Monthly Archives: May 2011

Philly Beer Week – Nectar’s British Invasion

Nectar, the awe-inspiring French/Asian restaurant in Berwyn, PA is celebrating Philly Beer Week by going British on Sunday June 12, between noon and 3 p.m. The restaurant will host Nectar’s British Invasion, a sampling of English beers and pub food.

Enjoy a variety of beers from both Wells & Young’s and Belhaven Breweries. These beers are the perfect compliment to Chef Patrick Feury’s English pub fare.

If all that’s not enough, there will be a car show in the parking lot. And by the way, if you bring a vintage British car, you will receive a $35 gift certificate redeemable at Nectar.

While you’re there, don’t forget to vote for your favorite vintage car on display. The owner of the most popular car will receive $100 towards their next Nectar dinning experience.

Featured beers will include Young’s Chocolate Stout, Wells Bombardier and Banana Bread Ales, in addition to Belhaven’s Wee Heavy. The beers will be complimented by hors d’oeuvres like crunchy beer battered halibut with cucumber maki and Scottish quail egg canapés. The cost is $35 per person.

Nectar is located at 1091 Lancaster Avenue in Berwyn, PA.  For more information and reservations, call (610) 725-9000 or log onto www.tastenectar.com.

Looking for a GREAT swim club to join?

Look no further than Linvilla Orchards  HIDDEN HOLLOW SWIM CLUB

Since 1965, Hidden Hollow Swim Club has been a family tradition. It boasts an impressive selection of pools including a 50-meter Olympic pool, a 25-meter lap pool and a cloverleaf of 3 children’s pools: 1′, 2′ & 3′ deep. Plus slides, diving boards & platforms, including a 10-meter platform that’s guaranteed to take your breath away. The grounds have plenty of room for picnicing, sunbathing or lounging in the shade. Hike on the hiking trail, play in the children’s play area or enjoy tennis, basketball, volleyball or wall ball on one of our many courts. You can have lunch or dinner at the snack bar. For more information on joining the club, click here.

Shellfish Tasting at Mica Restaurant

Celebrate the middle of the week by enjoying a four-course sampling menu of shellfish on Wednesday, May 25 at Mica Restaurant in Chestnut Hill. The cost is $45, excluding tax and gratuity.

Menu:

First course

Surf Clam Crudo, Marjoram, Jicama, Almond

Second course

 Marvesta Shrimp, Saffron, Asparagus, Brioche Gnocchi

Third course

 Lobster, Veal, Skirt Steak, Potatoes, Ramps

Fourth Course

Lychee Soup, Strawberries, Coconut, Shiso

Mica, Chip Roman’s charming 30-seat restaurant serves modern American cuisine in a vintage old stone house. Designed by architect Richard Stokes, the concept was inspired by the success of the Tuesday Tastings at Roman’s Blackfish Restaurant in Conshohocken.  The Mica menu is driven by the chef’s love for great ingredients without prejudice of origin or limited by a specific style of cuisine.

Roman’s goal is to create distinctive, gratifying food, period. Mica is located at 8609 Germantown Avenue. Dinner is available Tuesday through Sunday. For reservations log onto their website or call 267.335.3912.

Where’s the Beef?

Every Tuesday night at Chip Roman’s Blackfish Restaurant in Conshohocken, guests can enjoy a four-course tasting menu focused around one ingredient. The cost is $45, excluding tax and gratuity. Where’s the beef? It will be on the menu on Tuesday, May 24th.

Menu

First Course
bresaola, pecorini, arugula, gaeta olive

Second Course
fettucini, oxtail, celery, coffee

Third Course
beef tenderloin, pommes anna, tokyo turnips, bordelaise

Fourth Course
poached peaches, lemon grass, pound cake

Blackfish is located at 119 Fayette Street in Conshohocken, PA, 19428.  The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday to Thursday from 5:30 to 10 pm; Friday from 5:30 to 11 pm; Saturday from 5 to 11 pm; and Sunday from 5 to 9 pm.  Lunch is served Tuesday to Friday from 11:30 am to 2 pm.  Outdoor seating is available in season.  For more information, visit their website. For reservations, call 610.397.0888.

The Mentor and the Protégé – Part II

Georges Perrier of Le Bec Fin has invited Chip Roman to cook at Le Bec Fin on Monday, June 13. Chip spent five years on the line at Le Bec as Perrier’s protégé before opening his own restaurant. Today Chip owns two restaurants and a catering company. In addition to his acclaimed restaurant Blackfish in Conshohocken, he opened Mica in Chestnut Hill in March. He also runs Charles Roman Catering.

Guests at the collaborative dinner can enjoy a seven course meal for $95. Early seatings are at 5:30 p.m., 5:45, and 6 p.m. Later seatings are at 8:30, 8:45 and 9 p.m.  For reservations, call Le Bec Fin at 215.567.1000.

Here’s the menu:

Yellowtail Kingfish “Sashimi Style”, Breakfast Radish, Yuzu Kosho, Moro Orange

 Applewood Smoked Scottish Salmon, Crispy Potato, Fried egg, Mizuna

Liquid-Center Foie Gras Terrine, Sour Cherry, Iranian Pistachios, Brioche

Black Sea Bass with Crispy Skin a l’ Orientale

Roasted Breast of Squab, Stinging Nettles, White Asparagus and Morels, Pine Sprout

Fourme d’Ambert, Beet Membrillo, Cocoa Nib, Marcona Almond

Blackfish Beignet, Raspberry and English Cream

Bacon and Beer! Nothing sounds better!

Twenty Manning Grill (261 S. 20th St.) is teaming up with Dock Street  Tuesday, May 24, for a four-course bacon and beer dinner.

The meal, which runs $40 a head (seatings at 5, 7 and 9 p.m.), features porky goodness in multiple forms paired up with Dock Street beers.  For reservations, call 215-731-0900.

1st Course
Chicharrone Trio: Chipotle red sauce, avocado crema, hot English apple butter
Royal Bohemian Pilsner

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2nd Course
Citrus & Cinnamon-Braised Pork Belly
Watermelon, Kasseri cheese and Burgundy vinaigrette
Dock Street Summer Session

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3rd Course
Crispy Pork Croutons
Potato rosti, endive salad with hot bacon cider dressing and a poached egg
Dock Street Rye IPA

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4th Course
Brandied Cherry Ice Cream Sandwich
Soft chocolate cookie, homemade brandied cherry ice cream and maple bacon sprinkles