May 15, 2015 |
Triangle reopens A deep cleaning is the obvious change at the Triangle Tavern (1338 S. 10th St., 215-800-1992), which has held the corner of 10th and Reed Streets since Prohibition ended. It reopened this week under Stephen Simons and David Frank, who own Royal Tavern, Khyber Pass Pub, Cantina Los Caballitos, and Cantina Dos Segundos. The menu from chef Mark McKinney includes long-ago staples: roast beef, mussels in red or white sauce, and meatballs. There's also a sizable vegetarian and even vegan selection, including vegan roast beef and wings.
July 7, 2011
Head to Reading Terminal Market (12th and Arch streets) from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today as local celeb chefs Aaron McCargo Jr., Jennifer Carroll, Kevin Sbraga and Jack McDavid celebrate the launch of Philly.com/food. The new website will feature stories by Daily News and Inquirer food writers and reviewers, recipes, the region's best food bloggers, wine and beer news, how-to videos and more. Today's event, Thanks Giving in July, benefits Philabundance, MANNA and the Food Trust.
January 23, 2012
HAPPY BIRTHDAY on Wednesday to Philly-bred and -schooled actor Ana Ortiz. "Ugly Betty's" big sister Hilda (back in the day), eldest daughter of former City Councilman Angel Ortiz and proud mother of two turns 41 the day after tomorrow. And, in this birthday wisher's humble opinion, she couldn't do a more down-to-earth-yet-glamorous job of repping our fair burg. The stars say she'll feel younger than ever this year, thanks to a healthy lifestyle, excellent work ethic and all the love in her life.
December 13, 2013
* Chef/owner Kevin Sbraga's new restaurant, The Fat Ham (3131 Walnut St., 215-735-1914, sbragadining.com ), is serving up its pork-centric, Southern-style menu from 5 to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, till 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. "The Fat Ham is influenced by the experiences I had growing up," Sbraga said. "It's a communal, lively experience unlike anything else on the Philly dining scene. " * Tomorrow's Friday the 13th, your lucky day at Headhouse Crab & Oyster Co. (119 South St., 215-418-0600, headhousecrabandoyster.com )
October 9, 2013 |
WHEN YOU'RE competing on a hit reality-TV show like Bravo's "Top Chef," and the season (11) has just begun, you can't say much. Local competitors Jason Cichonski and Nick Elmi, both incredibly talented (and not too bad on the eyes, either) chef-restaurateurs, can't say how long they filmed the show (although according to insiders, it's eight weeks). Elmi and Cichonski can't say if or when they got eliminated. They sure can't say if one of them won. On the other hand, if you've already won Bravo TV's "Top Chef," you can pretty much talk all you want.
July 7, 2011
Four hot hometown chefs with national reputations - Camden-born Food Network personality Aaron McCargo, Jr.; Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga, from Willingboro; Northeast Philly's Jennifer Carroll, chef de cuisine at 10 Arts; and Jack McDavid, owner of the Down Home Diner - will be on hand Thursday at Reading Terminal Market's Center Court to help launch Philadelphia Media Network's new food microsite, philly.com/Food. The site features all things food in the region, including the latest in restaurants happenings and offerings, locavore and health news, drinks and recipes, chefs and names turning heads, and works by local food charities and nonprofits.
March 1, 2012
Philly restaurants worth visiting, local chefs worth following - based on TV worth watching. 1. "Iron Chef" Jose Garces Philly's most televised chef won't be slowing down any time soon. But you can, at J.G. Domestic, his laid-back American joint in Cira Centre. 2929 Arch St., 215-222-2363, www.jgdomestic.com . 2. Good Dog Bar Locals love the cheese-stuffed burger. Guy Fieri of "Diners, Drive-ins and Dives" goes for the duck pot pie. 224 S. 15th St., 215-985-9600, www.gooddogbar.com . 3. Kevin Sbraga "Top Chef" season 7 winner wins again with his months-old rustic-chic bistro.
April 26, 2013
* Eating well to fight hunger is also the theme for a six-course dinner "Top Chef" Kevin Sbraga is putting together at his restaurant Sbraga (440 S. Broad St., 215-735-1913, Sbraga.com ) with a stellar lineup of local chefs May 14. Nicholas Elmi, Walter Abrams, Shola Olunloyo, Jonathan Adams and Dave Katz will join him in support of Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry campaign. Tix are $150 each. * Food-truck operators stake their claim to be the city's best at the Philadelphia Vendy Awards' third-annual competition from 2 to 6 p.m. June 8. A limited number of early discount tix, $45, are available now at eventbrite.com . The event raises funds for the nonprofit Food Trust.
June 27, 2013 |
Here's what some area chefs had to say about the Food Network's decision not to renew Paula Deen's contract after her admission that she had used racial slurs in the past. Kevin Sbraga, chef owner of Sbraga restaurant: "I totally support Paula Deen. I think it's unfortunate the situation she was put in. . . . I think that stuff goes on more often than people know or think. People are coming down on her really hard ... I think [Food Network] took the appropriate measure - it's smart for them to protect their brand.
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.