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Local Dish Round-Up For Center City District Restaurant Week

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Winter can be tough to hold up your commitment to local food but luckily for us, it’s time for Center City District Restaurant Week. Once again we are partnering with them to highlight locally sourced dishes by using our tractor icon to help you quickly identify which dishes are using local ingredients.

Below is a list of our favorite locally sourced dishes you can seek out during CCD Restaurant Week. Don’t forget, you can also use the ‘Reserve Now‘ link at the top of most Restaurant Week menus to make your reservations online or use CCD’s cool mobile app.

Amuse: Located in the Le Meridian Hotel, just steps from City Hall, Amuse is producing some of the most wonderfully constructed dishes. We would head straight for the Truffled Sunchoke Soup and the House-made Sweet Potato Gnocchi.

C19: The Venitian menu at this small plates restaurant just off Rittenhouse Square will leave you satisfied. Most of C19’s menu is local, but we are especially excited to try their Beef Carpaccio with a mustard aioli or opt for the full Vegan Tasting Menu.

The Dandelion: Warm and cozy on the inside, Rittenhouse Square’s unique London-style gastropub really hits the spot. We’d start with the Berkshire Pork Pate followed by the warming Lamb Shepherd’s Pie.

El Vez: Nothing like Mexican food to warm you up on a cold day. The Huarache de Hongos (chipotle roasted mushrooms with garlic spinach and a corn vinaigrette and mole verde) and the Pollo Annatto (Lancaster County chicken breast with achiote, poblano, cornbread and a chile relleno) will provide enough heat to help you brave the dropping temps outside!

Fork: Old City’s locavore mainstay, Fork, is always a sure bet for a local bite. We look forward to trying their Pickled Beet Salad followed by the Braised Short Ribs with polenta, glazed turnips and horseradish crema.

Garces Trading Company: One of our favorite BYO spots (their in-house wine store is just about the best curated shop in town) this Washington Square spot offers a wide array of Mediterranean inspired dishes. We’ve long loved their Funghi Pizza with black truffles but might have to trade it in this time around for the Beluga Lentils with a harissa vinaigrette and marcona almonds. For the main course, we’ll go with the Griggstown Organic Poussin with caramelized fennel puree and cured black olives.

Le Bec Fin: This bastion of traditional french cuisine is always a favorite with dishes like Cauliflower Veloute with curried golden raisins an capers or their local Chicken Breast with beluga lentils, braised radishes and rosemary jus.

M Restaurant at the Morris House Hotel: This quaint restaurant is tucked away inside in the ever-romantic Morris House Hotel in Old City. Their menu offers plenty for the locavore palate including an Oxtail Terrine with charred scallions, broccoli and potatoes or try their Angnolotti (small ravioli-type pasta) with butternut squash, chicken sausage and cranberry. We’d end with the Lemon Ricotta Crepes with citrus flowers for a light but decadent finish.

Percy Street BBQ: Known for their Texas style BBQ, Percy Street also has one of the best can beer lists in town. For local options, try their House-Smoked Sausage with a side of Collard Greens and finish off your meal with their Yard’s Brewery Root Beer Float with house-made ice cream.

Pumpkin: This Grad Hospital BYO has been serving up local food for years. We love their Butternut Squash Risotto which we’d pair with the Duck Confit with endive, persimmon and green apple. And, because we can’t help ourselves, we’d opt for the White Chocolate Goat Cheese Cheesecake with fig, apricot and brown butter.

Square 1682: Chef Guillermo Tellez can always be counted on to offer seasonal dishes with a twist. We’d opt for his Kennet Square Mushroom Consomme with glass noodles and a parmasean and truffle essence followed by Breakfast in the Evening – a smoked duck breast, scrambled duck egg with lobster and a rosemary potato gallette.

Zahav: This Old City modern Israeli restaurant always delivers. We’d start with their famed Fried Cauliflower with chive, dill, mint and garlic followed by the Kofte, minced beef and lamb kabobs with cumin, peppers and carrots.

Center City District Adds New Winter Supplement To Their Online Cookbook “Center City Cooks”

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

In honor of Center City District’s 20th anniversary, the organization released a special online cookbook called “Center City Cooks,” a compilation of recipes from Center City District Restaurant Week chefs, as part of this past fall’s edition of Restaurant Week.

Now CCD has announced the Winter Edition of Restaurant Week, and in conjunction, the latest edition of “Center City Cooks.”

The online cookbook has not only the recipes, but also personal tips from the chefs and from Philly Homegrown. You can print out the cookbook as a whole, by section or by individual recipe, or use it online.

This special winter supplement includes great recipes from Time, Barbuzzo, Le Bec-Fin, Liberte at the Sofitel and other Center City restaurants. Learn how to make Barbuzzo’s famed Salted Caramel Budino, or La galette des Rois as made in Le Bec-Fin’s kitchen.

The updated “Center City Cooks” is a palate-whetter for Winter Restaurant Week, set for January 22–27 and January 29 –February 3, 2012, during which you can relish three-course meals for $35 in 124 restaurants and three-course lunches for just $20 in 54 of these participating destinations.

