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Archive: November, 2012

Rotisseur hires new chef

Wednesday, November 14, 2012, 10:31 AM
New chef at the Rittenhouse chicken-forward, "fast slow food" outlet Rotisseur (105 S. 21st St.): He's John Kasenchak, whose disparate kitchen experience includes Table 31, Murray's Deli, and the Garces outposts Tinto and Village Whiskey. He and Rotisseur owner Aaron Matzkin are revamping the menu... Read more

Chefs from MANNA and Philabundance on 'Chopped'

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 4:07 PM
Chefs representing the Philly anti-hunger groups MANNA and Philabundance turn up among four contestants at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 13 on Food Network's Chopped. In March, MANNA exec chef Keith Lucas and Linda Miles, who at the time was chef at Philabundance, traveled to New York to compete. It will... Read more

A record for Center City District Restaurant Week

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 12:15 PM
The Center City District today released glowing numbers around its most recent restaurant week promotion, which had a record 132 restaurants on board. That 11 percent increase in the number of restos contributed to a 24 percent increase in the number of diners over last year; 240,845 diners were served... Read more

Cavanaugh's takes over Dark Horse

Tuesday, November 13, 2012, 6:00 AM
Another change in the Society Hill/South Street scene: Cavanaugh's Patrick Pawliczek and Ken Hutchings have taken over The Dark Horse (421 S. Second St.) - which locals may fondly remember as the Dickens Inn - for their fourth restaurant, including University City, Rittenhouse and the Delaware waterfront... Read more

Ralic's on South names its chef

Monday, November 12, 2012, 3:28 PM
Ralic's on South, the seafooder/sports bar coming together for a December opening at 117-119 South St., has a chef onboard. He's John Anninos, who spent 2008 and 2009 working on a commercial fishing boat after a five-year stint as chef-owner of the Morning Catch in Audubon, Camden County. He's a Culinary... Read more

NoBL in Lansdowne closes to 'reboot'

Monday, November 12, 2012, 11:51 AM
NoBL in Lansdowne, the ambitious Mediterranean small-plate BYOB in Lansdowne, closed over the weekend after nearly five months. "It needs a reboot," says owner Steve Wagner, who also owns Sycamore a block away. Chef Sam Jacobson is chef at both restaurants. Wagner would not say when it would reopen... Read more

Bid on dinner at Heirloom with Perrier and help the Food Trust

Sunday, November 11, 2012, 10:25 PM
Chef Georges Perrier and Al Paris are getting together for a special six-course dinner at Paris' Heirloom restaurant in Chestnut Hill on Wednesday, Nov. 14, and only two seats remain for the 9 p.m. seating. Rather than sell them, Paris is auctioning them off, and 100 percent of the proceeds will go... Read more

She spent the day with Jose Garces

Saturday, November 10, 2012, 9:05 AM
As a home cook, Aliah Davis saw a great opportunity when Verizon Wireless announced a sweepstakes whose prize was cooking with Jose Garces. "I mean, I'm pretty good, but not Iron Chef-level," said Davis, a marketing/PR pro from Washington in Warren County, N.J. She and her guest (her husband, Brian)... Read more

Artful Dodger appears closed

Friday, November 9, 2012, 10:16 PM
Phone is disconnected, and there's that uncomfortable lights-out look on a Friday night at The Artful Dodger, the long-running pub across from the Head House Shambles on Second Street in Society Hill. The bar was dark for three weeks in fall 2010 when it went through an ownership change. That's when... Read more

Totaro's to close; StoneRose's Pieri to take over

Friday, November 9, 2012, 10:07 PM
Andrew Totaro is ushering out an era in Conshohocken, as Totaro's - the landmark restaurant that grew out of his parents' blue-collar taproom on Hector Street - will close after New Year's Eve after more than 51 years. An orange liquor-transfer sign appeared in the window Friday, Nov. 9, and Totaro... Read more
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