Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Get a taste of Pizzeria Vetri at Rittenhouse Row Festival

Monday, April 27, 2015, 3:48 PM
The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival has all sorts of food for the tens of thousands of people it attracts each year to Walnut Street between Broad Street and Rittenhouse Square. This year's outing - Saturday, May 2 - will feature a first: Pizza. Pizzeria Vetri, getting set for a new location late... Read more

Learn the science of the chocolate-chip cookie

Friday, April 24, 2015, 12:03 PM
Pastry chefs are a fastidious bunch. One speck of something foreign in a molten pot of butter or batch of brittle can ruin everything. The concept of "work clean" is never lost on this part of the kitchen crew. Science matters, perhaps more in pastry than in other food disciplines. The variables... Read more

Cheesesteak guys get a steak dinner

Friday, April 24, 2015, 10:47 AM
When the operators of rival cheesesteak shops Pat's, Geno's, and Tony Luke's decided to go out for steaks - OK, they didn't go out for cheesesteaks. Geno Vento of Geno's Steaks, Tony Luke Jr. of Tony Luke's, and Frankie Olivieri of Pat's Steaks had wood-grilled fiorentina steaks and brisket last night... Read more

Let a master teach you the tricks of fried chicken

Friday, April 24, 2015, 10:28 AM
January, the cruelest month of the year for local restaurants, claimed Geechee Girl Rice Cafe in Germantown. Chef/co-owner Valerie Erwin was feted by longtime customers and friends on Geechee Girl's last night. One of the laments was that few would get to taste her food again. Erwin will share the... Read more

Independence Beer Garden comes back

Friday, April 24, 2015, 12:00 AM
Friday, April 24 marks the first of a two-day soft-opening for Independence Beer Garden, the landscaped urban oasis entering its sophomore season outside of Dow Chemical's HQ at Sixth and Market Streets, across from the Liberty Bell. Hours are 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. April 24 and April 25. Then it shuts... Read more

'Cake Boss' Buddy Valastro will visit for charity

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 3:45 PM
Buddy Valastro, TV's Cake Boss, has a busy day planned in Philly on Monday, April 27. From noon-ish to 2 p.m., he will host a bake sale outside the future home of a Carlo’s Bake Shop at 21st and Walnut Streets, near Rittenhouse Square. (It's supposed to open this spring.) Valastro will have... Read more

Aldine switches from tasting menus to a la carte

Thursday, April 23, 2015, 2:03 PM
Six months into Aldine at 19th and Chestnut Streets, George and Jennifer Sabatino are doing away with the prix-fixe concept - $55 herbivore and omnivore menus - in favor of traditional a la carte. George Sabatino's new menu, debuting Friday, April 24, is divided into first, second, and third courses... Read more

Steve & Cookie's opening a bakery in Ventnor

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 5:39 PM
If you're working on a beach body for the Jersey shore this summer, here is fair warning: Caroline "Cookie" Till, owner of Margate's popular Steve & Cookie's restaurant, is opening a stand-alone bakery in Ventnor. No. 7311 - after the address 7311 Ventnor Ave., on the corner of Martindale Ave... Read more

Grace & Pat's: New Italian on East Passyunk

Wednesday, April 22, 2015, 1:38 AM
Mike Giammarino had quite an audience for the premiere on Sunday, April 26 of Grace & Pat's, a family friendly ristorante at 1533 S. 11th St. (215-336-3636), two doors from Fond and across from the Singing Fountain on Passyunk Square. Sunday was Flavors of the Avenue, when thousands of people... Read more

Fast, healthy: Wynnewood to get a b.good

Tuesday, April 21, 2015, 4:14 PM
The healthy fast casual restaurant b. good will open its second Philadelphia area location, in the former Qdoba shop in Wynnewood Square Shopping Center on Lancaster Avenue in Wynnewood. The area's first b.good, in Marlton, opened last summer. Five locations, all told, are expected to open in the... Read more
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