On the restaurant scene. Chef Matt Ridgway of The Pass in Rosemont welcomes his mentor Philadelphia culinary legend, Jean-Marie Lacroix, to cook with him this Sunday, September 28 for brunch. Ridgway left The Fountain with Lacroix to serve as chef de cuisine at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse when it opened in 2002. Together they will recreate the original Brunch at Lacroix they conceived for Chef Lacroix’s namesake restaurant. The first seating is at 10 am for $40. The second seating, at 1 pm, includes oysters on the half-shell, for $55. Call 609.961.1887 for reservations or click here.
If you’ve been wondering what has been going on at the Stockton Inn these past two months, here are some answers. The Inn closed for renovations in late July and plans to reopen in mid- to late-October with changes to both the menus and the Inn’s hours. When it reopens, the Inn will serve dinner Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Monday starting at 5:30 pm and at 4 pm on Sunday. The menu will include an À la Carte Menu as well as a Chef’s Menu, which will be a fixed-price multi-course dinner option. At this time they don’t plan to do lunch, Sunday brunch or tavern fare. Owner Mitch Millett says that he will hold back on adding Sunday brunch, “until at least next spring.”
Some of the physical changes include a new, improved approach to the main entrance and new dining furniture and table top ware. The Glass Room has also been transformed into a club room/lounge where diners can enjoy a before or after dinner drink of premium whiskeys and cognacs, such as Hennessey Paradis Imperial and Remy Martin’s Louis XIII. The Mural dining rooms and foyer have also been spruced up for the first time in years. Millett will be unveiling further changes once the Inn reopens, saying “I think it’s best to keep that a surprise other than to say the changes are significant!” [Want to read more? See our post from earlier this summer on the Stockton Inn here.]
There’s a new restaurant at a familiar place in New Hope. Mojito Cuba Caribe opened last month at 90 S. Main Street (formerly Sandbar, 90 Main, and other incarnations). They are offering a menu full of Cuban dishes, influenced by Spanish, African, and Caribbean cuisine. We haven’t been yet, but the Yelp reviews are very promising. The menu looks great.
Opening later this fall will be another new face in a familiar place. Where the former Wildflowers restaurant resided on Mechanic Street in New Hope (across from Karla’s), Nektar will open. Don’t know much yet but the New Hope Free Press got a peek at the new wine bar menu.
In the “here’s your last chance” category, sign up for a cooking class this fall at The Cooking Cottage in Sellersville because they will be closing at the end of the year. Peggi Claus and her family have taught hundreds, maybe thousands, of home cooks over the past twenty years in this quaint cottage tucked away on a back road in Upper Bucks. It is an experience not to be missed. First you watch the meal being made in the cozy kitchen, then you get to eat the meal in the even cozier dining/living room of this old cottage. It is delightful. The classes range over all cuisines and meals: A Modern Asian-Inspired Dinner Party, Italian Comfort Food, Steakhouse Style, Soup’s On, A Festive Cocktail Party, Christmas Cookies (very popular) and more. For a full list of courses, click here.
Congrats are due to Blooming Glen Farm which is now officially USDA certified organic. Although Tom Murtha and Tricia Borneman have been following organic standards for years, this is a major accomplishment. The paperwork and time alone keeps many small family farmers from going for certification. You can find Blooming Glen Farm’s delicious produce at the Wrightstown Farmers Market on Saturdays, at the Easton Farmers Market and at the Headhouse Farmers Market in Philadelphia. Consider joining their CSA (community-supported agriculture) program too.
“You know it’s fall when…” Pumpkin ice cream is back at Uncle Dave’s Homemade Ice Cream at Shady Brook Farm in Yardley. Yum.
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