The Gaslight Pairs Up with Franklin Fountain and Dad’s Hat

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It’s an Old City collaboration with the Gaslight’s Jason Cichonski and The Franklin Fountain’s Eric and Ryan Berley. The four-course dinner will pair Cichonski’s food with the hot drinking chocolates developed by the Berley brothers. The dinner takes place on Thursday, December 18th and costs $45 per person. A Dad’s Hat cocktail pairing will be available for an additional $25.

Though Cichonski has taken a critical beating recently at the Gaslight, $45 is a reasonable price for the dinner and if you’ve had a Franklin Fountain drinking chocolate, you’ve wanted to have a reason to have several. So here’s your chance.

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Would You Rather Buy or Rent This Penthouse Loft in Old City?

Photo via Google Street View.

Photo via Google Street View.

You see that towering Art Deco structure standing there on the corner of Church and North 3rd? That’s the Daniel Building, a mixed-use space in one of Philadelphia’s most popular neighborhoods.

Lucky for us, one of its units will become available January 1st and offers potential occupants the option of buying or renting the spacious live/work home, which the listing describes as a “New York-style”  penthouse loft.

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PHOTOS: Gay Holiday Spirits Ran High at TOY

Charitable, in-the-holiday-spirit LGBTers braved the drizzle Saturday night to head to Old City for Delaware Valley Legacy Fund‘s annual holiday fundraiser, TOY. This was the first time the event was held at Fire & Ice, a club-y space on Market that hosts a handful of LGBT events throughout the year.

The new venue gave the event a little more attitude than years past when it was held at Reading Terminal Market. The space was dark, music—by DJ Carl Michaels—was pumping, and folks mingled in their holiday-inspired threads. In the doorway was a small mountain of unwrapped toys donated from each guest. Delaware Valley Legacy Fund Executive Director—and TOY organizer—Samantha Giusti tells me that, “because of the community’s support, DVLF was able to raise significant funds [from ticket sales and a silent auction] to support the LGBTQ community in the region. We don’t have the final number yet, but we collected over 350 toys to support children served by Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and ActionAIDS.”

Freedom G Photography‘s Tara Lessard sent some photos from the evening. Check those out below.



Extra Reading: See photos from last year’s TOY here.

Garces Hiring for Bookbinders

Jean and John M. Taxin in Cadillac in front of Old Original Bookbinders Restaurant Philadelphia

Bookbinders owner  John Taxin with his wife Jean, in front of Old Original Bookbinders

An open call is now going on for front and back of the house positions for Jose Garces’ new restaurant and bar in the Old Original Bookbinders building at 125 Walnut Street.

Today’s fair runs till 2 p.m. and another fair will be held tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Though first announced in October of 2013, not many more details have been spilled on what Garces has planned for the sprawling restaurant that once was THE Philadelphia restaurant.

Foobooz Jobs [Foobooz]
Olde Bar [Foobooz]

Laban Gives One Bell To The Gaslight For Its “Flicker Of Hope”

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Ouch.

Over the weekend, Craig Laban finally dropped the hammer on Jason Cichonski’s Old City tavern, The Gaslight, giving serious consideration to handing out zero bells, but finally offering the arguable mercy of a single bell in recognition of the fact that Cichonski apparently already knows how badly his restaurant sucks.

But chef-owner Jason Cichonski is the one here with the jittery hand. The poor fellow’s nerves have gotten the best of him as we speak on the phone, and his voice oozes the dread of self-recognition – without any prompting on my part – that things have not gone as hoped with his second restaurant, even nine months after opening: “I’m going to have to take this one on the chin.”

1 Bell – Hit Or Miss

The Gaslight: A flicker of hope for this Old City pub with the cool chef {Philadelphia Inquirer]
Sex Panther! Gaslight Review [Philadelphia magazine]
All of Craig Laban’s Zero Bell reviews, 1998-2013 [f8b8z]

Morning Headlines: 500 Walnut Gets Design Approval Recommendation


500Walnut-Rendering-new copy The proposed 500 Walnut tower that would overlook Independence Hall may have already received zoning approval, but its developer and architect still had one more group to convince for its design last week. This past Friday, they got just that as the Philadelphia Historical Commission gave the newly tweaked building an approval recommendation.

PlanPhilly’s Matt Golas reports Cecil Baker, the architect chosen for the Scannapieco Development project, presented his alterations before the commission, the commission’s Architectural Committe and the Philadelphia Art Commission. Changes included a proposal for the use of “greenish glass and metal curtain walls, with areas of stone classing to the base” and “a mix of metal-frame windows and multi-story window walls” for the upper floors.

Baker’s adjustments to 500 Walnut comes from input he received from commission members, local residents and the National Park Service. Here’s more from PlanPhilly: Read more »

Accolades: Fork’s Samantha Kincaid Named a Best New Pastry Chef

Sam Kincaid | Photo by Jason Varney, via UWISHUNU

Sam Kincaid | Photo by Jason Varney, via UWISHUNU

We know Food & Wine is already a big fan of Eli Kulp, having named him Best New Chef back in April. Now they’ve named Fork’s pastry chef, Samantha Kincaid as one of the Best New Pastry Chefs in America. Kincaid was one of five named by the magazine.

Congrats to Kincaid and the entire Fork team.

Best New Pastry Chefs in America [Food & Wine]

Federal Donuts in Old City Today

n3rd-street-market-940N3RD Market, located on Church St between American and 2nd Streets in Old City from 2 p.m. until 7 p.m. today, is hosting a really sweet pop up: Philadelphia’s beloved Federal Donuts. Chef Matt Klein of FedNuts will reveal a selection of one-time-only donuts flavored by a curated collection of N3RD MRKT ingredients, such as plum butter pecan, smoked paprika bacon and salted chocolate tahini. Weckerly’s Ice Cream will also be serving up fall-flavored scoops of a pumpkin latte ice cream.

And as if that isn’t sweet enough, Conshohocken’s Tradestone Confections will make their N3RD MRKT debut by serving hot chocolate to pair with the treats.

So whether you’re craving something sweet after lunch or you need something to brighten up the beginning of the week, today N3RD Market is the place to be.

N3RD Market [Official]

 

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