"Most people take things like, well, talking for granted. It's such a simple thing. First, you gather your thoughts, you then decide what to say and finally you just say it. Your vocal chords start to vibrate like strings on a guitar or wings of a hummingbird, and then your lips and tongue form the shapes that make the sounds of the letters. Easy, right? Not so much for the more than three million Americans who stutter. This week -- May 13 to 19 -- isNational Stuttering Awareness Week, and I'd like to share with you one chef's personal story: mine."
Read the essay here.
"A slushy, citrusy sipper, the Sgroppino is an Italian cocktail. Refreshingly icy, the drink is commonly enjoyed in Italy as a pre-dinner drink or palate cleanser.
This version, from Marc Vetri’s beverage director Steve Wildy, consists of lemon sorbet whisked together with Prosecco and vodka. Simple, to be sure – and sure to be satisfying!"
Read the recipe here.
Via City Paper:
"Then there’s the confirmation of what’s been rumored for weeks: that Questlove will again join the entertainment ranks of chef and philanthropist Marc Vetri’s Great Chefs Event for Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the Urban Outfitters complex at the Philly Navy Yard, June 11. Quest will spin as part of the after-party entertainment at Vetri’s N. Broad Street hang, Alla Spina, a gig whose live entertainment features the Joseph A. Ferko String Band."
Philly.com has set up a poll where you can vote right here. Tickets for the event, which will feature Alla Spina's Burgamo—featuring a Piedamontese beef patty, cheddar cheese, special sauce, pickles, white onion, iceberg lettuce on a sesame seed roll—among others from around the city, are available here.
"More than 300 people attended the Philadelphia Business Journal’s 2013 Corporate Philanthropy Summit April 25 at the Sheraton City Center to honor the region’s top donors. The morning breakfast event included an expo of about 30 nonprofits, a panel of local philanthropists sharing their personal stories, and a keynote interview moderated by reporter Peter Van Allen with siblings Risa Vetri Ferman, district attorney of Montgomery County, and restaurateur Marc Vetri, both of whom have created charities that benefit children."
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"Folks connected to the food biz: mark you calendars for Monday, May 6. For the next installment of Alla Spina's monthly Industry Night party, Rocco Whalen of Cleveland hot spot Fahrenheit is bringing his food truck to Philadelphia. ShortRib1, as it’s called, even serves “Cleveland Cheesesteaks,” a perfect fit for a Philly party. Stay tuned for more details as the date draws closer."
Move over, Donnie and Marie. There's a new brother-sister act in town. Well, not exactly new. Risa Vetri Ferman is well-known for being the Montgomery County district attorney. Her brother is famed Philadelphia restaurateur and chef Marc Vetri. Thursday morning they'll speak together for the first time when they are co-keynote speakers at the Philadelphia Business Journal's 2013 Corporate Philanthropy Summit."
You can read the article here. Tickets to the summit are available here.
"We’ve been hearing a lot of rumors that Mario Batali wants to do an Eataly at 8th and Market in the Strawbridge’s building. Have you heard much about that?
I have. But he’s not necessarily involved. There have been negotiations for the last year. We were actually looking into doing a large market there, and then the real estate developers have also been in touch with the guys from Eataly. It’s all like in the early discussions."
Read the article here.
More info and tickets are available here.
GrubStreet has the scoop:
"Now we have word that Marc Vetri’s Alla Spina is gearing up to celebrate its second annual “Saisonale” next week. To mark the return of warmer weather and longer days, the barkeeps there are swapping out more than half of their 20 draft lines for spring-y farmhouse ales from breweries both near and far. The brews will remain on tap from April 8 through 14. Keep reading to see the first round of ales going on."
Brasserie Dupont Saison Dupont St. Feuillien Saison Stillwater Stateside Victory Swing Session Yards Saison Brooklyn Sorachi Ace L'Olmaia Karkade Zymatore Edition 2012 Lost Abbey Carnevale Bruery Saison de Lente Dieu du Ciel Rose Dock Street Smoked Saison Ommegang Hennepin Baladin Wayan Sour Sixpoint Harbinger
Zagat has the scoop:
"Of course, Alla Spina chef Mike Deganis will cook up plenty of pig parts for attendees of the April 1 party, which starts at 10 PM and is free for anyone with a food biz pay stub. We hear discounted drinks will include Ommegang Hennepin on tap, plus Spanish-inflected sips like sangria and calimocho (aka kalimotxo, aka wine mixed with soda)."