If you slept in today, you already missed this. I’m talking about it now just because I think it was kind of awesome–and proof of how much social media has affected the way restaurants do business these days.
Early this morning, Marc Vetri went on the Twitters and made an announcement:
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We’ve talked before about the classes Marc Vetri and his team hold upstairs in the newly remodeled test kitchen-slash-classroom space above his eponymous restaurant. It’s the kind of place where you have the opportunity to get up close and personal with your favorite members of Team Vetri, eat a bunch of awesome food and, as a bonus, learn how to make some delicious pasta (or chocolate, or gnocchi, or whatever) in the process.
What we didn’t know was just how up close and cozy the classes here get. As shown in the video below, this isn’t just about having Marc Vetri teach you how to make dinner, this is actually making dinner with Marc Vetri.
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Team Vetri just released their schedule of September cooking classes at Osteria and in the new upstairs room at Vetri. So if you’ve ever wanted to have Marc Vetri show you how to make pasta (or have him and his dad Sal teach you the secrets of a proper Sunday supper), you should probably get over to the ticketing site and make your reservations now.
And hey, Vetri isn’t the only one playing teacher in September. Jeff Michaud is doing classes on Pizza and Italian bar snacks. Brad Daniels is hand-rolling pasta. Adam Leonti is making risotto. Ian Brendle is coming in to do an end-of-summer dinner. Brad Spence is doing a class on “cucina casalinga” (housewife cuisine and Italian soul food, more or less). And on Tuesday, September 16, 10 lucky folks will get to be among the first to try the food from Lo Spiedo when chef Scott Calhoun crops by to do some menu testing. That one should be awesome.
September Cooking Classes at Vetri and Osteria [Official]
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]