Total Rampage at Matyson

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I’m pretty sure by now you know that spring is here. But it’s not just the warm weather, the longer days and a sudden revival of Philadelphia’s greenery that has us excited.

We’re excited for the multiple spring menus we’ve been showing you, which debut more fresh veggies and cocktails that have us ready to ditch work and spend the day drinking outside.

But we’re also excited because spring means ramp season. It’s that almost sweet type of onion that sort of resembles a scallion, but has the odor of garlic. You can only find it around this time each year and, ladies and gentlemen, it has arrived in Philadelphia.

To celebrate the veggie, Matyson is throwing a rampage (get it?). From Monday, April 27 through Thursday, April 30, the Rittenhouse restaurant is featuring a ramp tasting menu.

The menu is five courses for $55 per person. If you’re pretty excited for ramps, than you can make your reservation here.

Check out the Rampage menu »

Forest & Main Beers at Beast & Ale This Week

beast-and-ale-940Manayunk’s Beast & Ale is offering a ridiculously good tasting menu this week. The sister bar/restaurant of all the Feliz restaurants is offering three courses and three beers from Ambler’s Forest & Main for just $18. They’re also offering the three Forest & Main beers for $10.

Among the beers is Forest & Main’s Petit Dubois, a dark saison aged in apple brandy barrels for six months.

Check out the full menu »

Laurel Goes Exclusively to Tasting Menus

Photo by by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Photo by by M. Fischetti for Visit Philadelphia

Starting in May, Laurel will be moving to only offering tasting menus. Currently, Nick Elmi’s East Passyunk BYOB offers the option of a la carte during the week with tasting menus only on Fridays and Saturdays. Elmi tells us, 70% of weeknight guests are now choosing the tasting menu and “it really doesn’t make sense for a small space like ours to carry a full menu.” Elmi says it has always been the goal to go tasting menu only at Laurel, and the restaurant’s reception has allowed him to speed up the process.

The number of courses and pricing remains the same, 7 courses for $85 per person.

May reservations will be available beginning on Tuesday, March 3rd, starting at noon.

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Frecon Farms Hosts Free “Winter Warmer” Tasting Event

Frecon’s Cidery will offer a tasting of the Apfelwein Still Off Dry Cider.

Frecon’s Cidery will offer a tasting of the Apfelwein Still Off Dry Cider.

Frecon Farms, a pick-your-own orchard and local produce market located in Boyertown, is rolling out their new, savory winter bakery items with a free open house and tasting on Saturday, January 31 from 10am to 4pm. The event will feature cider samples from Frecon’s cidery, as well as a cheese tasting from Valley Milkhouse Creamery, but the real draw is the spread of samples that they’re laying out.

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A.kitchen Adds “The Chef’s Counter” Menu

The Chef's Counter at a.kitchen.

The Chef’s Counter at a.kitchen.

Starting tonight, Monday, January 19th, chef Eli Kulp and chef de cuisine Jon Nodler are debuting “The Chef’s Counter” menu at a.kitchen. Touted as an interactive new tasting dinner, the menu is served at the 12-seat marble counter surrounding the Rittenhouse Square restaurant’s open kitchen. For $60 per person, a multi-course tasting menu highlighting a.kitchen’s hardwood charcoal grill will be offered. An optional beverage pairing from sommelier Mariel Wega will also be offered.

Kulp, a happy Seattle Seahawks fan, says the dinner is “designed to be a one-of-a-kind experience inspired by Japanese Omakase tradition, wherein guests leave it to the chef to have a memorable meal and highlight ingredients at the peak of their season.” Guests will be able to chat with the kitchen team as they watch the cooks grill, smoke and char dishes in front of them.

Dishes from the Chef’s Counter menu »

Bardot Offering New Monday Night Chef Tastings

Bardot is now offering a Monday night four-course chef tasting menu. Chef Rhett Vellner’s menu is $45 per person and will change every week. The menu will featureseasonal inspirations and a twist on favorites from the regular offerings.

Vellner says, “I look forward to experimenting with new flavors and ingredients, as well as bringing modern updates to classic French dishes.”

Tonight’s Offerings »

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