Bread Wizard Alex Bois Is Back With Lost Bread Co.

Lost Bread Co.’s Smoked Malt Potato Buns/Alex Bois

Alex Bois, the James Beard Award-nominated baker behind the artisan bread program that brought well-deserved national attention to Ellen Yin and Eli Kulp’s High Street on Market, has a new venture.

Since his exit from High Street last fall, Bois has left, er, breadcrumbs on Instagram as to what he’s been up to — like the thick, hearty “fatbread” pizzas that popped up at Helm this winter, a brainstorming list of names for a potential new bakery, and finally, a video of golden-brown soft pretzels baking for Morgan’s Pier.

His new project, in partnership with Avram Hornik’s FCM Hospitality, is Lost Bread Co., a wholesale (and eventually retail) bakery.

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Where To Eat This Weekend: Kicking Off the Season at Morgan’s Pier

Morgan's Pier is open for the season

Morgan’s Pier is open for the season

Okay, so there is a lot to do this weekend. With spring here, the sun coming out and people finally shaking off the last of their winter blues, it seems like everybody has some sort of event, collaboration or special menu just waiting for you — everything from oysters, beer and pies to curry rice and a total tiki takeover.

So let’s just get right to it, shall we?

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Eat Your Veggies at Morgan’s Pier This Summer

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This Thursday, April 20th, Morgan’s Pier will open for the 2017 season, and if you’ve been following along, you’ll know the Helm guys — Kevin D’Egidio and Mike Griffiths, the chef duo behind some of the city’s finest locally and responsibly sourced eats — are in charge of the kitchen this year, putting their own spin on the tried-and-true cheffy backyard BBQ tradition.

Exciting, yes, but also curious. How can two chefs who’ve spent the better part of their careers in small kitchens working with small producers apply that same sort of philosophy to a mega-venue like Morgan’s Pier?

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Helm Crew Will Bring Farm Fare to Morgan’s Pier This Summer

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Morgan’s Pier/Facebook

Every year, Morgan’s Pier plucks a big-named chef from the Philadelphia restaurant scene to head its kitchen for its 6-month season. In 2016, it was Jim Burke; 2015 was Nick Elmi and before that, David Gilbert (Koo Zee Doo), George Sabatino (Aldine) and David Katz. And every year, it’s a treat to see how each chef rethinks the “backyard barbecue” concept — always the theme of the Morgan’s Pier’s menu.

So when Helm’s chef-owner Kevin D’Egidio confirmed with me today that it would be he and his co-chef-owner Mike Griffiths running the show in 2017, I was curious as to how the two chefs might incorporate their kitchen ideals into the massive machine that is the Morgan’s Pier kitchen. The two worked, almost exclusively, in small kitchens for the better parts of their careers.

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Morgan’s Pier Is Hosting Distillery Tours

Spirit+Tour+Poster+REvLike us, Morgan’s Pier is enjoying visiting local distilleries this summer. The riverfront bar is offering tours of Stateside Vodka and Red Brick Craft Distillery. The tours start out at Morgan’s Pier with light snacks and a specialty cocktail made with spirits from the distilleries. Then everyone gets on a trolley bus and learns how those drinks came to be. Each distillery offers an exclusive tour and tasting to the guests.

After the two stops, the trolley heads back to Morgan’s Pier for a nightcap. The tours cost $35 and there are two more this summer, Tuesday, August 16th and Tuesday, September 14th. The events start at 5:30 p.m. at Morgan’s Pier, with the trolley leaving at 6 p.m.

Purchase your tickets online.

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Where to Find Poke in Philadelphia

Poke from Poke Bowl in Northern Liberties

Poke from Poke Bowl in Northern Liberties

Poke, like the sushi burritos and croughnuts of days passed, is one of the newest food trends making waves this summer. Originally a Hawaiian dish, poke has been all over Instagram and has been slowly making its way from the West Coast. Poke (pronounced poh-KAY) is typically made up of marinated raw fish served on rice or greens.

If you’re looking to get your fix of the summery poke before the trend dies out, we’ve rounded up the places in Philly that offer poke.

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First Look: Morgan’s Pier, Summer 2016

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Who says you can’t go home again? Jim Burke is proof that you can go home and you can do so with a brewski in hand. The Burkes are back in town following a stint in New York, and Jim is happily installed under the blue skies and multicolored umbrellas of Morgan’s Pier for the summer. Fans will remember he and Kristina Burke at the mention of their Bella Vista restaurant, James, that they closed back in 2011. The pair is cooking up their next move, and in the meantime he’s putting an Italian spin on his Morgan’s Pier offerings.

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Here’s What You’ll Be Eating (And Drinking) When Morgan’s Pier Opens This Week

Philly knows it's close to summer when Morgan's Pier re-opens for the season, and this Thursday, you can get a little taste of the warm weather and sun to come as the outdoor beer garden welcomes back guests. This year, Chef Nick Elmi, from TV's Top Chef, will be at the helm, creating memorable snacks and meals that you'll be able to enjoy throughout the venue. Opens Thursday, April 30th, various times, Morgan's Pier, 220 North Columbus Boulevard.

We already announced who would be cooking for you when Morgan’s Pier opens for the season this Thursday (April 21). But you know what else we can tell you? What you’re going to be eating (and drinking) when things light up for the season at Morgan’s Pier.

We’ve got Jim Burke‘s full food and brunch menus, plus the lineup of beers and cocktails all right here.

Happy spring everyone.

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Jim Burke Is 2016 Chef in Residence at Morgan’s Pier

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Jim Burke is back cooking in Philadelphia

Philadelphians have missed Jim Burke’s cooking since his restaurant James closed back in 2011. But this summer, the chef will be back cooking in Philadelphia as the chef-in-residence at Morgan’s Pier when it opens for the 2016 season on April 21st. Burke’s accolades include being a winner of Food & Wine’s Best New Chef, a nominee for Best Chef-Mid-Atlantic by the James Beard Foundation and a finalist for Bocuse d’or USA. After James, he worked in New York at Stephen Starr’s Caffe Storico and Daniel Boulud’s Bistro Moderne. He has also recently been working as a chef/instructor for Drexel’s hospitality program.

At Morgan’s Pier, Burke follows in the steps of Nick Elmi (Laurel), David Gilberg (Koo Zee Doo), George Sabatino (Aldine) and David Katz (Mémé) who have been past chefs-in-residence.

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The Fall Menu at Morgan’s Pier

View from the Crows Nest at Morgan's Pier

View from the Crows Nest at Morgan’s Pier

The fall menu at Morgan’s Pier debuts tomorrow, Wednesday September 23rd. Among the fall bites from chef-in-residence Nick Elmi, tater tots poutine, smashed local squash with pumpkin seed, smoked kielbasa and more.

Also there’s been a change in Morgan’s Pier Guest Chef Series. Will’s Chris Kearse replaces Michael Solomonov on the weekend of October 10th and 11th.

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