Pig Feast at Petruce et al

Nobody burns wood more deliciously than Justin and Jonathan Petruce. Whether they’re cranking the height-adjustable grates of an Argentine-style grill to give lamb breasts a BBQ-like bark or roasting carrots for a dynamite cooked/pickled/raw salad, they coax intense depth from everything the flames lick. And Tim Kweeder’s wine list is the next best thing to a motorcycle tour of the gnarliest garagistes from Spain to Slovenia.   1121 Walnut Street, Midtown Village, 267-225-8232. Photo by Neal Santos

Photo by Neal Santos

This Sunday, August 16th,Petruce et al is hosting Little Pig 3.0, a summer pig feast featuring a wood oven roasted heritage pig.

The casual event is $45 per person and is served family style from the restaurant’s open kitchen, the dining area reconfigured into communal tables. Local vegetables, supplied by The Fields Edge Research Farm in Lancaster, will accompany the roasted pig. Each guest will also receive a can of the chefs’ favorite beer.

Best of Philly winner Tim Kweeder will showing he can rock the DJ booth as well as the wine rack.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m. and will be served on a first come, first served basis.

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Tonight: Try Pennsylvania’s First Bourbon

whiskeyv3Wigle Whiskey is bringing bourbon back to Philly, and they’re doing it tonight.

The company, aiming to champion the customs of the rebellious, Prohibition-Era distillers, makes their whiskey the traditional way with copper pots and local ingredients in Pittsburgh–the historic epicenter of American whiskey-making. At the height of whiskey production in the 18th and 19th centuries, there were over 4,000 distilleries in Western Pennsylvania alone. Today there are… Well, let’s just say that there are a lot fewer. But Wigle is one of them, and tonight they’re going to do us a favor.

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Eat This Now: Japanese Knotweed At Petruce Et Al

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It’s not every night out that you come across an ingredient that you’ve never heard of before. But here’s an even rarer thing: when you go home and plug it into Wikipedia, only to discover that, according to the International Union For Conservation of Nature, it’s one of the 100 worst invasive species on earth.

Go ahead, Google “Japanese knotweed”. One of the top results offers “Eradication Strategies.”

Let me offer mine: Get over to Petruce et al, and gobble up slender stalks of it in one of the more unexpectedly delightful salads I’ve come across in a while.

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Petruce et al Offering City’s Balling-est Citywide

petruce-940Petruce et al posted its happy hour menu to Facebook today and one item really caught our eye. The “Balling” Citywide” is a “London Balling” barleywine and ounce shot of Angel’s Envy for $25. Certainly not in the same price range as Bob & Barbara’s, but if you’re balling, this is the shot and a beer for you.

Also, get a head start on National Empanada Day with Petruce’s pepperoni, mozzarella and onions stuffed empanada.

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Petruce et al’s New Cider Program

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Petruce et al. is adding to their list of et al’s with a new cider program. In addition to wine, beer and cocktails, Petruce has gotten serious about cider. Tim Kweeder, general manager and wine director, introduced the program a few weeks ago and has since been building up the list of ciders.

Though subject to change, so far Kweeder has received products from Spain, Germany, and Michigan, each with a different taste. From Spain’s Basque Country, Kweeder has a small-production cider with a note of green apple; from Germany, a cider made from 100% Speierling apples; and from Michigan, an American-produced cider available on draft. Kweeder is only offering ciders made from 100% juice and fermented with natural yeast. To see the full list, click here.

Guests can enjoy the cider in 3 oz. tasting pours, full 5 oz. pours, or by the bottle. Prices range from $5 to $46.

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The List: Meals of the Moment

Six-hour cured cobia at the Treemont | Photo by Courtney Apple

Six-hour cured cobia at the Treemont | Photo by Courtney Apple

Philadelphia has so many great new restaurants that it’s hard to keep track of what to eat where. Here’s a cheat sheet of some of the best plates in the city to try right now.

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Restaurant Review: Petruce et al

Whole grilled sea bream | Photo by Jason Varney

Whole grilled sea bream | Photo by Jason Varney

Philadelphians have a lot of things to be thankful for, and one is that Justin and Jonathan Petruce aren’t trying to sell them pizza. There’s been some confusion about this. “When people hear that we have a restaurant with a wood oven and grill, the first thing they ask is if we make pizza,” says one of the brothers. “Actually, they’re more like, ‘What kind of pizza do you make?’” says the other.These are understandable assumptions. The Petruce brothers in fact wanted to open a pizza parlor. They even went to Italy, in 2010, to learn how.

“But then everybody in Philadelphia decided to open a pizza place,” Justin says.

So they just kept on cooking for other people. Between them, the Petruces have worked — occasionally together — at Mémé, M Restaurant, Fish and Little Fish. In March, they hung out a wooden shingle etched with their own name.

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Down to the Wire for Mother’s Day

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Petruce et al will be debuting brunch on Mother’s Day.

We’re down to the wire for Mother’s Day plans and if you haven’t made them, or your siblings have dropped the ball, here are some suggestions that might make you the hero child.

The usual candidates fill up fast for Mother’s Day but here are some new spots that are worth considering:

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