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.
September Cooking Classes at Vetri and Osteria [Official]
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…
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We’ve heard the complaints, “Zeppoli is too far.” “It’s in Jersey.” “You can’t get there without a car.” Of course these complaints ignore that Zeppoli is just a 16 minute drive from City Hall or a quick cab ride/pleasant walk from the Collingswood PATCO station. But this week it is even easier to get to and from Zeppoli, as UberX has rolled out in South Jersey. The ride-sharing alternative to cabs is also free this week.
No promo code is necessary and you can get up to five free rides worth up to $25 starting in Camden, Burlington, or Gloucester counties. And legally, the UberX ride could deliver you to Philadelphia from New Jersey.
So if you’ve been meaning to get to Zeppoli, you’ve got through May 7th to do it with a free UberX. And then once you do that, maybe dinner and a movie at Osteria in the Moorestown Mall?
South Jersey, Your Free UberX Has Arrived [Uber]
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.
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Kevin Sbraga does it with his crews. We do it every month at COOK with our Foobooz Open Stove Nights. And now Vetri is getting in on the culinary face-off action with another cage match dinner at Alla Spina.
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In the March issue of Philadelphia magazine, Vicki Glembocki looks at the state of malls in the area, including the Moorestown Mall. Developers are betting that celebrity chefs like Marc Vetri and Jose Garces can resuscitate malls by offering high-end dining in a landscape of Boscov’s and Sears.
But will customers bite?
Can Wild Boar Save the Suburban Mall? [Philadelphia Magazine]
Alla Spina hosts a Culinary Cage Match | Photo by Michael Gruber
On Wednesday, February 26th Alla Spina is hosting a “Culinary Cage Match” featuring Osteria’s Brad Daniels and Jeff Michaud versus Ned Maddock and Brad Spence of Amis.
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.
Alla Spina [Foobooz]
Craig LaBan has tons of praise for Marc Vetri’s Osteria outpost at the Moorestown Mall in New Jersey. Not the least of which is the cheaper wine prices. But other dishes stand out as well.
My ultimate Osteria splurge, though, is the $36 lobster spaghetti, a dish so intensely infused with lobster-ness – the sauce enriched with tomalley and roe, plus a stock fortified with shells – that casual seafood pasta eaters might not love it at first. But with the tender meat from a 11/2-pounder twined up in the al dente strands, a flicker of spice, brandy, and basil lighting the sauce, it was soon impossible to resist. (Plus, it’s no longer available in Philly.)
Three Bells – Excellent
Osteria Moorestown: A Vetri marvel at Jersey mall [Philadelphia Inquirer]
Osteria – Moorestown [Foobooz]
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.
Oh, and did we mention there are free tattoos?