September 22, 2011
* Slightly crazed, hugely popular Phillies blog zoowithroy.com shares that Iron Hill Brewery's new playoffs beer, Doctoberfest Pumpkin, hits taps Tuesday only at the IHB in North Wales (Shoppes at English Village, 1460 Bethlehem Pike, 267-708-2000). Wear a ZWR shirt Tuesday for some free pumpkin pie. * Today's the deadline to register for the Greensgrow Farms Chili Cook Off during the 4th Annual Subaru Fall Festival at Greensgrow (2501 E. Cumberland St.), 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Oct. 1. The free festival will have local eats, crafts, gardening tips and farm fun for all ages.
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.
December 5, 2010 |
Pro athletes hit the gym to train for the big game. Jose Garces works out in the kitchen. In addition to his role as owner of Amada, Tinto, Village Whiskey, and four other Philadelphia restaurants, Garces wears the starched jacket of an Iron Chef, one of seven culinary household names who battle challengers on the Food Network. With its campily scowling "chairman," sparkling Kitchen Stadium, and flashy graphics, Iron Chef America might seem like a prime-time game show.
April 22, 2010 |
HOW WELL can a family of four eat on just $68.88 a week? For more than 38 million Americans, it's more than a matter of conjecture. With job growth and the economy still only sputtering along, a record number of Americans have turned to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the formal name for the federal food stamp program. At the end of last year, roughly 1 in 8 Americans received food stamps, the highest rate ever, according to Lisa Pino, the program's deputy administrator.
February 18, 2010 |
For his sixth Philadelphia restaurant in less than 41/2 years, Jose Garces has gone ultra-casual with Garces Trading Company , a market/cafe in the Western Union Building (1111 Locust St., 215-574-1099). Counters dispensing cheeses, meats, on-site-baked breads, and prepared foods form a U-shape around the seating area, where patrons can eat their purchases or, during lunch and dinner, order from a waiter. In a first-of-its-kind arrangement with the state Liquor Control Board, there's a glassed-in mini-State Store next to the seating area so patrons can buy one of about 200 selections to drink there or take home.
December 6, 2009 |
Bourbon and burgers have long been two of my favorite food groups. But when I behold them side-by-side in their highest forms, posed on the zinc bar-top at Village Whiskey, it's clear this duo is the ultimate height of low-down American decadence. With 150-plus bottles of bourbon, Scotch, and rye majestically arrayed before the mottled bar mirror to choose from, this is surely one of the city's deepest wells of dark-spirit luxury. Add to this mix a splash of super-chef Jose Garces, and rest assured that the burger itself has also been given its gastronomic due. Ground in-house daily from grass-fed, naturally raised Maine beef, with different grind sizes for the various cuts in the blend, and an ingenious shaping technique that results in patties with a perfect end-grain (as opposed to one big bouncy smush)
November 23, 2009 |
Jose Garces, Philadelphia's "it" chef-restaurateur, was announced last night as the newest member of the Food Network's Iron Chef America team - not only earning him bragging rights, but also directing an international spotlight on his fast-growing empire run out of Old City. On last night's episode of The Next Iron Chef, Garces, 37, won a cooking duel against New York chef Jehangir Mehta, capping a season that began Oct. 4 with 10 contestants. Garces hosted a boisterous viewing party last night at his West Philadelphia Mexican restaurant, Distrito, that attracted several hundred fans and members of his close-knit staff who shrieked at the announcement shortly before 10 p.m. Chef Seamus Mullen, who was eliminated on last week's show, came down from New York to see Garces and Mehta create a multicourse meal out of various ribs.
March 13, 2009 |
Even in this economy, there are celebrations and times to splurge. Still, you want to feel your money was well-spent and worth the pinching elsewhere to make it happen. Chifa Restaurant, the 4-week-old addition to Jose Garces' stable of small plate restaurants riffing on Latin flavors, looks as though it is up to the challenge. Chifa is named for an authentic cuisine in Peru and was created by Cantonese immigrants using Latin ingredients to make dishes of their homeland. Garces, who has three other restaurants in the city, describes his chef de cuisine Chad Williams as indispensable.