May 21, 2013 |
CHINO BERMUDEZ was a student at Bok Vocational High School when he heard his first rap lyrics. He was smitten. From then on, he spent his spare time rapping out rap lyrics. So, he was never a Biggie Smalls or a Sean "Diddy" Combs - his heroes - but Chino had fun trying. Music was a big part of Chino's life. Besides the rappers, he was also a fan of R&B, and singer/songwriter Keyshia Cole was his favorite female entertainer. A handsome, spirited young man, Eliezer "Chino" Bermudez's life was cut cruelly short by multiple sclerosis.
May 18, 2013 |
On the menu for Jersey Shore dining this summer, along with the inevitable seafood dinners and boardwalk treats, there will no doubt be a lingering aftertaste of Sandy. Whereas most springs we can begin counting the exciting new restaurant projects about to open, this year the question is more one of survival: How many restaurants are left? "I'd say as many as 20 percent of the existing restaurants may be gone," says Ed Hitzel, whose weekly Table For One radio show, Channel 40 TV segments, and self-named magazine are dedicated to the South Jersey dining scene.
May 7, 2013 |
When Andreotti's Viennese Cafe opened in Cherry Hill in 1983, Marianne Andreotti would deliver her restaurant's seven-cheese spread to people sitting outside in their cars, waiting for a table. "We were so afraid they were going to leave," said Andreotti, whose father, Mark, started the restaurant on Route 70, then primarily a pastry shop with lunch seating. The patrons stayed, and the Andreottis expanded, over the years adding a dining room, piano, bar, and dance floor. The space evolved, but the traditions remained, including free hors d'oeuvres and desserts and music and dancing on Saturday nights.
May 3, 2013 |
It's the "trucker's" moment in Philadelphia's food world now - especially when it comes to lunch. That's when some of the area's most exciting new food options are making the scene, rolling in on four wheels with a griddle full of creativity and an entrepreneurial dream. Channeling a Shane Victorino craving for Super Spam musubi? Check. Tiny Poi Dog at Temple University is your new Hawaiian snack shrine. In need of stunningly rich peanut butter ice cream sandwiched between double chocolate chip cookies?
April 12, 2013 |
Today - my 20th anniversary writing "Table Talk" - I'll yield the floor to a few old guys. Too often, these veterans are pushed to the side by the flavor of the month. But in an industry famous for quick flameouts, experience counts for something. What has the experience taught them? "The one thing that I have learned is that the only thing that is constant is change," said John Foy, who with his wife, Bernadette, founded East Philly Cafe on South Street in 1978. In 1982, they renamed it for their baby daughter Bridget, who runs it now. "As fast as this business changes or evolves, the more it stays the same," said Kevin Meeker, who with his wife, Janet, has owned a series of restaurants since 1976 and now has Keg & Kitchen in Westmont.
April 11, 2013 |
Food Network star "Big Daddy" is one step closer to opening an American bistro in downtown Camden, but with a long way to go still. Chef Aaron McCargo Jr., a Camden High School graduate whose claim to fame comes from winning Season 4 of The Next Food Network Star and from his cooking show Big Daddy's House on the network, received a $100,000 Camden Urban Enterprise Zone grant on Tuesday for his planned restaurant. McCargo wants to take over the former Market West Grill space at 3d and Market streets, along with an adjacent building.
March 25, 2013 |
Mark Bucher grew up in Philadelphia but sought his fortune elsewhere. After developing casual, beef-based restaurants in the Washington area, he and his partners sought to expand to Atlantic City. During their drive to scout the site, Bucher decided to take a detour to his hometown. They saw a thriving Center City, Bucher said. "We decided that Philly was the place for us," Bucher said outside the future Medium Rare, in a new apartment building on the 1600 block of Sansom Street in Center City.
March 25, 2013 |
Want a beer with that burger? How about a glass of wine with your pasta? Right now in Brookhaven, Delaware County, you can't order either. But change may be on the menu. Borough officials have collected more than enough signatures to put a referendum on the May 21 ballot that would allow restaurants to serve alcoholic beverages. Brookhaven is one of 22 municipalities in Philadelphia's Pennsylvania suburbs that are "dry" when it comes to alcohol sales in restaurants and bars.
March 15, 2013 |
Taking home leftovers from a restaurant these days is as American as the apple pie you did not finish for dessert. It was not always so. Anyone who grew up in the '60s and '70s is likely to recall that what you left on your plate at an eatery was carried back to the kitchen, never to be seen again. That is, unless, it was steak or some other hunk of meat. For that, you'd ask for a doggy bag. Recalling my own experiences working at the Pub, the Cherry Hill Inn, and Cherry Hill Lodge while in high school, the routine called for the server to take your plate back to the kitchen and return with a grease-resistant paper sack neatly folded at the top, and what remained of your steak or chicken inside.
March 13, 2013 |
SJ Hot Chefs, an all-star lineup of the South Jersey Independent Restaurant Association, kicks off its annual Spring Restaurant Week on Sunday to showcase the region's abundant culinary talent. At events that continue through Friday, more than 35 restaurants in Burlington, Camden, and Gloucester Counties will offer four-course menus for $25 and $35. This year, chefs also are pairing with culinary-arts students for two demonstrations Saturday from noon to 2 p.m. in Voorhees and Sewell.