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February 8, 2014 | By Tirdad Derakhshani, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 26, 2012 | By Dan Gross
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
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.
FOOD
June 23, 2011 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
Nine months after winning the seventh season of Bravo's Top Chef , Kevin Sbraga has signed a lease for his own restaurant. The upscale casual Sbraga is pegged for this fall at 440 S. Broad St., in the Symphony House space at the corner of Broad and Pine Streets that last housed Chew Man Chu. "I call it a personal rendition of American food," says Sbraga, who lives in the Willingboro house in which he grew up. "I learned during ...
FOOD
October 13, 2011 | By Ashley Primis, Inquirer Columnist
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)
FOOD
May 23, 2013
This is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of May 21, 2013: Craig LaBan: I was tied up last week with the aftermath of The Inquirer's Fourth Annual Brew-vitational Competition for local beers - tasting 49 beers from 26 breweries with eight judges - you'll learn our winners next week in the May 30 Food section. Here's a photo before the competition of a bucket of local pilsners - a new category this year - chilling before they hit the judges' table. In terms of chat topics, this is likely at the top: the Le Bec Fin era really is finally about to end. This Philly institution has had more comeback sequels than Rocky.
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)
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