Year In Review: January
We’ll be looking back at the year that was in Philadelphia food and drink. We’ll be doing three months a day over the next four days. We of course start at the beginning, January, 2009, a month that started with a shock.
- We woke on New Year’s Day 2009 to find out Brasserie Perrier had closed for good.
- With an uncertain economy and on the heels of BP’s closure we start our Closings feature.
- We’re first told that Stephen Starr is going to bring back Blue Angel. We’re still waiting (actually we kind of gave up on that).
- Terence Feury becomes the chef at Fork.
- We kept our 2009 New Year’s resolution, did you?
- 943 was announced in January. A year later and it still hasn’t opened.
- We get the photos of the Oyster House back when it was in the heavy demolition phase.
- Obamamania was running wild with just about everyone having a special Inauguration Day Event.
- Paesano’s hit our radar as Drew Lazor praised the Arista.
- Mac and cheese was our comfort last winter. Even Craig LaBan did an entire article on the comfort food.
- The Society of Gluttony hits the whole suckling pig dinner at Amada.
Dish of the Month
Arista at Paesano’s
The most stellar member of Paesanoâ€™s five-sandwich menu selection is also its most traditional â€” the Arista, thin-shaved slices of unfairly tender house-roasted suckling pig cuddling up to broccoli rabe and long hots on yet another jus-soaked long roll. – Drew Lazor, Paesano’s