December 13, 2012 |
CHRISTMAS WITHOUT the swine? Not in Jose's world. Although he was born in Chicago, "Iron Chef" and restaurateur Jose Garces is a product of his parents' Ecuadorean roots. While other families were passing the Pillsbury dinner rolls and carving the holiday Butterball turkey, his clan reveled in roasted leg of pork with sides like black beans and roasted hominy salad. In his family, like those of millions of other newly minted Americans, embracing a new home came with a heaping helping of old homeland comfort food on the side.
December 7, 2011 |
Jose Garces, who has been parlaying his status as an Iron Chef on the Food Network to build a dining empire, will open three restaurants at Revel Atlantic City, the $2.4 billion megacasino scheduled to open in the spring. The project catapults Garces, already the city's most prominent celebrity chef, to yet another level. Few restaurateurs have grown as quickly as Garces, 39, who opened Amada, on Chestnut Street, in 2005, and won his national television deal nearly two years ago. Garces owns seven restaurants in Philadelphia (with an eighth on the way next year)
June 20, 2000 |
I summon . . . Iron Chef! It's the second-most-watched show on the Food Network, and surely the most innovative, imaginative, and downright weird cooking program in the history of food on TV. The Japanese import started running on the Food Network last June with dubbed translations for the Iron Chefs and subtitles for the host, Kaga Takeshi (one listen, and you'll know why the Food Network lets him speak for himself). It features four chefs, each with an oversized personality, fashions usually not seen outside a Siegfried and Roy show, and a floor reporter who darts from rice cooker to ice-cream maker to stove breathlessly shouting out the components of each dish as if he's delivering secrets of state across enemy lines.
January 16, 2014 |
PHILLY's no stranger to reality-TV stardom. First came "Survivor" guy Gervase Peterson. Next was "American Idol" runner-up Justin Guarini. We've won "Project Runway" twice. We've got an "Iron Chef" and at least one "Top Chef. " Jon and Kate Gosselin had millions of viewers - and their eight kids sure were cute. Today, there's a couple of new reality-TV stars in town. They're candid. They're stylish. They're beyond hot. They might be Philly's biggest, yet. Although their hair is always impeccably blown out, they definitely let their local roots show through.
March 8, 2014 |
In interviews leading up to the 2014 Philadelphia Flower Show, Drew Becher, president of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society since 2010, told The Inquirer several times about his desire to "elevate the tone" of the show, which his organization produces. With "ARTiculture," the 2014 show that runs through Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center, he did. And so, this year's roundup of hits and misses will be surprisingly short on misses. It seems PHS got most stuff right this year.
October 14, 2010
10 tonight FOOD NETWORK Iron Chef Michael Symon (right) tours the country to settle longstanding culinary rivalries. Philly's cheesesteak is vetted tonight as Pat's King of Steaks faces off against Geno's Steaks? What, no Tony Luke's?
August 25, 2011
* There's still time this month to catch the peachy specials at Gemelli on Main (4161 Main St., 215-487-1230): a summer cocktail of Peach Infused Bourbon with Ginger Beer and Fresh Mint ($10) and a Warm Peach and Goat Cheese Bruschetta with Honey Caramelized Shallots, Baby Arugula, Candied Pecans and Port Wine Reduction ($12). Monday's BYO night at Clark Gilbert's modern continental. * Pay tribute to French artist Paul Gauguin and his Polynesian masterpieces with the Tiki Cocktail Dinner Aug. 26 at Granite Hill at the Philadelphia Museum of Art (26th and Benjamin Franklin Parkway, 215-684-7990)
August 22, 2011
Who: The James Beard-awarded Philly chef operates seven local restaurants (Amada, Distrito, Garces Trading Co., Tinto . . . ) and won Season 2 of Food Network's "The Next Iron Chef. " Age: 39. From: Chicago. Where now: Center City and Ottsville, Bucks County. On TV: See him face Tuscan-Italian chef Cesare Casella in a seafood-centric battle in Kitchen Stadium on "Iron Chef America" on the Food Network at 10 p.m. Sunday. Touch that dial: Iron Chef, schmiron chef.
November 23, 2011
When Jose Garces opened Garces Trading Company in 2009, the branding opportunities were endless. Garces coffee! Garces honey! Garces macarons! Now, through a partnership with chocolatier Chris Curtin of Éclat, we get cocoa with a touch of Iron Chef. The milk chocolate with warming mole amarillo is a natural pairing, while others, such as porcini, thyme, and white chocolate, are less intuitive but still intriguing. - Ashley Primis Garces Trading Company chocolate bars, $8 at Garces Trading Company and online, 1111 Locust St., 215-574-1099, garcestradingcompany.com
November 7, 2012 |
LONG WAY from Hollywood to the Hollywood Diner, but Anthony Michael Hall has been hanging out for weeks at the Woodbury Heights, N.J., restaurant. We're told that the Brat Pack actor, who appeared in "National Lampoon's Vacation," "The Breakfast Club" and "Sixteen Candles," has been in the area visiting a girlfriend and has stopped several times at the bar. No word on whether Hall has gotten drunk and re-enacted his classic scene from "Weird Science" in which he shared a story of unrequited love for "this crazy little eighth-grade b----.