Two More Beer Gardens For You To Visit This Weekend

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Seriously, I know that people like drinking outside and that, for years, we had to fight just to see one or two beer gardens open for the summer. But now it seems like these things are opening/popping up/changing location every weekend, and pretty soon we’re going to get to the point where there’s one on every block.

Not saying this is a bad thing, just… Man, how things have changed.

Anyway, there are two new beer gardens for you to explore this weekend. And the first one also comes with sushi.

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Local Chefs Star in Redo of Terminal B at PHL

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This is how you do an announcement. Roll in the jet, roll out the red carpet. Nick Elmi at PHL.

Yesterday afternoon, American Airlines, Philadelphia International Airport and airport hospitality firm, OTG put on an impressive show to announce a $30 million overhaul of PHL’s Terminal B. That overhaul will include eateries from eight well known local chefs and restaurateurs.

The event took place at American Airlines huge hanger at the southern end of the airport. The chefs and restaurateurs, including Top Chef winners Nick Elmi and Kevin Sbraga descended the steps of a sparkling American Airlines plane to take their places along with PHL’s CEO Rochelle Cameron, Cedric Rockamore of American Airlines and OTG’s founder Rick Blatstein. After a highly-polished video about the transformation of Terminal B, samples of each restaurant’s food, plus wine and beer were brought out.

The project has been in the pipeline for a number of years old and several of the chefs involved admitted, that they thought their involvement was dead. When complete, the overhauled terminal will have eight new eateries and thousands of iPads from which to order food right to the gate.

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Philly Has Chestnuts Roasting

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It’s a little warm out for an open fire, but for many Christmas time means the sweet flavor of chestnuts, be they roasted, pureed, or folded into something sweet. Unfortunately, for those who love them, they can be difficult to find stateside. Here are a few spots around town where you can find their incomparable flavor, Jack Frost nipping or no.

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Zama Rolls Out A New Chef’s Tasting Menu

ZamaJapanese sushi restaurant Zama announces a new tasting menu to premiere at their Rittenhouse Square location.

Chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka is known for fusing Japanese culture and culinary traditions with modern, local flavors through his a la carte sashimi and extensive variety of sushi offerings. The new menu though? While there appears to be some room for Zama to slide in a few of his trademark tastes of Philly, the base of the huge, 9-course board is very traditional–offering everything from an opening-course namero (fish and herbs mixed with barley-miso and fermented sake paste) to ochazuke rice ball soup.

The new tasting menu will be offered for dinner every week Monday-Sunday at $125 per person–which might seem pricey until you take a look at what Zama is offering. The menu looks both expansive and kinda amazing.

And lucky for you, we’ve got a copy. Check out a sneak-peak at the opening version of the new  tasting menu below.

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Celebrating 5 Years at Zama

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For one night only, and in celebration of the Rittenhouse sushi bar’s 5th anniversary, Zama will be doing a 5-course tasting menu (which, counting dessert, is really 6 courses, and 7 counting the intermezzo) on Friday, December 19. It’ll run you $55 per person, and the menu? It look more than a little bit awesome.

Check it out below.

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Rittenhouse Row Debuts Four-Night Culinary Event

Rittenhouse Row Culinary logo2_BlackThe forces of Rittenhouse RowKevin Sbraga, and Danielle DelRe, of Starr Restaurants, have come together to create an event that will be one to remember. From August 4th to the 7th, the restaurants of Rittenhouse Row will prepare meals unlike the ones on the traditional menus and give you a dining experience that is one of a kind. As of right now, 18 members will participate in the Rittenhouse Row Culinary Collective, but the list is growing.

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Weird Beer Alert: Hitachino Anbai Plum On Tap At Zama

hitachino-nest-logo-400For only the second time in Philly (and one of the very few times in the US entirely), Hitachino Anbai plum beer is showing up on a tap list. This weekend, Zama will be tapping the one small keg they were able to get their hands on and, odds are, it isn’t going to last longer than a couple days.

So what is this stuff? It’s Hitachino Nest white ale (already a rarity) that has been doctored with Japanese plums picked from Hitachino owner, Toshiyuki Kiuchi’s, private orchard. The plums spend six months soaking in the beer, then a little bit of natural sea salt is added to finish this strange, salty/sour wheat beer.

So if you’re one of those people who just can’t resist bragging about the rare and unusual beers you’ve tried, this is a can’t-miss event. The Hitachino Anbai plum is on tap now and will only be around for this weekend.

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Rare Hitachino Plum Wheat on Tap This Weekend

hitachino-nest-logo-400For the first time ever, Hitachino Anbai Plum Wheat Ale will be available on tap in Philadelphia. Zama will be one of just a handful of restaurants in the United States that will have the beer.

Hitachino Anbai Plum Wheat Ale is made from a base of Hitachino Nest White Ale that is then mixed with Japanese plums. After soaking for six months, Mo-shio (natural sea salt) is added, creating a salty and sour brew.

The 20 liter keg is on tap this weekend at Zama and will likely only last through the weeekend.

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