Federal Donuts Is Throwing a Block Party on Sansom Street This Weekend

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Federal Donuts: The Partially True Spectacular Story — “a love letter to the donut people of America” — dropped this past week.

And to celebrate the release of the cookbook that chronicles how Federal Donuts author-partners Michael Solomonov, Steve Cook, Tom Henneman, Bob Logue, and Felicia D’Ambrosio made it all happen, they’re throwing a blowout block party in front of the shop.

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Michael Solomonov Is Behind the Menu at PHL Airport’s Fancy, Exclusive Lounge

Travelling American Express Platinum and Centurion card members flying to and from PHL will soon have a chance to taste some of the city’s most sought-after cuisine without leaving the airport.

The new Amex-built Centurion Lounge opening next month at the Philadelphia International Airport will feature an Israeli-inspired menu designed by star chef Michael Solomonov.

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Science Center Welcomes Michael Solomonov, du Pont to Innovators Walk of Fame

L to R: Michael Solomonov (HughE Dillon), Blanka Zizka (YouTube), Osagie Imasogie (Flcikr) were all welcomed into the 2017 class of the Innovators Walk of Fame.

The U.S. wouldn’t be the powerhouse it is today without the contributions of immigrant entrepreneurs, and this idea holds especially true in Philadelphia. On Thursday, the University City Science Center honored six of these entrepreneurs who have transformed Philadelphia in tech, science, engineering, food, and the arts.

The entrepreneurs make up the Science Center’s 2017 Class of the Innovators Walk of Fame, a project launched in 2013 to spotlight local innovators who have made groundbreaking contributions that have revolutionized how the region and even the world work.

“These honorees represent the, power, potential and impact of the immigrant community” said Science Center president & CEO, Stephen S. Tang. “The 2017 Innovators Walk of Fame honorees celebrate their ideas that have changed the world, the jobs they’ve created, and the legacies that have paved the way for future immigrants and innovators.”  Read more »

Talking with the Chefs from This Year’s Audi Feastival

As we mentioned last week, the end of summer means that the 2017 Audi Feastival is coming — the annual food and drink event held to benefit FringeArts. It’s a helluva party, bringing in the best chefs, the best restaurants and all of Philly’s artsy swells. And this year, we’re going to talk with some of the chefs responsible for making this event as cool as it is in a series of Facebook Live videos.

And the first one, an interview with Kiki Aranita and Chris Vacca from Poi Dog, will be happening today, September 5th, at 2:30 p.m.

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Zahav Agrees to Pay Servers $230,000 in Class-Action Suit

Zahav photographed by Pariss Briggs

UPDATE: A 20-year Philly restaurant veteran has responded to the Zahav lawsuit. Click here to read the response.

In December, former Zahav server Tanya Peters filed a class-action lawsuit claiming that the Society Hill restaurant owed servers big bucks, and now Philly Mag has learned that Zahav has agreed to pay to settle the case. Read more »

The New Gold Standard: Goldie Reviewed

Photo by Michael Persico

At Goldie, Cook and Solo’s new project on Sansom Street that’s situated above their charitable deli, Rooster Soup Co., the kitchen is an assembly line, turning out falafel, french fries, tehina milkshakes and … that’s it.

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Behind the Line: Michael Solomonov Talks Wawa, Cod Sperm and Hummus Secrets

Chef Michael Solomonov, seen through a glass window in the kitchen at Zahav. (Photo by Chris Loupos)

Last week, we debuted our new series Behind the Line with an interview with TV chef Michael Symon, who has a just-opened restaurant at the Borgata. This week, we talk to Zahav’s Michael Solomonov, whose last month has been filled with awards, great press, and big moves. Read more »

It Was Philly’s Year at the 2017 James Beard Awards

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It was all fun and games when the James Beard Foundation announced Philadelphia’s semifinalists back in February. In previous years, only our industry’s biggest names ever made the cut, but for whatever reason, this year, they took notice of our city’s BYOBs, tiny bakeries, taquerias, and the women who make our scene so great.

A month later, the finalists were announced. That list was less surprising but still exciting. Our biggest deal restaurant group (CookNSolo) got a lot of attention: Michael Solomonov was up for Outstanding Chef, Zahav for Outstanding Service, and pastry chef Camille Cogswell for Rising Star Chef Of The Year. The Best Chef: Mid-Atlantic category was a big one for Philly, too, with Vedge’s Rich Landau and Greg Vernick from Vernick Food & Drink still in the running. Dogfish Head’s Sam Calagione was competing for Outstanding Wine, Spirits, or Beer Professional and Stephen Starr capped the list as the lone Philly finalist for Outstanding Restaurateur.

Last night, the James Beard Foundation announced the 2017 awards recipients (chef and restaurant categories), and Philly won big.

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