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Archive: August, 2013

POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 2:11 PM
Geoffrey Zakarian of the Lambs Club.

As part of the Savor Borgata Culinary Series, Iron Chef Geoffrey Zakarian (culinary lifestyle consultant for The Water Club) will be in Atlantic City to present the first-ever pop-up of his Manhattan restaurant, The Lambs Club, from Friday, Aug. 16 through Sunday, Aug. 18.

Zakarian’s team will take over the dining room at 28 West (formerly Seablue), offering a four course menu priced at $89 per person.

During the weekend, Zakarian will also host a culinary demonstration at Borgata’s Music Box theatre on Saturday, in addition to book signings on Saturday and Sunday in the restaurant.

POSTED: Thursday, August 15, 2013, 10:40 AM
Night Market is a roving street fair celebrating the city's ethnic restaurants, gourmet food trucks and coolest neighborhoods from the people who brought you Headhouse Farmer's Market. (Photo: Dave Tavani)

Thursday night - Aug. 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. - nine blocks of South Street (from Front to Ninth) will be closed for Night Market.

Expected are 80 food trucks and ethnic and regional restaurants, plus more than a dozen local bands, artists and circus performers.

It's free to stroll and browse.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 13, 2013, 9:53 AM

Joe’s Steaks + Soda Shop* in Northeast Philly and Jet Wine Bar on South Street are teaming up for a classic three-course Philadelphia dinner - cheesesteaks, fries, and cupcakes paired with local wines - from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 at Joe’s, 6030 Torresdale Ave.

Menu:

1st Course: Signature Cheesesteak

POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013, 3:25 PM
Night Market is a roving street fair celebrating the city's ethnic restaurants, gourmet food trucks and coolest neighborhoods from the people who brought you Headhouse Farmer's Market. (Photo: Dave Tavani)

Thursday night - Aug. 15 from 6 to 10 p.m. - nine blocks of South Street (from Front to Ninth) will be closed for Night Market.

Expected are 80 food trucks and ethnic and regional restaurants, plus more than a dozen local bands, artists and circus performers.

Sponsor The Food Trust is offering a chance to be Night Market royalty. The king or queen of Night Market is entitled to cut the line (no waiting!) and get free food for two at more than 20 Night Market picks. And there's a crown, of course.

POSTED: Monday, August 12, 2013, 3:16 PM
Brent Celek at Prime Stache, 110 Chestnut St. (MICHAEL KLEIN / Philly.com)

Sorta last-minute:

Han Dynasty and Prime Stache - neighbors on Chestnut Street in Old City - are doing a collab seven-course dinner tonight (8/12/13) of Han Chiang's Sichuan cooking and Hee "Chino" Chang's American stylings.

Community-type seatings are from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at Prime Stache, and from 9 to 10 p.m. at Han Dynasty.

POSTED: Tuesday, August 6, 2013, 2:54 PM
(TABLE MATTERS)

You should not try to make your own Old Bay spice.

As Meg Favreau writes in "Table Matters," you'll need $50 in spices "just to create a product that you can buy, ready-made, for under $5."

And if you try to call anything that doesn’t come in that "classic, primary-colored tin 'Old Bay,' a roving gang of ardent Old Bay supporters (most likely from the Chesapeake Bay area) will hunt you down and force-feed you crabs until you show some respect for their illustrious hometown spice."

POSTED: Monday, August 5, 2013, 11:49 AM
Lobster roll at Luke's Lobster, 130 S 17th St. ( DAVID SWANSON / Staff Photographer )

Luke's Lobster - the Maine-rooted seafood roll specialist that opened early this summer at 17th and Sansom Streets - has started free delivery with a $20 minimum order from 5 p.m. until a half-hour before close, seven days a week.

For starters, the zone is Washington Avenue to Spring Garden Street, 24th Street to Fifth Street.

POSTED: Monday, August 5, 2013, 11:00 AM

Critic John Mariani, riffing off the 10th anniversary of chef José Andrés’ 17-seat molecular cuisine minibar in Washington, D.C., says the precious lab-style approach to cooking is a dud.

With all of Andrés’ success, Mariani writes, "you’d think that the molecular cuisine Andrés is selling would take the nation’s capital, and the rest of the nation, by storm. But the fact is, despite tremendous media hype - not least the specious 2013 San Pellegrino Awards that ranked six restaurants specializing in molecular gastronomy in their top ten - the expansion and influence of that avant garde cuisine has been next to zero."

"Especially in the U.S., the molecular/modernist (M&M) movement has barely budged beyond its first breakthrough in 2003 at Wylie Dufresne’s wd-50 in New York and in 2005 at Grant Achatz’s Alinea in Chicago. The rest of the molecular restaurants in the U.S. can be numbered on the fingers of two hands: Schwa, Moto, and Grace, all in Chicago; Atelier Crenn and Coi in San Francisco; The Pass in Houston; Catbird Seat in Nashville, and one or two more that are struggling to stay open. In New York, Atera, Eleven Madison Park, and Chef’s Table are using minimal modernist techniques. Not much to show after ten years of evolution and hype."

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