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December 28, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
What follows is a summary of the restaurants reviewed this year, primarily on Sundays, but also in Thursday Food features. As always, there were second chances and revisits to a handful of restaurants to check for improvement. I went back to six places that seemed within striking distance of a rating change - those are designated with an asterisk. Good news there: One stepped up from two to three bells (Aldine), one moved from one to two (Ardé), another climbed out of the no-bells basement (Bonchon)
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May 22, 1996 | by Aliza Green, Special to the Daily News
YO, CHEFS! I love sun-dried tomatoes under olive oil, but, being retired, I find them expensive. I have a bag of sun-dried tomatoes but don't know how to prepare them. Can you help me? Ray Cascella Penrose Park Dear Ray, Carla Fusaro is the chef/owner, with her husband Enzo, of the classic Northern Italian restaurant, Il Gallo Nero, which they recently relocated from Center City to Ambler. Carla says sun-dried tomatoes are similar to dried fruits like apricots.
FOOD
May 13, 2010 | By Dianna Marder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sylva Senat is right on time. Sous chef by 25, chef de cuisine or executive chef by 30, "and by the time I'm 40, I want to own a place," says Senat, 33, the chef de cuisine at Stephen Starr's stalwart, Buddakan, in Old City. He is a study in contrasts, this ambitious but inherently humble sophisticate who presents a striking appearance with his chiseled jaw and long dreads. A French-speaking Haitian native with Manhattan fine-dining sensibilities, Senat is a kitchen-trained, not culinary-school-educated chef who learned from some of the absolute best: Andrew D'Amico when he was at the Sign of the Dove; Marcus Samuelsson, who made Senat his sous chef at Aquavit; and Jean-George Vongerichten, who made Senat chef de cuisine at 66 Leonard Street and the Mercer Kitchen.
NEWS
October 20, 1998 | by Gloria Campisi, Daily News Staff Writer
Authorities are turning up the heat on chef Guy Sileo. Montgomery County's first deputy district attorney yesterday called Sileo the prime suspect in the murder nearly two years ago of James Webb, Sileo's business partner and fellow chef at the General Wayne Inn. The two men were deeply in debt when Webb, 31, was shot in the head Dec. 26, 1996, as he worked in the offices of the historic inn in Lower Merion. Following the killing, authorities learned that Sileo and Webb owed more than $1 million on the restaurant, had been feuding over its operation and had taken out $650,000 life insurance policies on each other.
NEWS
October 11, 2004 | By Patricia Mans FOR THE INQUIRER
Joshua, 15, loves going hunting with his foster father. When the teenager bagged his first deer, using only a bow and arrow, they were both excited. Joshua's many other interests include camping, swimming, weight lifting, video games, and playing football. In the 10th grade, Joshua attends a vocational high school. He enjoyed carpentry classes so much that he may make this trade his career. He is learning auto repair. His brother Jason, 13, is in seventh grade and receives help in math and reading.
FOOD
June 4, 1986 | By Gerald Etter, Inquirer Food Writer
Nicola Shirley wants to be a cook. Well, cook may not be exactly the right word. The Germantown High School senior has set her sights a bit higher. "I want to be a chef," she emphasized in no uncertain terms. "I don't just want to cook. I want to learn the culinary arts. This is what distinguishes cooks from great chefs. " Quite an interesting view from one so young. And just how does this 18- year-old with the self-designed challenge intend to accomplish this? "Lots of hard work," she explained.
NEWS
December 14, 1986 | By John V.R. Bull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Thanks to its recent takeover by one of the region's best chefs, the Golden Pheasant Inn has a new lease on life. The 1857 Bucks County landmark had been in a state of senescence in recent years, but it was reopened Oct. 3 by Michel Faure, a native of Grenoble, France, who has worked at a number of the area's best restaurants, including Le Bec-Fin and the Bellevue Stratford in Philadelphia and the Hotel du Pont in Wilmington. Faure had operated the nearby Carversville Inn since July 1984, but he jumped at the chance for the Golden Pheasant's larger quarters and more visible River Road location in Erwinna.
NEWS
December 25, 1999 | By Jason Wermers, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Family and friends of James E. Webb, who co-owned the General Wayne Inn in Lower Merion, will hold a memorial service tomorrow night to commemorate the third anniversary of his slaying. The service will take place 8 p.m. at St. Timothy's Church on Route 452 in Aston. Carol Casey of Folsom, a friend of Webb's, said the family wanted to honor his memory and keep him alive in the thoughts of those who knew him. "It's also important, I believe, since it's an unsolved murder, to keep it out in front," Casey said.
FOOD
May 19, 2011 | By Michael Klein, PHILLY.COM
Through tense silence at Avery Fisher Hall in New York earlier this month, he heard his name wash over him. Michael Solomonov. Pronounced correctly, even. Sol-ah-MON-ov . Beaming, he made his way to the lectern, where he was handed a bronze medallion bearing the visage of James Beard, attached to a yellow ribbon. Best chef, Mid-Atlantic region. Solomonov had no prepared speech for the James Beard Foundation, the Oscars of the food world. "I didn't want to lose again and go home with a speech in my pocket," said Solomonov, 32, who was nominated last year in the same category and two years ago in the category of rising-star chef.
