June 9, 1994 |
Anthony L. "Tony" Apichella, chef at Judy's Cafe, died Tuesday of natural causes. He was 43 and lived in Center City. Apichella had worked at the cafe at 3rd and Bainbridge streets since 1977. He started out making salads and learned culinary skills on the job from then chef Richard Gac. He was a fast study and as with most things he did in life, he was very quickly a success. He had an undergraduate and a master's degree from Millersville University where he also helped start the ice hockey program.
March 6, 1991 |
The menu at the Friday Saturday Sunday restaurant in Center City is always written on a blackboard. And the longtime head chef, Billy Weaver, was just as casual. In the summertime, when he finished cooking a rack of lamb, Mr. Weaver would stroll out of the kitchen, a white apron over his white shirt and shorts, sit down at a table and have a cup of coffee with his guests. "He loved a party," said Lewis Bolno, a chef who worked with Mr. Weaver. "He would wander from table to table.
August 31, 1995 |
John Petro, 74, of Phoenixville, a retired career Army master sergeant and former hospital chef, died Tuesday of a heart attack at his vacation home in Montrose, Pa. Mr. Petro grew up in a small town in central Pennsylvania near Johnstown and graduated from high school there. He joined the Army during World War II and saw action in Germany. He stayed on for 20 years after the war, retiring in 1965. Much of that time he spent in charge of food operations at Valley Forge Military Hospital.
June 27, 2013 |
Here's what some area chefs had to say about the Food Network's decision not to renew Paula Deen's contract after her admission that she had used racial slurs in the past. Kevin Sbraga, chef owner of Sbraga restaurant: "I totally support Paula Deen. I think it's unfortunate the situation she was put in. . . . I think that stuff goes on more often than people know or think. People are coming down on her really hard ... I think [Food Network] took the appropriate measure - it's smart for them to protect their brand.
February 22, 2010 |
There was cannon fire in Philadelphia on the morning of Feb. 22, 1797, as 16 rounds of salute - one for each state - rang out in celebration of the nation's greatest hero. It was the 65th birthday of George Washington, the "man who united all hearts," as John Quincy Adams called him. And with Washington's final weeks as president ahead, the event was celebrated with "more sincere joy" than ever, according to the Philadelphia Gazette. People of all classes paraded to the President's House at Sixth and Market.
January 13, 1988 |
A Seasoned Chef (Donald I. Fine, $18.95) is Jean Vergnes' culinary tale of the making of a master chef in the French classic tradition. Vergnes, founder and former co-owner of New York's famed Le Cirque restaurant, weaves 150 recipes into an arduous journey beginning with his apprenticeship in Grenoble, France, 50 years ago. Vergnes' training consisted of rigorous seven-day workweeks that usually began at 7:30 a.m. and ended at 10:30 p.m. There...
October 8, 1997 |
Gerardo Picardi, 72, a retired chef and restaurant owner, died Saturday of cancer at his North Wales home. A native of Montecorvino, Italy, Mr. Picardi immigrated to the United States in 1945 and resided in Philadelphia for many years. He moved to North Wales in 1972. He earned a bachelor's degree from Temple University when he was 58 and also studied at Montgomery County Community College. Mr. Picardi owned and operated Picardi's Restaurant on North 22d Street in Philadelphia for 21 years, until 1969.
January 6, 2015 |
Robert's dual passions are cooking and inventing, both of which top the 16-year-old's list of career goals. But until the day when he realizes his dream of becoming either a chef or an inventor, Robert's favorite teen activities are weightlifting, fishing, and building things. Enrolled in a vocational school where he receives special-education services, Robert does well academically. Easy-going and articulate, he gets along well with adults, and isn't shy around them. It takes him a few minutes to warm up around his peers.
January 27, 1997 |
On Jan. 19, 1996, on a blustery night when most of the city was tucked safely into their snow-capped houses, two men were murdered just before midnight. One crime was front-page news - Robert Porter, 28, an off-duty Philadelphia police officer, was killed in a hail of bullets as he drove away from a Powelton Village bar with another off-duty police officer. Within hours, two suspects were arrested, as detectives worked around the clock to piece together the case. Across town, at about the same time, another murder was plotted and executed.
January 24, 2008 |
HE MAY BE just 22, but in chef years, Jesse Vega is a seasoned pro. An executive chef at Gigi in Old City at the age of 21, the Queens, N.Y., native will soon head up the kitchen at Azul, a Mexican eatery opening in early March at 10th and Spruce. "When I hired Jesse, it was clear to me from the beginning that he had something special," said George Markakis, who owned Gigi before expanding to Azul. "His flavors blew me away from the start. " Although not formally trained, Vega has been cooking since he was allowed to use the stove.