July 18, 2015 |
They came for Eli. Hundreds of food lovers and dozens of chefs helped raise more than $130,000 Thursday night at a fund-raiser at Fork Restaurant for Eli Kulp, one of the city's most promising and celebrated chefs, who was paralyzed in the May 12 crash of Amtrak Train 188. Thursday night's benefit - with $25,000 in donations from a silent auction - will be combined with $49,000 raised previously to help offset medical expenses for Kulp, 37,...
June 1, 2015 |
You might consider Glenn Bergman, 63, something of the Zelig of Philadelphia's food scene. There he was in the '80s, humping desserts for a Frog Commissary-catered party. Then grilling stuffed veal loin at La Terasse. Then running a corporate dining unit. By 2004, he was leading the fourfold growth of Mount Airy's (and later Chestnut Hill's) Weaver's Way Co-op from funky grocer to spiffy organics purveyor to urban farmer. Next month, he'll put on a new hat - top manager of Philabundance, the city's enduring antihunger organization.
February 26, 2015 |
Andrew Zappley, the exuberant young chef from West Deptford, fell just short in his quest for the title of MasterChef Junior on Tuesday night's season finale of the cooking show of the same name. Andrew, a seventh grader at Holy Trinity Regional School in Westville, watched the episode with teachers, classmates, and parents in Holy Trinity's gym. "There isn't anyone who wanted that prize more than Andrew," his father, Phillip, told the crowd. After the results were announced, Phillip Zappley and principal Elsie Tedeski presented Andrew with an award from the school, along with a framed collage of news clippings tracking his progress through the competition.
February 6, 2015 |
For a few years, Tim Lanza led a double life: as a student at the Art Institute of Philadelphia, and a cook at Marigold Kitchen, West Philadelphia's laboratory of modernist cooking. By the time he'd worked his way up from garde-manger to sous chef, school felt redundant. "I was learning so much at Marigold: molecular gastronomy, gels and foams," he said. "Then, I'd be sitting in a class where we're learning how to make omelets correctly. " So, he dropped out. Then, he got a real education.
November 4, 2014 |
His funeral drew judges, lawyers, officials, civil rights activists, and marijuana-legalization advocates from around the country. William H. Buckman, a Moorestown lawyer known for his pivotal role in exposing racial profiling in New Jersey, was remembered by those and others after his death two weeks ago at age 61. He committed suicide in a Mount Laurel motel room, prompting disbelief and grief in the legal community, where he was revered for his...
October 9, 2014 |
A Norristown man was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday after admitting he stabbed his childhood friend nearly two dozen times and set his body afire in a Chester County apartment - all for $350. Prosecutors had initially sought the death penalty for 22-year-old Shakeem Carter for the February 2013 murder of 17-year-old Kevin Allen. "I just hope that monster, for the rest of his life, wakes up in the morning with the same fear that Kevin had in the last five or 10 minutes of his life," the victim's aunt, Pearline Allen, sobbed during the hearing in West Chester.
October 3, 2014 |
Chops - the steak house that started in Bala Cynwyd and expanded to Washington Square before shuttering last year - is back in business. Alex Plotkin's brand occupies the former Table 31 at the Comcast Center at 17th and JFK Boulevard. Chops' outdoor operation on the plaza in front of the Comcast Center opened in the spring. Eimer Design redid Chops' two-story bar area, opening it up to the outside windows on the 17th Street side and adding a gas fireplace. The dining room is more colorful.
March 30, 2014 |
Moments after the crepe batter started bubbling and the potatos were being peeled, Nazir Hanible's Friday morning took a turn for the worse. As the 19-year-old aspiring chef reached across the counter to start slicing and dicing his ingredients, the tip of his left index finger met the edge of a very sharp kitchen knife. He had to stop mid-stride to wash the wound and put on a bandage. Minutes later, Hanible was back in the thick of things, standing shoulder to shoulder with 18 other high school chefs who spent the morning at Drexel University, chopping, stirring, whisking, and pouring, each in the hope of scoring a big-time scholarship to culinary school.
March 27, 2014 |
AS THE youth of America goes, so goes MTV. With its latest reality show, the network focuses on the growing importance of food culture to its target audience. And wouldn't you know it? The network's first food show, "House of Food," comes from three Philly brothers. Think of "House of Food," premiering Monday at 10 p.m., as if someone took "Top Chef" and MTV's signature show, "The Real World," and put them into a blender: Seven attractive amateur chefs, none of whom have gone to culinary school, are picked to live in a gorgeous Los Angeles mansion.
December 20, 2013 |
CLORA CARLTON Faircloth thought of herself as the best cook around. Not the second best, the best! As a result, when Holmesburg Prison officials made her the "second cook" at the former penal institution, she quit. "She was second to none, especially when it came to cooking," said her daughter, Marian McCrimmon. This was the philosophy that carried Clora through a life of accomplishment, as an entrepreneur with restaurants and other businesses on her resume, a church leader and, most of all, a family matriarch.