April 4, 2013 |
Here's an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of April 2, 2013: Craig LaBan : Good afternoon, hungry friends. It's been two weeks since we last got together. Please dish, so we can catch up. We do have a Crumb Tracker Quiz, with a chic apron for the first person who names all three places I ate these dishes: (1) crawfish mac-n-cheese; (2) shrimp "cupcakes"; (3) Puerto Rican-style fried chuleta pork chops. Ready, set - start crumbing! Reader: Do you know where the former Vernick pastry chef who made their delicious blueberry pie went?
February 15, 2013
The chef merry-go-round keeps spinning. Le Bec Fin shed its executive chef, Walter Abrams, and his fiancee, pastry chef Jennifer Smith, after only seven months. This results in a new kitchen, helmed by their deputies - Steven Eckerd, an Osteria veteran, as executive chef, and Abigail Dahan, previously a sous chef at Joel Robuchon in Las Vegas, as pastry chef. But management, brushing off suggestions that financial concerns inspired the changes, says Abrams and Smith are consulting with it on new, unspecified projects.
November 15, 2012 |
There's no getting around pie, not at this time of year. No matter how innovative our kitchens, there's always going to be a mandate for pumpkin, a demand for apple, an insistence on pecan, especially on the Thanksgiving table. "It's just a traditional thing. Most people love the idea of a warm dessert, especially when it's served with ice cream," says Amy Edelman, owner of Night Kitchen Bakery in Chestnut Hill, which sells pies five days a week in the lead-up to Thanksgiving. "I'm always surprised at the number of people who show up the day after Thanksgiving for pie - I guess they want it to go with their leftovers.
August 24, 2012 |
Mike Golic, the former Eagles lineman turned radio celebrity, was emphatic about several things Wednesday. Let Michael Vick be Vick. Andy Reid is a great coach. The Eagles have a great chance this season. And he's got a new game now, controlling his diabetes, and a new coach, his doctor. Golic, 48, cohost of ESPN's popular Mike and Mike in the Morning show, went to City Fitness on South Street to talk about BloodSugarBasics.com, a website sponsored by Merck and the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists.
August 16, 2012 |
The morning of March 27, 2011, smoke and flames drove brothers Andrew and David Wallace and Andrew's girlfriend from their apartments above the family-owned Churchville Inn , a landmark in Southampton, Bucks County. "There were three walls left standing," said their father, Jeff, last week, as the landmark reopened (1500 Bustleton Pike, Southampton, 215-357-3967). The main dining room is spruced up with a mural, crafted from barn wood by Murrie Gayman, that depicts historic events and people from Bucks County history.
August 2, 2012
S'mores redux It's hard to improve upon this summer classic, but pastry chef Jessica Mogardo has pulled it off with this gussied-up version she's offering at Garces Trading Company. With a center of crushed graham crackers, a swirl of house-made fluff, a layer of blackout chocolate cake, and a finishing coat of ganache, this indulgent dessert brings back memories of that old lunchbox treat, the Ho Ho, only oh-so-much better. S'mores, $7, at Garces Trading Company, 1111 Locust Street Philadelphia, 215-574-1099.
July 19, 2012 |
Help the Cooking Channel celebrate its 2nd birthday with the Summer Eats pop-up event from 6-10 p.m. Thursday? at Reading Terminal Market, 12th & Arch Streets. Free food and bev, plus celebrity guests G. Garvin, of "Roadtrip with G. Garvin," and Eden Grinshpan of "Eden Eats. " Gluten-free dining is easy at REX 1516 (1516 South St., 267-319-1366, rex1516.com ). The Southern-inspired restaurant has gluten-free brunch, dinner and dessert selections and will add lunch items soon.
April 12, 2012
Husband-wife veterans Guy Shapiro and Luli Canuso have been around the block a time or two after meeting at the once-trendy Mirabelle on Callowhill Street in the 1980s. She was a pastry chef at Le Bec-Fin. He cooked for Russian mobsters, among other employers. Now they have set up on a sunny corner near their Fairmount house with BlueCat (1921 Fairmount Ave., 267-519-2911). Named in homage to the couple's pussycat - who Canuso says "is a domestic gray but thinks he is a Russian blue" - the BYOB features modern Latin fare at modest prices.
March 16, 2012 |
The answer to the hottest question in town: Walter Abrams. The former French Laundry sous chef (six years) is winging his way east to Le Bec-Fin , where he will become executive chef for new owner (and his former Laundry-mate) Nicolas Fanucci. This is a package deal, as Abrams' girlfriend, former French Laundry pastry chef Jennifer Smith, will become LBF's exec pastry chef. The South Florida-born, Colombia-reared Abrams left San Francisco hot spot Spruce as chef de cuisine this week.
February 16, 2012 |
Locally sourced ingredients and a daily menu are the watchwords behind the homey Russet (1521 Spruce St., 215-546-1521, www.russetphilly.com ), an American BYOB that opened Tuesday at the former site of Ernesto's 1521 Cafe. Andrew and Kristin Wood's fresh philosophy - he is into whole-animal butchery and traditional cooking; she is a pastry chef with an eye and nose for cheeses - is reminiscent of other top husband-and-wife duos, including Django and The Farm & Fisherman.