Harvest Dinner at Seasons 52

by artfuldiner on October 16, 2017

in Uncategorized

Seasons 52 - ExteriorSeasons 52, 160 North Gulph Road, King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, will be serving a special three-course harvest dinner menu through November 22, 2017…

Appetizer (Choice of): Roasted Butternut Squash Soup… Porcini Mushroom Bisque… Spinach Salad with Roasted Bosc Pear… Field Greens Salad with Savory Granola

Entrée (Choice of): Maple-Glazed All-Natural Roasted Half Chicken… Cedar Plant-Roasted Salmon… Wood-Grilled Filet Mignon… Boneless Beef Short Rib… Braised Australian Lamb Shank

Dessert (Choice of): Mini Pumpkin Pie… Mini Carrot Cake

The special three-course menu is priced at $29.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity).

To complement the harvest dinner menu, the restaurant will also be offering a special selection of wines priced at $6.00 per glass…

White Wines: Famille Perrin Réserve White Blend, Côtes du Rhône, France… Yalumba Y Series Vermentino, South Australia… Cono Sur Chardonnay, Chile (Organic)

Red Wines: Symington Altano Red Blend, Douro, Portugal… Tormentoso Cabernet Sauvignon, South Africa… Caparzo Red Blend, Tuscany

For more information, or to make reservations, please call Seasons 52 King of Prussia at (610) 992-1152.

Bon Appétit!



Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar - Glen MillsOn Tuesday, October 24, 2017, 6:30 p.m. Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bar will be hosting a five-course bourbon dinner at all seven of the restaurant’s locations.

Magret Duck Prosciutto: Wood-Grilled Frisée, Orange-Scented Ricotta, Micro Mustard Greens, Roasted Crepes, Thyme & Brown Buttered Popcorn; Bourbon Pairing: Chai Honey Old Fashioned with Basil Hayden’s Bourbon

Cider-Braised Pork Cheeks: Parsnip-Black Pepper Biscuit, Pimento Cheese, House-Made Pickle Chips; Bourbon Pairing: Rosemary Maple Bourbon Sour with Buffalo Trace

Cast Iron Pan-Fried Cornmeal Trout: Corn-Chili Remoulade, Fried Green Tomato Relish, Pickled Jalapeño Soup; Bourbon Pairing: Jalapeño-Spiked Bourbon Julep with Koval Organic Rye

Bourbon-Aged Soy-Glazed Short Rib: Soft Bloody Butcher Grits, Fleur del Sel Caramel Butter, Bourbon Ginger Carrots, Tangerine Lace; Bourbon Pairing: Kentucky Mule with Four Roses Small Batch Bourbon

Butter Pecan Shortbread Cookies: Bourbon Vanilla Whipped Cream; Bourbon Pairing: Hut Butter Bourbon with Kinsey Bourbon from Philadelphia

The cost of the five-course bourbon dinner is $69.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). To make reservations, please contact the individual restaurant of your choice.

Harvest Seasonal Grill & Wine Bars are located in Radnor, Glen Mills, North Wales, Harrisburg, and Moosic, PA; Moorestown, NJ; and Delray Beach, FL. For more information, phone numbers, etc., please visit http://HarvestSeasonalGrill.com.

Bon Appétit!



Frog and Peach2This coming Friday, October 20, 2017, the Frog and the Peach, 29 Dennis Street, New Brunswick, New Jersey, will host a special dinner paired with the “Best Beers of New Jersey.”

Reception: Demented Scarlet Knight

First Course: Romanesco Cauliflower Bisque: Calkins Creamery Aged Cheddar, Brown Butter, Chives; Brew Pairing: Ironbound Cider

Second Course: Pan-Roasted Stuffed Rainbow Trout: Wild Mushrooms, Capers, Citrus, Blood Orange Gastrique; Brew Pairing: Forgotten Boardwalk What The Butler Saw WIT

Main Course: Braised Grain Fed Veal Cheeks: Brussels Sprouts, Pancetta; Brew Pairings: River Horse Triple Horse… Bolero Snort Moountie

Dessert: Pumpkin Pot de Crème: Cinnamon Pâté de Feuille; Brew Pairing: Kane Fall Saints

The cost of the “Best Beers of New Jersey” dinner is $80.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 846-3216.

