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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Like 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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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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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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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 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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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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Labor Day has come and gone but Morgan’s Pier is keeping things interesting down on the Delaware River. The bar and restaurant remains open through Halloween and is adding some new programming to keep people heading to the riverfront.
Chef-in-residence Nick Elmi is creating a new fall menu; the venue will also be hosting Popeapalooza while Pope Francis is in town; Philadelphia chefs will be making appearances as part of a guest chef series; and after a transformation of the space into Fall Fest, the outdoor season will end with a Halloween bash on Saturday, October 31st.
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Our “Best of Philly” Gay Night Out returned last evening to Morgan’s Pier, where hundreds showed up to celebrate, socialize, and network, all for a good cause: Proceeds benefitted Delaware Valley Legacy Fund and their mission to provide support and grants for the LGBT community. We were on hand to capture the great crowd at the Pier. Looks like fun? Why not join them at their next event in September at the Uptown Beer Garden? More details can be found here.
The Crow’s Nest. Photo by Jason Melcher
You can head to Morgan’s Pier for a drink and any of the delicious options on chef Nick Elmi‘s menu any time you want. But now you can also grab a group of 20 and get seated above all the ruckus in their newly opened chef’s table, the Crow’s Nest, lofted over the bar.
We checked it out this past Monday. Curious to know what it was like? Read on…
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