Set an alarm, drop your calls, and mark your calendar because today at 1 p.m., tickets go on sale for the next Cage Match Dinner Battle at Alla Spina. And with only 26 spots open, attendees will be competing for spots as much as the chefs will be for the winning title.
The tasty matchup will happen Wednesday, July 16 between Michael Solomonov & Co. from Zahav and Marc Vetri & Co. from Vetri. Fun fact: Solomonov used to work under Vetri. Like every competition though, there can only be one winner. Will it be student or teacher? Insert dramatic sound effect here.
The ticket is $95 per person and a portion of the proceeds will go to Rooster Soup Company, a kickstarter put together by Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry.
To reserve your spot, call 215-600-0017.
Alla Spina [Foobooz]
Rooster Soup Company [Foobooz]
New upstairs dining room at Vetri.
Marc Vetri has recently completed his upstairs expansion at his eponymous Vetri. The new upstairs dining room and test kitchen is now available for private events, cooking classes and more. Two July cooking classes have already sold out but tickets remain to three summer dinners featuring collaborations, farmer dinners and a special two nights with Italian wine.
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City Paper’s Caroline Russock gets the details on what Marc Vetri and chef de cuisine Adam Leonti have planned for the upstairs expansion of Vetri. The open kitchen with communal table will seat up to sixteen people. But that’s only the beginning of the story. Check out what Leonti and farmer Ian Brendle of Green Meadow Farm in Lancaster County have in store.
A Pennsylvania-centric tasting menu comes the soon-to-open upstairs annex of Vetri [City Paper]
Kevin Sbraga does it with his crews. We do it every month at COOK with our Foobooz Open Stove Nights. And now Vetri is getting in on the culinary face-off action with another cage match dinner at Alla Spina.
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The James Beard Awards finalists were announced today. And though Philadelphia had semifinalists in ten categories including nine nominees for Best Chef, Mid-Atlantic, few went through to the finals. Brad Spence was the only local nominee to go through for Best Chef Mid-Atlantic. Marc Vetri was nominated for Outstanding Chef and his Vetri is a finalist for Best Service.
Philadelphia also picked up a nomination for Outstanding Restaurant Design as Tria Taproom was cited in the 75-seats and under category.
James Beard Award Finalists »
Tonight’s industry night at Amis isn’t going to be scared off by a little snow. Join the Amis crew who will be throwing the bash this month with their friends from around the corner, Vetri.
Vetri’s chef Adam Leonti and company are preparing an amazing turducken-style roast that has to be seen to be believed. It’s a whole pig, stuffed inside a whole lamb, stuffed inside a whole veal.
Amis says they’re ready to feed 300+ people and will be pouring discounted wines, Lazzaroni spirits and La Colombe Pure Black coffee drinks to accompany the complimentary feast.
As always, 21+ and guests must bring an industry paystub for admission. The fun kicks off at 10 p.m.
Industry Night with Special Guest, Vetri [Facebook]
Vetri (the restaurant) is a lot of things. It’s luxurious, a destination, expensive, one of the finest Italian restaurants in the city (and maybe the country), a reservation to brag about no matter what circles you run in.
But the place is also small. Small enough that the phrase “jewel box” gets tossed around more than a little. But now, according to the Insider, it looks like Vetri is going to be growing.
Klein is reporting that Vetri (the man, along with partner Jeff Benjamin) is going to be taking over the apartment upstairs at 1312 Spruce Street, and is going to be putting the new square footage to a variety of uses–from large-party seating to private dining to event space to family meals and happy hours. And all of that is undeniably good news.
The Insider has the whole story. Check it out below.
Vetri To Expand [Insider]
All Vetri coverage [f8b8z]
So, yes. The weather is bad and the roads are bad and it is just bitterly cold outside right now. But one good thing to come of all this? Marc Vetri just took to Twitter to announce that he’s got some openings in the dining room at Vetri tonight.
So if you happen to be in the city, have no plans, and are in the mood for a last-minute reservation for dinner at Vetri, give the place a call. Something tells me that, despite the conditions, these tables are going to go fast.
Foobooz is friends with this guy named Ronnie Ribant. He’s the man behind Grand Circus Paper & Toy. He makes hand-crafted paper toys and models of iconic Philly-related things, ranging from SEPTA buses to the whole SEPTA bus crash scene at Monk’s. You’ve probably seen his work in stores (Nice Things on EPX) and in restaurants/bars (Memphis Taproom has its own paper model displayed inside). We thought they were pretty cool, so we asked Ronnie if he could make something for us, and only us. He agreed.
And now we have a beautiful model of 1312 Spruce Street, the iconic building that’s been home to two of the most important restaurants in Philadelphia history: Le Bec Fin and Vetri. It’s got the mural on the side, and a hanging sign with Vetri on the front and Le Bec Fin on the back. Head over to the store to check it out.
But that’s not all!
Last night marked the fifteenth anniversary of Vetri. Marc Vetri’s eponymous restaurant has been praised far and wide since, but Vetri’s success was much less obvious fifteen years ago.
Check out Dan Rubin’s profile of Marc Vetri from that opening night.
Blood, sweat and dogged persistence [Philly.com]
Vetri [Official Site]