Jose Garces | Photo by Chelsea Portner
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It’s no secret that the restaurant industry runs on thin margins, and operating with a certain level of debt to suppliers isn’t unheard of, even for successful restaurants.
But it seems that Jose Garces hasn’t been keeping up with the bills at several of his properties — and now, one produce purveyor is suing for more than $86,000 in outstanding invoices.
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Now that the food hipsters have eaten all the broth bones and Jay Rayner has kneecapped Le Cinq, you’re probably looking for somewhere to eat this weekend, right? Well have no fear. We’ve got you covered with some solid suggestions.
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Jose Garces was still just a budding restaurateur in 2007 — a young, ambitious chef aiming to build an empire. He opened Tinto at 20th and Sansom Streets after his first grand-slam in Old City (Amada), and hasn’t looked back.
Now, Garces is fifteen restaurants deep, his domain sprawling across the east coast from New York to Philly to D.C. with a couple of stops in South Jersey. But all the while, Tinto’s sat there on its corner, the lone champion of Basque cuisine in Philly, pouring funky ciders (before it was cool) and serving up pintxos and brochettes.
This month, Tinto turns ten, so the Garces Group is celebrating with a big party and all sorts of week-long specials.
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Forget Center City Sips…when the weather is as gray and nasty as it is today, it’s all about Center City soups.
But where are the best? Don’t worry. We went out and answered that question for you. Here’s a list of places that offer up the good stuff in any number of ways – creamy, spicy, tomato-y, you name it.
The best soups in Center City
Tinto is now offering happy hour Monday through Friday, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Jose Garces’s Basque restaurant is offering their most popular pintxos for $5 each. The restaurant is also offering $5 white and red sangria, plus $7 wines.
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The forces of Rittenhouse Row, Kevin Sbraga, and Danielle DelRe, of Starr Restaurants, have come together to create an event that will be one to remember. From August 4th to the 7th, the restaurants of Rittenhouse Row will prepare meals unlike the ones on the traditional menus and give you a dining experience that is one of a kind. As of right now, 18 members will participate in the Rittenhouse Row Culinary Collective, but the list is growing.
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Beginning this evening, July 15th, Tinto will showcase Spanish beers on draft and by the bottle. Starting at 5 p.m. you can learn about these beers with the help of Kevin from Shelton Brothers and Jason from Bella Vista Beverage. Along with the new beers from Spain, Tinto is also rolling out new pintxos this week.
The beers are available as part of a $20 pairing at the bar, that features three pintxos paired with three samples of beer. Or you can order the beer a la carte for between $7 and $25 per bottle.
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First some Rioja, and now some cider.
Tinto’s second installment of their monthly pairing dinners is welcoming in the world of European cider. Every year in the Basque country, cider houses tap their cider barrels, and the people gather together, drinking the apple wine straight from those barrels. It’s called the “txotx,” and Tinto wants to join in on the celebrations.
On Thursday, April 4th, at 7pm, sidra (cider) will be poured from three regions in Spain and France, from Asturias to Irouleguy, and their accompanying menu looks stellar.
The dinner will only set you back $50 a person, and as is tradition, the ciders are bottomless. Make your reservation soon.
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This Thursday, Jose Garces‘s Basque-inspired restaurant, Tinto, will be hosting the first in their new series of pairing dinners. For the first menu out of the gate, they’re doing rare, aged and “coveted” Riojas and setting them up against the seasonal Basque fare of chef de cuisine Dave Conn.
The dinner will run you $100 per person. Seating is limited. Reservations are required. And as of right now, there are still some seats available. Yeah, they’re pricey, but the Garces team is calling it “an extravagant tasting and dinner” and I’m not going to argue. Check out the full menu and pairings after the jump.
The menu, the wines and more
Tinto has added several new Spanish craft beers to its list. In addition to Estrella Damm Inedit, which was created with the help of famed El Bulli chef Ferran Adria, the bar is now offering Guineu Riner, Omnipollo En El Bosque and CCM’s Hivernale and Negra Stout. The En el Bosque sounds particularly interesting, it is a red ale fermented with cranberries.
Tinto Beers, Wine & Cocktails Menu (PDF)
Tinto Restaurant [Official Site]