Sunday, March 29, 2015

POSTED: Friday, March 27, 2015, 2:54 PM
Front dining room at Doc Magrogan's on Sansom Street. MICHAEL KLEIN /

In celebration of National Doctors Day on Monday, March 30, restaurateur Dave Magrogan will give away a free pint of craft beer or a glass of red wine to any physician who stops into Barra Rossa in Center City at 929 Walnut Street, Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar in University City at 200 S. 40th St., and Doc Magrogan’s Oyster Houses in University City at 3432 Sansom St. and in West Chester at 117 E. Gay St.

Magrogan was a practicing chiropractor from 1996 to 2003. 

In addition to the free drinks on March 30, Magrogan will also commemorate the day by offering a Doctors’ Happy Hour for medical professionals and anyone else who wants to rub elbows with physicians, from 5 to 7 p.m. at Barra Rossa, Harvest Seasonal Grill and Doc Magrogan’s Oyster Houses, with complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a $2.50 “co-pay” for all craft beers and glasses of wine. 

POSTED: Friday, March 27, 2015, 2:31 PM

At the annual Careers through Culinary Arts Program (C-CAP) Cooking Competition for College Scholarships, 30 high schoolers representing Philadelphia, Delaware and Chester County public high schools re-created the intensity of a four-star restaurant kitchen as they faced off in a savory and sweet challenge at Drexel University.

Competitors on March 26 had two hours to prepare a French meal of hunter's chicken with tourne potatoes and dessert crepes with pastry cream and chocolate sauce.

Judges were chefs Chip Roman, Barbie Marshall, Robert Bennett, Ben Thomas, Jason Cichonski, Valerie Erwin, Peter Scarola, and Ben Burger and C-CAP's Susan Robbins.

POSTED: Friday, March 27, 2015, 1:53 PM

Perhaps I'm jumping to conclusions, but it appears that the April Fool's pranks have started already:

Wayback Burgers' press people have announced, with a genuine-looking ad, that it's rolling out a high-protein milkshake with vanilla ice cream, chocolate syrup and (get this) cricket powder.

The launch date is April 1.

POSTED: Friday, March 27, 2015, 1:00 PM

It’s been a long time coming (since 2012, actually), but Han Dynasty head honcho Han Chiang’s episode of Chef’s Night Out on Vice finally premiered this week. And between the barbacoa at Isaiah Zagar’s studio and the beers with Jason Kelce at Prime Stache, it is well worth the wait.

The episode starts off as the gang gets a few beers in at Han Dynasty’s University City location before the crew heads over to Zagar’s place for a barbacoa meal from Barbacoa South Philly’s Cristina Martinez and Ben Miller. Of particular note: the eyeball and tongue taco that Chiang just can’t stop eating.

Next up is Amis, where Chiang and company enjoy a pulled-pork pizza topped with deep-fried dried hot peppers — an ingredient described as being “very Jersey.”

POSTED: Thursday, March 26, 2015, 12:59 PM

Brunch in Philadelphia is going to new heights starting Sunday, March 29.

That's when Top of the Tower, on the 50th floor of Three Logan Square (the former Bell Atlantic Building at 1717 Arch St.), debuts its SkyBrunch, a meal with a view from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sundays. Parking on site is $10.

It's a buffet brunch ($50 a head, $25 for ages 5 to 12, free for toddlers) with multiple serving stations dispensing all sorts of dishes, such as pastries, eggs, prime rib, ham, fried chicken, crème brûlée brioche French toast, smoked salmon and sushi from Zento. Top of the Tower will donate $1 from every cover at SkyBrunch to Philadelphia’s Clean Air Council.

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 2:54 PM
Christopher Dougherty and Christina Martin.

The changeover from winter to spring - yes, it will happen - is the theme of a cooking class-slash-dinner being whipped up by chefs Christina Martin and Christopher Dougherty on Tuesday, March 24 at Vegan Commissary, at 1703 S. 11th St. in South Philadelphia.

Using local, organic and vegan ingredients from Door to Door Organics Tri-State, Martin (who is a culinary instructor and Vegan Commissary's pastry chef) and James (sous chef at Ulivo) will turn out: 

Zucchini bread

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 12:27 PM
Bar at Sweet Lucy's Smokehouse, 7500 State Rd.

Sweet Lucy's Smokehouse, the barbecue destination off the I-95 exit at Cottman Avenue in Northeast Philadelphia, will donate half of the day's proceeds on Wednesday, March 25 to the family of Officer Robert Wilson III.

Wilson, father of two sons, was gunned down March 5 in a North Philadelphia video-game store.

Hours will be 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

POSTED: Monday, March 23, 2015, 11:00 AM
Wyebrook Farm (150 Wyebrook Rd) photo by Jason Varney

It’s a great food week in Philadelphia. For one thing, Philadelphia Wine Week is upon us. Aside from the fermented grape events, this week includes new brunch offerings from Palladino’s and Top of the Tower, as well as a bar crawl in Fairmount.

For those who love farm-to-table, Wednesday, March 25, Wyebrook Farm (150 Wyebrook Rd.) in Honeybrook will debut restaurant offerings at 11 a.m. from farmer Dean Carlson and newly appointed chef, Andrew Wood of Russet Restaurant (1521 Spruce St.). What should you expect? Guests will enjoy in-season options made daily and priced anywhere from $8-30. Find out more information from’s Michael Klein.

On Thursday, March 26 join Yards’ Tom Kehoe and the Philly Beer Week Crew for the inaugural #HOGTour. Although PBW 2015 doesn’t officially start until Friday, May 29 there’s no harm in starting things a wee bit early. The pub crawl will begin at London Grill (2301 Fairmount Ave.), and make its way to Urban Saloon (2120 Fairmount Ave.), The Belgian Café (2047 Green St.), and the Kite and Key (1836 Callowhill St.). All the fun starts at 6 p.m. and of course, the beloved Hammer of Glory will be in attendance.

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