Eats Beat

Posted: August 23, 2012

The Polish American Cultural Center Museum (308 Walnut St., 215-922-1700) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with Polish food, sold Wednesday through Friday, noon-3 p.m. Pierogies, kielbasa and Polish water ice are on the menu. The museum’s free and open 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

REX 1516 (1516 South St., 267-319-136) has a new bar-bites menu served daily, 5-7 p.m. Grab some bargain brews as well, such as Newbold IPA, $3; and Ballast Point IPA, $6.

Put those tomatoes to use in a fresh salsa you’ll learn to make during “Foodie Friday” at the Philadelphia Hortical Society Pop Up Garden (1905 Walnut St.). Chipotle Mexican Grill will demo the dish every 20 minutes from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Little Baby’s Ice Cream truck will be there, as it will be every Friday through Oct. 12.

Lacroix at the Rittenhouse is celebrating its 10th anniversary Sept. 24 with a collaborative 10-course tasting menu (with wine pairings) crafted by a star lineup of local chefs: Jason Cichonski, Michael Fiorello, Matthew Levin, Matt Ridgway, Peter Scarola, Brinn Sinnott, Lee Styer and Townsend Wentz. Namesake chef Jean-Marie Lacroix is honorary guest host. The price tag’s steep — $350 a person — but there’s a noble cause involved, raising funds for the new Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Scholarship to be given to a local student by the James Beard Foundation. Call 215-790-2530 for reservations.

Chef Kristian Leuzzi shows his love for tomatoes with a four-course tomato menu ($24, or $6 a dish a la carte) at his restaurant, Kris (1100 Federal St., 215-468-0104, krisphilly.com). Try Salt Cod and Jersey Tomato Carppaccio with Pickled Red Onion, Chicken Cutlet Milanese with Lemon Aioli, Jersey Tomato Salad, Dandelion Greens and more. Pair with Italian microbrewery Tenuti Collesi’s Imper Ale Rossa for $12.

How many times have you gone to Resurrection Ale House for its fabled fried chicken, only to discover it had sold out? (It’s happened to us twice, though we’ll keep trying!) Local writer April White has collected this recipe and many others from notable Philly chefs and restaurants in her new book, Philadelphia Chef’s Table: Extraordinary Recipes from the City of Brotherly Love Lyons Press, $24.95). Now you can make your own chicken, or Good Dog Bar’s Roquefort-stuffed burger and Han Dynasty’s Dan Dan Noodle. Chefs offer cooking tips, and there are cocktail recipes, too.


Send food and restaurant news to Assistant Features Editor Laurie Conrad, conradl@phillynews.com.

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