Thursday, July 30, 2015

Concierges' choices: Food picks from the pros

Wednesday, July 15, 2015, 12:30 AM
New in town? Maybe here for a few days? Surely you must stop to eat. I asked members of the Philadelphia Area Concierge Association for their food picks in Center City and environs, and these five answered the call: - Fran Nachman of the Sonesta Hotel and PACA's president - Kerri Upton... Read more

Beyond Diner en Blanc: Two other pop-up picnics

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 11:56 AM
Diner en Blanc - the lavish pop-up picnic with the secret location, scheduled this year for Aug. 20 - is not the only game in town. Diner en Noir - which was created last year by disaffected folks as a rump event - will return Sept. 10, also to an undisclosed location. (Organizers chose a different... Read more

50 Cent to promote his vodka in Philly

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 10:57 AM
The rapper 50 Cent has some income to help with that new bankruptcy filing. On July 22, Fitty will sign bottles of Effen Vodka from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Fine Wine & Good Spirits Premium Collection store, on Girard Avenue near Second Street in Northern Liberties. Joshua Albert of Spirit Newspapers... Read more

No Garry Maddox barbecue contest this year

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 12:34 AM
For the first summer since 2001, the annual barbecue challenge headed by former Phillies star Garry Maddox outside Citizens Bank Park won't come off. A note posted to the organizers' Facebook last week gave no reason. In the early years, restaurateur Neil Stein lent his name to Maddox's event, which... Read more

Luke Palladino to open steakhouse at Valley Forge Casino

Tuesday, July 14, 2015, 12:16 AM
Luke Palladino is moving farther inland with each new restaurant. The chef, who had restaurants in Atlantic City (at various times at the Borgata, at Revel, and later at Harrah's), opened Luke Palladino Seasonal Italian Cooking on the mainland in 2011, trading casino flash for a tiny BYOB in a strip... Read more

Kanella South getting closer, hosts job fair

Monday, July 13, 2015, 12:19 PM
Chef Konstantinos Pitsillides is just under a month from opening Kanella South, the relocation of his Cypriot/Greek restaurant, at 757 S. Front St. A year in the making, this incarnation of Kanella - filling the former Village Belle/Frederick's space in Queen Village - will feature not only a larger... Read more

Whetstone Tavern: What's sharp in Queen Village

Monday, July 13, 2015, 11:42 AM
How far is it from Germany to the United States? Try three blocks. Doug and Kelly Hager and chef Jeremy Nolen from South Street's Brauhaus Schmitz are planning a Wednesday, July 15 opening of Whetstone Tavern, at the corner of Fifth and Bainbridge Streets. Where Brauhaus Schmitz rocks a Teutonic... Read more

Meow! A catty way to raise funds for cafe

Monday, July 13, 2015, 9:35 AM
With so many crowd-funding sites out there, it is important for entrepreneurs to offer valuable incentives to entice people to contribute. Kristin Eissler has added a splash of humor to her new Indiegogo campaign, which seeks to open Kawaii, the city's first "cat cafe" (a combo coffee shop and pet... Read more

Malvern Buttery: The cafe, 'turned around'

Sunday, July 12, 2015, 8:03 PM
John Rhoads, an entrepreneur with a background in finance, was intrigued with a particular idea for a cafe he saw in Europe: Comfy seating, open kitchen but no set menu. Basically, patrons choose whatever the bake shop and kitchen staffs have set out on a table: breads, sandwiches, soups - whatever... Read more

Franklin Fountain is a Food Network 'Top 5'

Friday, July 10, 2015, 5:50 PM
I scream, you scream - now the Food Network is screaming the praises of Old City's Franklin Fountain. The old-time shoppe, owned by brothers Eric and Ryan Berley, will be featured on Geoffrey Zakarian and Sunny Anderson's Top 5 Restaurants show, which in each episode showcases five food places from... Read more
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