The death of Gene Wilder a few weeks ago hit all of us at Foobooz World HQ pretty hard. So we decided, what better way to honor the man than by having an entire Open Stove competition based around his most iconic character, Willy Wonka?
As it turned out, this was one of those things that was a lot of fun for us and a lot of fun for the crowd. But for the chefs?
Let’s just say that Everlasting Gobstopper gastrique is probably not going onto the menu at Will any time soon.
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East Passyunk Avenue is hosting its own restaurant week starting on Sunday, February 21st and running through Saturday, February 27th. The week of deals on Philadelphia’s hottest restaurant stretch come in three flavors. There are $15, $25 and $35 options that are available for lunch/brunch or dinner. Of the 24 restaurants participating six of the restaurants participating are in Philadelphia magazine’s latest 50 Best Restaurants list.
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On the menu right now, a collab pie with Chris Kearse.
It’s not like Sam Jacobson needs help making wonderful pies at East Passyunk’s Stargazy but that doesn’t mean he’ll turn down a good idea.
Today and through the rest of the week, he’s teamed up with Chris Kearse of Will BYOB to create a special dessert pie. Kearse took Epoisses de Bourgogne cheese and combined it with chopped chestnuts and handed it over to Jacobson, who baked it into the middle of his Bosc Pear Pie.
The results can be yours through the rest of the week, or until they’re all sold out.
Will BYOB on Passyunk Avenue is restarting its Tuesday ingredient focused menus. On Tuesday, October 20th, pumpkin will be the featured ingredient. On Tuesday, November 17th, it will be all about the pork. December rounds out the year with a lobster focused menu on Tuesday, December 15th.
The dinners are $55 per person and of course Will is BYOB.
Check out the menu for Will’s Pumpkin Ingredient Menu »
I was at Aldine for dinner on opening night, and it was awful.
Of all the dishes set before me, I only found two of them appetizing enough to finish, and with another one, I had to pull the old Oh look, some of it fell on the floor trick just to make it appear as though I’d taken more than one bite.
But it’s okay. Don’t worry. Aldine got better.
I ate at Sbraga years ago, shortly after it opened. It was one of the most talked-about restaurants in the city, but not all the talk was good. And, frankly, neither was dinner. It was gimmicky, too clever, muddled in a way that I think was supposed to feel casual and fun but didn’t.
But Sbraga got better, too. Read more »
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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The lineup for the 2014 Taste of the Nation fundraiser for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign has been finalized. More than thirty restaurants including Serpico, Will and Vernick Food and Drink will be participating at the April 27th event. Tickets are on sale now fro the event which will take place at the Hotel Monaco. General admission tickets are $95 and VIP tickets (which come with an early admission time ar $145).
The 2014 Taste of the Nation Participants »
Two of my favorite places to eat in Philadelphia competed Monday night at our 23rd Foobooz Open Stove event. It was a knife fight between Cheu Noodle Bar’s sous chef, Chad Smith, and Will BYOB’s sous chef, Craig Russell. I asked Chad before we began if he was going to be doing anything Asian-inspired, or rather, Cheu-esque. And the soft spoken chef looked up, said “nope,” and went back to his prep. I walked over to the other side, where Craig was furiously assembling his amuse bouche, and I observed, “This doesn’t look very ‘Will.'” to which he responded, “You won’t see a single shaved vegetable on our plates tonight.” Now this, obviously, was not a dig at Chris Kearse. He just wanted to make sure the world knew that this was his food, done his way. The same went for Chad: this wasn’t going to be an extension of Ben Puchowitz‘s style—this was going to be all Chad.
So it began–Open Stove XXIII, a battle between two powerhouse restaurants in a restaurant obsessed city, with food by sous chefs who may be as talented as they come. And if you missed being there for the actual event, don’t worry. We have pictures–which don’t taste quite as good as the food that was served at COOK, but are the next best thing.
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All throughout the month of March, chef Chris Kearse is doing collaboration dinners at his East Passyunk BYO Will. Every Thursday, it’s a different chef, a different menu. The one thing that stays the same? the price: $70 for five courses.
He’s doing these dinners every Thursday night. And since today just happens to be Thursday, that means he’s doing one tonight–a collaboration with Townsend Wentz who has been very busy lately announcing the openings of new restaurants (most notably, his resurrection of the East Passyunk space that once housed Sophia’s).
It’s looking like a good party, and there are still some seats available. We’ve got the menu after the jump–and also a list of all the other dinners Will has on the books for this month of collaborations.
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Will BYOB has updated its menu for late winter. Chris Kearse has hearty dishes that might make you grateful that it’s cold out. Dishes like foie gras and rabbit terrine, whole roasted hen of the woods mushrooms and a Berkshire Pork neck and sausage might just be enough for you to forgive this winter.
Also coming up at Will, a special “Heart” menu on February 18th.
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