October 13, 2013 |
The Philadelphia restaurateur Jose Garces has set his sights on the longtime location of Old Original Bookbinder's, the historic restaurant that has been closed since 2009. A spokeswoman for the Garces Group said Friday that an agreement had not been finalized, but that Garces "has been looking at this historic space for some time and discussing how it can be utilized. " Old Original Bookbinder's claimed that its origin dated to 1865. Another account said it was an oyster saloon that opened in 1893 at 525 S. Fifth St. and then moved to Second and Walnut Streets in 1898.
December 5, 2001 |
Battle Philadelphia commenced in late October, when Roy Yamaguchi opened Roy's at 15th and Sansom Streets a scant two weeks before Masaharu Morimoto opened his restaurant, Morimoto, at 723 Chestnut St. Publicity was assured as the two hotshot "Iron Chefs" - Morimoto, a regular on the bizarre beat-the-clock Japanese cooking show seen on cable's Food Network, and Yamaguchi, a combatant on UPN's Americanized sequel - were poised to make Center City...
October 18, 2007 |
NEW YORK - Fwip-fwip-fwip goes the vegetable peeler, slicing a daikon radish into white ribbons that, in an Italian restaurant, you might think were fettuccine. You're in the open kitchen at Morimoto's Manhattan outpost, a bright white shrine to Japanese fusion. The strips of daikon - a staple of Asian cooking - will end up tossed in a rich tomato-basil sauce. Italian? Japanese? "Twisted," says the guy wielding the peeler: chef-owner Masaharu Morimoto. "I don't believe in rules.
May 16, 2010 |
Every father has to share his daughter someday. It just happened a lot sooner than I expected when my 11-year-old, Alice, recently informed me that I was no longer the sole person responsible for her budding interest in a culinary career. After toting her along on hundreds of restaurant reviews since the time I could tuck her under the table in a car seat, I wondered who the other scoundrel could be. But as I watched the flicker of fanciful cakes from the TV screen twirling in her smitten brown eyes, I knew.
September 28, 2012 |
Cooking classes - the one-off, loosely structured gatherings of food fans around a chef's counter - have become a form of entertainment in this region. Yes, we watch Food Network, the Cooking Channel, and Bravo. Iron Chef , Good Eats , and Top Chef are immensely popular. "But if you have a question, you can't ask the TV, of course, and you can't taste the food," said Ed Countey, who runs the culinary school for Kitchen Kapers stores. Thus the popularity of live cooking classes at community centers, supermarkets, cooking schools, and even church kitchens.
August 26, 2010 |
DEVELOPER David Grasso hopes to bring a "state-of-the-art live-music venue" to Fishtown. Grasso, a musician who plays guitar in Brothers from Another and who owns the record label F.O.F Entertainment, previously tried to open a House of Blues at the Grande (15th & Chestnut) and along Washington Avenue in South Philly. "Between the TLA and Susquehanna Bank Center there is a gap in that space for a quality entertainment venue, for a place that bands want to play and people want to go and have a quality experience," Grasso said yesterday.
June 18, 2014 |
For the customers of family-owned DiBartolo Bakery in Collingswood, it's no secret that Al DiBartolo and pastry chef Manny Agigian are artists in aprons. Think fanciful cake sculptures, freehand buttercream blossoms, to-die-for towers of fudge and chocolate mousse. Great baking, for sure. But do these Jersey guys have what it takes to be the Next Great Baker ? Tune in next Tuesday at 9 p.m. Season Four of the TLC cooking competition show starts with 10 baking teams from around the country, including Agigian, 33, and DiBartolo, 39, a cake artist.
November 14, 2004 |
Bring canned food, get a set of Thanksgiving recipes. That is the deal to be offered to people who stop by Tuesday at the new Crowne Plaza Valley Forge Hotel in King of Prussia. Visitors who donate a nonperishable item for charity can observe the hotel's Taste of Thanksgiving cook-off featuring 10 chefs from around the Philadelphia area. The chefs will cook updated versions of traditional Thanksgiving dishes, said Laurel Fairworth, a spokeswoman for the event. Their recipes for the dishes will be swapped for the donations.
July 15, 2010
How to sort through University City's many culinary options during Dining Days? While there's not a bad choice among the participants, here are 10 sure to satisfy. City Tap House: Come for one of the 60 craft beers on tap; stay for chef Al Paris' beer-loving menu. Paris delivers the gastro-pub goods on this four-course menu with stand outs like an Italian accented chop salad, classic Margarita pizza and zesty jerk salmon filet with a chutney glaze. ($30) 3925 Walnut St., 215-662-0105.
April 7, 2013
When chef-restaurateur Jose Garces emerges from the smoke on "Iron Chef," he looks tough. After all, the James Beard award-winning owner-operator of restaurants pretty much dominates in the kitchen. Old City's Amada was his first of seven restaurants in Philly, and he also has places in A.C., Palm Springs, Chicago and Scottsdale. And then there's his celebrity cookbook sideline, most recently Latin Road Home . Here, he reveals to Lauren McCutcheon that he dominates elsewhere, too. Like, in football knowledge.