NEWS
April 17, 1990 | By Ralph Cipriano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Head chef Nathaniel Frison, 79, of West Philadelphia, a legend in the kitchen at the Old Original Bookbinder's restaurant on Walnut Street for nearly half a century, died Friday at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. A quiet, meticulous man, Mr. Frison developed the recipes for Manhattan clam chowder, snapper soup and bouillabaisse at Bookbinder's. "He was a wonderful person and a magnificent chef," said John Taxin Sr., the restaurant's owner since 1941. Mr. Frison began working at the restaurant in 1936.
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May 13, 2016 | By Drew Lazor, For The Inquirer
Joe Cicala's meat is ahead of schedule. But that doesn't mean it'll be eaten anytime soon. "This is perfect," says the chef, grinning as he gently thumbs a butcher-twined hunk of pork the size and shape of a beehive. We're standing close in a stuffy, funky-smelling curing room, an industrial walk-in where a few dozen culatellos, cut from the rear leg of the pig, dangle on metal S-hooks. Cicala pulls out a leather sheath housing his ago di osso di cavallo , a bone chisel carved from the femur of a horse that could pass for a weapon on Game of Thrones . Drawing the insanely sharp tool and wielding it like a dagger, he plunges the business end into the flesh of a few hanging specimens, sniffing it on the way out. An off-putting odor would indicate curing has gone awry, he explains.
FOOD
May 5, 2016
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat:   Craig LaBan: The results of the James Beard Awards, the self-styled "Oscars" of the food industry, are getting to be a familiar sad story. Lots of Philly chefs get finalist nominations, but none come home with hardware from that national stage. I, for one, don't put too much stock in the real significance of those accolades. We know Philly has one of America's great culinary scenes - because we're the ones eating here every day. A restaurateur like Stephen Starr and chefs like Eli Kulp, Rich Landau, Greg Vernick, Alex Bois, and Michael Solomonov absolutely belong on that stage.
NEWS
April 24, 2016
Craig LaBan's review of the Little Lion restaurant in the Live Life Love section of the Sunday Inquirer was written and printed before the owners of the restaurant announced Friday that executive chef Sean Ciccarone had left as of this week following some temporary health issues. Sous chef Andre Davis will step up in the interim while a search begins for Ciccarone's replacement.  
FOOD
April 22, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
Matzo is known to Jews observing Passover as "the bread of affliction," and after eight days of eating the stuff, that title really starts to ring true. An overgrown cracker with cumbersome ridges and all the flavor of copy paper, it's an inelegant sandwich vehicle that tends to shatter under the pressure of a vigorous schmear. And yet, it turns out, matzo is also surprisingly versatile. At a time of year when other wheat-based foods are off the table, it can be a cook's secret weapon.
FOOD
April 8, 2016 | By Drew Lazor, For The Inquirer
Heading into its fifth year on the western bank of the Delaware River, Morgan's Pier has established itself as one of the most popular fair-weather venues in al fresco-crazed Philadelphia, serving an estimated 150,000 customers during its annual spring-to-fall season. DJ nights, live concerts, and craft beer tastings are de rigueur at the venue, run by Avram Hornik's Four Corners Management. But the food at Morgan's Pier, which opens April 21, has always been executed a little differently.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
Sundance is history, Cannes is still weeks - and an ocean - away, and the Philadelphia Film Festival won't pitch its tent again until October. What's a movie fiend to do? Go to a film festival or two, that's what. A happy convergence of small but smartly curated festivals is happening in and around town in the coming weeks. The folks at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival launch their monthly series of "CineMondays" tomorrow with an impressive food-centric doc starring Zahav chef Michael Solomonov.
BUSINESS
March 13, 2016 | By Jonathan Takiff, Inquirer Technology Writer
It almost felt like old home week as Gizmo Guy made a mad dash to Chicago last Saturday for the International Home + Housewares Show. Several Philly-regional vendors were in the thick of things, showing new wares at Chicago's giant McCormick Center. Keeping the edge on. Dan Friel Jr. himself gave me the grand tour of the Chef's Choice booth. "Small electrics" - aka appliances - are in his blood, as dad Dan Friel Sr. founded CC's parent company Edgecraft Corp. in Avondale, Pa. in 1985.
FOOD
March 4, 2016 | By Joy Manning, For The Inquirer
There has always been a lot for locals to love about our city's culinary soul. But as the city and its restaurants are landing on "best of" lists nationwide, it's clear the rest of the food world is sharing the love, with two Top Chef winners running restaurants here and local chefs regularly honored by the James Beard Awards. There are a lot of things driving Philadelphia's food scene forward, but one unlikely contributing force is Drexel University's Center for Hospitality & Sports Management.
FOOD
February 26, 2016 | By Samantha Melamed, Staff Writer
As the business day wound down at Material Culture - the former Germantown freight-train station that's now a showroom for furnishings from around the world - guests were just arriving for a Thursday-night feast. Chef Aliza Green greeted many of them with hugs: These are relationships that go all the way back to Philadelphia's first attempt at a restaurant renaissance, in the 1980s. Green was 27 in 1979, when she landed the job of executive chef at the trendsetting restaurant DiLullo's.
FOOD
February 12, 2016 | By Michael Klein, Staff Writer
Center City's residential growth is being fueled in part by empty-nester suburbanites seeking bright lights. Susanna Foo, the chef/restaurateur who raised her two boys on the Main Line and shut her namesake restaurant in Radnor last summer, not only has bought a condo in Rittenhouse Square, but she will work there, too. Foo and her son Gabriel expect to open SUGA - a portmanteau of "Susanna" and "Gabriel" - in the next two weeks at 1720...
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