Chef Sam Jacobson is leaving Sycamore in Lansdowne. Jacobson has been in the tiny but highly regarded kitchen for nearly four years and will be doing some traveling before landing somewhere else. Jacobson says he wants to get out of his comfort zone and continue to learn.
Jacobson was also the chef at NoBL, which also recently closed after a short run.
Here is his farewell post on Facebook »
This weekend Sycamore, which has just been ranked in the top five of Zagat’s Best Philadelphia Food Restaurants, is spicing up their menu with four new dinner specials for your tasting pleasure.
The menu includes:
- Lobster, Bacon, and Parsnip Chowder
- Ancho and Guava Glazed Baby Back Ribs served with Huitlacoche Rice and Garlic-roasted Okra
- Pan-roasted Poussin, Semolina Porridge, Buttered Radishes and Cranberry Compote
- Maple Creme Brulee with Spiced Candied Pecans
If the Lobster, Bacon, and Parsnip Chowder catches your eye, then check out Sycamore’s Bacon Tasting Menu Tuesday, October 16th. The menu features five bacon-filled dishes for a Price Fixe of $49, personally created by Sycamore’s chef, Sam Jacobson.
Sycamore BYO [Official]
Lansdowne Table, which started as a stand at the weekly Lansdowne Farmer’s Market from the team behind Sycamore and NoBL, is now getting a permanent home inside the lobby of NoBL at 24 N Lansdowne Avenue. The Table will be open at noon each day and will offer take-out lunch and dinner, plus gourmet groceries.
Lansdowne Table [Official Site]
Lansdowne Table [Facebook]
In the event that your payday falls next Friday instead of today, here are some free offers to note:
PhillyChitChat announces via TwitPic that today is the grand opening of Red Mango, where they’re giving away free frozen yogurt (with toppings!) from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Also, t-shirts to the first 100 customers, in case you feel the need to rock a frozen yogurt tee. Read more »
Over the next few days and weeks we’ll be focusing on Spring menus from local restaurants. Up first is Sycamore, the Lansdowne BYOB added several new dishes late last week and has some Spring specials for this week.
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This Wednesday Amis is serving a whole pig dinner. The chef’s counter tasting dinner will consist of four courses from a whole suckling pig. The dinner is $65, $35 for an optional wine pairing. Chef Brad Spence has been tweeting out some of the dishes; Polenta pancake, cotechino sausage, maple mostarda and Porky borlotti bean stew with cracklings & stracciatella are his latest teases.
Sycamore’s Pig Roast »
Celebrate chef Sam Jacobson’s homeland with him at Sycamore tonight. The English chef is preparing a special dinner of British classics. The five-course dinner costs $49 and features smoked trout, braised Guinea hen and Lancaster Hot Pot.
Jacobson prepares a different tasting menu each Tuesday. Next week will be an all-seafood dinner and the 31st will feature unique vinegars from around the world.
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Noble stumbled across some leftover cases of Stillwater and White Birch beers. So head on over and enjoy some great beers. Just leave us a couple, thanks.
Brown Betty’s new Northern Liberties flagship location is having a grand opening lawn party from noon to 4 p.m. There will be pink lawn flamingos, Astro Turf, hoola hoops, mini cupcakes, ice-cream sandwiches, iced espresso granitas, and the Taco Loco truck.
Sycamore has a couple of new dishes to try this weekend including applewood smoke-roasted duck with quinoa salad, watercress and sour cherry reduction. Also on the menu is seared New Jersey sea scallops with sweet corn flan and a house-smoked tomato vinaigrette.
The Institute is kicking of their Flea Market Brunch. The bar is opening its second floor to arts and crafts vendors while the downstairs serves up its new brunch menu.
Each Tuesday Sycamore’s Sam Jacobson creates a special $49 chef’s tasting menu. Check out tasty menus for the next three weeks below as well as the BYO’s Easter brunch menu.
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Felicia D’Ambrosio has an article in today’s City Paper highlighting some local chefs and how they deal with their tiny kitchens.
Among the cramped kitchens around town:
- Cafe Estelle
- Fond (12′ x 20′)
- Sycamore (9′ x 15′)
- Watkins Drinkery (6′ x 8′)
Little Boxes [City Paper]