Chef Chris Kearse of Will BYOB tells his inspiring story in a short Vimeo documentary recently created by videographer Oliver Gallini, the first of a short series on some of Philadelphia’s top chefs.
Gallini describes his video not as a tribute to Kearse’s remarkable culinary creations, but as a film that speaks to “his inspiring story and the way he works every day to influence others.”
Updates on the coming documentaries on Philadelphia’s chefs can be found here.
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Craig LaBan has been promoting and demoting restaurants almost weekly in his online chats and Thursday food columns. Today, the Inquirer critic sings the praise of Will BYOB. He promotes Chris Kearse’s BYOB to three bells, stating:
[E]very intricate touch amplified the central themes, rather than distracting. Foie gras mousse enriched a bar of rabbit rillettes accented by wine-poached figs. Citrus-caramelized Belgian endive and licorice called out Sichuan spice on the duck. An entire hen of the woods, meanwhile, was cooked to two striking textures – buttery-crisp across a pan-roasted face of flattened fronds scented with sumac and rose hips, lusciously fleshy and moist at its heart, beneath which a Madeira caramel and smoked ricotta smear amplified its earthy savor.
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Chris Kearse is preparing a special Pumpkin Tasting Menu for Tuesday, October 21st at Will BYOB. The five course dinner will be $55 and include dishes like Nori + Black Lime Cured Kampachi served with pumpkin seeds, kumquat and country ham dashi.
Take that, pumpkin spice latte.
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Chef Al Paris has been running a series of collaboration dinners at Heirloom, his Chestnut Hill BYOB. He’s already had Georges Perrier in the kitchen, cookbook author Aliza Green, and Josh Lawler from The Farm And The Fisherman, and now it’s time for Will’s Chris Kearse to step behind the stoves.
The dinner is happening October 8. It’ll run you $65 (plus tax and tip), and there will be two seatings, at 5:30 and 8pm.
And of course we have the menu.
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Today, OpenTable revealed its Top 100 restaurants “fit for foodies” in America. The list was determined by OpenTable’s analysis of more than five million reviews of more than 20,000 restaurants across the country. The list includes twelve restaurants from Philadelphia, the second most restaurants from one city, only Portland, Oregon had more.
The list includes a high concentration of restaurants from California, Oregon and Pennsylvania but not as many from traditional restaurant cities like Chicago (five restaurants), Los Angeles (five), New York (four) and San Francisco (one).
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Will BYOB is celebrating its second anniversary with a special collaboration dinner. On Sunday, August 24th, owner and chef Chris Kearse will be joined by chef John Patterson of Fork and chef Eli Collins of Pub & Kitchen for a special $100 per person dinner that benefits the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction.
Call for 215-271-7683 reservations or book online.
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Chris Kearse is a chef’s chef. His technique and food make chefs like Eli Kulp a fan. So it isn’t surprising to see a couple of collaborations coming up with the chef/owner of Will BYOB.
This Wednesday, July 16th, Will is hosting chef Adan Trinidad of Sancho Pistola’s and Jose Pistola’s for a special five-course dinner and clambake. The dinner is $50 per person and includes a complimentary drink.
And then next Tuesday, July 22nd, Chris Kearse is heading to Rosemont, New Jersey to collaborate with Matthew Ridgway, chef and owner of The PASS restaurant.
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Will is running a Tuesday Tasting Dinner series in which chef Chris Kearse takes one item and then crafts a complete menu around that single ingredient. And on Tuesday, May 20, that ingredient is morel mushrooms. Wild morels from Oregon, in this case. And there are still a few seats left.
The dinner is five courses. Tickets are $55. And you can get yours by calling the restaurant at 215-271-7683.
Oh, and yes. We have the menu. Check it out below.
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Cheu Noodle Bar is introducing a new monthly event. Once a month, they’re hosting a Ramen Rumble pitting two local chefs against each other to see who can create the best ramen.
The first event is next Monday, May 19th at 6 p.m. Sean Magee of Time and Chris Kearse of Will BYOB are the first contestants to face off.
The event is first-come, first-served. $25 gets you two mini-bowls of ramen, a beer and a card to vote for the winner.
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Sancho Pistola’s is kicking off its new guest series, The Fishtown Taco Exchange Program with Will chef/owner, Chris Kearse on Monday, March 24th.
Sancho chef/co-owner Adan Trinidad is collaborating on Kearse on the taco that will be served only between 9 p.m. and midnight on Monday, March 24th.
The Will Sancho? taco is grilled lamb’s tongue, cole slaw and carrot barbecue sauce. Two tacos will be $13.
And since it is Chris’ Kearse’s taco, we imagine it might be the prettiest taco plate you’ve ever seen.
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