November 21, 2012 |
"YOU CAN TELL everybody I'm not a bum, yet. I'm fine. Don't worry," assured chef Georges Perrier when we asked about his estate sale, held over the weekend at his Chestnut Hill mansion. The famed Frenchman said he unloaded lots of huge copper pots and other cookware from Le Bec-Fin (1523 Walnut), which he sold to Nicolas Fanucci in March. Two of Perrier's longtime assistants ran the sale. Perrier was there, too, with a small poodle named Isabel. Philly.Curbed.com has reported that his house was for sale but taken off the market in October.
October 16, 2012 |
Chillin' Wit' is a regular feature of the Daily News spotlighting a name in the news away from the job. CITY Councilman Curtis Jones Jr. invites Chillin' Wit' for an exclusive visit to his Wynnefield basement Man Cave on one condition: No politics. Just Eagles. "He's not a councilman here," Jones says, nodding at Bill Green. "And I'm not a councilman, just a person. We can scratch and burp down here. I can be a caveman. " Fellow cavemen also include son Curtis Jones III, brother Keith Jones, chief of staff Al Spivey, Democratic ward leader Lou Agre, and friends Brahin Behlin and Scott Bass.
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.
March 1, 2012 |
THE GEORGES PERRIER era at Le Bec-Fin will end Saturday night. Amid the hushed white-tablecloth grandeur of the dining room of the Walnut Street institution, beneath enormous crystal chandeliers, Perrier addressed several dozen staff members before dinner service yesterday to introduce Le Bec-Fin's new owner, Nicolas Fanucci. "I never thought this day would happen," Perrier said, his voice breaking, his eyes welling with tears. "I'm 70 years old [actually, 68]. I just can't do this anymore.
February 29, 2012 |
The Georges Perrier era at Le Bec-Fin will end Saturday night. Amid the hushed white-tablecloth grandeur of the dining room of the Walnut Street institution, beneath enormous crystal chandeliers, Perrier addressed several dozen staff members before dinner service Wednesday to introduce Le Bec-Fin's new owner, Nicolas Fanucci. "I never thought this day would happen," Perrier said, his voice breaking, his eyes welling with tears. "I'm 70 years old [actually, 68]. I just can't do this anymore.
September 27, 2011 |
AN ATTORNEY for chef Georges Perrier has initiated legal action against the blog StaphMeal.com by filing a writ of summons in Common Pleas Court. Attorney Jonathan Cohen 's filing indicates that a complaint outlining allegations of libel and defamation could be forthcoming. The writ of summons lists John Doe as a defendant because Cohen does not know the identity of the blogger (or bloggers) behind the site. The legal action is intended in part to unmask the writers.
July 14, 2011 |
Having one wonderful French bakery in a small town is enviable enough. But since June, when Georges Perrier opened Art of Bread, Narberth, a borough of about 4,200 residents, has been able to claim four. Pre-Perrier, the three bakeries seemed to blissfully coexist. Longtime Inquirer food columnist Rick Nichols once even referred to Narberth as "The Land of 10,000 Croissants. " There is Le Petit Mitron, which sells its pastries and coffee to the public; there is mostly wholesale Buy the Dozen; and there is Au Fournil, a wholesale-only operation helmed by Stephane Wojtowicz.
June 16, 2011 |
It's hard to keep Georges Perrier out of the kitchen. He sauntered into the third-floor cooking facility at West Catholic High School like he owned it. In some ways, he did. On Wednesday morning, Perrier, owner of Le Bec-Fin, was at the West Philly high school to hand over an oversize check. It was made out for $75,000, the French chef's contribution to the school's existing Culinary Arts program. "I'm sorry I'm late! I couldn't find the door!" Perrier blared in his thick French accent, rushing in. Everyone laughed and clapped, and after a few words of gratitude, Perrier headed straight to the stove.
June 12, 2011 |
Georges Perrier has given his executive pastry chef, Cedric Barberet, a bright new playground on the Main Line. They've fired up the ovens at Art of Bread at 920 Montgomery Ave., across from the Staples store in Narberth (610-660-8222). Besides putting out breads and pastries for Perrier's restaurants and other commercial clients, it sells at retail from a counter. Panini, quiche, and other light cafe fare, plus illy coffee, is served from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, and 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sundays.
April 7, 2011 |
WHEN GEORGES Perrier takes the stage at the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts gala tonight at the Kimmel Center, the chef's 40 years of culinary achievements will command the spotlight. Before a crowd of 850 arts patrons, French chefs and Francophiles, Perrier will accept the Culinary Visionary Award for his contribution to the culture of Philadelphia and his accomplishments as a member of the esteemed Maîtres Cusiniers de France (Master Chefs of France). Accolades are nothing new for the Lyon, France-born chef.