Set an alarm, drop your calls, and mark your calendar because today at 1 p.m., tickets go on sale for the next Cage Match Dinner Battle at Alla Spina. And with only 26 spots open, attendees will be competing for spots as much as the chefs will be for the winning title.
The tasty matchup will happen Wednesday, July 16 between Michael Solomonov & Co. from Zahav and Marc Vetri & Co. from Vetri. Fun fact: Solomonov used to work under Vetri. Like every competition though, there can only be one winner. Will it be student or teacher? Insert dramatic sound effect here.
The ticket is $95 per person and a portion of the proceeds will go to Rooster Soup Company, a kickstarter put together by Federal Donuts and Broad Street Ministry.
So the good folks over at Food Republic had an interesting idea: 5 editors, 5 world cuisines, 5 days, with each day’s focus being stories about (or inspired by) a single cuisine about which the editors wanted to learn more.
Questlove of the Roots lists his ten favorite restaurants across the world for Vanity Fair. And the globe-trotting drummer gives a shoutout to his hometown and Zahav. It joins the likes of Chicago’s Next, Paris’s Le P’tit Bercy and Tokyo’s Sukiyabashi Jiro.
So if you missed American New Year and you missed Chinese New Year and are still feeling bad about it (or maybe just in need of a third chance to make some resolutions), Michael Solomonov is giving you one more chance.
Next month, Zahav will be celebrating Norooz, which is Persian New Year. And they’re doing it with a collaboration dinner on March 18 with Louisa Shafia, chef and author of The New Persian Kitchen.
If you follow Zahav owner and chef Michael Solomonov on Instagram you know he’s been eating his way around Israel recently. It’s all part of a two-hour documentary he’s filming, called The Search for Israeli Cuisine. The PBS documentary is being filmed by two-time Academy Award nominee and James Beard Award winning filmmaker Roger Sherman.
On Tuesday, January 14th at 7 p.m., Percy Street Barbecue is hosting a special dinner with chef/owner Erin O’Shea collaborating with Zahav’sMichael Solomonov and master spice blender Lior Lev Sercarz of La Boîte Epice in New York City. You’ve come across these spices at Zahav and in many of Federal Donuts’ donuts and fried chicken.
The three-course dinner will be served family-style and each course will be paired with a drink featuring beer from Brooklyn Brewery. The price is $60 per person, which includes the beverage pairing, tax and gratuity.
Among the highlights, biscuits with foie gras butter, pork and lobster machleb sausage and a smoked lamb shank.
Zahav is once again hosting a very Jewish Christmas. On Monday, December 23rd, it will be Vietnamese food and a movie. And this year the food will serve as a menu preview of Tyler Akin’s upcoming restaurant, Stock, a Vietnamese restaurant that Akin (a sous chef at Zahav) is opening at 308 E. Girard Avenue in Fishtown.
The movies are a surprise, but will most likely be R-rated. Price is $55 per person and excludes beverages, tax and gratuity.
So you think you’re too late to get in on the whole one-night-only Chanukah menu at Zahav happening tomorrow night? Well, you’re only half right. While the dinner itself is pretty much sold out (according to the managers, there might be some last-minute cancellations, but there’s also a REALLY long waiting list), there is still hope. The bar at Zahav is going to be open on a first-come/first-served basis, and everything that’s on the special, six-course Chanukah menu will be available at the bar, a la carte. So yes, that means you’ll be able to assemble the entire dinner for yourself, or just order six plates of the fried challah donuts with burnt marshmallow and call it a night.
Zahav chef and co-owner, Michael Solomonov will be filming a two-hour documentary called The Search for Israeli Cuisine. Solomonov will be followed around Israel by two-time Academy Award nominee and James Beard Award winning filmmaker Roger Sherman. The documentary will air on PBS in 2014.
Check out the preview above to get a feel for what the film will be about and for just how rich Israel’s food scene is.