Brigantessa Introduces New Chef de Cuisine

Julia Robinson, chef de cuisine at Brigantessa

Julia Robinson, chef de cuisine at Brigantessa

Chef/Owner Joe Cicala and Brigantessa are officially welcoming Julia Robinson as chef de cuisine to the East Passyunk restaurant with a  wine dinner. Robinson started at Brigantessa in June after two years as chef de cuisine at the White Dog Cafe in University City and a six-year run at Vivere, a third-generation family-owned Italian restaurant in Chicago.

The Delaware native is showing off her work with a chef’s tasting menu with unusual Italian wine pairings on Wednesday, September 16th. The four-course, three wine and one digestivo dinner is $75 per person.

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Rosé Week Coming to 13th Street

Aug15RoseWeek_01For three nights, from Monday, August 24th through Wednesday August 26th, the restaurants of Valerie Safran and Marcie Turney (Barbuzzo, Lolita, Little Nonna’s, Jamonera) are celebrating Rosé Week.

Each of the restaurants will be offering special deals on rosé wine and food for all three nights.

Barbuzzo is offering 23 rosé wines from seven countries. Jamonera is offering a rosé happy hour plus a special Spanish seafood dish with a full bottle of wine for $30 per person. Little Nonna’s has a Calabrian BBQ menu that’s paired with a carafe of gagliopo rosé and Lolita is doing DIY Baja tacos teamed with rosé sangria or margaritas.

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Fishtown Wine Bar Gets Go Ahead


Frankford Social, a new wine Bar for Fishtown | Photo via Google Maps

Fishtown is getting another new business. Frankford Social has received the go-ahead from the Zoning Board and should be able to begin refurbishing the corner bar at the Frankford and Oxford, turning the building into a wine bar for the neighborhood.

According to Naked Philly, which was at the zoning hearing, the bar will offer draft wine, beer, and small plates with the familiar focus on local products. No timeline yet for the opening of Frankford Social, which will have large new windows and outdoor seating.

Two Corners Occupied, Another Will be Soon on Frankford Ave [Naked Philly]
Frankford Social


The Good King Tavern Is Hosting Another Wine Dinner

good-king-tavern-back-banquette-400On Wednesday, June 24th, Chloe Grigri is hosting the Good King Tavern’s third Jardins de Provence wine dinner. The dinners bring together people to a communal table at the back of the Bella Vista restaurant to enjoy a taste of Southern France.

Sean Faeth of Artisan’s Cellar will also be onhand to pour and talk about the wine. The dinner is $65 per person for four wines and four plates.

Seats are very limited, call today to reserve your spot. 215-625-3700.

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Booze Cruise Season Is Here


Summer is (almost) upon us which means it’s time to get drunk on boats set sail on the booze cruise of your choice. All you have to do is pick your poison (beer or wine) and leave the rest to the captain.

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Sparkling Wine Dinner at Volver

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If you like your wine like you like your jewelry, sparkling, then we have the dinner for you. On Wednesday, May 27th at 6:30 p.m., Volver is hosting a Raventos i Blanc wine dinner with winemaker Pepe Raventos. The dinner is limited to 20 people and will be $150 per person. Reservations can be made by calling, 215.670.2303.
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Natural Wine Dinner at the Good King Tavern

good-king-tavern-back-banquette-400The Good King Tavern is back with a second Jardins de Provence wine dinner on Wednesday, May 20th. And the news gets better as the price is dropping from $95 to $65. Granted, the dinner will be a bit less grandiose; four wines, paired by a plate (amuse, opener, entree, dessert), but good food and drink on a Wednesday night is always appreciated.

The Jardins de Provence showcases natural French wines paired with chef Paul Lyons’ cooking. This month Sean Faeth of Artisan’s Cellar and Chloe Grigri of the Good King will be pouring and talking wines.

The dinner will be held at 7:30 pm along the back banquette at a single long table. Reserve your space now.

The Good King Tavern [Foobooz]

Hey Night Owls: Il Pittore Has a Dinner for You

il-pittore-midnight-madnessOn Saturday May 9th, il Pittore and Malvira Wines will join forces to host an Almost Midnight Madness dinner at the restaurant. The dinner will include four courses prepared by chef Chris Painter paired with wines produced by Winemaker and Owner, Roberto Damonte, who will be on hand.

What makes this wine dinner a little different is that reservations begin at 11 pm and il Pittore will seating until midnight. Space is limited and guests should call to reserve their seats: 215.391.4900.

The cost of the dinner is $110 per person (not including tax/gratuity).

Check out the menu for Almost Midnight Madness

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