March 31, 2016 |
Here's some food for thought. Or, rather, here are some thoughts for food. Six months ago, I made a reckless vow. With Donald Trump dominating in the polls, I said I'd eat a column - 18 column inches of toxic newsprint, wood pulp, ink, and all - if he won the Republican presidential nomination. My rationale: "Americans are better than Trump," and Republican primary voters wouldn't nominate "a candidate who expresses the bigotry and misogyny that Trump has. " This prediction still looks viable.
March 25, 2013 |
Sylva Senat's New York chef friends never used to ask about Philadelphia. But they're calling now. And they want to know whether the growing national buzz about his adopted home is true: Is Philly really the next great destination for up-and-coming chefs? Should they come, too? "At least eight have asked me in the past year," says Senat, the chef at Tashan who grew up in Brooklyn and worked at iconic Manhattan restaurants like Acquavit and Jean-Georges before moving to Philadelphia four years ago. The romantic notion of Philadelphia as the East Coast's land of opportunity for culinary ambitions, where the rents are fair, a sophisticated dining public is hungry for "honest food," and line cooks can actually afford to live, has become a self-fulfilling prophecy.
March 27, 2012 |
STELLA , THE BUXOM host of "Saturday Night Dead" on KYW-TV from 1984 to 1990, was inducted into the HorrorHound Hall of Fame at the annual convention in Columbus, Ohio, over the weekend. Stella, the "Maneater from Manayunk" a/k/a Karen Scioli , was excited to meet fellow horror Elvira , Mistress of the Dark, and have what she called, "A meeting of the cleavage," but was disappointed that Elvira didn't show up in character and was inducted under her real name, Cassandra Peterson . Stella now works on "Goth Mothers of Transylvania," which can be found on YouTube.
May 5, 2011
Here are some Philadelphia chefs and the themed feasts they've made at James Beard's Greenwich Village townhouse over the past year or so. There are about 200 such dinners annually - multicourse meals, with wines, that cost $170 for nonmembers ($130 for members). Find out who's cooking next at www.jamesbeard.org or call 1-800-36-BEARD. _ A Taste of Spain: Garces Restaurant Group: Dave Conn (JG Domestic), Adam DeLosso (Garces Trading Co.), Jose Garces (Garces Restaurant Group), MacGregor Mann (Amada)
November 11, 2010 |
THINK GREAT American food towns and what comes to mind? Definitely San Francisco/Napa for wine and farm-to-table cuisine. Then there's New Orleans for eclectic Creole bites, Memphis, Tenn., for barbecue. And don't forget Boulder, Colo., home to an awesome farmer's market and a slew of innovative food companies. Or Portland, Maine, where craft beer and fresh seafood form a perfect union. New York? Natch. But aren't we forgetting something? How about our hometown? Philadelphia deserves much more than its connection to the cheesesteak when it comes to making a culinary splash.
November 12, 2009 |
---- THE KITCHEN is still a man's world. But that's changing, at least in Philadelphia. While women may do most of the cooking at home, in restaurant kitchens across America, more often than not, the top toque is a man. According to an industry report by the National Restaurant Association, women account for just 17 percent of the chefs and head cooks in professional kitchens today (about 1 in 5), with ownership of 25 percent of eating and drinking establishments nationwide.
April 13, 2008 |
A word to high school seniors who agonized over college scholarship applications: Folks, you could have cooked your way into college. Simple? Shrimp cocktail, chicken breast, broccoli and rice pilaf. Maybe not so simple. Yesterday, 10 high school seniors from Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York and Virginia were in two of the kitchens of the Art Institute of Philadelphia on Market Street, across from the headquarters of Peco Energy. Two finalists each won a $2,000 scholarship to their choice of an AI culinary program, leading to a two-year associate degree or a four-year bachelor's degree.
November 1, 1996 |
Great chefs have always garnered celebrity status among those who know their creme brulee and their goose liver pate. But it was an entirely different crowd that worshiped the culinary efforts of Showboat Hotel & Casino's executive chef Wolfgang Geckeler this week. In tattered coats and worn shoes, clutching green duffel bags stuffed with clothing, 300 homeless military veterans from across the region came to dine on a simple feast the chef had prepared for them. "I am a veteran myself," said Geckeler, 51. "And I have seen the plight of these people everywhere I go in this town, on the streets, on the Boardwalk, at the bus station.
September 20, 1995
Philadelphia's a city that awards the coin of celebrity quirkily. It's a city where television newspeople rank bizarrely high on the ladder of fame. It's a city that brings a loony intensity to the scorning of the sports heroes it once adored, but offers a fascinated indulgence to politicians who sin with a certain style. And now it's a city where a chef can make the front page for doing something klutzy in the kitchen. Georges Perrier is not just any chef, mind you, which is why the close encounter of the messy kind his fingers had Monday with a fish- mousse-filled food processor at Le Bec-Fin was front-page news.
March 12, 1995 |
When the call went out for the Great Chefs of Philadelphia Dessert Competition, about 30 of the area's culinary elite gladly put their egos on the line and joined the contest. Their job was to wow the judges, some of whom came to town just for the special event, held at the Rittenhouse Hotel, and whose names could get the chocolate moving in the veins of most pastry chefs. There were Michael and Ariane Batterberry, publishers of Food Arts magazine; cookbook author Eileen Yin-Fei Lo; food historian William Woys Weaver; Diane Brown of the James Beard Foundation; Fred Ferretti, columnist for Gourmet magazine; Barbara Kafka, cookbook author and Vogue magazine writer; Louis Szathmary, founder of the Bakery Restaurant in Chicago; and Ann Amernick, an independent pastry chef.