and in addition to the mammoth mortadella, will feature Questlove DJing and even more food and drink.

The Great Chefs Event runs from 6 pm to 9 pm., the after party starts at 9:30 pm and runs til 2 am.

Get your tickets while you still can. Last we checked there were less than 30 tickets left to the after party.

Great Chefs Event [Vetri Foundation]

Pizzeria Vetri Opens Today on Rittenhouse Square

New at Pizzeria Vetri's Chancellor St. location, the Rittenhouse, a lobster topped pizza.

New at Pizzeria Vetri’s Chancellor St. location, the Rittenhouse, a lobster topped pizza.

The second branch of Vetri Family’s Pizzeria Vetri opens today at 1615 Chancellor Street (between Walnut and Locust Streets). The second Pizzeria Vetri shares a lot in common with the original, though it is about 500 square feet bigger. Part of that room goes to establishing a true bar with eight seats. Another similarity is the Renato pizza oven that will pump out pizzas daily from 11 am to 11 pm (1 am on weekends).

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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.

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