The culinary alchemists at Spruce Hill’s Marigold Kitchen have unveiled their new spring menu, and we have some highlights for you to salivate over before you book your reservation.
Last week, we had the news that Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza from West Philly’s Marigold Kitchen were going to be opening a new restaurant together. Kochan is the owner. Lanza is going to be his executive chef. And this is big news because, together, the two of them have already been running one of the best, most creative restaurants in the city. And now they’re going to be moving in on one of the most booming mini-neighborhoods in the entire city–that odd little stretch of Walnut Street on the edge of Rittenhouse that is already home to Vernick (which took the top spot on our newest 50 Best Restaurants list a few months back), Jose Garces’s 24 (reviewed a couple weeks ago) and Res Ipsa (which I just reviewed this morning).
Now we have a few more details. The first thing we know? The name. It’s going to be called TALK (yeah, all caps)–as an acronym for Tim Andrew Lanza Kochan.
2121 Walnut Street (the former L’Image Studio) has been an address we’ve been keeping an eye on for a while now–one of those that none of us here at Foobooz World HQ could believe has been vacant for as long as it has been. As a matter of fact, I was just in for lunch at Res Ipsa–which lives just down the street at 2218 Walnut–and as soon as I got back to the office, the first thing I wanted to talk about wasn’t the egg sandwich with herbed long hot spread (which was awesome, by the way), but the fact that 2121 Walnut was still dark.
Well, that was two weeks ago. And as of this weekend, we no longer have to wonder who’s going to open there. Because Andrew Kochan, chef-partner at Marigold Kitchen in West Philly, just signed a lease and is bringing a new restaurant to the neighborhood.
So this has been a helluva week, huh? Long, gray, dark and ugly–both psychologically and meteorologically. Know what I’m thinking? We all need to have a little fun this weekend. Get out there, face-to-face with the world. Have a meal, a couple drinks. Now I’m no doctor, but if I was, that would be my prescription. A couple hours to relax. To eat and drink among friends. And that’s why, if I were a doctor, I’d be everyone’s favorite doctor.
But anyway, if you’re looking for just the right place to go, I can help you there, too. I’ve got a list below of the five places and/or things you should be eating this weekend. Now everyone get out there and have some fun, ok? And don’t worry. Everything will still suck when you get home.
Chef-owners Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza are back again with another new, partly-secretive menu for the winter season at Marigold Kitchen, their West Philly row house-turned-avant garde BYOB. They’re offering a peek at nine courses of the 11-course tasting menu, and putting together a couple of special menu additions for Valentine’s Day and the big Saturday night preceding it.
Under normal circumstances, dinner at Marigold Kitchen is a fairly intensive affair. It’s a “14-course avant garde dining experience” that’ll run you $90 and is totally worth it if you’re into that kind of thing (which I am). They’re beautiful, unique, creative menus executed with remarkable skill by a team that has dedicated itself to precisely this kind of high-wire weirdness for years.
But now, they’re lightening things up just a little bit. Starting, well, tonight, Marigold is offering an abbreviated, six-course menu for $60.
So let’s see what’s for dinner, shall we?
On July 26, the team from Marigold Kitchen is headed to New York City to cook a dinner at the James Beard House–one of those nights that’s among the highlights of any chef’s career.
But in order to get ready for the big night, the team will also be cooking their way through the entire dinner for three nights in Philly, on July 19th through the 21st, as part of their Test Kitchen Series.
Okay, so I learned something last night. I learned that not everyone is quite as big a Star Wars nerd as I am. Or, really, that maybe no one is as big a Star Wars nerd as I am.
Or at least no one who showed up last night for our Foobooz Open Stove May the Fourth Spectacular. I mean, no one knew the name of the Wookie homeworld. Only one of the chefs (and none of the crowd) was able to remember what Luke’s aunt and uncle on Tatooine did for a living. And I ended up bagging the sound effects contest completely. In the end, I could barely get the chefs to use the Force to identify spices by smell while blindfolded, and we were only playing that game because COOK’s insurance wouldn’t allow me to make them cook blindfolded.
But whatever. The food was good. And there were certainly plenty of drinks. Art spent last night documenting the dishes from Abe Fisher’s Joseph Howard and Felias Peralta of Marigold Kitchen via the Foobooz Instagram, so if you missed the fun live, here’s a recap of how it all went down.
Marigold Kitchen still doesn’t have a menu but they do offer a peek at some of the 13-15 courses that co-owners and chefs Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza are preparing alongside chef Keith Krajewski.
This month, the $90 per person feast will include:
- Leek Ash Raviolo: butter-basted hen of the woods mushroom and black ravioli, filled with liquified parmesan, ramp pesto
- Australian Beef: seared tenderloin with foie gras butter and chocolate-braised crimini mushroom, puree of smoked potato and leek and Malbec jus;
- Cheese & Pears: Korean pears macerated in bleu cheese, dipped in salted almond crumbs and paired with an apple cider churro.
The crew at Marigold Kitchen (chef-owners Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza, along with chef de cuisine Keith Krajewski) like surprises. Their seasonal menus are always shrouded in secrecy right up until they’re released–and even then they want people who come in for the 13-15 course prix fixe to be surprised when the plates hit the table, so they’re always changing things up.
That said, it’s also important to give people a sense of what they might be eating before asking them for ninety bucks and a couple hours of their lives. Which is why the Marigold crew have released details (and photos) of a few of the courses from their new fall menu. Check it all out below.