May 9, 2014 |
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)
February 20, 2014 |
DANNY HAMMOND just got a little help from Batman himself. The 21-year-old from Springfield, Delaware County, is at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia because of astrocytoma, a cancerous tumor on his spinal cord. To show Hammond, who has been battling cancer since he was 9, support, his family posts pics to a "Dan's Our Man" Facebook page. Although most contributors are family and friends, Christian Bale recently sent his own show of support, sending a pic with "Dan's Our Man" written across his face.
February 24, 2011
_ Georges' (503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-964-8744) holds five-course wine-tasting dinners on the last Friday of the month at 7 p.m. Tomorrow the focus is on Willamette Valley wines. March 25 will showcase Champagne Nicolas Feuillatte. Reservations are required. _ Chef Lucio Palazzo at Xochitl (408 S. 2nd St., 215-238-7280), has been pairing cocktails and entrées this month at special prices. Through Monday, try Arroz con Pollo, a half-chicken roasted with carnitas and served with creamy rajas, celery and rice, paired with a Michelada, Dos Equis amber lager with spicy tomato and a chili-salt rim, for $18. _ Food for Thought will unite hot local chefs for a worthy cause March 19 at Urban Outfitters at the Navy Yard in South Philly.
February 25, 2014 |
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.
February 8, 2014 |
Philly's Elmi wins 'Top Chef' Nicholas Elmi scored major national culinary cred for Philadelphia Tuesday night by winning the crown on Bravo's Season 11 Top Chef , following in the footsteps of the Season 7 winner, Philly's Kevin Sbraga. Elmi, the owner of Laurel, a new BYOB on East Passyunk, beat his final competitor Nina Compton, the St. Lucia-born chef de cuisine of Scarpetta Miami, in a multi-course showdown in Hawaii. But Elmi, the former chef at Le Bec-Fin and Rittenhouse Tavern, had some sous-chef help from homie Jason Cichonski, the Ela chef who was booted earlier in the show.
September 13, 2012 |
NBC 10'S "10! SHOW" comes to an end Friday after more than 10 years. Starting Monday, the 11 a.m. news will run until noon, wiping out the 11:30-to-noon show, station general manager Eric Lerner told his staff Wednesday. He cited the station's commitment to strengthening its newscasts for the switch. Four off-air "10! Show" staffers could lose their jobs, although they are being encouraged to apply for open jobs at the station, says an NBC10 spokeswoman. "The 10! Show" started with hosts Steve Levy and Sharon Reed . In 2004, meteorologist Bill Henley and musician Lauren Hart began broadcasting it live from the Loews Hotel in Center City.
March 26, 2012 |
BRAVO CAMERAS have been following former "Top Chef" contestant and fan favorite Jennifer Carroll around town. Carroll, a Daily News "Sexy Single," was recently captured having a girls'-night dinner at Sbraga (Broad & Pine), which "Top Chef" winner Kevin Sbraga opened last year. We're told the Bravo crew is shooting a new series that follows a handful of "Top Chef" contestants as they try to open restaurants, which Carroll, who spent several years at 10 Arts by Eric Ripert at the Ritz-Carlton, is now working on. She's scouting locations for a spot called Concrete Blonde, which she has described as a play on her hard-edged personality and blond hair and also a tribute to the alternative-rock band by the same name.
October 13, 2011 |
On Saturday, Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga opens the doors to his Broad Street eatery, Sbraga (440 S. Broad St., 215-735-1913, sbraga.com). Dining tables are reserved for a $45, four-course, prix-fixe-only dinner experience, where guests choose their dishes, such as foie gras soup, or meatloaf with royal trumpet mushrooms. Order a la carte at the bar or chef's counter. Desserts come from his pastry chef wife, Jesmary. Also opened The Avenue of the Arts buzz continues south, where Tashan (777 S. Broad St., 267-687-2170, mytashan.com)
September 11, 2011
Broad Street could soon be called Avenue of the Culinary Arts if much-anticipated openings from such big names as Marc Vetri, Stephen Starr, Kevin Sbraga (our own Top Chef), and Tiffin's shiny new sibling, Tashan, live up to expectations. But the fresh dining action is pulsing far beyond that main artery, too, as one of the most torrid restaurant opening seasons ever unfolds from deep South Philly to the Main Line. From gastropubs and doughnut shrines to vegetarian pioneers and pizza prophets, from debuts for young talents to new locations for familiar names, the autumn curtain is lifting on a cast of culinary characters that should make us all hopeful for some good eating soon.