Happy Chinese New Year, everyone. And welcome to the Year of the Horse. Despite the snow, the ice, the cold and everything else, we’ve got three Philly restaurants running Year of the Horse tasting menus this week–Sampan, Matyson and Meritage. Check out the details after the jump.
Not interested in Restaurant Week, how about Lobster Week. That’s what Matyson is offering tonight through Thursday.
Check out their special five course, $50 menu.
This week Matyson is celebrating its tenth anniversary. And as Matyson is prone to do, that means celebrating with lobster and champagne. The tasting menu is all about lobster, guests are in charge of bringing their own bubbly. The tasting menu runs now through Thursday, November 21st and runs $45 per person.
Last week, culinary pioneer, chef and restaurateur Charlie Trotter passed away. We’ve already seen a special meal at Will over the weekend and it looks like we’ll see some more commemorative dinners this week.
Matyson is dedicating its weekly tasting menu to the Chicago restaurateur. Tonight through Thursday the “Grand Finale Tribute to Charlie Trotter will be offered for $45 per person.
Chip Roman, who first heard about Charlie Trotter when he was 19 and working in Marc Vetri’s kitchen is hosting a special tribute dinner tomorrow, November 12th. Roman bought all of Trotter’s books which he says were “very out of my league at the time.” But tomorrow he looks to heed Trotter’s advice about balance in his special $45 per person dinner at Conshohocken’s Blackfish.
At Blackfish the menu is all about lobster. And if lobster doesn’t scare you, maybe the vampire squid will. No? OK, how about the price? $45 for a four-course lobster tasting dinner? Nope, ok maybe Blackfish isn’t so scary.
At Mica it’s a foie gras-centric menu. Ewww, liver. No? Not scared? Well at least the Hanibal Lector first course and bloody beet ravioli fit the season.
Matyson is going with a Franken-food theme. Puchowitz and his staff are combining unusual ingredients to make winning combinations. Eating anything named “Fnocchi” takes some bravery.
The door of Matyson’s lone bathroom was locked, and I was the only person waiting when a man walked up and joined me.
“I think I’m older than you,” he said, amiably.
I accepted the compliment.
He smiled. “So I think you should let me go first.”
“I’ll be quick,” I said.
“So will I,” he replied.
“Well it would seem that we’re at an impasse.”
This week’s tasting menu at Matyson is all about local tomatoes. Get a reservation between now and Thursday, August 15th to enjoy heirloom tomatoes from Green Meadow Farm and Blue Moon Acres. The tomato tasting menu is always a popular one, so make your reservations for the $45 tasting menu now.
Saturday Night was ACHIEVEability’s Food for Thought charity event, where more than thirty local restaurants prepared tasting plates for guests of the event.
HughE Dillon was there and in this photo captured just about all the news to be had at the charity event. Chip Roman, owner of Blackfish, Mica and Ela was on hand showing off his new line of Bluestone candies. Jen Carroll was helping out Phoebe Esmon as Esmon served a couple of different punches for the assembled, but Carroll couldn’t help but come to the aid of Karl Isaiah, of Cake Boulangerie, who was serving solo next to Esmon’s cocktail stand.
Ben Puchowitz and his Matyson team are masters of the tasting menu. This week they’re bucking the gluten-free trend with a very gluten full menu. Checck out the $45 menu full of wheat, barley, soy and other gluten full dishes.