Drinking Seasonally: Cool-Weather Cocktails In Philly

Fall Cocktails at Heritage | Photo via Heritage

Fall Cocktails at Heritage | Photo via Heritage

A man can’t live on gin and tonic alone.

Well, he can, I suppose. And god knows I try. But the changing seasons here don’t just affect what’s for dinner at Philly’s better bars and restaurants, they also mean changes to cocktail lists across the city. We poked around a little bit, and here’s what we found: Almost a dozen cool-weather cocktails that you should be drinking this weekend.

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A New Chef’s Counter Series At Sbraga


Here’s another chance to have a great dinner for a good cause.

Sbraga is going to be doing a six-course chef’s counter tasting menu on Tuesday, May 26 to benefit CHOP (specifically Daisy Days). The meal will be inspired by backyard summer barbecues, seats are $100 a pop, and 50% of the proceeds from the dinner will go straight to the charity–so yeah, you get to go to a great restaurant, eat a fine meal and walk away knowing that you’ve done something good for someone else. Win / win / win.

We’ve got a copy of the menu below, too. Just in case you need a little more convincing…

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Chef (And Bartender) Shuffles: Stipo, Glass And Leonti

That's Vince on the right, standing next to Sara Justice, who still has her job at the Franklin.

That’s Vince on the right, standing next to Sara Justice, who still has her job at the Franklin.

You know what they say in the newspaper biz–three makes a trend. And with the news we reported on yesterday of pastry chef Monica Glass coming back to Philly (to work for Kevin Sbraga) after two years in Boston, we now have two more moves to report on: one up and one…sideways kinda?

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Pastry Chef Monica Glass Is Back in Philly

monica-glass-400Acclaimed pastry chef Monica Glass has been named Kevin Sbraga’s executive pastry chef. Glass, who was the pastry chef at 10 Arts before a stint at Fish, left Philadelphia for two plus years in Boston; where she worked at chef Ken Oringer’s Clio and Uni, winning Food & Wine magazine’s best new pastry chefs award for 2013.

The West Chester native is debuting her first dessert menu at Sbraga, but will also oversee the dessert operations at the Fat Ham and Juniper Commons.

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The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Is Coming

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

If you’re looking for a fun, free way to celebrate the beginning of allergy season (or what some people call, “spring”),  on Saturday, May 2, head down to Center City for the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. There will be a fashion show, beauty booths, live music, and most importantly food demonstrations and cocktail lounges.

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Brace Yourselves: Dinner Is Coming

Dine like a Khaleesi to celebrate the premiere of Season 5

Fire cannot kill a dragon

Despite all the incest, rape, and heads on pikes in HBO’s Game of Thrones, there are some of us who simply can’t watch it without getting hungry. While some have described the show’s racier scenes as soft-core porn, I think it’s fair to say that the dining scenes, featuring tables laden with honey glazed meats, pies, and pitchers overflowing with Dornish red wines, are tantamount to food porn. Thankfully for hungry fans like me, two different Philly restaurants are hosting Game of Thrones tasting menus to celebrate the premiere of the show’s fifth season.

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The Gastronaut: It Gets Better

MO-gastronaut-032015-400-kagan-mcleodI was at Aldine for dinner on opening night, and it was awful.

Of all the dishes set before me, I only found two of them appetizing enough to finish, and with another one, I had to pull the old Oh look, some of it fell on the floor trick just to make it appear as though I’d taken more than one bite.

But it’s okay. Don’t worry. Aldine got better.

I ate at Sbraga years ago, shortly after it opened. It was one of the most talked-about restaurants in the city, but not all the talk was good. And, frankly, neither was dinner. It was gimmicky, too clever, muddled in a way that I think was supposed to feel casual and fun but didn’t.

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Sbraga: A St. Patrick’s Day Deal With No Green Beer

sbragapattysNot every St. Patty’s Day celebration has to be about the maximum consumption of crappy, green-tinted lager in minimum time. There are those out there who want to spend the day in quiet contemplation, thinking about the many contributions of the Irish to world culture (like whiskey, songs about drinking whiskey, and stories written while in whiskey’s company), and others who might be looking for a taste of Ireland’s many culinary accomplishments (including, but not limited to, potatoes, bacon, and potatoes with bacon).

For those of you out there interested in the latter–or just looking for an excuse to spend St. Patrick’s Day on Broad Street but not squeezed up against a sticky bar with 10,000 of your closest friends, Kevin Sbraga has put together a delightfully green chef’s counter menu that he’ll be serving for dinner at his eponymous restaurant.

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