Friday, September 4, 2015

This dinner party will be magical

Tuesday, September 1, 2015, 10:28 AM
You've heard of the magic of dining. Chef Alex Garfinkel - whose Balboa Supper Club restaurant pop-ups are a real treat - will collaborate on an intimate dinner for 10 people at his Kensington studio on Oct. 23 with his friend Adam Elbaum, who has been a magician specializing in sleight of hand for... Read more

Sous vide comes to the senior center

Monday, August 31, 2015, 2:05 PM
The kitchen at Daylesford Crossing, a new senior-living center in Paoli, was packed with working chefs and cooks on Friday, but it was free of the clatter of pots and pans. Or cooking aromas, for that matter. Perking in the background was just the sound of bubbling from what looked like oversized... Read more

Kanella South is getting closer

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 10:50 PM
One of the more eagerly awaited late-summer openings is Kanella South (757 S. Front St.), which represents more than just a mile and a half move for Konstantinos Pitsillides' much-honored Greek-Cypriot restaurant from a busy corner in Washington Square West to the calm of Queen Village. Pitsillides... Read more

Square Pie moves into Queen Village

Sunday, August 30, 2015, 9:28 PM
Gene and Amy Giuffi and crew have moved Square Pie's ovens and equipment from Sixth and Catharine Streets across the intersection to the pizzeria's new home, in the former Cochon BYOB space at Passyunk Avenue and Catharine Street in Queen Village. Square Pie opens at lunchtime Tuesday, Sept. 1 at... Read more

Han Dynasty's owner is out standing in his field

Friday, August 28, 2015, 3:27 PM
Han Dynasty's Han Chiang, now back in the area after moving to New York City, is pulling a Green Acres. He and his mother, Lung Lung Chiang, are working a greenhouse and small plot of land near their homestead in Parkesburg, Chester County. Eat bok choy or string beans at Han Dynasty recently? It's... Read more

Chinatown getting a 24/7 food court

Friday, August 28, 2015, 2:40 PM
Thai noodles at 5 a.m., spring rolls at noon, and maybe sushi at dinner? Kenny Poon, who owns five restaurants in Center City and Northern Liberties, wants to open Chinatown’s first food court, and right now crews are scooping out the former Shanghai Bazaar, a longtime gift shop at 1016 Race... Read more

LOVE Park 'spaceship' will get a restaurant

Thursday, August 27, 2015, 11:24 PM
The Fairmount Park Welcome Center on JFK Plaza - the so-called "spaceship" at the corner of 16th Street and JFK Boulevard - will become a restaurant. The Fairmount Park Conservancy plans a one-year renovation of JFK Plaza, aka LOVE Park, starting next spring. The renovated welcome center, whose architecture... Read more

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
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