|Thanks to Philly Chit Chat for the photo|
Last Thursday I attended Philadelphia Magazine's Best of Philly party that was held at the unfinished event space called Vie. This is the much anticipated new venue for the owner of Cescaphe and Tendenza, Joe Volpe. It is located at 600 North Broad in the old Wilkie Buick dealership which will also have two restaurants, one a Stephen Starr New England Style Seafood Shack and the other by Marc Vetri. This facility will be Mr. Volpe's first venture that will be more geared towards corporate events and it has a lot to offer, from size (capacity of 600 seated and 1000 reception), to location, to the very cool outdoor courtyard, to the excellent, always abundant culinary offerings. The food served at the event was very good and included a huge cold shrimp display, a slider station with burgers and mini South Philly style pork sandwiches, a never ending Sushi Station, and some nice passed items. Daughter Katie, my date for the evening, came to the event hungry and was very happy that she waited to eat. GPTMC's "uwishunu" website did a nice summary of the Best of Philly if you want some highlights before you tackle the whole list in the magazine. Click it: http://www.uwishunu.com/2011/07/philadelphia-magazines-best-of-philly%C2%AE-2011-issue-hits-newstands-today-get-a-sneak-peek-at-some-of-the-winners-and-why-theyre-honored-to-be-the-best-in-philadelphia/ I thought it was cool that Zahav won for "best restaurant to take your New York friends to", as that was the last restaurant I took New York friends to (even though they are both from Philly originally) and they were very impressed.
|Two of Jon's current catering clients, Ruby & Bear|
|Mmm, Jon's grilled chicken. Nice.|
|Answer to question number 2, at top|
Sunday I checked out the Northern Liberties Second Street Festival. It was very well done with 4 stages, lots of crafts and food booths and beer gardens. Unfortunately it was just too hot to stay long and enjoy. Had a very tasty vegan fried chicken taco (seitan) from Dos Segundos.
|Katie and da Munge. Colorado, February 2002|
An Ambler farms update. Tomatoes are finally ripening, Black Krims, Cherokee Purple, Green Zebras and Beefmaster varieties are all pictured below.
|Just harvested this morning|