July 7, 2011

Celeb Chefs Headline Philly.com/Food Launch Party

Today the Philadelphia Inquirer launched its brand new food website in style. Four of the hottest local chefs provided demos right smack in the middle of Reading Terminal Market and all the proceeds from folks buying/eating the food went to Philabundance, MANNA and The Food Trust. It drew quite a crowd of lunchers, food bloggers, jurors and Bravo/Food Network fans.

Next Food Network Star winner Aaron McCargo Jr., Top Chef D.C. winner Kevin Sbraga (who said his Philly restaurant should open in Sept or Oct on the first floor of the Symphony House), Top Chef Las Vegas contestant Jennifer Carroll of 10 Arts, and Down Home Diner owner Jack McDavid all cooked, but my lunch break visit only afforded me time to eat Aaron McCargo's yummy crostini and then see Jennifer Carroll and some of Kevin Sbraga. Philly Insider's Michael Klein hosted, and as I was rushing out the door back to work I think I heard him say the Phillie Phanatic had arrived.

Check out my photos below
and then go visit the new Philly.com/Food for an abundance of restaurant reviews, recipes, foodie gossip, healthy eating tips and stories on the awesome people/organizations that feed our growing, hyper-local food community. Read more about its renewed focus here. Great stuff!

10 Arts Chef Jen Carroll takes the stage

Cooking up some soup
Protect your blender contents (and yourself!)

Real close up
Final product: Chilled Carrot & Ginger Soup

The crowd...
...was enamoured

Kevin Sbraga is up next
Chopping tomatoes - check out the mirror

Almost done with Summer Tomato & Watermelon Salad
McCargo's Crostini w/ goat cheese, dates, chicken, and bacon

1 comment:

Madame Fromage said...

Hey, great to see you there. Sorry I missed that crostini with chicken, cheese, and dates. Intriguing.