April 12, 2013
* Butchers and fishmongers from Whole Foods Markets are going blade to blade in a national slice-and-dice contest that has its local qualifying event at 10 a.m. April 25 at the Plymouth Meeting store (500 W. Germantown Pike, 610-832-0010). Ten butchers and 10 fishmongers will compete, one each from 10 area stores, in several categories. Finalists will head to a regional event May 23 in Virginia Beach. The final smackdown will be held in September in Portland, Ore. * Hail to the Chefs, benefiting the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, will be held 6-9 p.m. April 29 at the Knowlton Mansion (8001 Verree Road)
January 31, 2013
Michael and Jeniphur Pasquarello have developed a mini-empire in the Loft District near Broad and Callowhill Streets. They are approaching the 10th anniversary of the industrial-chic Cafe Lift , in a former police-hat manufacturing plant at 428 N. 13th St., and the fifth anniversary of Prohibition Taproom , a bar in a former shot-and-a-beer a half-block north at 13th and Buttonwood. New this week is Bufad , a wood-fired BYOB pizzeria at 13th and Spring Garden Streets (215-238-9311)
December 7, 2012
* Just in time for holiday gifting, Mount Airy's Geechee Girl Rice Café (6825 Germantown Ave., 215-843-8113, GeecheeGirl.com ) has issued the Geechee Girl 2013 Recipe Calendar, featuring easy-to-follow recipes by the BYOB chef/owner Valerie Erwin, with photos by Debbie Lerman. Snag one for $20 at the restaurant. * Suited for holiday gifts and entertaining is the 13-ingredient tapenade made by Respond Inc., a 45-year-old nonprofit that provides services, including job training, in and around Camden.
November 29, 2012 |
Three Starr veterans have created a modest-priced BYOB about five minutes from the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge in the cute town of Riverton. District 611 (710 Broad St., Riverton, 856-829-1552) partners Brian Baglin (a former general manager at Pod), Catherine Piotrowski (a former general manager at Continental in Old City), and executive chef David Perini (also from Continental) in airy, rustic quarters where the dining room features a wood-burning pizza oven, a polished concrete floor, a "living wall" of plants tucked into niches in the barn-wood walls, and a window to a climate-controlled pizza room where dough is made.
October 25, 2012 |
Le Bec Fin may have maintained the 20th-century salon atmosphere in its new incarnation, but it is bringing 21st-century technology into the dining room. Starting Friday, waiters will pass leather-bound iPads to each patron. Several Philly-area restaurants, including Osteria , Tashan , and Caffe Aldo Lamberti , offer wine lists on iPads, but Le Bec Fin is believed to be the first white-tablecloth restaurant in the region to go entirely paperless. (The downstairs lounge, Chez Georges , eventually will go to iPads, too.)
July 19, 2012 |
Moon Krapugthong, who owns Chabaa Thai in Manayunk, is going the Japanese route with a second BYOB opening Friday just down the street. For Yanako (4255 Main St., 267-297-8151), she enlisted a team of designers that included new graduates of Philadelphia University architecture program. One of them, Jun Suh, is segueing into the general manager's role. Smashing job: The former boutique now has a two-story skylight. Birdcagelike light fixtures hang from the ceiling over a terra-cotta overhang.
July 6, 2012
Early crowds are finding ambition in Lansdowne at the gorgeous NoBL , a Mediterranean BYOB that opened last week in a long-ago hardware store at 24 N. Lansdowne Ave. (484-461-2689) It's a block off Baltimore Avenue — north, to be exact — which explains "NoBL. " It's the crew from the nearby Sycamore — owner Stephen Wagner and chef Sam Jacobson, who turns out such small plates as moussaka, mussels, pappardelle with chicken livers; grilled octopus; grilled artichokes; and 10-inch grilled pizzas.
May 14, 2012
Andrew Fasy is chairman of the Committee to Preserve Ocean City On Tuesday, Ocean City residents voted overwhelmingly to reject a Bring Your Own Bottle (BYOB) ordinance that would have allowed beer, wine, and malt beverages to be brought to local restaurants. The proposal was a classic case of substantial risk far outweighing a very limited and very dubious reward. Ocean City is one of the most successful destinations along the Jersey Shore because of its long-standing reputation as "America's Greatest Family Resort.
May 11, 2012 |
OCEAN CITY, N.J. — It had been a quiet victory celebration, with no popping of champagne corks or rousing cheers. Yet Andrew Fasy said he felt a little hung over Wednesday, the morning after residents of this Cape May County resort took a stand in a historic referendum against allowing alcohol to be consumed at local restaurants. The proposal, rejected by a more than 2-1 ratio, would have allowed diners to bring in their own bottles of beer or wine. "Essentially, nothing has changed here today ... and we're happy about that," said Fasy, chairman of the Committee to Preserve Ocean City, an anti-BYOB group formed after an association of restaurateurs collected enough signatures to have the question put on the general-election ballot.