Our favorite local preserving blogger, Marisa McCellan is releasing her second cookbook in April. Preserving by the Pint is a close to home project for McClellan who has been canning out of her tiny Rittenhouse apartment and sharing her experiences on her blog, Food In Jars since 2006. Her second volume focuses on small-batch recipes ideal for urban canners, especially those with CSA memberships. Broken down by season, we can look forward to recipes like chunky pear preserves with sage, strawberries poached in vanilla syrup and honey-sweetened apricot-lavender butter.
Looks like The Gaslight (120 Market St.), Jason Cichonski's Old City takeover of the tragically named PBR (Philadelphia Bar and Restaurant, ugh) is officially opening its doors tonight at 5 p.m. The menu leans towards gastropub-standard fare with added Cichonski flare -- think a pulled duck sandwich, er, sam'ich with bok choy, whiskey-caramel wings, and aged queso with piquillo peppers.
And then there's that TV spot.
With High Street on Market and the kitchen takeovers happening at a.bar and a.kitchen, one might assume that Eli Kulp is a little, well, busy. Somehow amidst all of these thrilling new endeavors, Kulp and company have created a new and totally intriguing winter tasting menu at Fork (306 Market St.) entitled Our Terroir. Inspired by the bounty of local producers in places like Lancaster, Kennet Square and the Pine Barrens kelp has crafted dishes with ingredients like close to home saffron, wild hickory nuts and venison from Dallastown. The tasting is going for $95 a person (plus an additional $50 beverage pairing from A+ somm Paul Rodriguez) and is available from Tuesday to Saturday. Kulp breaks down the new tasting menu in this awesome new video.
Awesome and out of the ordinary Italian drafts are one of Alla Spina's (1410 Mt. Vernon St.) biggest draws and tonight they're upping the ante with a very special Italian craft beer tasting from 7 to 9:30 p.m. They're bringing in Rome-based food writer Katie Parla to walk guests though a line up that includes Baladin's Nora, Birrificio Italiano's Cassissona, Dogfish Head/Baladin/Borgo collaborative archeo-beer Birra Etrusca, and Lover Beer's D'Uva. Along with samples of these five brews, guest beer nerds will be treated to a brew friendly buffet designed by Alla Spina chef Pat Szoke along with tales of the Italian beer scene happening in Rome. There are still a few tickets left to the event. Get 'em right here.
Hopefully by now all of you are all stocked up on pink Champagne, conversation hearts and long stem roses for all of your Valentine's Day needs. But you're still contemplating romantical plans for that someone special, we've got a whole bunch of totally doable last minute date night ideas for you right this way.
Brauhaus Shchmitz's Jeremy and Jess Nolen, partners in life and pretzels, met while working at Coquette, the confused French-then-Asian bistro on the corner of Fifth and Bainbridge. Today comes word, via the Inquirer, that the couple is taking the real estate back, poetic like, to open Whetstone, an American spot with a charcuterie counter, small-batch Bourbon list and butcher-block tables, this summer. (Whetstone is Nolen's mom's maiden name.) Those who've been in Philly for a while know these bricks have all kinds of bad juju, with Coquette leading to Adsum leading to Tapestry leading to dark windows and flipped-up barstools for over a year. If anyone can exorcise the corner's demons, it's the Nolens, with the backing of Brauhaus owners, Doug and Kelly Hager. We know a priest if they need help.
Well folks, yet another snow day is upon us and that means... snow day drinking! If you're getting stir crazy or thirsty or whatever, just head over to Twitter, plug in the #OpenInPHL hash tag and strap on those boots. There are plenty of places open for all of your snow day needs including pizza at Pizzeria Beddia, pasta at Le Virtu, chicken and donuts at Federal Donuts and beer pretty much everywhere. Have an awesome snow day!