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.
September 29, 2011 |
The restaurant space at the Wayne Hotel in downtown Wayne, once the home of Restaurant Taquet, has been expanded and renovated into a dining room and bistro bar called Paramour (139 E. Lancaster Ave., 610-977-0600). As part of the two-year renovation to the hotel, developer S.W. Bajus has also set up an outdoor veranda and a lobby lounge. The bistro has plush semicircular banquettes and floor-to-ceiling windows, and the main dining room - now allowing for plenty of natural light - has an open kitchen, marble floors, and an enormous glass-walled wine display.
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.
December 8, 2005 |
Store-bought cookies may be lovelier, crispier, chewier or more elaborate, but nothing beats homemade - unless you make them with advice from a pastry chef. So we're offering you this seasonal treat: tips from several local chefs for beautiful holiday cookies. Do try these at home - because baking does more than heat up a kitchen. It creates warmth within the family. The Snowman The bakers: Ellen Shimberg and Laura Anderson are the women behind Two Tarts Baking Co. The technique: They use a classic butter cookie, "with extra butter 'cause life's too short not to have a lot of butter," Shimberg says.
November 28, 1990 |
WHAT'S COOKING? The times, they are a-changin' in the American kitchen. Nearly two-thirds of children under 13 make at least one meal on their own each week - in part because of the microwave. An American Frozen Food Institute study showed that 38 percent of mothers of 5- to 8-year-olds let their children operate microwave ovens on their own, as do 48 percent of the mothers of 9- to 12- year-olds, according to American Demographics magazine. DESSERT TIPS Thinking of baking some pies for the holidays but leery because of disappointing results in the past?
February 10, 1995 |
Whether it's one of those $6 orange cloths that soak up an entire spilled bottle of soda, or a $3,000 dining room table, or a $10,000 redwood deck, there's dreaming room for you at the Philadelphia Home Show. Back at the Civic Center for the 14th year in a row, the show is a gathering spot where more than 500 home-equipment vendors and builders show their latest products to thousands of residents who would rather "improve" than "move. " Next year the show itself moves - to the new Pennsylvania Convention Center.
February 9, 2012
Bio : 35; from Ocean City, N.J.; lives in Philadelphia with his wife. Philly/Jersey restaurant connections: Avenue B, Café Loren, Fathom Seafood House, Fish, Little Fish and Washington Inn. Culinary training: Academy of Culinary Arts, Mays Landing, N.J. First restaurant gig: Age 13, as a busboy at Daniel's Restaurant in Somers Point, N.J. What's new? Mike sold Little Fish and Fathom Seafood House (now East Girard Gastropub) to their respective chefs de cuisine to focus on his newly expanded Fish (1234 Locust St., 215-545-9600, fishphilly.com )
July 3, 2014
The deal: The South Philly corner spot's been there since 1947 and still feels like a best-kept neighborhood secret. When owner, pastry chef and neighborhood kid John Conlosi bought the biz in 2010, he kept the recipes - and resurrected a summertime tradition: the plain doughnut, sliced in half and filled to order with vanilla or chocolate Jack & Jill ice cream, and dusted with powdered sugar. Conlosi said that he remembered the treat "as a child, growing up right across the street, at 9th and Jackson.
March 12, 1995 |
When the call went out for the Great Chefs of Philadelphia Dessert Competition, about 30 of the area's culinary elite gladly put their egos on the line and joined the contest. Their job was to wow the judges, some of whom came to town just for the special event, held at the Rittenhouse Hotel, and whose names could get the chocolate moving in the veins of most pastry chefs. There were Michael and Ariane Batterberry, publishers of Food Arts magazine; cookbook author Eileen Yin-Fei Lo; food historian William Woys Weaver; Diane Brown of the James Beard Foundation; Fred Ferretti, columnist for Gourmet magazine; Barbara Kafka, cookbook author and Vogue magazine writer; Louis Szathmary, founder of the Bakery Restaurant in Chicago; and Ann Amernick, an independent pastry chef.
March 23, 1995 |
When Bobby Flay finished high school, he figured he'd had it with formal education. But even as he was putting away that hard-earned diploma, his father made it clear that if he didn't go to college, he would certainly have to work. To show that he meant business, the elder Flay went out and got the reluctant Manhattan youth a job in the kitchen of a restaurant in the theater district. Flay remembers the times he was late for work and when he arrived, his father would be waiting for him in front of the restaurant.