Peter Woolsey’s FringeArts Brasserie Gets a Name

La Peg at FringeArts

La Peg at FringeArts

We’ve known Peter Woolsey who owns Bistrot La Minette is opening a brasserie at the FringeArts building on Delaware Avenue for awhile now. But some new details (and renderings) have emerged. The restaurant will be named La Peg, an homage to Woolsey’s French father-in-law, whose nicknames for his daughters have been adopted by the chef. Woolsey’s explains, “he calls my wife ‘La Peg’ and my sister-in-law “La Minette.’”

La Peg is being designed by architect Richard Stokes and Groundswell Design Group under David Fierabend. The restaurant, which will have 100 interior seats, full bar with seating for twelve, plus outdoor seating for 40.

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Thai New Year Knife Fight At Circles

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Chefs Alex Boonphaya (of Circles) and Peter Woolsey (of Bistrot La Minette) were just going to get together for a plain old collaboration dinner in celebration of the upcoming Thai New Year. But then they thought, “Hey, you know what would be more fun? Let’s turn it into a battle!”

Which is exactly what they’re doing–a 3-course by 3-course, head-to-head cook-off wherein 40 guests will get to determine who is the best Thai cook in the house. And if you’re up for it, you can be one of those 40 judges.

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Peter Woolsey Stepping Away from the Kitchen a Bistrot La Minette

Peter Woolsey | Photo via COOK

Peter Woolsey | Photo via COOK

Peter Woolsey has been the face of Bistrot La Minette since it opened almost six years ago. But with another restaurant project on the horizon, Woolsey is turning over the day-to-day running of his restaurant to Kenneth Bush, a longtime employee who also has had experience working for the Garces Group.

Woolsey wouldn’t go into details regarding the new project but we have previously reported that Woolsey has been tagged as the man in the kitchen for the restaurant coming to the FringeArts space at Delaware Avenue and Race Street.

In Woolsey’s own words » 

FringeArts Restaurant Going to Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette

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The new FringeArts venue at Race Street and Columbus Boulevard opened back in October and has hosted a handful of shows since then. But the restaurant/bar component that FringeArts head Nick Stuccio has promised is still very much in the works. Now, we can confirm that Bistrot La Minette chef/owner Peter Woolsey will be in command of the kitchen. Read more »

Bistrot La Minette Is Celebrating Its Sous Chefs

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Peter Woolsey opened Bistrot La Minette five years ago yesterday. And come September, Woolsey will be celebrating that fifth anniversary on September 11th and 12th September 18th and 19th with a special blowout five-course dinner.

But before that, Woolsey wants to celebrate his sous chefs who he calls “the best I have ever had.” This Wednesday and Thursday (August 28th and 29th), Nich Bazik and Paul Carrier will be pulling out all the stops for their special four-course, $35 tasting dinner.

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Last Week for Bistrot La Minette’s Courtyard

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This week marks the end of movies in Bistrot La Minette’s courtyard and to the courtyard itself. Peter Woolsey has leased the courtyard from the antique market next door. But the market is closing and the building being redeveloped. So Bistrot La Minette will shortly lose access to the courtyard. This week the French bistro will be showing Micmacs tonight, Thursday and Friday. Tonight and Thursday, movies begin at 8:30, 9:30 on Friday. So make a reservation now.

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About Last Night: COOK Masters Program Graduation Dinner

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Yesterday was the final meeting for the first class of the COOK Masters Program, and what better way to put a cap on things than by having all the students get together and use what they’d learned to cook a mock service while being judged by local food writers, chefs and critics and bossed around behind the line by Michael Solomonov?

Yeah, nothing like an easy last day of classes, right?

Still, the 9 students that made it to the end of the program did a good job putting everything together. And while there were some stumbles, one thing was clear: There are now 9 very well-trained, well-rounded and well-connected new cooks on the Philly scene looking for kitchens in which to kick ass. And here’s a little bit of good news for those of you who didn’t make the cut for the first semester: COOK is doing it all again, starting very soon. So keep your eyes on Foobooz early next week for details on the new semester of the COOK Masters Program.

In the meantime, though, check out these snaps shot by COOK’s photographer and Friend of Foobooz, Yoni Nimrod.

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Bistrot La Minette Turns Four, Celebrates with $30 Menu

Happy 4th birthday to Bistrot La Minette! To celebrate La Minette’s anniversary, chef Peter Woolsey will be serving a special four-course menu tonight through September 6th. The dinner will be $30 with an optional wine pairing for $15 extra. Drink specials for $4 will also be available, and the regular Bistrot La Minette menu will not be available on these nights.

Check out the full menu after the jump. Read more »

Make Your Reservations Now for the 4th Annual Pork Dinner at Meme

July 30th marks the 4th annual Pork Dinner at Meme with a few changes. Instead of delivering the multi-chef party to two seatings of 30 for the night, Meme is going to do only one seating of 30 to make the party a bit more intimate.

Chefs attending include: Nick Macri, David Katz, Michael Solomonov, Jennifer Carroll, Terence Feury, Peter Woolsey, Monica Glass, John Taus, and Michael Madrigale of Sommelier Bar Boulud & Boulud Sud in NYC.

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