La Peg at FringeArts | Photo by Kevin Monko
Citypaper’s Adam Erace recently reviewed the Philadelphia brasserie, La Peg, praising the restaurant’s architectural aesthetics, comfortable energy, and window view. However, while Erace enjoyed various classical options at La Peg, he was critical towards any diversions from the traditional French cuisine offered on the menu.
“At La Peg, there’s a freewheeling spirit you don’t get at the beautiful and severe Minette, but a little of the latter’s discipline could help sharpen the experience here. Sriracha turned up a lot, which felt like a trick of a lesser restaurant,” he said.
“The picnic-friendly Parisian sandwich could use ham with more character (and smoke) than the timid French import filling its buttered baguette,” Erace criticized. However, when the last course of the evening, the apple tart, was served, he said he forgave all other imperfections: “I savored the last bite and view. Perfect, both of them.”
French Fares Well at La Peg [City Paper]
La Peg [Foobooz]
Peter Woolsey’s La Peg is now officially open at Race Street and Columbus Boulevard. The brasserie in the FringeArts building has an emphasis on small plate French food and is currently open nightly for dinner and late-night bar bites. The menu ranges from $3 bites to $27 for a steak frites dish. A $30 dinner includes French Onion soup or trio of salads; roasted half-chicken with fries or salmon with horseradish; and chocolate cake or la peg sundae.
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Last night Feastival had a party for the event’s sponsors and beforehand several chefs showed off the dishes they would be serving at the FringeArts fundraiser to the assembled media. Peter Woolsey, who served a spicy tuna tartar dish, also dished on his new restaurant, La Peg.
La Peg, which Woolsey says is opening “imminently” is located in the FringeArts building at the corner of Columbus Boulevard and Race Streets, opposite the Race Street Pier. Woolsey says the restaurant will be a “French-ish” brasserie. The restaurant will certainly be large and multi-faceted. There will be a sit down restaurant with seating for 100, a 12-seat bar, a mezzanine and a 7,000 square foot exterior space.
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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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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 | 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.
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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 »
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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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.
Bistrot La Minette [Official Site]
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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