Monday, February 24, 2014
So if you follow me on social media at all, you will have noticed I created a mini campaign leading up to Foobooz | Philadelphia Magazine's Philly Cooks event, which sold out! The event was held Wed 2/19 at The Marriott Hotel at 12th & Market Sts.
I'm glad I got the opportunity to market this event as there are so many restaurants in Philly I know nothing about, many of which participated in Philly Cooks; this way, I got a chance to at least get a glimpse into their specialties and restaurant backgrounds.
|GM Ryan Fenton, Pennsylvania 6|
I gave it 3.5 Tines - A number of restaurants went with a sushi type offering, but PA 6 had the most mix of flavors in their Yellow Tuna plate.
|These wine and spirits companies put the "booze" in Foobooz|
Two restaurants that ran out quickly were on the opposite ends of the spectrum with regard to calories - Federal Donuts and Vedge.
|Vedge husband and wife Chefs Richard Landau & Kate Jacoby|
Vedge is a high concept Vegan Restaurant - Their offering for the night was Grilled Royal Trumpet Mushrooms, temper spice with a Rutabaga sauce.
I'm not going to give a tine rating, cause I don't trust my judgement when it comes to healthy, vegan, vegetarian eating.
|Paris Bistro is located in my neck of the woods on Germantown Ave in Chestnut Hill|
Paris Bistro's Orange Ginger Braised Short Ribs on a Butternut Ravioli - the short rib was so tender and a nice size portion. The ravioli tasted more like sweet potato filling, together the combination is hearty, wintertime comfort food. - 4 Tines
The other was Supper's Buffalo Grits -Anson Mills Grits topped w/ Confit Turkey Legs, Blue Cheese, Hot Sauce and pickled celery - I know it sounds crazy, but it was crazy awesome! If you don't like a lot of flavor, than not your dish, but for me, all these flavors made both thrilling war and sweet love on my palate. - 4 Tines
I interview some attendees to find out what dishes held the most excitement for them;
|These lovely ladies choose Fitler Dining Room|
|This Group's favorites were Laurel's Mackerel w/jalapenos, Circle Thai and The Fat Ham|
And then there was desserts! Just to name a very few that I visited - Velvet Sky Bakery Kermit's Bake Shoppe, Bredenbeck's, Ms Goodie Cupcakes and The Master's Baker
|Bredenbeck's Vanilla Sponge Cake with Orange Simple Syrup, Chocolate & Coffee Butter Cream topped w/ Chocolate Ganache|
It was a really fun event, very happy I got to attend. However, I have to say, for me, Philly Cooks would be so much more enjoyable if it were more intimate. The atmosphere is like an Expo, or carnival and the bands were playing such loud music. It's hard to concentrate, not to mention digest what you're eating, and there's no time to really appreciate each morsel. I wish the event had half the number of restaurants participating, and that you were sitting, it would be great if 3 or 4 of the restaurants brought out their dish and you sampled those, then 3 or 4 more and so on... I also wish the music playing was light tinkling on a piano or maybe a soft jazz quartet.
Dining "Tine" Rating System: * Excellent - 4 Tines / * Great - 3 Tines / * Good - 2 Tines / * Fair - 1 Tine / * Poor - Tarnished
I was so busy trying to remember which participant served what dish, that I didn't get any really great close up food shots, but here's some more pictures from the @PhillyMag @Foobooz #PhillyCooks event.
Attn: Fellow Bloggers, the slideshow is embedded from this great new app I found on a site called Snack Tools. It was so quick and easy. I used to use Cincopa, but after 2 free slideshows they wanted to charge $9.99 a month. Hoping Snack Tools stays free. You can also make banner ads!
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