September 12, 1987 |
Modern superstitions: If you hold a bunch of arugula under your chin and your skin glows green, it's a sign that you're about to eat a very expensive salad. It's bad luck to read any book you can buy in an airport gift shop. It's even worse luck to read any novel described as "A 'Catcher in the Rye' for the '80s. " If you look in the mirror and see no reflection, it doesn't mean you're going to die, as some people used to believe, but it's a sure sign you need stronger contact lenses.
May 29, 2008 |
Two high-profile, chef-driven restaurants are in their opening weeks: Table 31 , the Georges Perrier-Chris Scarduzio steakhouse bistro in the Comcast Center (enter on 17th Street between JFK Boulevard and Arch Street, 215-567-7111), started dinner last week and moves into lunch shortly. Three-story layout: two-story-tall bar, dining rooms on two levels, and banquet space on the third. Dinner menu focuses on assorted meats in various sizes; range is $29 for a queen-cut prime rib to $75 for a 24-ounce porterhouse.
August 23, 2013 |
Bernard Perrier, 65, of Moorestown, an unassuming, self-taught intellectual whose love and appreciation of lively conversation, fine wine, and French cuisine helped define the acclaimed Philadelphia restaurant Le Bec-Fin for 40 years, died Sunday, Aug. 18, at his home. The cause of death was heart failure, said his wife, Linda Oliver Perrier. Known to his family as "Bear," Mr. Perrier worked closely for most of his life with his brother Georges, the restaurant's chef and founder.
February 21, 1990 |
Source Perrier's contention that it markets only naturally pure mineral water is false and part of a scheme by the French company to defraud its customers, a Philadelphia woman charged yesterday. Margery Poggi of the 2100 block of Locust Street alleged in a federal suit that Perrier "fraudulently and repeatedly misrepresented" that its product was pure mineral water from a natural source and that it was better than other brands. "In fact, Perrier water was not better than other leading brands.
July 24, 2010 |
Georges Perrier said Friday that he planned to close Le Bec-Fin, his world-renowned French restaurant, by spring as he starts a new chapter in his culinary career. His decision, following the closings of Susanna Foo last year and Brasserie Perrier in 2008, removes the last of the star players on what was once the city's premier Restaurant Row, which Perrier himself created when he moved into 1523 Walnut St. in 1983. The restaurant will remain open until spring; a specific closing date has not been set. "I have owned this for 40 years," Perrier, 66, said.
July 23, 2009 |
Carolyn Wyman ate all kinds of cheesesteaks while researching her just-released The Great Philly Cheesesteak Book. Her homage to the steak sandwich traces its eight-decade history from Pat Olivieri's hot dog grill at Ninth and Passyunk to its current variations, including the chicken steak and something the vegetarians call a cheesefake. She hit about 50 spots, sampling cheesesteak spring rolls at the Four Seasons Hotel and cheesesteak pierogi from Czerw's. She got the recipe for cheesesteak soup from Campbell's.
February 12, 1990 |
"Oh, my God, oh, my God," moaned Sirio Maccioni, owner of Manhattan's exclusive Le Cirque restaurant. "Oh, this is terrible!" said playwright Wendy Wasserstein. "It's the end of an era. We'll all have to go back to Scotch. " Across the United States yesterday, the chic and trendy mourned the removal of Perrier from store shelves after traces of the chemical benzene were found in the French mineral water. The company announced Friday that it was pulling the water from stores across the country after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the state of North Carolina found traces of benzene in bottles produced between June 1989 and January 1990.
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.
January 19, 2001 |
Mon Dieu! Folks are starved for French food in the suburbs. Or so you might think. On a recent Friday evening, the parking lot at Spread Eagle Village, home of Georges Perrier's latest restaurant, was packed with cars. This time out, the diminutive dynamo behind Le Bec-Fin and Brasserie Perrier is trying to evoke the feeling of a French country estate, which the eatery's name, Le Mas Perrier, suggests. Perrier imported 29-year-old chef Pascal Valero, who brings to Le Mas Perrier Provencal dishes with his own twist.
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.