New, Local Cookbooks: From Bratwurst to Radishes And Everything In Between

This, and many others, are bringing Philly's best bites to your kitchen.

This, and many others, are bringing Philly’s best bites to your kitchen.

Usually when we talk about food news here, we tell you what’s new and cool, and then we tell you where to go to eat it. This post, however, requires little more than a trip to Barnes & Noble, or (for the remarkably lazy, like myself) an Amazon account.

Philadelphia and the nearby areas have some pretty amazing food and drink, and now many of the recipes are down on paper for your cooking pleasure. We’ve talked cookbooks in the past, but it’s time for a round up of all the delicious (local) stuff that’s been printed since January.

So order a book, even order your groceries, open a bottle of wine. With these books, all the awesomeness of the city’s food scene can now happen right in your own kitchen. And you know what’s better? Even if you burn it all, you’re never too far from the recipe’s source, allowing you to give up at any point and make nothing more than a reservation.

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Get Your Tickets: Summer Dinners at Vetri


The Vetri Family is hosting several summer dinner events, and if a little education (and a lot of good food) sounds ideal to you, then there’s probably something here that you’ll want to check out.

The dinners will happen once a week throughout July, each night following a distinct theme. Peruse the list below and decide on your favorite. Not sure there’s actually a bad choice here…

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Boatload of Events Happening This June Upstairs at Vetri

pasta-tools-of-the-trade-vetri-940Check out what the impressive lineup of events that are happening Upstairs at Vetri this June. He’s got local personalities like Peter McAndrews (Monsu, Modo Mio, Paesano’s), Scott Schroeder (American Sardine Bar, South Philadelphia Taproom), from Hop Sing Laundromat and Emilio Mignucci of Di Bruno Bros. on the docket. And then he also has 2012 James Beard Award winner Mindy Seagal talks cookies and of course Marc Vetri himself teaching about pasta. 

Check out the full list on Vetri’s web site.

Zahav and Vetri Throwing Collaboration Dinners

zahav-vetri-interlockedOn Monday, May 11th at Zahav and Tuesday, May 12th at Vetri, the two restaurants are hosting collaborative dinners. The dinners will feature the cooking of chef Adam Leonti of Vetri Ristorante and chef/co-owner Michael Solomonov of Zahav.

Each night will feature identical seven-course tastings exploring Eastern and Western Mediterranean cuisine, served in each restaurant’s private dining room.

The dinners, which are $200 per person (plus tax and gratuity) include a collaborative beverage pairing between Vetri’s Bobby Domenick and Cook N Solo beverage director, Brian Kane. Each ticket is $200, plus tax and gratuity.

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Six Pack: Philly’s Best Restaurants For Dining Out Alone

Photo by Jason Varney

Nothing wrong with a table for one at Vetri

Sure, dates and dinners with friends are nice, but sometimes you just want to grab a meal all by yourself. Maybe you’re too busy to make plans, or you just need some alone time. Or maybe you just want to order all the appetizers on the menu and not have to share them. Whatever your reason for dining alone, we’ve got the six best places in Philly to treat yourself.

So, you know, happy Valentine’s Day…

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A Look Inside the Vetri/Morimoto Collaboration Dinner


Remember that collaboration dinner we told you about a couple weeks ago? The two-night-only, side-by-side Vetri/Morimoto pairing event? Yeah, well it sold out fast and is happening tonight, but for all of you out there who aren’t one of the 32 people total who will get to actually eat this meal, here’s a quick look at how one of the plates turned out.

That is seriously one of the most lovely things I’ve seen in a long time. And while I’m not often envious of people tasting dinners (because god knows I’ve been to more than my share), I am more than a little jealous of the folks sitting down to this table.

Photo courtesy Cashman & Associates [Twitter]

Vetri and Morimoto–Together For Two Nights Only


Philadelphia is a town with a lot of collaboration dinners. A lot of event dinners and pairing dinners and tasting dinners and otherwise special nights populated by chefs moving outside their comfort zones to do things other than cooking the regular menu in their own restaurants.

This is, on balance, an excellent thing. The only real downside? The whole tap dance can sometimes seem played out. Like “Oh, another Korean taco night at that French restaurant with the award-winning New American chef? When is someone going to do something new.”

The answer is January 21st and 22nd. Because that’s the night Vetri and Morimoto are getting together for two Japanese-Italian collaboration dinners at their respective restaurants.

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