Bon Appétit!



Best Foodie Cities in America

by artfuldiner on October 13, 2017

in Breaking News, Wining and Dining

Wine Dinner 2With World Food Day, October 16, 2017, being just around the corner, and restaurant prices (always) rising, WalletHub, the personal-finance website, recently released its report on 2017’s Best Foodie Cities in America

To determine the best and most reasonably priced local foodie scenes, WalletHub compared more than 180 of the largest U.S. cites across 24 key metrics. The data set ranges from affordability and accessibility of high-quality restaurants to food festivals per capita to craft breweries and wineries per capita.

Top 20 Foodie Cities in America:

  1. San Francisco, CA
  2. Portland, OR
  3. New York, NY
  4. Los Angeles, CA
  5. Miami, FL
  6. Orlando, FL
  7. Austin, TX
  8. Las Vegas, NV
  9. San Diego, CA
  10. Seattle, WA
  11. Tampa, FL
  12. Atlanta, GA
  13. Chicago, IL
  14. Philadelphia, PA
  15. Sacramento, CA
  16. Houston, TX
  17. St. Louis, MO
  18. Denver, CO
  19. Washington, DC
  20. Cincinnati, OH

As noted, Philadelphia finished 14th. Pittsburgh, PA, was rated 21st, just below Cincinnati.

Here’s a surprise… Richmond, VA, was rated 27th, Salt Lake City, UT, 33rd and Cleveland, OH, 38th… all ahead of Boston, MA, which was rated 40th.

Other high rankings: Baltimore, MD, 54; New Orleans, LA, 56; and Boise, ID, 61. I understand that Boise has quite the restaurant scene.

Philadelphia & Pittsburgh were the only Pennsylvania cities in the rankings. Also close to home… Wilmington, DE, was ranked 75 and Dover, DE at 132… And two New Jersey cities were quite highly rated: Jersey City, NJ, at 76 and Newark, NJ at 79.

To view the full report and other interesting foodie stats, please visit: https://wallethub.com/edu/best-foodie-cities/7522/.

Bon Appétit!



Nicholas - White Truffle DinnerOn Friday, November 10, 2017, Restaurant Nicholas, 160 Route 35 South, Red Bank, New Jersey, will host a special five-course white truffle celebration dinner with fresh white truffles flown in from Alba, Italy.

Amuse: White Truffle Potato “Cappuccino”

First Course: Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Shaved White Truffle, Parmigiano-Reggiano

Second Course: Organic Hen Egg, Crispy Pork Belly, Brioche, White Truffle

Third Course: White Truffle “Mac ‘n’ Cheese

Fourth Course: Beef Short Rib Stroganoff, White Truffle, Mushroom Crème

Dessert: White Truffle Crème Brûlée

The cost of the White Truffle Celebration Dinner is $250.00 per person (plus beverages, tax & gratuity). This event is one-night-only and sells out every year. For more information, or to make reservations, please call (732) 345-9977.

Bon Appétit!



Yogi Berra Stadium Food Truck & Craft Beer FestivalOn Saturday, October 21, 2017, Yogi Berra Stadium, 8 Yogi Berra Drive, Little Falls, New Jersey (on the campus of Montclair State University), will host the all-new Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival presented by the New Jersey Jackals professional baseball team. The event will take place right on the stadium field and promises to be one of the biggest fall events in Essex County.

The Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival will feature mouthwatering options from a cornucopia of vendors, including Churroland, Clyde’s Homemade Italian Ice & Ice Cream, Coney Island Wood Fired Pizza, Glazed and Confused Mini Donuts, Jersey Jack’s Kettle Corn, Michele’s Bistro, Rolling Pita, Texas Smoke Barbecue, V-Twins Concessions’ Fried Oreos and Funnel Cakes, and Zoelily Empanadas

The Beer Garden will offer over 50 different craft beer and ciders provided by the Kohler Distributing Companying, including refreshing brews from Angry Orchard, Ballast Point, Cricket Hill, Curious Traveler, Defiant, Doc’s, Evil Genius, Great Lakes, Heavy Seas, Jersey Girl, New Belgium, 1911, Redd’s, Sam Adams, Sly Fox, Sierra Nevada, Shiner, Blue Moon, Terrapin, Newburgh, Yuengling, Schoefferhoffer, and more.

Local cover band Graffiti Cannon will entertain the crowd with a great selection of classic rock songs ranging from Led Zeppelin to Bon Jovi.

The Food Truck and Craft Beer Festival will be open from 12:00 noon – 7:00 p.m. The entry fee is $5.00, free for children 12 and younger, and allows customer access to the food trucks, Beer Garden, Games, and entertainment. Food trucks and vendors will sell food, drinks, and products at an additional cost. All food prices are set by the participating food trucks. Parking, entertainment, and backyard games are free; but there is a nominal charge for the mechanical bull. Beer Garden tokens are $5.00 each for a 12-ounce pour; beer sampling tickets are $10.00 for a souvenir mug and tickets for five-5-ounce pours.

Tickets for the Food Truck & Craft Beer Festival may be purchased online at jackals.com or at the gate at Yogi Berra Stadium.

Bon Appétit!



Alla SpinaOn Wednesday, October 18, 2017, 7:00 p.m. Chef Marc Vetri, will take over the kitchen at Alla Spina, 1410 Mt. Vernon Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to create a seasonal dinner celebrating the tastes of fall.

Harvest Moon Dinner Menu…

First Course: Squash Salad with Cranberries and Candied Nuts

Second Course: Casoncelli Stuffed with Pork, Veal, Beef, Raisins, Amaretti Cookies, and finished with Brown Butter and Sage

Third Course: Roasted Veal Breast with Root Vegetable Purée

Fourth Course: Apples Three Ways

The cost of the Harvest Moon Dinner is $75.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity); $25.00 additional per person with optional beverage pairing.

For more information, or to make reservations, please call (215) 600-0017.

Bon Appétit!



ApplesFrom Thursday, October 5 – Wednesday, October 11, 2017, the Gladstone Tavern, 273 Main Street, Gladstone, New Jersey, will be celebrating local apples with a Just Picked Local Apple Menu. The apples used in the menu will be “just picked” from Melick’s Farm in Tewksbury, New Jersey.

FROM THE BAR – Backwoods Moonshine: Berkshire Bourbon, Applejack, Local Cider, Cinnamon… Ringo: Hiro Junmai Sake, Shinjo Soju, Green Apple, Green Tea, Mint… Hard Cider: 6.7% ABV, Melick’s Farm, Tewksbury, NJ… Melick’s Farm Apple Cider: Tewksbury, NJ

FIRST COURSE – Toasted Almond Soup: Pickled Gala Apple, Radish, Cilantro… Honey Crisp Apple Salad: Shaved Mimolette Cheese, Frisée, Arugula, Pomegranate, Wheatberry, Aged Sherry Vinaigrette… Empire Apple Duck Sausage: Warm Lentils, Greens, Wild Mushroom

MAIN COURSE – Seared Arctic Char: Creamy Jonagold Apple – Parsnip Purée, Pancetta, Mustard Greens, Hard Cider Reduction… Fuji Apple Braised Chicken: Calvados, Grape, Pearl Onion, Lacinato Kale, Fingerling, Crème Fraiche… Empire Apple Stuffed Porchetta: Country Bacon, Caramelized Brussels Sprout, Roasted Pumpkin, Apple Relish, Cabernet

DESSERT – Jonagold Apple Sour Cream Pie: Tangy Apple-Custard Filling, Buttermilk Lattice Crust, Vanilla Ice Cream, Cinnamon-Oat Praline, Apple Sauce… Warm Blondee Apple Fritters: Local Honey, Vanilla Ice Cream

For more information about Farm Apple Week, or to make reservations, please call (908) 234-9055.

