Baking pies is hard work, and, more often than not, is well worth that work. Jose Garces and his Executive Pastry Chef Jessica Mogardo decided to take the work out of your hands and into theirs. They’ve come up with four different pie concepts that are sure to please the crowds: Pumpkin-Gingerbread; Chocolate-Pecan; CCC (Cherry, Cranberry- Cornmeal); and their instant-classic ABC (Apple, Bacon, Caramel). Each pie serves approximately 6 to 8 people and costs $35. Pick them up at Garces Trading Co. or JG Domestic.
Just in time for the hottest days of the season Garces Trading Co. is offering a twist on summer cocktails. Beverage manager Brandon Thomas has created three hand-bottled fizzy cocktails to serve to the dine-in guests at GTC.
Each cocktail is mixed, frozen to 30 degrees, and carbonated before being hand-bottled with Garces Trading Co. caps. When ordered each individual glass bottle is poured into properly garnished glasses and served for $12. Thomas will create new flavors and combinations for each season.
Garces Trading Company is closed for renovations until Thursday, August 25th. When complete there will be more high-top seating, some of which will be kept for walk-in customers. There will also be expanded pastry offerings, seasonal pies and special occasion cakes.
The idea of Han Chiang of Han Dynasty cooking with Le Bec-Fin’s Georges Perrier makes our heads spin, in a good way. Sometime in November Chiang will head to Walnut Street to collaborate on a Franco-Sichuan menu. Sounds pretty exciting. [The Feast]
It’s a toss up to what is the worst part about Dollar Dog Days at Citizens Bank Park , is it the long lines or the dollar dogs themselves?
But now you have a tastier, albeit more expensive option. Beginning on Monday, April 18th and happening every time the Phillies host a Dollar Dog Day, Garces Trading Company will be offering their own lunchtime take on the ballpark classic: a hot dog and a beer.
The combo stars the Mortadella Di Casa, an Italian gourmet hot dog made from local pork, white wine, garlic, espellette and pistachios served on a house-made pain au lait bun and topped with truffled turnip relish. Choose a Peroni, Stella Artois or Sly Fox to wash down your dog and you’ve got one heck of a lunch. The combo is $9 (the Mortadella Di Casa is normally $12 without the beer) and will be available from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on days that are also Phillies Dollar Dog Days.
We were fortunate enough to taste the hot dog yesterday and fear we’re spoiled for anything less. The combo will be available on the following days:
Garces Trading Company chef Adam DeLosso poses in the walk-in with one half of the 500-lb Mangalica pig.
Pigs. Who would have thought they would become the sexy glamourpuss of the food world? From bacon to pork belly to lardo, pig parts have maintained their status as the meat of the moment. The next big thing in pork — in Philly at least, they’ve been big in New York for quite a while — may be the Mangalica (a.k.a Mangalitsa) breed of porker.
Last week, I went to Garces Trading Company to hang out with chef Adam DeLosso and his crew while they broke down two halves of a 500-pound Mangalica. Here’s what I learned:
Le Virtu has a new executive chef,Â Joseph Cicala hails from suburban Washington DC, likes hockey and even played a couple of pro games. That makes him alright to us. Check out this video for more on his background and cooking. [YouTube]
Michael Klein recaps all the restaurant openings for Fall. Most notable is that Chris Painter’sIl Pittore may not go into the former Ansill space. [The Insider]
Meal Ticket has some teases on what to expect on the “Iza-Khyber” menu of Todd Dae Kulper. [Meal Ticket]
A.D. Amorosi explains why Garces Trading Co. is getting a liquor license and now offering reservations. In a word, convenience. [Meal Ticket]