If you’ve been holding out on throwing yourself into the Wine Week festivities until the weekend, tonight is your chance to catch up on all of the drinking.
Sometimes cooking at home just isn’t an option, and what you need is a restaurant equipped to handle large parties with some degree of privacy. Lucky for you, we’ve got a list …
Team Vetri just released their schedule of September cooking classes at Osteria and in the new upstairs room at Vetri. So if you’ve ever wanted to have Marc Vetri show you how to make pasta (or have him and his dad Sal teach you the secrets of a proper Sunday supper), you should probably get over to the ticketing site and make your reservations now.
And hey, Vetri isn’t the only one playing teacher in September. Jeff Michaud is doing classes on Pizza and Italian bar snacks. Brad Daniels is hand-rolling pasta. Adam Leonti is making risotto. Ian Brendle is coming in to do an end-of-summer dinner. Brad Spence is doing a class on “cucina casalinga” (housewife cuisine and Italian soul food, more or less). And on Tuesday, September 16, 10 lucky folks will get to be among the first to try the food from Lo Spiedo when chef Scott Calhoun crops by to do some menu testing. That one should be awesome.
It’s another Culinary Culture Swap dinner at Osteria, and this time around, the crew is hosting Mark Ladner of the Batali/Bastianich super-restaurant, Del Posto.
Together, Ladner, chef Jeff Michaud and the whole Osteria team will be putting out a 4-course tour of northern and southern Italy. The dinner starts at 6:30 on May 13. Reservations are $85 and can be secured by calling Osteria Philly at 215-763-0920.
Oh, and we just happen to have the menu, too…
Back in February, the Osteria team invited Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman–the team behind Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog & Hominy in Memphis–into their kitchen for a dinner that they pitched as a “Culinary Culture Swap.” That one went pretty well, so now it looks like they’re doing it again.
On Wednesday night, Justin Smillie will be in the house at Osteria. He’s coming in from NYC, where he now runs the show at Il Buco Alimentari & Vineria after years spent training with Jonathan Waxman. Together, he and the Osteria cooks will be putting out a special 4 course dinner for $85 (tax, tip and booze not included).
Il Buco specializes in house-cured meats and home-baked breads, so odds are good that some of those will show up on the board. And as for Osteria? Well, we already know what they do well. Seating is limited, but there are still a few tickets left. If you’re into getting a taste of the Big Apple without hopping on a train, you know what to do.
Justin Smillie dinner at Osteria [Get tickets here]
Philly Wine Week hits day three and the events are heating up.
If you thought Marnie Old’s pairing class for industry professionals sounded cool yesterday, she’s repeating it for consumers tonight at the German Society of Pennsylvania.
Osteria is hosting Sue Miller of Birchrun Hill Farms and they’ll be pairing wine and cheese for happy hour.
The chefs will each be given four ingredients and tasked with coming up with a four-course meal that will featured one of the challenge ingredients in each course. The dinner is open to the public (maxes out at 20) and costs $65, including beverage pairings. The diners will also get to vote in order to determine the winning chef.
Call Alla Spina for reservations, 215-600-0017.
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You know what’s awesome? Beer. Know what else? Prosciutto. Add in whiskey and Skittles and a man could live on not much else.
Which is why we’re already excited about Cured & Crafted–a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma–coming to Philly on February 20, because it’s an event that’s basically all about drinking craft beer and eating as much prosciutto as possible.
Marc Vetri, Jeff Michaud and their crew have friends all over the country. Chefs, purveyors, cookbook authors–they know lots of folks in the food biz. And being the hospitable sorts that they are, they occasionally have an urge to bring some of their buddies to town and cook a dinner with them.
Thus, the Traveling Chef Series. Each month, Osteria Philly will be hosting chefs from across the country who’ll come to town and cook up a collaboration dinner for guests. And to kick things off, they’re bringing in Andrew Ticer and Michael Hudman–the team behind Andrew Michael Italian Kitchen and Hog & Hominy in Memphis–who 1) have a new cookbook out called Collards & Carbonara, and 2) were the Food & Wine Best New Chefs for 2013. So, you know… The guys can probably cook.
And on February 25, they’re coming to Osteria to prove it with a collaboration dinner with Jeff Michaud and his team. There’ll be multiple courses of Southern-inflected Italian grub, paired wines, and everyone who comes will get a signed copy of Ticer and Hudman’s new book. Tickets for the event are $125, and even though they just went up for sale yesterday, you’ll probably want to jump on this one fairly quickly because it’ll probably fill up fast.
Collards & Carbonara Cookbook Dinner [get tickets here]