October 19, 2006 |
Michael McCaulley is a successful Philadelphia sommelier, which means he makes more than $70,000 annually working three jobs and almost 70 hours a week under conditions that, at times, would seem risible anywhere else in the nation. "From a restaurant standpoint, it's archaic how we buy wine," McCaulley says of operating in a state where the sole seller is the beloved Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board. He's beverage director at Tria, the popular Rittenhouse Square wine bar; sommelier at Northern Italian steak restaurant Davio's; and co-owner of Tria Fermentation School, which opened this week and offers classes and wine tastings.
May 25, 2007 |
What seemed worse for the young woman was not her alleged drugging and rape by Jeffrey Marsalis, but her decision to get an abortion after becoming pregnant as a result of the alleged assault. The woman, then a 26-year-old pharmaceutical rep living in Bethlehem, Pa., wanted to be a good Catholic, and nearly every time the abortion was mentioned, she welled-up in tears on the stand yesterday. "I was embarrassed and ashamed," she said as she sat in a wheelchair with her left leg propped up from a recent surgery.
July 7, 2005
Look to Del. to learn how to fix State Stores I read with great interest your article on the "improvements" in the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board in recent years ("Toasting the bottom line: State Stores, now offering better wines, more hours and more sites, took in nearly $1.5 billion in the last year," June 30.) I agree that the recent changes have made some aspects of wine purchasing in Pennsylvania a little more digestible than in years past. However, overall the changes are far inferior to the quality, pricing and service that I receive from stores in Delaware.
November 30, 1990 |
In embarking on various business ventures over the years made possible by his family's successful Italian restaurant, Luca Sena often lay awake at night worrying whether his business moves were smart ones. But on the eve of the recent unveiling of the family's newest venture, he had no misgivings as he lay in a four-poster bed in an altogether elegantly appointed room. No, he was calm as he gazed, alternately, at flames from a gas-lit fireplace below a marble mantelpiece and the lights of the Benjamin Franklin Bridge outside tall, arched windows.
January 19, 2012
Here is an excerpt from Craig LaBan's online chat. Craig LaBan: I'm thrilled to see the Rittenhouse Farmer's Market still ticking along each Saturday into winter, with hot cider and the Renaissance Sausage cart to keep us warm, as well as a new-ish Jersey seafood stand with everything from fluke to scallops from Barnegat - all of it fresh and local, not frozen. They'd sold out by 1 p.m. when we arrived. We were in plenty of time, though, to plunder the Rineer Family Farms - one of the best all-purpose stands around: grass-fed rump roast; eggs with yolks as bright as the sun. But most interesting, Rineer has also recently been selling freshly ground white cornmeal (great for crusting fish)
August 6, 2009 |
New and just off City Avenue: Avril (134 Bala Ave., Bala Cynwyd, 610-667-2626), a cozy BYO bistro from chef Christian Gatti and his wife, April Lisante - hence the name. Gatti's Mediterranean menu starts in southeast France and heads into Italy. It will go farther inland as the weather cools off. Lisante, who spent a decade as a reporter, food writer, and editor at the Philadelphia Daily News, met Gatti in 2003 when she interviewed him for a feature about hot, young chefs.
February 14, 2013 |
IT'S no accident that Lady fell hard for the Tramp over a shared plate of linguine in the classic Disney movie. The very act of nibbling pour deux can be enough to get a body in the mood for romance. Although Valentine's Day is one reason to canoodle with your favorite dining partner, chefs around town are hip to the aphrodisiac power of shared deliciousness any time of year. "It's sexy to share," said Patrice Rames, chef/owner at Bistro St. Tropez in Center City. He offers a dessert duo meant for two, an airy Gran Marnier souffle and a chocolat chaud , or molten chocolate cake (see recipe)
October 5, 2012 |
There's a sweet-wine revolution going on, and it's happening in restaurants, in people's homes, and in wine shops. More and more patrons are asking for riesling, moscato, ports, and sherries at local restaurants and bars, and sweet wine is being mixed in cocktails at sophisticated Center City spots like a. kitchen, as well as older establishments like William Penn Inn in Ambler. Demand for dessert wines, such as Madeiras and ports, jumped to 210,000 cases in the last year, a 10 percent increase over the previous year, according to Matthew Schwenk, director of product selection for Pennsylvania Wine and Spirit stores.
February 16, 2012
Paris Wine Bar 2301 Fairmount Ave. 215-978-4545 www.londongrill.com Tria Cafe * Rittenhouse Square 18th and Sansom streets 215-972-8742 http://triacafe.com * Washington Square West 12th and Spruce streets 215-629-9200 Tria Wine Room 3131 Walnut St. 215-222-2422
August 19, 2007 |
As youngsters working behind the scenes at the Dilworthtown Inn, Anthony Mastroianni and Stephen Delaney often talked of the dream restaurant they might someday open together. A wine bar, perhaps, with a dedication to good food. Something on their home turf of the far-western suburbs. It took more than a decade to come to fruition, not to mention a few jobs in between and a cross-country move for the chef, but their planned collaboration has finally become a reality at Cosimo in Malvern.