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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Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette is getting some new kitchen equipment and wants to make sure that his old equipment finds a better home than the scrapyard.
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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.
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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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Drew Lazor, former editor of CityPaper’s Meal Ticket blog, has moved on to bigger and better things. In a piece for the Philadelphia Inquirer, Lazor covered a pig dinner at the James Beard House in New York City featuring Philly’s top chefs.
The Philadelphia Pork Show featured Terence Feury of Fork, Michael Solomonov of Zahav, Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minetter, John Taus of The Corner, David Katz of Meme, and Jen Carroll. For $170 patrons got a peek at these chefs working together to create a pork feast much like those they do here at home. All six chefs cranked out a meal and managed to entertain the crowd and each other to boot.
Be sure to check out Drew Lazor’s great coverage of the event. Who knows where Drew will pop up next (though if we were betting, we’d say American Sardine Bar).
Six Talented Philly Chefs Cook a Pig Dinner at Beard House [In The Kitchen]
This summer Bistrot La Minette has changed their entire menu. As of this Friday, and for the rest of the season, the menu will be nothing but Provencal cooking. This means that even the La Minette’s most popular dishes – including chef Peter Woolsey’s wife’s mac n’ cheese – will be removed from the menu. (But if you ask nicely Woolsey and co. will be happy to oblige your favorite dish.)
Some highlights of the menu include Burgundy snails in bone marrow and anchovies, a white wine-braised rabbit leg, and pan-fried frogs’ legs as well as classic Provencal ratatouille and Provencal-style braised beef. For dessert look for the peach bread pudding or a house-made ice cream.
Summer Menu [Official Site]
Bistrot La Minette [Official Site]
See that picture? That’s some of the best chefs in the city of Philadelphia acting the way chefs do when they either have a couple of bottles in them, or have all gotten together for some kind of diversion that only they truly understand and appreciate.
When it is the former, pictures don’t generally make their way out to the press. (Also, there’s usually at least one person not wearing any pants.) In the case of the latter, what comes of such gatherings is often funny stories, lots of good will and a killer dinner served to select members of the public smart enough to know a good thing coming when they see it.
In this case, what the above snap (of last year’s team) is celebrating is the 2012 version of the Bistrot La Minette collaborative duck dinner–a “Chef Invitational” being held on April 3rd at the aforementioned Bistrot, where 7 great chefs (plus one great sommelier) will gather to cook a dinner where every course focuses on duck.
But before you get to thinking that this is just another silly special event dinner (of the sort that seem to be popping up every other weekend these days), you’ve got to check out the menu. And of course, Foobooz can provide…
On Thursday, February 2nd Jeremy Nolen and Brauhaus Schmitz will be inviting in several big name chefs to collaborate on a wild game dinner. Jennifer Carroll (formerly of 10 Arts and Top Chef), Jeff Michaud (Osteria) and Peter Woolsey (Bistrot La Minette) will all be cooking up game meats like venison, wild boar, hare, wood pigeon and Rohan duck.
The five-course dinner will be $55 per person and an a la carte will also be available.
The full menu will be posted soon.
Brauhaus Schmitz [Official Site]