This evening, from 9 p.m. to midnight, Lemon Hill is bringing in some bartending talent for a good cause. Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal of Emmanuelle, Michael Treffehn of Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. and Vince Stipo of Vernick Food & Drink and Lemon Hill’s Michelle Curtis will be pouring cocktails featuring Beefeater or Plymouth gin. The cocktails will be available for $8 and half of the proceeds will go to support Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.
The “Cocktails for a Cause” tour will continue with three additional stops this spring.
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Emmanuelle, the Northern Liberties bar that features the cocktails of Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal, was named one of the United States’ best new bars by Food & Wine’s Jim Meehan. Emmanuelle was the only bar from Philadelphia to make the 34-strong list.
Here’s what Meehan had to say about Emmanuelle »
With Thanksgiving looming and the holiday season descending upon us, we bet you’re going to need some new drink recipes. In the December, 2013 issue of Philadelphia magazine we asked George Reilly of Twisted Tail, Phoebe Esmon of Emmanuelle and Lê of Hop Sing Laundromat to help us create twelve winter holiday drinks.
The 12 Best Winter Holiday Drinks [Philadelphia Magazine]
This Halloween Emmanuelle is turning into a creepy tiki bar. “The Huna Hut: Skelatons of the Deep” is being hosted by head-bartenders Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal who will be pouring tropical drinks from 8 p.m. to 2 a.m.
The event will also feature snacks from Carla Goncalves and David Gilberg, formerly of much-loved KooZeeDoo.
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Brian Freedman finds that Christian Gaal and Phoebe Esmon have created a warm weather menu of seasonally appropriate cocktails at Northern Liberties’ Emmanuelle, that are far from dumbed down
Several weeks ago, I had a chance to check out a number of the new drinks as they were approaching their final stages of development, and the results, as I expected, were stunning. One drink in particular I can’t stop thinking about is the Satyricon, a brilliant assembly of gin, dry curaçao, lemon, cinnamon and cardamom tinctures, and an ingenious red pepper-carrot-ginger syrup. An hour after I tasted it, I was still trying to parse it in my mind: It goes down both dangerously easily (as is the goal of this season’s drinks) and lingers on the palate beautifully. Esmon and Gaal are alchemists as much as they are mixologists, and the payoff of their painstaking work is evident in every sip.
Philabeverage: Emmanuelle goes to the light side [Philadelphia Weekly]
Emmanuelle [Official Site]
Saturday Night was ACHIEVEability’s Food for Thought charity event, where more than thirty local restaurants prepared tasting plates for guests of the event.
HughE Dillon was there and in this photo captured just about all the news to be had at the charity event. Chip Roman, owner of Blackfish, Mica and Ela was on hand showing off his new line of Bluestone candies. Jen Carroll was helping out Phoebe Esmon as Esmon served a couple of different punches for the assembled, but Carroll couldn’t help but come to the aid of Karl Isaiah, of Cake Boulangerie, who was serving solo next to Esmon’s cocktail stand.
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Over on the CBS3 site, they got an interview with Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal where the two talk all about the vibe at Emmanuelle (the little cocktail bar that opened behind PYT at the Piazza), the decor, the new cocktail list they’re working on and the punches that they feature. And all of that is just fine.
But buried down at the bottom of the story are the two most important things I’ve heard about the place since it opened.
Thing 1: They have a band that plays there called the Hong Kong Cavaliers. Those who get the reference will understand exactly how cool that is. Hey, wherever you go, there you are…
Thing 2: Emmanuelle is planning on expanding once the weather turns nice–and that expansion will take the form of an outdoor tiki bar. Will this be the place that finally make Philly’s tiki dreams come true?
Yes. Unless Duke’s gets its act together and beats them to the punch.
Punch, get it?
Yeah, it’s just that kind of day…
Emmanuelle Adds A Little Punch To Its Cocktail Mix [CBS Philly]
Stop by the Kennett to congratulate Ashley Bohan and Johnny Della Polla on the Queen Village bar’s second birthday. Tonight, Flying Fish’s Casey Hughes will be bringing by Grand Cru, Red Fish, Exit 4, Exit 16, and the rare Exit 8. The fun starts at 7 p.m. and all the beers will be just $4.
Tomorrow night, Hendricks Gin will be sponsoring a night of cocktails. Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal will be behind the bar serving up new and classic gin cocktails.
Kennett [Official Site]
Looking for some turkey cooking advice that goes beyond Butterball Turkey Talk-Line, 1-800-BUTTERBALL? Here are the best pieces of advice from top Philadelphia chefs including Joe Cicala, Rich Landau, Marc Vetri and Jose Garces.
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Ever since they left The Farmer’s Cabinet, things have been relatively quiet on the Phistian (that’s Phoebe Esmon and Christian Gaal to us non-celeb types) front, as they’ve flitted around the city and the country these past few months, gypsy bartending, writing cocktail menus and spending time with Esmon’s family in North Carolina. But now they’re back, at least for the moment, and they’ve arrived with a purpose: to harness their considerable bar cred to support Hurricane Sandy relief efforts.
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