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Archive: January, 2012

Great Chefs Event going great guns

Thursday, January 26, 2012, 12:32 PM
It's hard to say no to Marc Vetri, which explains why he's amassed an impressive list of culinary firepower for this year's Great Chefs Event fundraiser, which will be June 12 at Urban Outfitters HQ. It benefits Alex's Lemonade Stand and the Vetri Foundation for Children. Here's the list. (And yes... Read more

Suburban bar shuffling

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 4:58 PM
Two suburban bars are changing hands. Bull Durham's was opened in March 2010 in a former Bennigan's on Wilmington Pike in West Chester by a couple who wanted a place to indulge in their passion of country line dancing. In late November, they hit the wall. PJ Whelihan's will open in the spot in late... Read more

Win a trip to an 'Iron Chef' taping

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 1:12 PM
Here's a prize for the food lover who has everything: The Shining Star Awards, a benefit for the March of Dimes on the night of Feb. 3 at the Westin Hotel, includes a live auction. Organizers have snagged an incredible package from the Food Network, including admission to a live taping of Iron Chef... Read more

Jose Garces - to the desert!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012, 12:26 PM
Jose Garces, who's been on a tear lately with forthcoming restaurants at the Revel in Atlantic City and new restaurants in Arizona, is headed also to Palm Springs, Calif. In a long-rumored deal announced today, the Iron Chef wiill carry the executive chef's title at The Saguaro, a new luxury property... Read more

Restaurant Week: Show us your meal

Sunday, January 22, 2012, 5:59 PM
Center City District Restaurant Week runs from Jan. 22-27 and Jan. 29-Feb. 3. What are you eating out there? The Pappardelle with portobello mushrooms, sautéed arugula, toasted sunflower seeds and shaved locatelli at Audrey Claire? Perhaps the Orange Glazed Boneless Short Ribs with Gorgonzola... Read more

MidAtlantic to close

Saturday, January 21, 2012, 1:29 PM
Employees at MidAtlantic - Daniel Stern's regional American restaurant at the Science Center in University City - were told Friday night that Feb. 24 would be the finale. It opened in October 2009. Here's Craig LaBan's review from February 2010. Stern, who also owns R2L, confirmed the impending closing... Read more

Chef shakeup at the Sofitel

Friday, January 20, 2012, 1:22 PM
This America thing just didn't work out for Sofitel chef Kevin Levett. He's going back to England after 16 months. The affable, Australia-born chef, whose previous post was at the Novotel London West, had been planning to import his wife and two teenage kids, but the move just never materialized... Read more

Brodo: Yes, soup for you

Thursday, January 19, 2012, 1:53 PM
Brodo - Italian for "broth" - is the name of a fast-casual, soup-centric cafe coming to the former Naked Chocolate space in the United Plaza Building (31 S. 18th St.). Entrepreneur Matt Capetola, an engineer with a master's in finance, is looking at this location to become the flagship of a chain... Read more

Gutin + Cohen + Levin = Square Peg

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 5:23 PM
Restaurateurs Barry Gutin and Larry Cohen (Cuba Libre, GuestCounts Hospitality, 32˚) have settled on Square Peg as the name of their forthcoming eatery at 10th and Walnut Streets, a former Marathon Grill location. They're saying "March." Matt Levin, last at the late Adsum after a turn at Lacroix at... Read more

Underdogs: An idea that Center City wiener fans can relish

Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 3:43 PM
This is not the wurst thing that could happen to Center City: Robert Amar, who helped create and run Fare in Fairmount, is setting up a hot dog/sausage shop called Underdogs in the lower-level storefront - get it? - at 132 S. 17th St., which until recently was Argan Moroccan Cuisine. Amar says Underdogs... Read more
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