Posts for November 14, 2012

Cocktail Bar Emmanuelle Opening at the Piazza

Phoebe Esmon

With the glut of beer bars and gastropubs scattered about the Piazza and surrounding blocks continually growing, thankfully someone finally has thought to open something different in that neighborhood. That someone is P.Y.T. owner Tommy Up, and that something is a cocktail joint called Emmanuelle. Foobooz reports that it’s going in behind Up’s burger bar on the Hancock Street side of the complex, and that the moniker comes from the string of seventies skin flicks of the same name. Cocktail guru Katie Loeb drew up the drink list, and will hold down the bar along with former Farmers’ Cabinet doyenne Phoebe Esmon. Should all go according to plan, the drinks will start flowing there on November 22. [Foobooz]

The Cavanaugh’s Crew Takes Over Headhouse’s Dark Horse Pub

Dark Horse Pub

It’s been in the works for what feels like forever, but now it’s official: Patrick Pawliczeck, Ken Hutchings and the rest of the crew behind the city’s three Cavanaugh’s properties are now in possession of Headhouse watering hole Dark Horse Pub. A rep for Cav’s tells Grub that for the time being the bar and restaurant will retain its name, but further down the road may attach the Cavanaugh’s moniker in one form or another. The new ownership brings chef Ben McNamara, who was turning out polished pub grub back when the city’s gastropub set were still drinking from sippy cups, back into the fold. After his last stint at the 2nd and South spot — and its predecessor the Dickens Inn — McNamara went on to helm kitchens at New Wave Cafe, St. Stephen’s Green, and Philadelphia Bar & Restaurant.

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White Gold: A Look at the 2012 Italian Truffle Trade

A humongous Italian truffle in Alba.Photo: FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/Getty

For Americans, this time of year means turkeys and pumpkin pies. For Italians, and owners of the world's most expensive restaurants, it means white truffles. From late October until Christmas, the ten-week season is one of the shortest — and most profitable — on the culinary calendar. But this year, a hot, dry summer has left many patches barren, and some are calling it one of the scarcest truffle seasons ever. Even still, restaurants don't seem to be having too much trouble tracking truffles down this year. How so? We tracked truffles from Italy to restaurant tables in the U.S. to find out.

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Fork Rolls Out a New Lunch Prix Fixe Option

Eli Kulp

The chef and menus aren’t all that’s new at Old City mainstay Fork. Owner Ellen Yin and recently appointed chef Eli Kulp just rolled out a new weekday lunch special that’s available Wednesdays through Fridays. The deal puts forth a two-course meal for $25. The daytime prix fixe menu will change regularly, but currently includes things like crispy chicken nuggets with spicy mustard and agrodolce; roasted skate with clams, smoked fingerlings, chorizo and parsley sauce; a lamb burger with yogurt and crispy pickled onion rings; and a hanger steak sandwich on weck with caramelized onions and roasted sweet potatoes. In addition to the rotating specials Fork is offering housemade bialys with cream cheese and doughnuts in the prix fixe.

Is Avram Hornik Doubling Down on South Broad With a Dolphin Tavern Revival?

Dolphin Tavern before it went dark.

Avram Hornik, who has been on an empire building spree of late, is rumored to have yet another iron in the fire. After giving life to Union Transfer, he resuscitated Ortlieb's Lounge, and then brought the riverfront’s Octo/Rock Lobster space back into action with Morgan’s Pier. And if all goes according to plan, he will deliver a newly rehabbed Boot & Saddle in early 2013. Now it looks as if he’s turning his attention to shuttered South Broad Street divey go-go bar, Dolphin Tavern, which closed back in August. Passyunk Post is reporting that Hornik’s Four Corners Management is behind efforts to revive the jiggle-joint that started hitting the skids after the Navy Yard was decommissioned in 1995.

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Papa John’s Sued for Pizza Spam

Fanning the flames of controversy.Illustration: Mary-Louise Price

It's the middle of the night. You've downed a greasy slice or two of pizza and settled in for a peaceful slumber, Adult Swim flickering in the background, when your phone rattles. A text! You sit up, rub your eyes, and wonder if you really did give out your number at the bar last weekend ... and to whom. You grope about in the dark, trepidatious but a touch excited. And then you see it: The text is from Papa John's. And they want to sell you more pizza. You drop the phone and roll over. Until your phone rattles again. And again. And again. Up to sixteen times in a row. Well good news, person who was text-spammed by Peyton Manning's favorite pizza place — you aren't alone.

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Twenty-eight of the Best Twitter Reactions to the New York Times’ Guy Fieri Takedown

How's he doing today?

If you're like us, you were woken up at 2 a.m. by a call from your 80-year-old grandmother in Butte wondering who exactly this Pete Wells person is and what did Guy Fieri ever do to him that would cause the New York Times to publish such a negative review of the Food Network host's sprawling 500-seat restaurant in Times Square. The review — in which Wells compares the house margaritas to radiator fluid and formaldehyde and ruminates, in an all-question format, about the exact origins of Guy's "Donkey Sauce" — has now been tweeted around the world. As should be expected, Wells has some new fans, and Fieri has some staunch supporters here in New York. But the rest of the county? Let's just see what @teenmom4evr has to say about all of this.

Strong language and adult situations ahead. »

Of Course Someone Involved in the Petraeus Sex Scandal Appeared on Food Network

Jill Kelley, not cooking alligator.Photo: Chris O'Meara/AP/Corbis

Jill Kelley, the Florida woman whose initial complaints about harassing e-mails set the entire Petraeus sex scandal in motion, has apparently been in the spotlight before. Sounds like she and her twin sister appeared in a 2003 episode of a no-longer-in-existence Food Network show called Food Fight. There isn't any footage online (yet — give it like three more hours), but according to an old write-up in the St. Petersburg Times, Kelley and her twin sister took on two brothers in an alligator cook-off.

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