The July issue of Philadelphia magazine features a profile on Michael Solomonov by John Marchese. Check out the intriguing story of Philadelphia’s most iconoclastic chef who seems poised for the big time. But no matter what happens next for Solomonov, it will be no match for the challenges–from a life-altering family tragedy to confronting his inner demons–he’s already faced.
The Inimitable Michael Solomonov [Philadelphia Magazine]
Tickets still remain to Michael Solomonov’s annual Down the Shore party, set for July 1st at 6 p.m. This year the party has moved from Zahav to Morgan’s Pier and the theme is a disco theme with European Jewish BBQ inspired dishes from some of Philadelphia’s best chefs.
Here’s what the chefs are whipping up »
Zahav has announced their fourth annual Down the Shore Extravaganza and this year it moves outdoors to Morgan’s Pier. The ticketed event is set for Monday, July 1st from 6 to 10 p.m. The party will feature bites from some of Philadelphia’s best chefs and “disco-fied” klezmer beats from the West Philadelphia Orchestra.
Tickets are $85 and include buffet dinner by Michael Solomonov, open bar (beer and sangria) plus hors d’oeuvres from an impressive list of chefs.
Participating chefs and ticket information »
There are two wine dinners coming up fast on the calendar that you oenophiles ought to be aware of.
The first is an Andre Mack winemaker dinner at Le Bec Fin–the third in the restaurant’s series of dinners. It’s happening tomorrow, April 17, at 6:30, and as of right now, there are about ten reservations remaining at $125 a pop. The crew at Le Bec is putting together an 8-course dinner to pair with the wines that Mack will be discussing, and the menu looks like a pretty good one. Think of Lillet Rosé poached foie gras with rhubarb, cured beets and parsnips served alongside Love Drunk Rose or Fried Chicken Napoleon en Vessi with morels a la creme, ramp waffles and preserved hen’s egg paired with Oregogne pinot noir and you’ll be in the ballpark.
And yes, you did read that right. They’re serving fried chicken and waffles at Le Bec Fin. Viva la revolution. Call the restaurant at 215-567-1000 for reservations.
But wait… What if you can’t make it tomorrow night? Then how about hitting Zahav on April 29 for their Chateau Musar dinner?
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Long time Foobooz reader and commenter Alimentarian, delivers us the scoop on a chef collaboration we can’t wait to taste.
On the heels of the announcement of his pop-up at Momofuku Saam Bar in New York, Michael Solomonov has revealed plans for an exciting home-town event at Zahav. Solomonov will be hosting Han Chiang of Han Dynasty for a collaboration they’re calling Han Solo. Zahav will be screening the original Star Wars movie and serving Star Wars-themed dishes and cocktails. The date and full menu have not been released, but a few tantalizing details have been provided.
Chiang will be offering a take on his famous Dan Dan noodles called Taun Taun innards (remember that scene from the Empire Strikes Back?). Solomonov, for his part, promises a dish called Chewbaccala and a dessert plate of wookie cookies and Federation Donuts.
We’ll release the date and details once finalized. In the meantime, look forward to this and may the Force be with you.
Caciofo Alla Giuda at Le Castagne
Passover begins at sundown this evening and Philadelphia restaurants are celebrating the Jewish Festival of Liberation with special passover menus.
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UPDATE: The details have been revealed. As part of Momofuku’s late night dinner series, David Chang will be hosting Zahav at Momofuku ssäm bar on Tuesday, April 9th. The all-inclusive meal is just $85 per person.
Reservations are being accepted via firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sounds like a bargain. And hey, we’re cool with sharing Zahav for a night as long as that means David Chang and Momofuku come down to Philadelphia for a night.
Be Well Philly asked a dietician for advice on eating healthy during Restaurant Week. She’s got five tips to live by and also suggests what to order at seven participating restaurants including a.kitchen, Butcher & Singer and Lacroix.
Cheat Sheet: A Dietician’s Guide to Philadelphia Restaurant Week [Be Well Philly]
Restaurant Week Guide [f8b8z]
It’s that time again. Center City Restaurant Week is nearly upon us, and in order to help you, the loyal Foobooz readers, get the most bang for your buck, we’ve combed through all the menus being offered by the 100-plus restaurants participating this year and come up with a few ideal meals for you to consider. And today, we’ve got…
Zahav: It Takes A Village
Okay, so I’m just saying make your reservations now, okay? We clear? Zahav is not the kind of place you’re going to just be able to walk into on any night during the next two weeks and expect to get anything but the stink-eye from the staff. The place is going to be busy, is what I’m saying. But there’s a reason for that. Of all the 100-some restaurants participating in this year’s Restaurant Week, Zahav is both one of the most popular and likely the one place that’s best prepared for being able to handle the onslaught coming their way.
Why? Because they handle serious crowds every single day. Also because the kitchen’s Restaurant Week menu is essentially identical to the menu they serve every other week. Like Barbuzzo yesterday, Zahav is offering four courses rather than the standard three (including one in which you’re offered two choices), and the list of options is large. If you’ve got plans at any point to go out with a group, Zahav is where you want to plant your team flag. Bring a party of four and, with a little sharing, you can eat virtually everything that’s great on the menu, all for $35 a head.
Let’s take a look at how the menu breaks down.
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For the third year in a row, Zahav is hosting a Jewish Christmas night. Yes, the night does include Asian food and a movie. This year it is An Extremely Jewish & Korean Christmas with Korean food and a movie. The event is Thursday, December 20th and costs $55 per person. Get your tickets now as this event will sell out fast.
A Very Jewish Christmas Tickets [Cook+Solo]
Zahav [Official Site]