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December 18, 1991 | By Gerald Etter, Inquirer Food Writer
Emily Luchetti, head pastry chef at Stars, a celebrated San Francisco restaurant, says that at the end of the day, she would rather smell like chocolate and strawberries than garlic and shrimp. To that end, she spends each week turning 200 pounds of butter, 40 gallons of cream, 80 pounds of chocolate, 450 pounds each of sugar and flour, and 1,500 eggs into some of the country's finest desserts. Now she interprets these recipes for the home cook in Stars Desserts (HarperCollins, $27.50)
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February 15, 1995 | By Marilynn Marter, INQUIRER FOOD WRITER
Baked pastries - the basic wheat-flour and shortening kind - are about the last thing that Americans have come to expect on a Chinese menu. So it may come as a surprise to find a pastry chef from China preparing sweets for the annual series of Chinese New Year banquets now under way at the Chinese Cultural and Community Center, 125 N. 10th St. Wu Naiying is part of a cuisine team representing Taiyuan, in Shanxi Province, a region near Beijing...
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October 26, 2000 | By Erin Carroll, INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
After an investigation that spanned nearly four years and never strayed from its focus, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office yesterday charged Guy Sileo Jr. with first-degree murder in the 1996 slaying of James Webb, his business partner at the General Wayne Inn. Authorities portrayed Sileo, 33, of Wallingford, as a failed restaurateur and husband who had, in the months before the killing, repeatedly told a pastry chef that he might...
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November 24, 2013 | By Megan Lydon, Inquirer Staff Writer
Alf Ake Winte, 83, a lifelong pastry chef who emigrated from Sweden and later owned a pastry shop in Havertown, died Friday, Oct. 18, at his home in Newtown Square from a stroke brought on by heart disease complications. Mr. Winte honed his culinary skills as an apprentice pastry chef in Stockholm and Sala, which is about 65 miles outside the Swedish capital. By 1951, Mr. Winte and his future wife, Britt Lundvik, had opened their first bakery in Stockholm, Grev Ture. The two married a year later, and in 1955 they came to America, settling in Denver, where one of his sisters was living.
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March 11, 2016
I went for the crab cake, but left with pavlova in my heart. Our appetites had been primed for classic French cuisine by King Georges , Erika Frankel's engaging documentary about Georges Perrier, in which Le Bec-Fin's chef feverishly whipped up a batch of his signature "galette" crab cakes when the kitchen was at risk of running out ("You will never '86' the galette!") But now that Le Bec is long gone, Le Chéri, owned by Pierre Calmels, one of Perrier's last chefs, is among the last places (and at lunch only)
FOOD
November 15, 2007
If you order pumpkin pie at Continental Mid-town, you won't get a hunk of shimmering, brown-orange pie set in a flaky crust. Kate Honeyman, pastry chef for Buddakan and Continental Mid-town, says she and her staff wanted to create something seasonal. Someone came up with pumpkin creme brulee. "The flavor was great," Honeyman said. "But then we asked how can we do it differently?" The finished dessert is a pumpkin custard piped into cinnamon pizzelle cones and topped with vanilla whipped cream.
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May 21, 1997 | by Aliza Green, For the Daily News
Yo, Chefs! I am a prison inmate and am interested in becoming a chef. Can you suggest a top-notch school? - Name withheld Dear Chef-To-Be, Cooking professionally is stressful work with long hours. But if you love to cook and think you can take the heat in the kitchen, now is the perfect time to consider culinary school. After struggling for many years, Philadelphia's restaurant business is booming. Because of that, a second major culinary school is opening this fall.
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February 16, 2006 | By Marilynn Marter INQUIRER FOOD WRITER
Nick Malgieri, award-winning cookbook author, educator and renowned pastry chef, will be the recipient of the 2006 Toque Award, presented in conjunction with the 22d annual Book and the Cook event, a 10-day restaurant and food festival scheduled for March 17-26. The program pairs nationally known cookbook authors with Philadelphia-area restaurants and their chefs. The Toque Award was instituted in 1990 to recognize exceptional lifetime achievement in culinary arts and letters. It is given jointly by the Book and The Cook and the City of Philadelphia.
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November 26, 2011 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Susan Detscher Pizzano, 63, of Chestnut Hill, who raised money to build the Top of the Hill Fountain near the intersection of Germantown Avenue and Bethlehem Pike, died of breast cancer Sunday, Nov. 20, at home. Her husband, Joseph, said she was cochair of Friends of the Fountain Plaza. "She had a very complex, interesting life," he said. After working as a nurse, teacher, and pastry chef, Mrs. Pizzano was attracted to the writings of Michael Harrington, author of the 1962 work The Other America: Poverty in the United States . "I went to Holy Cross College, and he went to Holy Cross.
