Charlie Trotter, the celebrated chef credited with putting Chicago on the dining map, died this Wednesday at the age of 54. This Sunday, November 10th, at Will, chef Christopher Kearse–who worked the fish station at Trotter’s lauded Chicago restaurant–will celebrate the chef by offering a tasting menu in his style. The menu will take the format of Will’s typical Sunday prix fixe (four courses for $45), but Kearse aims to pay homage to Trotter with each dish, employing his philosophy that “nothing be done the same way twice…these dishes will be today’s version of some of Trotter’s classics.”
Call 215-271-7683 or visit Willbyob.com to reserve a table. And check out the menu after the jump.
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Last week we told you about our new late-night dinner series, Foobooz After Dark. The first event is an exciting one, with Justin Bogle of the upcoming Avance and Chris Kearse of Will coming together for one really impressive dinner.
The party is happening on Saturday, November 16th at 11 p.m. at Will, with a single seating happening after they clear out the last tables of the night and lock the doors behind us. Tickets are $125 per person and the event is BYOB.
There are only have 25 seats available for this dinner and tickets are going on sale soon. To find out exactly when, sign up now for our Foobooz After Dark alerts so that you can be there, ready to get yours, the minute ticketing goes live.
Now check out what you’ll be eating if you’re lucky enough to get in.
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I’m going to let you in on a little secret:
Foobooz is launching its own little dinner series. Really little. Twenty-five seats, total.
And this is how it’s going to work …
Just in time for the leaves to start turning, chef Chris Kearse is launching his new autumn menu tonight at Will. That snap above? That’s the Barnegat Light scallops with young leek, fennel and chanterelle mushrooms, plated (as usual) with an artist’s hand.
Check out the full new menu (and a couple more pictures) after the jump.
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Will BYOB and chef Christopher Kearse are bringing back their tasting menus on the third Tuesday of each month. The first of these Tuesday tasting dinners will be September 17th.
Each month a different five-course tasting menu will created featuring on a seasonal ingredient. This month’s menu will focus on New Jersey corn.
The dinners are $55 per person and reservations are available now.
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Chris Kearse’s Will turns one on Saturday, August 24th. Kearse is celebrating with a special tasting menu featuring his favorite dishes from the past year. The special menu will be offered from Wednesday, August 21 through Saturday, August 24. And then on Sunday, August 25th, Kearse will collaborate with David Ansill for a special five-course dinner.
Tickets to the collaboration dinner are $100 per person and there will be seatings at 5 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. Proceeds will benefit the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction. Call 215-271-7683 for reservations.
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New Jersey Fluke with Black-Truffle Scallop Mousse / Artichoke / Meyer Lemon
Chris Kearse has rolled out the spring menu at his Will on East Passyunk and it reads like a spring ingredient bingo board. If you’ve got rhubarb, meyer lemon and ramps in a row, you’re a winner (you’re also look to be a winner if you have reservations).
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Twenty-five restaurants are participating in East Passyunk’s Flavors of the Avenue. In what will be the largest Flavors event yet, this year’s outdoor food and drink festival will take place Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., under a tent on East Passyunk at Morris and Dickinson Streets.
The event will mark the Flavors of the Avenue debuts of Noord, Sophia’s, Will BYOB and Pollyodd. Tickets go on sale today and are $5 off when purchased before Monday, April 8th.
Outside the Flavors of the Avenue tent, guests will enjoy a free street festival with vendors, a craft market and live music.
VIP tickets are $50 per person and include early access and special perks including fee valet parking. General admission tickets are $30 and are on sale now at www.visiteastpassyunk.com/flavors.htm or by calling (215) 336-1455.
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The BYOB of the year is making itself quite the presence at the start of 2013. Maintaining its 2012 praiseful momentum, not only are they kicking off a four-part, collaboration dinner series with some of the best chefs in the city, but they’ve also just revamped their menu to something more seasonally appropriate. The menu went into full effect on Tuesday, so for those of you who weren’t there, the menu is available, and will be until the end of the season.
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Brian Freedman is the latest to dote on Will, Chris Kearse’s Passyunk Avenue BYOB. Freedman even goes as far as decreeing the new spot one of Philadelphia’s best BYOBs.
Those scallops wobble perfectly beneath their caramel-toned crown. Drag them through the “almond-milk” sauce and they’re taken to a different planet entirely—mouth-coating and delicate all at once. Fork them with a cloud of uni creme—like some kind of ocean-borne foie gras—and they turn into the mollusk equivalent of Ecstasy.
The pork belly appetizer could be the swine version of the drug. Like some kind of savory, thick-bacon candy bar, the belly was joined by a winter bean cassoulet that was actually a brilliant play on the classic stew. (Kearse’s ingenious, ringingly clear version involves a 12-hour sous vide braise of the beans.)
The Much-Anticipated Will, in East Passyunk, Joins the Top Echelon of BYOBs in Philly [Philadelphia Weekly]
Will [Official Site]
Photo by Felicia Perretti