Glamour Shots: Marigold Kitchen’s Autumn Menu

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West Philly’s Marigold Kitchen turns out stunning tasting menus from a converted Victorian home on South 45th Street.

Chefs Andrew Kochan and Tim Lanza make food that’s surprising, exciting, and beautiful (not to mention delicious). Their updated autumn menu is no different, with savory fall flavors at the fore. Take a look at the dishes and menu, and try not to lick your screen.

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TALK Is Preparing To Shake Up Walnut Street (Again)

TALK–the new acronymical restaurant from Tim Lanza and Andrew Kochan (Tim Andrew Lanza Kochan, get it?)–is building out in the former L’Image Photography Studio space at 2121 Walnut Street. This is an address we’ve been watching for quite some time because it’s… Well, it’s perfect. At least from the outside, it has everything a Philly restaurateur could want in 2017.

Which is to say its on the Schuykill end of Walnut Street. And really, that’s all that matters.

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Marigold Kitchen’s New Restaurant Has a Name

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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.

But that’s not all we know

Marigold Kitchen’s Andrew Kochan Is Opening A Restaurant On Walnut Street

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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.

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Where To Eat This Weekend: A Prescription For Cocktails, Tacos and Dumplings

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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.

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Marigold Kitchen Releases (Part Of) Their Winter Menu

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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.

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New (Shorter) Prix Fixe Menu Coming To Marigold Kitchen

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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?

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Three Nights Of James Beard Preview Dinners At Marigold

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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.

And yeah, we’ve got the menu

About Last Night: Where My Nerds At?

Bantha Milk for our Star Wars themed Open Stove Night

Bantha Milk for our Star Wars themed Open Stove Night

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.

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