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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.
FOOD
October 5, 2012 | By Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Food Editor
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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)
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October 14, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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May 2, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
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.
BUSINESS
October 1, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
January 26, 2012 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
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)
NEWS
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.
FOOD
January 2, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
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 . ...
NEWS
November 4, 2013 | By Linda Loyd, Inquirer Staff Writer
Airport dining fare used to be rubbery hot dogs, stale sandwiches, and greasy fast food. No longer. With the opening of 20 new shops and restaurants in Philadelphia International Airport's busy Terminal F, travelers can now get a shower, a haircut, fancy eye cream and lotions, and they can dine on burritos, gourmet burgers, sushi and noodles, roast Brussels sprouts, duck-fat fries, and grilled salmon. One in six of the airport's 31 million annual passengers starts or ends his or her trip at one of Terminal F's 38 gates.
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May 2, 2016 | By Craig LaBan, Restaurant Critic
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.
FOOD
November 13, 2015 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
In the scramble for the newest thing, the personal connection between chefs and diners can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. That's why some Philadelphia-area restaurateurs are taking inspiration from their own lives, both in their decor and cooking and in reconnecting with customers in interesting ways. From its inception, Midtown Village newcomer Bud & Marilyn's was conceived as a throwback to owner Marcie Turney's grandparents' restaurant in Wisconsin. "My grandfather was the cook, and my grandmother ran the front.
NEWS
October 14, 2015 | By Michael Matza, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
FOOD
March 6, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Music at the rathskeller U-Bahn (1320 Chestnut St., 215-800-1079), the subterranean sibling of Bru next door, has much going on: arcade games, a stage where live acts will play at least three nights a week, and two bars. The idea is subway-station-style rathskeller, and owner Teddy Sourias and crew took a year to scoop out the basement space to yield 16-foot ceilings and create rustic finishings including a full stage and sound system and what appear to be railroad tracks on the walls.
FOOD
February 20, 2015 | By Natalie Pompilio, For The Inquirer
Eight years ago, Reading Terminal Market restaurateurs George and Kim Mickel joined a mission trip to El Salvador and began a love affair with villagers there whom they now visit annually with food, medicine and supplies. So when space in the center of the market became available last year, they decided to combine two of their passions: providing good food and doing good. The couple behind the Reading Terminal Market stands By George! and Mezze (which they recently closed) have opened Hunger Burger to sell "patties with a purpose.
NEWS
February 16, 2015 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Monday marks the official opening of Bing Bing Dim Sum, serving up panfried pastrami bao, barbecue-mushroom congee, and the biggest soup dumplings this city has ever seen. The buzz is considerable for its debut on East Passyunk Avenue, the hottest restaurant strip in the city. And for 31-year-old co-owners Ben Puchowitz and Shawn Darragh, who opened their first restaurant, the 30-seat Cheu Noodle Bar, less than two years ago, it's an ambitious step. But, once they've been open for three months and gotten Bing Bing's staff up to speed, who knows what's next?
ENTERTAINMENT
February 14, 2015 | By A.D. Amorosi, For The Inquirer
If you're a creative romancer, when it comes to Valentine's Day weekend, you'll go beyond the predictable roses and chocolates and 50 Shades of Grey and opt for something singular. Here are some off-the-beaten-track ideas to ponder before you start shouting "red. " "Fin. " This company's name sounds stuffily official, but the Cabaret Administration's performances - by Philly neo-burlesque queens Anna Frangiosa and Christine Fisler - are as intelligently scripted as they are sensually adept.
FOOD
January 30, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
  What's on the way Center City is crisscrossed by tiny alleys that time, developers, and the 21st century largely forgot, so you may not have noticed an orange liquor application on what appears to be an orphaned carriage house at 1432 Cypress St., behind Vetri's parking lot and the Center City One condo building. If neighborhood resident Ram Krishnan has his way, the turquoise-trimmed building will become a European-style cafe called the Republic . Krishnan, a world-traveled consultant, who bought the place last year to keep it from becoming another parking lot, said he was not looking for a big, splashy affair at what was the Scribe Video Center.
BUSINESS
January 22, 2015 | By Harold Brubaker, Inquirer Staff Writer
U.S. District Judge Jerome B. Simandle said he expects to rule Wednesday on whether the operators of restaurants, nightclubs, and other venues at the former Revel Casino Hotel will be able to appeal the terms of the bankrupt Atlantic City property's sale to Florida investor Glenn Straub for $95.4 million. "I'm not prepared to rule right now, but it won't be long," Simandle said at the end of a four-hour hearing Tuesday in Camden, acknowledging that whatever he decides, an appeal to the Third Circuit Court of Appeals was likely.
FOOD
December 12, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga (Sbraga, the Fat Ham) and his director of operations, Ben Fileccia, are channeling the 1980s at Juniper Commons (521 S. Broad St., 215-735-1913), new at the corner of Broad and South Streets in the SouthStar apartments. The look feels just a touch retro, a bit diner-y, as Eimer Design borrowed from the Reagan-era playbook and riffed on that period's love of brass and glass. Newspaper pages are part of the wallpaper. Fileccia's soundtrack starts in the '70s at the beginning of the evening and progresses to 1989 by last call.
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