Ramp Selfies: 12 Philly Chefs Show Off Their Greens

Philadelphia chefs snap a pic with their current haul, and tell us their favorite dish this year
April 30, 2014
by Danya Henninger

We’re currently in the throes of ramp season, with the spring allium showing up everywhere from pizza to pasta to burgers to tacos. It takes seven years for a ramp plant to go from seed to bulb, which is why they’re not usually farmed - it’s the reason you have to go out in the woods to get them during the short window when they grow wild.

Some chefs pull their own ramps direct from the dirt, and others rely on professional foragers to deliver them, but most of them are fans. (Over-hyped? Those we spoke with didn’t think so.)

We asked Philadelphia chefs to snap a selfie with their current haul, and also tell us their favorite ramp dish they’re serving this year. Flip through for some close-up ramps fun, then head to one of these kitchens to eat the goods.

Chef: Jason Cichonski
Running the Kitchen at: Ela, The Gaslight
Favorite Ramps Dish: Charred ramp vodka for a spring Bloody Mary

Chef: Justin Purdue
Running the Kitchen at: Liberté 
Favorite Ramps Dish: Filet mignon with spring vegetables, confit potato, pickled ramps and jus

Chef: Rob Halpern
Running the Kitchen at: Marigold Kitchen
Favorite Ramps Dish: Charred ramps in a “spring pea forest” with a poached egg, guanciale and Parmesan broth

Chef: Justin Bogle with barman Bradford Lawrence
Running the Kitchen at: Avance
Favorite Ramps Dish: “Til Morning Comes” cocktail made with ramps

Chef: Chip Roman
Running the Kitchen at: The Treemont, Blackfish, Mica, Tradestone Cafe
Favorite Ramps Dish: Ramp gnudi with Castelmagno cheese and brown butter at Blackfish

Chef: Luke Palladino
Running the Kitchen at: Luke Palladino, LP Steak, Palladino’s (opening soon on East Passyunk)
Favorite Ramps Dish: Beef shanks with ramp salsa verde

Chef: David Ansill
Running the Kitchen at: Bar Ferdinand
Favorite Ramps Dish: Ramp coca (Spanish flatbread) with ramp purée, ramps and shaved Manchego cheese

Chef: Matthew Dagget
Running the Kitchen at: Serrano
Favorite Ramps Dish: Penne pasta with ramp sauce

Chef: Joe Frost
Running the Kitchen at: Brittingham’s
Favorite Ramps Dish: Pan-seared Rhode Island fluke, wilted ramps, blistered tomato and chickpea salad with a ramp vinaigrette

Chef: Nunzio Patruno
Running the Kitchen at: Nunzio Ristorante Rustico
Favorite Ramps Dish: Polenta-crusted, pan-fried diver scallops with sautéed ramps

Chef: Jay Chadwick
Running the Kitchen at: Ella’s American Bistro
Favorite Ramps Dish: House-butchered suckling pig on creamy polenta with grilled ramps

Chef: Sonny Pache with sous chef Nick Lauria
Running the Kitchen at: Ocean Prime

justin bogle
jason cichonski
chip roman