The weekend proved quite a busy one for Joncarl Lachamn, the Philly-born Chicago ex-pat whose Noord Eetcafe will soon bring yet another BYOB to South Phillys East Passyunk Avenue. He was on hand to debut new dishes at Saturdays Flavors of the Avenue (a few short hours after his restaurants new sign was delivered and installed), and Sundays Taste of the Nation fundraiser. When Grub caught up with him there, he said he was looking to open on or shortly after May 8.
The annual benefit for Share Our Strengths No Kid Hungry campaign was chaired this year by David Katz(pictured above). The former Meme chef-owner donned whites for the event, and turned out braised brisket tacos, featuring beef from his employers, Creekstone Farms. Close friends Zahavs Michael Solomonov and Top Chef champ Kevin Sbraga (pictured below) turned out to support him in raising much need cash for local youth hunger organizations. Others who pitched in to the cause include Fonds Lee Styer, 10 Arts Nathan Volz, South Philadelphia Tap Rooms Mark Reagan, Bistrot La Minettes Peter Woolsey, Brauhaus Schmitzs Jeremy Nolen, and Bibous Pierre Calmels.
Emmanuelles Phoebe Esmon returned this year as the events mixology chair, and served Buffalo Trace Old Fashioneds, while her fiancee Christian Gaal, stationed alongside her, poured absinthe-spiked Moscow Mules. Also in attendence was former Top Chef'testant Jen Carroll, who was mum on what's next for her.