Laurel Goes Exclusively to Tasting Menus

Photo by by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Starting in May, Laurel will be moving to only offering tasting menus. Currently, Nick Elmi’s East Passyunk BYOB offers the option of a la carte during the week with tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays. Elmi tells us, 70% of weeknight guests are now choosing the tasting menu and “it really doesn’t make sense for a small space like ours to carry a full menu.” Elmi says it has always been the goal to go tasting menu only at Laurel, and the restaurant’s reception has allowed him to speed up the process.

The number of courses and pricing remains the same, 7 courses for $85 per person.

May reservations will be available beginning on Tuesday, March 3rd, starting at noon.

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All Restaurants Confirmed for Philly Cooks

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The Foobooz Speakeasy

If you were waiting to until all of the restaurants were confirmed before buying your tickets to the Philly Cooks Big Event, your time is now. 50 restaurants and bakeries will be at the February 18th event, including many from Philadelphia magazine’s 50 Best Restaurants list for 2015, plus some of the most exciting newcomers to Philadelphia.

Another feature returning this year is the Foobooz Speakeasy. The bar and lounge will be helmed by bartenders from Franky Bradley’s, Olde Bar and the Franklin.

Get your tickets now »

Marcie Turney and Nick Elmi Will Be Talking Thanksgiving on WHYY’s Radio Times

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Marcie Turney (chef and owner of Barbuzzo, Lolita, Jamonera, Little Nonna’s and upcoming Bud and Marilyn’s) and Nick Elmi (chef and owner of Laurel and Season 11 winner of Bravo TV’s Top Chef) will be talking all things Thanksgiving on 90.9 FM, WHYY’s Radio Times today at 11 a.m..

The chef duo will be giving us Thanksgiving stats, cooking advice, and potentially further details about Turney’s newest restaurant, Bud and Marilyn’s.

Listen to the segment »

Let’s Get Ready to Ramen Rumble

Ramen-Rumble-4Cheu Noodle Bar, home to some of Philly’s most beloved noodles, is hosting its fourth Ramen Rumble on Monday, September 29th at 6 p.m. And this one looks to be an epic battle.  Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink will rumble with Nick Elmi of Laurel Restaurant to produce the best noodles of the night.

The event costs $25, which will get you 2 mini-ramen bowls, a beer and a voting card. The event is also first come, first served; however, the chefs make plenty of ramen so don’t let a line scare you.

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Win Tickets to Cooking Up Couture

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On Friday, August 22nd, the first ever Cooking Up Couture event is happening in Philadelphia. The event food and fashion showcase is hosted by Jen Groover and will featured hand-crafted cocktails as well as bites from some of Philadelphia’s hottest chefs, including Top Chef winner Nick Elmi (Laurel), Chopped champion Georgeann Leaming (SUPPA) and Brad Spence (Amis). Proceeds will benefit Philabundance. The event is being hosted at Front & Palmer, 1750 N Front Street and runs from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Tickets are on sale now for $75 per person but we’re lucky enough to be giving away a pair to a lucky Foobooz reader.

How the contest works » 

Best of Philly Snapshot: Nicholas Elmi, Best Celeb Chef

best-of-philly-2014-logo-400x400There was this moment, shortly after the finale of Top Chef: New Orleans had aired, shortly after Nick Elmi had been named the winner, when another chef walked up to him at one of the big food events in town, shook his hand, congratulated him, and asked him what the hell he was thinking, opening a 22-seat restaurant.

Because, seriously? When you win Top Chef, you suddenly become one of the most famous chefs in America. At least temporarily. Shoot, even losing on the show can be enough to raise you up out of obscurity and turn you into a brand — a known name who can draw down the dollars just by having been featured on the jumping box for a few hours. Cookbook deals, product endorsements, cruise-ship gigs — it all comes to you. And a big-ass restaurant with high-volume turnover on the floor? Of course. That’s just a given.

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DIY Down the Shore: Nick Elmi’s Traditional (But Not Traditional) Clambake

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Nick Elmi’s BYO, Laurel has captured the appetites of those who frequent East Passyunk’s restaurant scene. And chef Elmi’s Traditional (but not traditional) Clambake needs only his introduction (below) for you to understand that this recipe is indeed very special.

So fire up the grill, gather everyone you know (seriously, this one calls for a party) and get your ingredients together because this weekend seems like the perfect time for a clambake.

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