In addition, CCD and are running an awesome contest as part of the cookbook release; make one of the recipes from “Center City Cooks” and take a photo of it. If your dish looks restaurant-quality, you’ll have a chance to win dinner for two ($100) at Davio’s during Center City District Restaurant Week!

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Restaurant Week Q&A Series with Philadelphia’s Finest Chefs

Monday, September 26th, 2011

Photo by J. Fusco for GPTMC

We hope you’ve had a flavorful journey through some of Center City’s best restaurants during this year’s Center City District Restaurant Week! And to extend the fun a little longer, we wanted to bring you a round-up of chef interviews conducted by our sister site, uwishunu.

Check out the Restaurant Week Q&A series for their complete answers, but as a quick snap shot, here’s how our great chef’s answered the question ‘What’s your favorite local ingredients to cook with?”:

Chef Caspi: The amazing fresh peaches. We use them in our house salad and I also make a vinaigrette with them.

Chef Perrier: Kennett Square mushrooms.

Chef Tellez: My favorite local ingredients are the peppers, the mushrooms and tomatoes we’ve been getting from the garden and other local sources. The dish I like to make this time of year is the Roasted Vegetable Lasagna.

Chef Turney: My favorite local ingredient to use in the kitchen are tomatoes. We have so many varieties of local tomatoes on all three of our Restaurant Week menus: Barbuzzo has sungolds with the pan seared gnocchi; Bindi has a mix of heirloom tomatoes in the tomato-ginger chutney with the parsi chicken liver mousse; and Lolita has crazy amounts from fresh salsas to the house smoked tomato “crying salsa” on the murrays chicken breast a la parilla.

Chef Coll: Right now we are using only local ingredients that are all being sourced by me from Chester and Lancaster counties. I am also growing all of the restaurant’s tomatoes. Heirloom tomatoes and sweet white corn and white peaches are probably all of my favorite things right [now] to use. And I have been getting great heirloom watermelons from an Amish farm near my house.

Chef Stern: It’s hard to choose a favorite dish, as everyone’s preferences change with time or the weather or just what you’re craving right then. Fortunately there is enough variety, and so much available to us, that we are able to offer a range of tastes and flavors.

Featured Q&As:
Chef Daniel Stern of R2L
Chef Anne Coll of Meritage Restaurant & Wine Bar
Chef Marcie Turney of Bindi, Lolita and Barbuzzo
Chef Guillermo Tellez of Square 1682
Chef Georges Perrier of Le Bec-Fin
Chef Michael Caspi of M Restaurant

Philly Homegrown Foodspotting Guide For Center City District Restaurant Week Now Available

Friday, September 16th, 2011

So many restaurants serving locally sourced dishes, so little time!  Let Foodspotting help you navigate all of the amazing local dishes during Center City District’s Restaurant Week.

As we’ve reported earlier, Philly Homegrown is partnering with Center City District’s Restaurant Week to encourage all participating locations to showcase at least one dish that uses the bounty of vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, seafood or herbs available in the Philadelphia region.

In an effort to help you eat your way through the two weeks of Restaurant Week, September 12-16 and September 18-23, GPTMC’s newest foodie app, Foodspotting, will feature a “Philly Homegrown: Center City District Restaurant Week” guide highlighting fresh, local dishes on Restaurant Week menus.

How Foodspotting Works:

GPTMC’s Visit Philly is a featured destination on the mobile web and online tool, helping users find and share good food. On Foodspotting, you can recommend your favorite dishes and drinks by taking photos  and sharing them with the community via the Foodspotting website or smartphone apps. You can also bookmark foods you want to try, endorse your favorites by giving them a blue ribbon or a “nom,” gain points and expert titles, follow other users and guides and earn badges by “spotting” food items.

So, consult the Philly Homegrown Restaurant Week guide, make your reservation and whip out that smart phone to capture and document your favorite local food experience.  Bon Appetit!

Center City Restaurant Week Kicks Off Today With The Launch Of A New Digital Cookbook

Monday, September 12th, 2011

In conjunction with this fall's Restaurant Week, Center City District has released a special digital cookbook with 20 recipes from Garces Trading Company, R2L, Le Bec-Fin, Porcini, El Vez and other Center City restaurants. (Photos courtesy Center City District)

It’s here! Center City District Restaurant Week presented by TD Bank kicks off today, running through Friday, September 16 and picking up again September 18-23.

Not only will you find three-course dinners for just $35 in 119 restaurants and three-course lunches for just $20 in more than 100 local eateries, but the event has a local, green twist as well. We have partnered with Center City District to promote locally grown food by having every single participating restaurant feature a local dish.

You’ll recognize the local dish on each menu thanks to a special local food tractor icon. (See example menu with the Tractor icon below.)

In addition, starting today Center City District will choose some of your treasured dishes from your favorite restaurants and compile the recipes in a brand new online cookbook, “Center City Cooks.” Online you’ll find more than a dozen seasonal recipes and other useful cooking information.

