Lineup Set for Taste of the Nation

logo_nkhThe lineup for the 2014 Taste of the Nation fundraiser for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign has been finalized. More than thirty restaurants including Serpico, Will and Vernick Food and Drink will be participating at the April 27th event. Tickets are on sale now fro the event which will take place at the Hotel Monaco. General admission tickets are $95 and VIP tickets (which come with an early admission time ar $145).

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Southern on South Street at Serpico

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On Sunday, April 20th, Peter Serpico is inviting his friends Quino Baca and Simon Gibson of The Brooklyn Star to town for a collaboration dinner.

The Easter evening dinner at Serpico features a four-course, family-style dinner for $45 per person. The Brooklyn Star is known for its seasonal fare with a Southern flair and that is certainly reflected in the dinner menu.

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Hot Or Not: Two National Lists Say Philly Chefs Are Very Pretty

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So, sure. It’s important that a chef be able to cook and run a kitchen and write a menu and do all that other stuff. But, in this image-obsessed age, if you’re gonna make the big time it also helps to be pretty. Why? Because when the national media run out of nice things to say about your food, they will inevitably turn to a high school-style ranking of your relative hotness.

To wit, today brings us not one, but two completely separate lists of hot chefs. And Philly has a representative on each of them.
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Adam Erace Says Serpico Is Extraordinary

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Adam Erace says that Serpico is everything we wanted it to be and maybe even more.

The dashi haunts my dreams. It comes ice cold, an umami-dense tonic of kombu broth fortified with bonito, mirin and soy so inexplicably refreshing it should be served with a Collins glass and a straw. Instead, the staff pours it tableside over a landscape of purslane, charred pea tendril, shiso, compressed zucchini, cucumber pearls in sugar-snap pea pods and cubes of chilled crème fraîche that look like tofu and taste like mozzarella. If you order only one dish at Serpico, make it this one. If you order only two dishes, make the second the decadent egg custard. The mix of eggs and dashi steams in its own little cocotte till barely set; wobbling like a panna cotta, its brown-butter-submerged surface bears enough rare Siberian sturgeon caviar to explain the $25 price tag.

Serpico: Everything We’ve Waited For [City Paper]
Serpico [Official Site]

Photo by Jessica Kourkounis

About Last Night: Dinner At Serpico

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First, the good news: Serpico–the long-awaited South Street restaurant being opened by Stephen Starr and Momofuku’s Peter Serpico (heretofore known as Starrpico)–is opening for regular dinner service on Friday night.

Now, the bad news: According to Open Table, Friday night is completely booked up. As is Saturday night. First available table is 5pm on Sunday the 23rd. (Though, weirdly, if you want a 4-top rather than a table for two, you can sneak in on Saturday, either early or late)

But the big question is, is it worth it? After all the waiting, all the speculating, all the anticipation, does Serpico pay off?

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First Look Inside Serpico

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Work has been going late into the night at Serpico on South Street. Last night the lights were on and the layout was revealed.

Serpico Is Finalizing Staff, Opening Is “Just Weeks Away”

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Menu testing for Serpico | Copes corn ravioli, pickled and roasted pearl onions, chilies, and chorizo

The highly anticipated Serpico is in the home stretch. But Peter Serpico is still looking for a few key players, including a junior sous chef. Serpico has filled other positions at the restaurant including chef de cuisine. Anne Strong, who worked with Serpico at Momofuku Ko in New York has come down to Philadelphia to fill that role. Strong graduated from Penn State and had a career in the publishing industry before she began going to culinary school at night at the Institute of Culinary Education. She has also worked at New York’s Anthos and The Modern. Another New York transplant is Rich Fell, who has come down to be Serpico’s general manager.

A local face will also be in the kitchen. Jae Hee Cho, former sous chef at Stateside, under George Sabatino is also on the staff.

As for the opening date, the job ad says Serpico “is only a few weeks away from opening.”

SERPICO is opening soon!! Only a few open positions left [Foobooz Jobs]

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