Bon Appétit!



William Penn Inn - ExteriorOn Friday evening, October 20, 2017, the Commonwealth Club at the William Penn Inn, 1017 Dekalb Pike, Gwynedd, Pennsylvania, will host a special gourmet dinner, accepting seating reservations from 6: 30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. A three-ounce serving of wine per course is also included with the dinner (subsequent servings of wine are available for an additional charge).

The complete menu and wine accompaniments are noted below…

Cold Appetizer – Foie Gras “Knish”: With sour cherry and quince compote, 25-year-old balsamic cipollini marmalade and hazelnut dust; Wine Accompaniment: Domaine de Clovallon, Pinot Noir, Languedoc, France, 2015

Pasta – Maine Lobster Tagliatelle: Saffron pasta, roasted lobster mushrooms with a basil verbena-infused lobster “gravy”; Wine Accompaniment: Tom Gore, Chardonnay, Sonoma, California, 2015

Intermezzo – Pink Grapefruit & Campari

Entrées (Choice of) – “Overnight Tender” Short Ribs: Dry-aged boneless short ribs accompanied by port wine syrup, crispy leeks, braised root vegetables, Yukon gold pommes purée; Wine Accompaniment: Cooper & Thief Cellarmasters, Red Wine Blend, California, 2014… Loup de Mer: Pan-seared bronzino with a chive beurre blanc, braised beluga lentils, Provençal squash and caramelized eggplant aioli; Wine Accompaniment: Bruna Grimaldi Langhe Arneis, Piedmont, Italy, 2015… Wild Boar Chop: Grilled wild boar chop teamed with Calvados-infused glace de porc, boar bratwurst, juniper red cabbage, sautéed arugula spaetzle; Wine Accompaniment: Domaine Raspali-Ay Gigondas, Rhone, France, 2014

Salade – Croque Monsieur: Rustic country bread, Black Forest ham and Gruyère Mornay, accompanied by frisée and baby mesclun in a Dijon mustard & Champagne vinaigrette with red onions, golden beets, French pickles

Dessert – Green Tea Mille Feuille: Inn-made green tea puff pastry layered with honey-infused vanilla crème, pomegranate curd and passion fruit pâté de fruit; paired with green tea ice cream and pomegranate honey coulis; Wine Accompaniment: Camin Larredya La Part Davan Sec, Jurancon, France, 2013

A selection of after dinner cordials will be offered from the restaurant’s tableside cart at the conclusion of dinner.

The cost of the Autumn Epicurean Adventure is $115.00 per person (plus tax & gratuity). For more information, or to secure a table, please call the William Penn Inn at (215) 699-9272.

Bon Appétit!



National Coffee Day

by artfuldiner on September 27, 2017

in Breaking News, Special Celebrations, Special Events

Coffee - National Coffee DayIn celebration of National Coffee Day, this coming Friday, September 29, 2017, WalletHub, the personal finance website, released its report on 2017’s Best Coffee Cities in America.

To determine the best local coffee scenes in America, WalletHub’s data crunchers compared the 100 largest cities across 14 key indicators of a strong coffee culture. The data set ranged from coffee shops, coffee houses, and cafés per capita to average price per pack of coffee.

The Top 20 Cities for Coffee Lovers:

  1. Seattle, WA
  2. Portland, OR
  3. San Francisco, CA
  4. New York, NY
  5. Los Angeles, CA
  6. San Diego, CA
  7. Chicago, IL
  8. Denver, CO
  9. Boston, MA
  10. Washington, DC
  11. Philadelphia, PA
  12. Minneapolis, MN
  13. Oakland, CA
  14. Honolulu, HI
  15. Miami, FL
  16. Atlanta, GA
  17. Long Beach, CA
  18. Austin, TX
  19. Las Vegas, NV
  20. Jersey City, NJ

To view the complete report, as well as the top 100 cities for coffee lovers, please check out https://wallethub.com/edu/best-cities-for-coffee-lovers/23739/.