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August 16, 2012 | By Michael Klein, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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March 11, 2016
I went for the crab cake, but left with pavlova in my heart. Our appetites had been primed for classic French cuisine by King Georges , Erika Frankel's engaging documentary about Georges Perrier, in which Le Bec-Fin's chef feverishly whipped up a batch of his signature "galette" crab cakes when the kitchen was at risk of running out ("You will never '86' the galette!") But now that Le Bec is long gone, Le Chéri, owned by Pierre Calmels, one of Perrier's last chefs, is among the last places (and at lunch only)
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March 4, 2016 | By Joy Manning, For The Inquirer
There has always been a lot for locals to love about our city's culinary soul. But as the city and its restaurants are landing on "best of" lists nationwide, it's clear the rest of the food world is sharing the love, with two Top Chef winners running restaurants here and local chefs regularly honored by the James Beard Awards. There are a lot of things driving Philadelphia's food scene forward, but one unlikely contributing force is Drexel University's Center for Hospitality & Sports Management.
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November 26, 2015 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
Once, there was a time in your life when a slice of cheese was orange and smooth, when it was wrapped in cellophane, when it was called a "single. " Sure, nowadays you choose to nibble on aged Gouda for a snack; you have your favorite blues and goats; and you'll order anything on a restaurant menu with tallegio. But a part of you - hidden in the most unacknowledged recesses of your palate - still secretly craves the uniform texture and yielding blandness of American cheese. To that, some local chefs would say: No shame in your game.
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November 20, 2015 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Like many pro chefs, Joe Cicala cherishes returning to his childhood home for Thanksgiving. Just not for the reason one might expect. "It's one of the few days a year I usually don't have to cook!" says Cicala, co-owner of Brigantessa, who is also the chef at Le Virtù. That's not to say Cicala doesn't have deep feelings for the holiday he calls "my favorite. " As a kid growing up in Scaggsville, Md. (where, coincidentally, he worked in the local pizza shop with future fellow Philadelphia chef Peter Serpico)
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November 20, 2015 | Maureen Fitzgerald, Inquirer Staff
Magnificent Maple If you're looking to pick up pies or baked goods for your Thanksgiving feast, it's worth checking out the offerings at the Little Bird Cafe in Queen Village, the new bakery from pastry chef Jessica Nolen, wife of Jeremy, the team behind Brahaus Schmitz and Whetsone Tavern. From classic apple pie and brownies to her specialties of lemon meringue cheesecake and apple strudel, she offers a large variety of sweets as well as savories. We especially loved her maple custard pie, with a rich and creamy maple filling we couldn't stop eating.
FOOD
August 21, 2015
Pie with sweet Jersey blues Vernick Food & Drink's blueberry pie is widely known to be a thing of beauty - and, for a brief moment, you can take it home with you. Vernick's pastry chef, Jennifer Sokoloff, will bake a limited number of pies, with Jersey berries and brown sugar topping, for take-home customers willing to commit to ordering ahead and picking up the dessert on their lunch hour. - Samantha Melamed Vernick Blueberry Pie for Two, $12, order by Aug. 28 at http://vernickblueberrypie.bpt.me and pick up Sept.
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July 31, 2015 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
It's the food you've shunned that has the greatest potential to surprise. Take this summer when I made, on a whim, Dorie Greenspan's citrus berry terrine for a family gathering. Despite the fancy name, it was a straight-up gelatin mold, flavored simply with orange juice, though the jewellike flashes of segmented fruit in every slice made it look fancy and complicated. If I'd told my guests in advance what I would be serving, they might have scoffed, flashing back to pretzel and mandarin-orange studded rings of yesteryear, but their reaction to this fresh-tasting dessert was pure delight.
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June 12, 2015 | Craig LaBan, Inquirer Staff Writer
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat of June 9, 2015: Craig LaBan: In one of the more unexpected turns of restaurant news, talented chef Ezra Duker left the Mainland Inn just a few weeks after earning three bells in a fairly spectacular display of true modern farm-to-table cooking. Duker told me by phone his ultimate goal was to open his own place. He and his pastry chef (and life partner), Sandy Tran, were heading out to travel in Asia, and then decide where to open their own place - in the Bay area (where they met)
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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.
NEWS
November 23, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
Who are the most important chefs in Philly? Some, like Keith Lucas and other cooks in the region's nonprofit kitchens, may not be names you've heard. But for thousands of Philadelphians suffering from AIDS, cancer, cardiac disease, or diabetes, Lucas - and the 15,000 free meals he oversees each week from the Center City kitchen at MANNA - is an essential lifeline to the nourishment and dignity of a proper supper. With 2,000 extra meals for Thanksgiving, Lucas, 53, a Chestnut Hill resident, paused to chat about a career cooking behind the scenes, his star turn on reality TV, and why hospital food is awful.
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