Thursday, August 27, 2015

Chef Jennifer Carroll is bound for D.C.

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 11:33 AM
Jennifer Carroll, the sassy, Northeast Philly-bred Top Chef regular, is moving her base to the Washington, D.C.-northern Virginia area. Her Top Chef castmate Mike Isabella, on an expansion streak, has signed Carroll as chef for his forthcoming French-Mediterranean restaurant Requin, which is to open... Read more

Stargazy: Meat pies and eels for Yanks and homesick Brits

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 9:49 PM
Having run some of the region's better kitchens for the last decade, such as the late NoBL and Sycamore in Lansdowne, Southwark in Queen Village, and Leila in Jenkintown, Sam Jacobson is pretty handy around American cuisine. What this town needed, the London-raised chef had been saying to anyone who... Read more

Wine seizure may benefit Chester County Hospital

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 4:56 PM
Chester County Hospital, citing a provision of Pennsylvania liquor code, has petitioned Chester County Court to take possession of 1,400 bottles of rare wines from a couple's collection and sell them to raise money. The state plans to destroy the wines - whose value has been estimated at about $150... Read more

South Jersey chef battles on NBC's 'Food Fighters'

Wednesday, August 26, 2015, 6:00 AM
South Jersey chef Aaron McCargo Jr. says he got a flashback to 2008 recently while taping an episode of the NBC cooking contest series Food Fighters, which airs 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27. Food Fighters, hosted by Adam Richman, pits a home cook with a signature dish against a pro chef. Their dishes... Read more

Is Philly ready for pizza in a cone?

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 11:55 AM
To think we've been eating our pizza flat for thousands of years. The Italian company Kono specializes in pizza baked into a cone shape, primarily for portability. (It's known there as "pizza al passeggio," or walk-around pizza.) Three men from South Jersey, having bought a franchise in “The... Read more

Bean Exchange in Bella Vista is closed

Tuesday, August 25, 2015, 9:40 AM
Matt Armstrong has shuttered the Bean Exchange, his coffee shop at Seventh and Bainbridge, after almost a decade. By text, Armstrong said he made the move "with great sadness." "I am heartbroken for its faithful employees," he wrote. "They are an asset that any business should be proud to holster... Read more

Sbraga is sued over Juniper Commons

Monday, August 24, 2015, 1:16 PM
Top Chef Kevin Sbraga is being sued by the company that installed the kitchen equipment for Juniper Commons, his ill-starred restaurant at Broad and South Streets, which closed in May after less than six months. Clark Food Service Equipment, of Lancaster, filed a complaint Friday in Philadelphia Common... Read more

Cafe Nola returning, in spirit, to South Street

Monday, August 24, 2015, 9:08 AM
Cafe Nola, which enjoyed a 15-year run on South Street until 1996 before a series of moves throughout the neighborhood, is being revived in its original location, at least in spirit. Original owner Bill Curry is converting Redwood, his bar at 328 South St. and next door to his Copabanana, into Hurricane... Read more

Saxbys Coffee opens in Washington Square West

Sunday, August 23, 2015, 11:29 PM
Saxbys Coffee has opened its 30th cafe nationwide, taking the southwest corner of 11th and Locust Streets in Washington Square West, replacing a hair salon and dog school in a rather caffeinated part of town. It's the Philly-based chain's second city location to open this year, and has 45 seats. Next... Read more

Center City's Melting Pot moving to N.J.

Thursday, August 20, 2015, 10:55 PM
The Melting Pot location at 1219 Filbert St., across from the Convention Center Marriott, will close in the next month, as it has found a new home in South Jersey. The corporate office of the fondue franchise confirmed last February that it was location-shopping. Its new home will be 584 Route 38... Read more
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