Plus, we’re giving away two restaurant gift certificates: one for $100 to Stephen Starr’s The Dandelion and one for $100 to Ellen Yin’s Fork. (Note: the gift cards don’t need to be redeemed during Restaurant Week.) CLICK HERE to enter.

And click here for a full list of participating restaurants and preview their menus for Center City Restaurant Week. Note that the Philadelphia Parking Association and Philadelphia Parking Authority will offer discounted $9 (or less) parking at dozens of lots and garages all over Center City.

Don’t miss all the fun, excitement and fresh flavors of Center City District Restaurant Week.

Center City District Restaurant Week
When: September 12-16 and September 18-23
Where: Center City District
Cost: $35 for dinner, $20 for lunch
More info:

Look out for the red Tractor icon on Restaurant Week menus — the icon will indicate when a featured menu item is made with a locally sourced ingredient. (Credit: GPTMC)

Giveaway: Enter To Win One Of Two $100 Restaurant Gift Cards For Center City District Restaurant Week

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011

Restaurant Week

This fall’s Center City District Restaurant Week, which will run for two weeks, is just around the corner on September 12-16 and September 18-23.

There’s so much to look forward to: not only will you find three-course dinners for $35 in 119 restaurants and three-course lunches for just $20 in 51 eateries, but this year, it has a local food bent as well.  Philly Homegrown is proud to be partnering with Center City District to promote locally grown food by having every single participating restaurant feature at least one local dish.

Plus, we’re giving away two restaurant gift certificates: one for $100 to Stephen Starr’s The Dandelion and one for $100 to Ellen Yin’s Fork. (Note: the gift cards don’t need to be redeemed during Restaurant Week.)

Click here to enter! You can enter once per day per email address.

Center City District Restaurant Week
When: September 12-16 and September 18-23
Where: Center City District
Cost: $35 for dinner, $20 for lunch
More info:

Philly Homegrown + Center City District: Making Restaurant Week a Little Bit More Local

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011

Photos courtesy from top left: Table 31; Lacroix at The Rittenhouse; Buddakan; Percy Street Barbecue

Exciting news, local food lovers! During the next Restaurant Week, Center City District and Philly Homegrown are joining forces to promote locally grown produce in featured dishes at all participating Restaurant Week locations. That means each restaurant that’s taking part in Center City Restaurant Week will showcase at least one dish that uses the bounty of vegetables, fruit, meat, poultry, seafood or herbs available in our region. As you peruse the different menus online, look for a tractor symbol. It indicates a locally sourced dish.

In addition to the local menu items, there’s lots of other good stuff in store. Center City District is working on a fancy new online cookbook called “Center City Cooks” that will feature favorite dishes from area restaurants. You’ll find it online starting on September 12.

If you’re driving into the city for a dining deal, know that the Philadelphia Parking Association and Philadelphia Parking Authority will be offering parking for just $9 at dozens of lots and garages all over Center City. Because ever aspect of Restaurant Week should be a bargain.

Center City District Restaurant Week runs for two weeks, September 12-16 and September 18-23. There are nearly 120 restaurants offering $35 three-course dinner options and and 51 eateries dishing up three-course lunches for just $20 as well. Now you just have to make reservations and get psyched for another great Restaurant Week!

Good Eats Down By the River

Thursday, March 17th, 2011

From Sunday, March 20 through Friday, March 25 the vibrant river towns of New Hope, PA and Lambertville, NJ will host a restaurant week. 27 different restaurants will participate, and two menu options will be offered: a $29.95 prix-fixe dining menu and a $19.95 casual dining menu.

This is the second annual New Hope restaurant week, bolstered by the addition of Lambertville restaurants, like the famous Hamilton’s Grill Room of Coryell Street. Both towns offer famously fabulous dining. New Hope hot spot Havana will offer the casual dining menu, complimented by a variety of performers, ranging from American Idol contestant Bo Bice to an intimate acoustic guitar show with Adrian Legg.

And the killer food is just half the fun; New Hope and Lambertville are littered with beautiful buildings dating back to the American Revolution. The famous Karla’s—known to locals as the premier martini bar in Bucks County—will be offering savory courses, like the baked brie apricot glaze appetizer, set in the multi-level brick building built in the late 1700s. Lambertville Station will also participate, offering an inexpensive way for diners to experience a delicious meal in a richly historical setting, all while overlooking the scenic Delaware River.

March roars in like a lion, and this spring is no expection; New Hope & Lambertville Restaurant Week sponsor River Horse Brewing Company (based in Lambertville, NJ) likes to ring in the season with a bang, too, in the form of its delicious Summer Blonde and Farmhouse Saison flavors. Keep an eye out for special tappings during the event, and the usual carriers like Lambertville Station. The brewery also hosts tours all weekend, landing the self-guided Friday (12pm-5pm) tour & tasting at the conclusion of Restaurant Week.

Visit the Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce at or call 215.862.9990 for more information.