April 10, 1990 |
In the kitchen, preparing a five-course dinner for 800 people, executive chef Nickolas Petruse was as cool as the creme caramel he would sometimes serve for dessert. Dressed in his white chef's hat, a white tunic and black-and-white checked pants, the unflappable Mr. Petruse was a man who believed that food was an art form. Mr. Petruse, a resident of Lehighton, died Thursday at Hahnemann University Hospital after suffering a heart attack. He was 41. As a chef, Mr. Petruse didn't believe in shortcuts.
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.
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 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.
July 9, 2011 |
Niki Vrooman Perry, 38, of South Philadelphia, a chef, writer, and advocate for brain-cancer research, died of the disease Thursday, June 30, at home. Mrs. Perry was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor in 2006. The cancer was treated with chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation. She shared her quest for a cure and her experience with the medical establishment on Internet message boards and as a frequent contributor to a website sponsored by the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research and Information.
November 7, 1999 |
Heidi Fleming knew what she was getting into when she agreed to marry a chef: She'd see little of him because of his horrendous work schedule and she'd be upstaged at her own wedding by the food. Heidi did look creamy in white satin at her wedding Oct. 3 to Matthew Becker, a graduate of the Restaurant School and the new executive sous chef at the University of Pennsylvania. But the guests couldn't stop salivating once they arrived at Joseph Poon's Asian Fusion restaurant at 10th and Arch Streets.