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Archive: April, 2012

Early look at Vernick Food & Drink

Friday, April 27, 2012, 12:38 PM
Gregory Vernick, who spent most of his career in the Jean-Georges Vongerichten orbit opening his restaurants around the world, is coming home to do the same for himself. With his wife, Julie, he plans a May 1 opening of Vernick Food & Drink at 2031 Walnut St. (267-639-6644), in a bilevel brownstone... Read more

Jen Carroll is a 'badass chef'

Friday, April 27, 2012, 10:29 AM
The Daily Meal is out with another of its gotta-click-'em-all slideshows, and this one includes chef-without-a-restaurant Jennifer Carroll. The Top Chef finalist joins such potbangers as Traci Des Jardins, Sue Zemanick, Cat Cora, Susan Feniger, and Michelle Bernstein in a feature called "Top 15 Badass... Read more

Who was that working on the Guapos Tacos truck?

Thursday, April 26, 2012, 2:00 PM
The lunchtime crowd at LOVE Park on Thursday noticed a few guys with videocameras milling around the Guapos Tacos truck. If you ordered, you got an idea of what was going on: Iron Chef Jose Garces was making the tacos, while Dr. Mehmet Oz was taking orders. The women in front of me got a gentle education... Read more


Wednesday, April 25, 2012, 1:49 PM
Ralic's Steakhouse in Haddonfield will donate all proceeds from dinner service tonight (Wednesday, April 25) to the cause of Megan Tormey of Haddon Township, who is trying to rustle up the entry fee to the Komen 3-Day breast-cancer walk. Ralic's is serving a $35 four-course meal from 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday... Read more

Chef Jen Carroll tests-drives her menu

Monday, April 23, 2012, 6:00 AM
Jennifer Carroll, the Somerton-raised finalist on Bravo's Top Chef, has been making noise about opening her own restaurant in her hometown since she left her previous job last summer. She has settled on a name: Concrete Blonde. But she has no location yet. She and a potential investor were briefly... Read more

SoWe sets opening for April 25

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 7:28 PM
SoWe, a modern bistro at 22d and Carpenter Streets, has set Wednesday, April 25 as its first public night. Say it "so we," and the name is a play on "Southwest Center City" - the other name for the neighborhood that some have been calling Graduate Hospital or G-Ho. Owners Nancy Law and Troy Barton... Read more

La Petite Dauphine: Stylish cafe for Rittenhouse

Sunday, April 22, 2012, 10:11 AM
The north side of the 2000 block of Walnut Street contains a stretch of grand brownstones that hark back to the mid-19th-century. What a great setting for a restaurant (as owners of the casual Bards, Irish Pub, and Rum Bar know). The block is getting some upscaling. In a few weeks, Jean-Georges alum... Read more

Drunken doughnuts

Friday, April 20, 2012, 2:35 PM
Booze for breakfast? Craft spirits maker Art in the Age has teamed up with South Philly's Federal Donuts shop on a limited-edition line of doughnuts inspired by Art in the Age's ROOT, SNAP and RHUBY. I have been assured that the doughnuts - ROOT beer float with vanilla icing, gingerSNAP cookie with... Read more

Into the great outdoors

Friday, April 20, 2012, 11:49 AM
Dettera in Ambler has started construction on an alfresco wine lounge, which will place 18 seats on the Butler Avenue sidewalk beginning May 10. It will double Dettera’s outdoor dining capacity, as developer Frank Lutter had built an enclosed outdoor courtyard into the place for its 2009 opening... Read more

Solomonov on 'Today'

Thursday, April 19, 2012, 3:15 PM
Catch Zahav's Michael Solomonov on NBC's Today show on Friday, April 20 in the 9 a.m. hour. He will prepare grilled chicken shishlik marinated with ramps and amba, along with his signature fried cauliflower. Dude is great in front of the camera, as you'll see below in our "Chef's Corner" video... Read more
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