On Thursday, November 21st, Elixr Coffee is hosting coffee and cocktail competitions featuring bars and coffee shops around the city.
On this special night, a latte art throwdown featuring top baristas from sixteen coffee bars in Philadelphia will compete. That will be followed by a coffee-centric cocktail competition featuring bartenders from cocktail bars and restaurants (Vedge, The Corner, 1 Tippling Place, Farmers’ Cabinet and more) around town. It all goes down at Elixr Coffee, 207 Sydenham Street (between 15th and 16th Streets) at 6:30 p.m. As Elixr says, “Come to Taste the Magic. Come, and we All Win.”
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With their L.A. expansion plans currently on hold, Vedge owners Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby have just signed a lease for a new restaurant in Rittenhouse Square.
The address is 126 S. 19th Street–which, yes, is right next door to Zama and currently home to a pop-up boutique (Smak Parlour), but will soon to be the location for Vedge’s smaller, cooler and more casual little-sister restaurant.
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Even if you’re not impacted by the back-to-school frenzy, autumn still feels like a good time to settle in with a cup of something warm and a good book. This autumn’s cookbook releases include some beautiful works from Philly chefs and writers, so take your pick from the official Foobooz Fall Reading List of 2013.
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We got the last minute details on Vedge’s sour beer dinner that is set for tonight. The dinner features beers from 12 Percent Importers and is $85 per person. The only seating for the dinner is 7 p.m.
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Rich Landau and Vedge are all over this month’s Food and Wine magazine. The vegan restaurant and vegetable whisperer get mentioned no less than five times in the issue including in “From Beef to Beets,” “Vegetable Now,” “New Vegetable Cookbooks,” and “America’s Best Vegetarian Restaurants”.
Vegetables Now [Philadelphia Magazine]
Photo by Ethan Hill
Yesterday, I got Rich Landau from Vedge on the phone as he was driving over to check out a potential home for his new Los Angeles expansion.
Last night, we traded a couple messages about where things stood after the all-important site visit.
“It’s a big, beautiful raw space,” Landau explained. But also one that “needs…well…everything.” Still, it has great potential, and Landau seemed as though he was ready to move forward. So I asked him: Does this mean Vedge L.A. is a go?
“I wouldn’t say that yet,” he said. “Next up: lawyers. This is where it gets fun. And expensive.”
For a good look at the background on Vedge’s L.A. adventures, check out Zagat’s piece on how this all came to be.
It’s certainly beginning to look that way. Owners Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby are in Los Angeles right now to check out a space with their investors, and I got Landau on the phone while they were driving over.
The most important news, I guess, is that nothing bad is going to happen to our own Vedge here. It’s going to be business as usual. As a matter of fact, according to Landau, the L.A. project is being pitched as a “carbon-copy” of the Philly original. Same concept, same design scheme, same influences.
Landau told me that he and Jacoby looked at several spaces around Philly before shifting their gaze to the opposite coast. “We even had a couple projects on the board,” he said. “We would’ve done our Osteria, you know? Like a little sister [to Vedge]. That’s what people do, right?” And, he told me, they might still do exactly that. Just not right now.
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The office space in the former Princeton Club is not only beautifully preserved from a historic point of view, it’s right above the restaurant Vedge, which is one of the best eateries in the country. The office itself has a slew of perks, with all utilities included:
• Free use of waiting room that was once a squash court
• 2 conference rooms
• 2 kitchenettes
• access to 7 bathrooms, one with a shower
• “indoor bicycle parking lot”
• Land line
• BUO tax
• Janitorial services
Additionally, the listing says–speaking of co-working–that the office has a “collegial atmosphere, ideal for solo and small groups of professionals, creative types, etc.” It’s also ideal for vegans who like to work beneath lamps that look like fennel bulbs, develop an appetite, and then run downstairs for the best vegan food in the nation.
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Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby’s Vedge is that most unlikely of operations: a dedicated vegan farm-to-table restaurant that, in just over a year, has become a destination for both vegetable enthusiasts and their more omnivorous friends. Here, we take a look at one of Vedge’s “Dirt Lists” and ask Kate Jacoby how it came to be.
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