Chris Painter on “Fishtown Italian” and What Else Is Next


Ground floor changes coming to Chestnut Street.

It was a surprise to many when Chris Painter closed his semi-eponymous restaurant off of Rittenhouse Square. Luckily for fans of his cooking, he won’t be out of the kitchen for long. Painter has signed on as a partner with Method Hospitality, an offshoot of the ROOST Apartment Hotel brand that’s been founded by Randall Cook and real estate developer, David Grasso. ROOST hotels feature apartment like settings for extended stay guests. Catering to contract workers, the recently separated and others who may find themselves looking for a modern, attractive and fully furnished apartment. Where Painter comes in is in creating comfortable food concepts that fit with ROOST’s brand. Cook wants the first floor retail spaces of his hotels, including the just opened ROOST at 1831 Chestnut Street, to be enhance the hotel experience.

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Cellar Wine Tasting at the Rittenhouse

The Library Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

The Library Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

The Rittenhouse Hotel is hosting its first-ever cellar tasting event. On Sunday, January 31st from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the hotel is opening its wine cellar for a tasting of 50 specially selected wines. And the event is just $55 per person.

The wines have been selected by Wine Director and Advanced Sommelier Justin Timsit. Timsit tells us, “this is an event that brings people together to experience the depth of our award-winning cellar, which we have worked so hard to build over the last several years.” Wines will come from the most historic regions of wine to the most uncharted terroir, from old world to new.

Tickets were sold out but a limited number were just released, so act now.

The Rittenhouse Cellar Tasting Tickets [EventBrite]
Rittenhouse Hotel [Official]

Field Guide: The Best Places to Eat and Drink in Fishtown and Kensington


We hope you’re hungry, and thirsty Photo by | Jeff Fusco

Maybe you think you know Frankford Avenue. You’ve met friends for table tennis, jenga and liters of German beer at Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall. You’ve gotten the high score on Asteroids at Barcade. Maybe even checked out the pizza and pizza museum that is Pizza Brain. But even 12 years after William Reed took over Johnny Brenda’s and made it the Avenue’s shining welcome beacon, the best days for the corridor are still ahead of it.

Our field guide takes you on an eating and drinking tour of the rest of the best on the food mecca that is the Frankford Avenue — a full day’s worth of delicious debauchery.

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Saige Cafe Brings Tapas, Wine and Coffee to Chestnut Street

Saige Cafe is coming to 2116 Chestnut.

Saige Cafe is coming to 2116 Chestnut.

Saige Cafe, which has locations in Toms River, New Jersey and on the campus of Temple University (1802 North Warnock Street) is making the big dive into a location at 22nd and Chestnut Street in the 2116 Chestnut Building. Initially the building’s first-floor retail was to be occupied Mercadito, a Mexican concept by Chicago restaurateur Alfredo Sandoval. Those plans have fallen through.

The window display advertises that the Saige Cafe on Chestnut will be a wine and coffee bar and will offer brunch and tapas as well. The Temple University location is an attractive spot that hits all of the touchstones of today’s design; white subway tile, distressed wood, Edison lights in cages and in a bit of a twist, stools made out of cool looking metal wheels.

Saige is taking just a piece of the retail space at 2116, 6,313 square feet remain available for lease.

We’ve reached out to Saige regarding a timeline and further details on the project, we’ll update when they reply.

Saige Cafe – Center City [Foobooz]

Gift Guide: Wine Pairing Course for the Budding Oenophile


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Always wanted to know more about pairing wine with food? Or better yet, have a significant other who you know would kill for a six-week course to learn the art and science of wine pairings? Well then Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management has the course for you.

The six-week course, Food and Wine Pairing, will be offered on Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. starting on February 3rd. The course begins with how to taste wine and continues into the theory and practice of pairing food and wine. The course will include practical tastings combining wine with cheese, dessert, sauces and a multiple-course dinner.

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Check Out Luxury Hour at Tria Fitler Square

Luxury Hour at Tria Fitler Square | Photo via Tria Cafe

Luxury Hour at Tria Fitler Square | Photo via Tria Cafe

Hop Sing Laundromat was the first bar we know of that decided to make happy hour about discounting high end drinks and not just the well stuff, and we’re happy someone else is following suit.

The Tria Cafe at Fitler Square (and only at Fitler Square) is now offering Luxury Hour. From 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, the wine bar is offering a rotating selection of luxury wines for $10 per glass. The wines will rotate weekly and will include everything from Champagne sparklers to classic Barolos.

This week’s Luxury Hour options are »

Opening Tonight: Tredici Enoteca

tredici-enotecaTonight, the owners of Zavino in Midtown Village and University City debut the opening of another restaurant right across the street.

Greg Dodge of Zavino Hospitality Group introduces Tredici Enoteca at 13th and Sansom Streets, across from its sister restaurant. The Enoteca, which means “wine repository,” will serve Mediterranean-style cuisine with a focus on an affordable and diverse Italian wine bar.

The drink selection provides premium wines by the bottle, glass, or through the cruvient, a six-bottle preserving system at the bar. Similar to a draft system, the wines will be kept fresh, temperature controlled and served by the glass.

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This Thursday: Celebrate France and Beaujolais Nouveau


On the third Thursday of November, Beaujolais Nouveau hits the world. It is the first taste of the 2015 vintage and in France, it’s a celebration of wine, the year and the region. And in Philadelphia we hate to miss a party, so many Philadelphia bars and restaurants offer pours, specials and in one case, a dinner cooked by a former Le Bec Fin executive chef.

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In Case You Missed It: Food Porn From The La Clarine Wine Dinner At Townsend


Some restaurants host events every single week, but others wait until they’ve got something special going on; a distinctive bottle or two to open or some out-of-town visitors to fête. Such was the occasion last week at Townsend when the sweet spot on Passyunk hosted Sierra Foothills winemakers Caroline Hoel and Hank Beckmeyer from La Clarine Farm.

Natural to the core, these down to earth, yet broadly knowledgeable vintners waxed eloquent on their unorthodox grape blends and the exciting nature of natural winemaking. The biodynamic model of minimally invasive agriculture can be considered at best capricious, and at worst reckless, but is undoubtedly the cutting edge of wine culture internationally. Finding these dynamic, challenging (and often delicious) wines paired attentively and successfully with Townsend Wentz’s take on classic French cuisine was a pleasure.

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Jet Wine Bar Is Celebrating Five Years with Bubbles

jet is fiveSouth Street’s Jet Wine Bar is celebrating its fifth birthday on Wednesday, November 11th with $5 glasses of bubbly. All day the bar is offering $5 glasses of South African, Spanish and Italian bubbly as well as $5 sparkling cocktails.

Jet Wine Bar opened on the 1500 block of South Street when the block was just Bob & Barbara’s and the Tritone. Since then the block has seen sister restaurant Rex 1516 open as well as the Cambridge, Quick Fixx, Little Spoon, So Crepe and Sawatdee.

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