So last night was the latest installment of our now legendary Foobooz Open Stove Night, and this one had everything: Sibling rivalry, strange fruits, children, over-proof rum, fire, disqualifications, contest winners, breakfast cereal, childhood trauma, a weird old man who wandered in off the street (and not Georges Perrier, for a change).
It was a great night full of food that ran the gamut from awesomely brilliant to…not. And once more, we had COOK photo ninja Yoni Nimrod there to take the pictures. So here’s what you missed.
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Square 1682 is starting off their outdoor dining season with a barbeque street party called Q Street on Wednesday May 9th from 12-8pm. Chef Guillermo Tellez will be barbecuing outside along Sansom Street, creating a one-day menu to be paired with ONEHOPE Winery.
The street will be teeming with life with a grill, music, and full bar. With items on the menu like St. Louis BBQ Pork Ribs and Chicken Chorizo Sausage with Avocado, it sounds like Q Street will be a good way to ring in the outdoor dining season.
Square 1682 will continue to offer outdoor dining throughout the warm weather months.
Square 1682 [Official Site]
If you’re into the Oscars and looking for a way to view them that doesn’t involve laying on your couch, drinking copious amounts of wine, screaming “what are you wearing?” and laughing out loud to snarky Twitter posts, several Philadelphia bars and restaurants can save you. If you aren’t looking to be saved, then by all means, carry on.
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Fresh and local: Two buzzwords that hum like a swarm of (locally kept) bees in the modern American discourse of informed and healthy eating.
At Square 1682, Executive Chef Guillermo Tellez has figured out a way to chime in. First he involved himself with the pop-up garden raised this summer by members of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) at 20th and Market Streets. And now, chef Tellez brings his coming-together-of-the-continents cuisine back on home in a lighter way, using his pop-up vegetables to assemble dishes on the new Pitchers & Platters summertime menu at Square 1682. Dare we say, you can’t get more local than that? (Suppose you could with a backyard or roof garden, but this is damn close.)
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Susanna Foo is coming back to Center City Philadelphia for one night as she will be cooking at Square 1682 this Sunday. Foo and Square 1682’s executive chef Guillermo Tellez will collaborate on the special tasting dinner. Each dish will be paired with wines from Pennsylvania’s Penns Woods Winery and a portion of the dinner’s proceeds will benefit Philadelphia Academies, a charity dedicated to expanding life and economic options for Philadelphia public school students through career-focused programming. The $65 per person dinner starts with a chef-hoste canapé reception at 6:30 and seated dinner at 7pm.
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HughE Dillon covered yesterday’s Cheesesteak Challenge at Square 1682. We won’t totally give away the winner, click through the slideshow and all will be revealed.
Who Won the Cheesesteak Challenge? [Philly Post]
If your block is one of the few that didn’t host a massive street party this summer (with a hat tip to the fine folks of Fishtown who have mastered the art of blocking off streets with inflatables), we’ve found an acceptable alternative. To celebrate the first anniversary of the Rittenhouse restaurant Square 1682 — located within the swank Hotel Palomar — Sansom Street will be blocked off between 16th and 17th streets from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. for music, fun, and, of course, food.
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On Sunday, October 17th Square 1682 is hosting a cheesesteak contest and block party.
Nine top chefs will pay homage to Philadelphia’s patron sandwich as they create their own renditions.
- Guillermo Tellez, Square 1682
- Matthew Levine, Adsum
- David Boyle, Davioâ€™s
- Brinn Sinnott, Noble
- Peter Woolsey, Bistrot La Minette
- Jason Goodenough, Happy Rooster
- Mike Stollenwerk, Fish
- Paul Healey, Domaso
- Dennis Marron Jackson 20 and The Grille at Morrison House
- Massimo De Francesca, Nios
For an admission fee of $20, all of which will benefit The Philadelphia Academies, guests will be invited to watch the chefs compete and sample their cheesesteaks. Beer from Victory will be on sale. Â The contest and blockparty runs from 3 to 5pm and tickets can be purchased online.
Square 1682â€™s Cheesesteak Challenge: High Steaks [Official Site]
SquareÂ 1682 is giving away 200 of Executive Chef Guillermo Tellezâ€™sÂ Itâ€™s Always Sunny Chicken Sandwiches to celebrate the season six premiere of Itâ€™s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.
Itâ€™s first come, first serve starting at 11am. The crispy chicken breast topped with a sunny side up egg, frisÃ©e and bacon-soy vinaigrette sandwichÂ will be given out with a bag of chips and house-made chocolate-cherry blondie starting at 11am
Square 1682 [Official Site]
Midtown Lunch eyes up lunch atÂ Los Taquitos de Puebla even if they skip the eyeball tacos. [Midtown Lunch]
All the good things you’ve heard about Koo Zee Doo, Mac & Cheese is here to tell you they’re true.Â [Mac & Cheese]
The best thing theÂ Beer Lass ate last week was the smoked hot dog atÂ Johnny Brenda’s. Sounds tough to beat.Â [Beer Lass]
Lunch at Square 1682 is free and loaded with oil. [Living on the Vedge]
Drawing for Food follows up Adam Erace’s review and checks out Sky Cafe. [Drawing for Food]
Yelp on Catahoula
Local bloggers haven’t weighed in yet on this Cajun spot on Front Street but Yelp has.
A $5 Boilermaker of Jim Beam and the just-launched-in-PA Narragansett beer immediately won over Elite yelperÂ Jon D. He does soak up some of that alcohol assault with “the hands-down best po-boys around, killer hush puppies and a menu I can’t wait to continue eating my way through.” [Yelp Philly]
“Sometimes a girl likes to be told what she likes,” confesses EliteÂ Tina N. An “on-point” server who was quick to recommend duck jambalaya, crawfish bisque and banana fosters bread pudding had her “ready to call him daddy.” Ye-ow. [Yelp Philly]
“Butter is what binds this place together,” writesÂ Emily M, who scored the first Yelp review of Catahoula on August 4. Barbecued shrimp, griddled cornbread and peach cobbler all drip with that sunny substance; hushpuppies studded with fresh corn get a dip in truffled tartar sauce for an equally heart-stopping riff on the Southern snack. [Yelp Philly]
Catahoula – based on 7 reviews