On Friday, Marcie Turney, Valerie Safran and their crew sold 450 salted caramel budino donuts in 30 minutes (or actually, probably a little less) across the Marcie Blaine chocolates counter at Verde on 13th Street.
On the following day, they sold 590 donuts in an hour and twenty minutes–590 donuts being the absolute maximum number of donuts that the team had been able to make between the minute they sold out on Friday and the minute they went on sale again on Saturday. The line to get one stretched out the door, down the block and around the corner. It was crazy. And you’d think, with the obvious success of this two-day donut sale, that Turney and Safran would already be making plans to do it again, right?
Well, yes and no. What they’re actually planning on doing is more.
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Don’t say we didn’t warn you.
<—That picture right there? That was the line to pick up a new salted caramel budino donut at Verde this morning. They went on sale at 10am. This snap was taken at about 10:17.
As of 10:29, they were all gone.
Now you’re going to have one more chance to get your hands on one tomorrow. Again, they’re going to go on sale at 10am so you’re going to want to show up early, understand? Like, really early. And it being Saturday, I think it’s likely that the crowds are going to be even bigger, so plan accordingly.
The Salted Caramel Budino Donut Has Arrived [f8b8z]
We’ve been looking forward to this one for a while, and now it is finally here. Chef Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran have finished testing, tinkering and experimenting with their creation and are now ready to turn it loose on the world.
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Actually, its a test-batch of salted caramel crusted, budino-filled donuts
from Valerie Safran
and Marcie Turney
, who are apparently working on bringing Philly’s donut wars to an entirely new level with the pastry equivalent of an atom bomb.
A delicious, caramel-y, budino-y atom bomb.
ps. These things are totally going to be called “Budinuts,” right?
Valerie Safran [Instagram]
For those of you out there wondering exactly what kind of restaurant Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran‘s Bud & Marilyn’s is going to be, I think this picture of the wallpaper just hung in the bathroom should answer all questions.
Bud & Marilyn’s [f8b8z]
Marcie Turney [Instagram]
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Marcie Turney (chef and owner of Barbuzzo, Lolita, Jamonera, Little Nonna’s and upcoming Bud and Marilyn’s) and Nick Elmi (chef and owner of Laurel and Season 11 winner of Bravo TV’s Top Chef) will be talking all things Thanksgiving on 90.9 FM, WHYY’s Radio Times today at 11 a.m..
The chef duo will be giving us Thanksgiving stats, cooking advice, and potentially further details about Turney’s newest restaurant, Bud and Marilyn’s.
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Foobooz has the scoop on Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s plans for their space at 13th and Locust streets, the location formerly known as Bump and Q. Unlike Little Nonna’s, which was inspired by Marcie’s Italian grandmother, the new space gets new life courtesy of Turney’s heritage.
From Turney’s Instagram: “This is #Bud&Marilyn’s restaurant opening day photo in 1950.”
The restaurant will be called Bud & Marilyn’s in honor of Turney’s grandparents who ran a restaurant in Wisconsin for forty years. Turney’s Instagram feed contains several clues for what’s planned. There’s a photo of what her grand parents’ restaurant looked like back on its opening day in 1950 (right), the epitome of mid-Century diner. Her Instagram avatar also shows what could very well be a rendering of what’s planned for Bud & Marilyn’s. This all jives with what we’ve heard whispered for the concept, something like throwback American or classic American-diner.
So I guess this pretty much squashes my suspicion that they were working with former Sisters manager Denise Cohen to open a lesbian bar.
Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney at a still under construction Lolita | Photo by Jack Cotter
There’s always a lot of going on along the Thirteenth Street empire of Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney, although recently, it has been extra newsworthy.
Craig LaBan visited the post BYOT Lolita and rewarded the Safran and Turney’s original restaurant two-bells, though he predictably does gripe about the noise.
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