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.
October 5, 2012 |
The lovely aroma of roasted pork and onions rises from the griddle as José Garces prepares carnitas - a favorite recipe from his just-published cookbook, The Latin Road Home - at his farmhouse in Ottsville, Bucks County. While the house itself is charmingly simple, the back deck where he's cooking is anything but. He has essentially installed an outdoor restaurant kitchen here, with a flattop griddle, a charbroiler, a cook top, a deck oven, a fryer, and of course, running water and refrigeration.
December 13, 2012
First course: Ceviche de Atún (Tuna Ceviche), Ecuador. Second course: Aguadito de Pato (stewed duck with potatoes, peas and chiles), Peru. Third course: Merluza en Salsa Verde (hake fillets in clam and herb sauce) with Calçots con Sapounditxada (grilled scallions with almond sauce), Spain. Fourth course: Lechón Asado (achiote and citrus-marinated roast suckling pig) with Moros y Cristianos (black beans and rice), Yuca con Mojo Criollo (yucca with sour-orange mojo sauce) and Tostones (crispy-fried green plantains)
June 14, 2013 |
Once upon a time it was a stately Philadelphia townhouse with a high mansard roof, stained glass and a dramatic bay window. Today, the 19th-century building is a weed-choked wreck with bricks popping out of the facade. Upper windows hang slack-jawed, like a drunk who just passed out. Graffiti dances across a side wall. A family of possums has colonized the interior. It has been like this, neighbors say, for a good 15 years, perhaps longer. They've called building inspectors, signed petitions and corresponded with city officials - with little results.
October 14, 2015 |
Cristina Martinez arrives at work at 4 a.m., ties a white apron high across her chest, and starts preparing a lamb cooked in vapor for 10 hours. An hour later, she and her husband, Ben Miller, open their South Philadelphia restaurant, Barbacoa, serving premium tacos - and hefty sides of activism - in their bid to mobilize restaurateurs on behalf of the many undocumented immigrants who work in America's kitchens. Hosting organizational meetings and screening documentaries, the couple hope to spark a culinary crusade in a city famous for its restaurant scene - and pressure the deadlocked Congress to overhaul the immigration laws.
May 2, 2016 |
Homesick Philadelphians need not go hungry in the Big Apple. Yes, I'm well aware Manhattan has a few nice places of its own. But, sometimes, a person just needs a little taste of the "215" to keep it real. And NYC has options. Some Really Big Philly Names, in fact, are just about to make more noise in the city, with hummus master Michael Solomonov and another Stephen Starr production set for May openings, plus a new Amada that Jose Garces opened last week. It's too early to know how those projects will fare.
October 1, 2013 |
A half-dozen new shops and eateries in busy Terminal F at Philadelphia International Airport will open to the public Tuesday. Among them is a swank tavern, called Local, that carries the stamp and a menu created by celebrity chef Jose Garces. At every seat will be an Apple iPad to order food, surf the Web, and check flight times. Every table and bar stool has a place to plug in and charge up: 110-volt outlet and a USB port. "Jose contributed a bunch of different ways," said chef Michael Coury, head concept chef for Philadelphia's OTG Management, which pairs big-name chefs with airport restaurants.
January 26, 2012 |
A year and a half ago, chef Tim Spinner and manager Brian Sirhal spun out of the Jose Garces orbit, choosing the suburbs (Fort Washington) as the setting of their debut restaurant, Cantina Feliz . Emboldened by success, they've set their second whimsically decorated Mexican bar/restaurant in the city. La Calaca Feliz (2321 Fairmount Ave., 215-787-9930) takes the narrow Fairmount storefront previously occupied by Illuminare. Chef de cuisine Lucio Palazzo, formerly of Xochitl, executes Spinner's menu, featuring tacos and nachos, tlayudas (pizzas)
July 19, 2013
EATS BEAT * Old City's Serrano (20 S. 2nd St., 215- 928-0770, tinangel.com) normally closes for vacation in July. The restaurant has been open Thursday through Saturday this year, featuring casual, discounted street food, specially priced drinks and entertainment. Kenn Kweder performs Saturday, 7-10 p.m. * From 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sunday, Devil's Den (1148 S. 11th St., 215-339-0855, devilsdenphilly.com) celebrates the Tour de France with an Ommegang Beer Brunch with special drafts and food, and the finale playing on the telly.
January 2, 2014 |
The crystal ball for the 2014 Philadelphia-area restaurant scene shows assorted bright spots: a Jose Garces restaurant where he himself will cook, a Marc Vetri project at the Navy Yard, George Sabatino's solo debut in Rittenhouse, a Mexican restaurant in Rittenhouse, a few brewpubs, a restaurant within a butcher shop, two vegan bars, a locavore-themed bar-restaurant for Washington Square West, and Spike Mendelsohn's Good Stuff Eatery . ...