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May 15, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
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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 )
ENTERTAINMENT
October 9, 2013 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
NEWS
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 27, 2013 | By Michelle Dembo, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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.
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May 15, 2015 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
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.
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March 6, 2015 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
IN THE '80s, quiche, crab cakes, carrot cake and blackened anything were chichi. So were Salad Alley, Chinese chicken salad, chicken Marsala and chicken Marbella. Southwest was in vogue. Nachos were novel. Now, somewhat suddenly, if not surprisingly, like Naomi Campbell and those creepy ghosties in "Poltergeist II," '80s food favorites, well, they're back. Philly's most obvious example of the resurrection of "Dancin' on Air"-era fare comes from "Top Chef" Kevin Sbraga. Juniper Commons, Sbraga's third restaurant, debuted mid-December.
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.
FOOD
May 9, 2014 | By Michael Klein, For The Inquirer
East Passyunk is building quite the collection of white-tablecloth joints, including Paradiso, Noord, Fond, Will, and Laurel. Its newest is Townsend (1632 E. Passyunk Ave., 267-639-3203), an elegant French bistro on two floors of a onetime rowhouse last known as Sophia's. Its namesake is chef Townsend "Tod" Wentz, the Lacroix and Four Seasons alum who won two bells for his work at McCrossen's Tavern. Wentz uses classic techniques for what is now a small menu that will grow (rabbit pot-a-feu, seared Icelandic cod, wild striped bass, all priced in the mid-$20s)
ENTERTAINMENT
April 9, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
TAN MOM has not yet burnt to a crisp, and now she wants to get in the ring. Patricia Krentcil gained national notoriety and became a favorite of Howard Stern after taking her 5-year-old daughter to the tanning salon. Because our society is such that it is, Krentcil is still on the publicity-hound circuit, this time hooking up with celebrity-boxing promoter Damon Feldman . But Feldman is looking for an opponent for the leathery lady. Want a chance to win $5,000 on a Tan Mom TKO (take home $1,000 for a win, $500 for just stepping into the ring)
FOOD
March 14, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Years before winning over diners with dishes like chowder-poached oysters and gnocchi with snails, Fitler Dining Room chef Robert Marzinsky had a different artistic vision: He and a group of fellow art-school graduates made site-specific installations using ceramics and other materials. Since the works were temporary, he said, "We recognized that, to some extent, the real work was when you documented it. You'd come back with 500 slides, and spend $300 to process the film. " Today, in his kitchen at 22d and Spruce, Marzinsky is still making things that are ephemeral and beautiful - and he still acknowledges the impulse to document those creations.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 12, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
MARC SUMMERS has hit a milestone. The part-time Philly resident, known for his hosting work on everything from "Double Dare" to the Food Network's popular program "Unwrapped," will have his 25th show hit the air when "Rewrapped" premieres on the Food Network on April 21. "Rewrapped" is a competition show hosted by former 'NSync -er Joey Fatone . Three contestants are tasked with recreating a famous snack food - including Tastykakes....
NEWS
February 25, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
MOUNT HOLLY There are plenty of ways to honor Black History Month, but Sunday at Burlington County College was definitely one of the tastiest. Top chefs and South Jersey natives Kevin Sbraga, a Philadelphia restaurateur, and Tim Witcher, a former executive chef who is now a culinary arts teacher, teamed up at the college's Culinary Arts Center in Mount Holly to give cooking demonstrations. Called "A Taste of Soul," it was part of the college's monthlong celebration recognizing the contributions of African Americans.
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February 21, 2014 | BY LAUREN McCUTCHEON, Daily News Staff Writer mccutch@phillynews.com, 215-854-5991
LAST MONDAY, chef Nick Elmi stepped out the door of Laurel, his 22-seat East Passyunk Avenue BYOB, and exhaled in relief. Four days earlier, the 32-year-old appeared on the dramatically up-and-down finale to a dramatically up-and-down Season 11 of Bravo's "Top Chef. " Had you noticed his sigh, you might have thought he was feeling great. He won. Then again, you might have thought he was happy to be able to talk about the show publicly. ("Top Chef" rules stipulate that only the chef's spouse and lawyer can know the result before the finale.)
FOOD
February 21, 2014 | By Samantha Melamed, Inquirer Staff Writer
Students in Penny Greenberg's culinary-arts classes have a term for the hoagies, pizza, and chicken nuggets served in the cafeteria. "They call it 'freebie food,' " said Greenberg, who teaches at Dobbins Career and Technical Education High School. Almost all of its students are eligible for free lunches - and although some think the food is OK, others apparently feel they're getting what they've paid for. In the next month or so, though, the menu at Dobbins will get a special addition: Louisiana-style spicy chicken with collard greens and served with red beans and rice.
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