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Archive: November, 2012

Eric Ripert leaving 10 Arts

Friday, November 30, 2012, 2:30 PM
Chef Eric Ripert is stepping away from his affiliation with Philly's Ritz-Carlton Hotel after nearly five years. He told me that a project in New York affiliated with his famed Le Bernardin required too much of his time. Ripert and sous chef Nathan Volz addressed staff today at 10 Arts, the hotel's... Read more

Weekend must-tries: Pasta off Broad; food trucks gather

Monday, December 3, 2012, 9:37 PM
Brothers Greg and John Whiting were rockin' and rollin' on Broad Street near Walnut as their Italian Bistro provided a low-cost dining option on the Avenue of Arts. Then in early 2011, their landlord, the University of the Arts, reclaimed the space for student dining. The Whitings on Saturday, Dec... Read more

Ripert bows out of D.C. restaurant

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 7:30 PM
From D.C. comes news that chef Eric Ripert is ending his association with the Ritz-Carlton Hotel's Westend Bistro, effective Jan. 1. The Washington Post's Tom Sietsema reports that Ripert said that he was leaving on "great terms" and that he's redoubling his efforts at his New York flagship Le Bernardin... Read more

Japanese paella? A mind meld of Garces and Zama

Thursday, November 29, 2012, 11:04 AM
What do you get when you meld the brains of chefs Jose Garces and Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka? How about Garces Chirashi, a Japanese paella, served at Zama, 128 S. 19th St., just off Rittenhouse Square. It's a charity dish, on Zama's dinner menu for a limited time. Since 2010, when he asked... Read more

Meet Rachael Ray

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 6:36 PM
Media mogul Rachael Ray will appear Saturday, Dec. 8 at the Free Library of Philadelphia's Central Library on Logan Square with her husband, John Cusimano, to talk with me about her lastest book, My Year in Meals. (It's a compendium of 500 recipes - what Ray might whip up when the cameras aren't rolling... Read more

Vedge scores a sauce deal with Williams-Sonoma

Wednesday, November 28, 2012, 6:00 AM
Food marketers can toil in the trenches for years before making the kind of deal that fell into Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby's lap. The owners of the posh vegan restaurant Vedge (1221 Locust St.) have cinched a deal with food/housewares giant Williams-Sonoma to place a line of cooking sauces in 150... Read more

Restau-rant: The ultimate T-shirt

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 4:25 PM
The customers aren't always right. Listen long enough to chef-owners, and you'll believe that. Usually, these gripes are confined to the kitchen, lest some patron's delicate sensibilities be offended. Chef John Brandt-Lee of Avalon in West Chester and Avalon Pasta Bistro in Downingtown went public... Read more

Longtime merchant out of Reading Terminal Market

Tuesday, November 27, 2012, 1:16 PM
Basic 4 Vegetarian Cafe has ended its 31-year run at Reading Terminal Market. Founded by Alfoncie B. Austin and now run by her daughter Lisa Tynes, the business did not renew its lease when it expired Oct. 31. But Basic 4 is still around as a caterer and is scouting for "pop-up" locations... Read more

Rent a historic bar

Monday, November 26, 2012, 11:46 AM
The Artful Dodger - located at 400 S. Second St. in a historic building across from the Head House Square shambles in Society Hill - is on the market, says the building's owner, Mary Beth Gallo. This site supposedly was the Head House Bar back in 1771. It has been known as the Artful Dodger, under... Read more

Restaurant gift certificates? Proceed with caution

Monday, November 26, 2012, 10:31 AM
If you're going to buy a restaurant gift certificate for a friend, relative, and business associate this holiday season, can you please do the recipient another huge favor? Enclose a note that urges him or her to use it as soon as possible. Restaurant gift certificates are fun to give and fun to... Read more
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