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3 Don’t-Miss Chef Dinners: Jim Burke, Kevin Sbraga & Peter Serpico

By Danya Henninger  |  May 20, 2014
Credit: Vanessa Beahn

Three of Philly’s hottest chefs have special special dinner events coming up: Kevin Sbraga at The Fat Ham, Jim Burke (formerly of James) at Drexel and Peter Serpico at Serpico. Flip through to see which out-of-town chefs are joining our hometown stars and read the menus, then don’t delay if you want to score reservations - space at all three events is very limited.

  • Dinner With Jim Burke at the Drexel Center for Hospitality

    When: Wednesday, May 28
    Price: $90
    Reservations: 6 PM dinner, tickets online here

    When Jim and Kristina Burke closed James in Bella Vista and decamped to NYC, wails of unhappiness echoed through the Philly food community. After opening Caffè Storico for Stephen Starr and db Bistro Moderne for Daniel Boulud, the Burkes are back in Philadelphia. What’s next for them? No one’s sure, but this dinner is your best chance at a preview.

    Hors d’Oeuvres
    Tuna Tartare, Black Olive and Chive
    Cured Foie Gras Terrine, Fennel Mostarda, Brioche
    Saffron Arancini
    Squid and Polenta Skewers

    First Course
    Chilled Cucumber-Avocado Soup, Salt Roasted Shrimp & Chili Oil

    Second Course
    Stinging Nettle Tortelli, Bagna Cauda, Fried Chick Peas

    Third Course
    Chicken Ballotine, Porcini Mushrooms, Swiss Chard

    Fourth Course
    Artisanal Cheeses With Accompaniments
    Lemon Verbena Panna Cotta, Macerated Berries, Almond Tuile

  • Credit: Danya Henninger

    Kevin Sbraga’s Alabama Supper at The Fat Ham

    When: Monday, June 9
    Price: $90
    Reservations: Available 6-9 PM, tickets online here

    There are just a few seats remaining to get in on the Southern comfort that Sbraga and chef de cuisine Aaron Gottesman will create in collaboration with Alabama chefs Leo Maurelli of Central and Rob McDaniel of SpringHouse. Each of them will create a courses of two dishes, accompanied by endless pitchers of spiked sweet tea and bourbon mint lemonade.

    First Course by Leo Maurelli
    Marinated Blue Crab Claws with Alabama corn and Heirloom tomato
    Hominy and Cotija Fritters with tostones, pork jowl bacon and sofrito

    Second Course by Aaron Gottesman
    Black Pepper Pappardelle with rabbit confit, fava beans and locatelli
    Three Green Salad with crispy pigs ears, sunflower seeds and fig vinaigrette

    Third Course by Rob McDaniel
    Slow Roasted Porchetta with field pea salad
    Poached Gulf Shrimp with jumbo asparagus and gribiche

    Fourth Course by Kevin Sbraga
    Buttermilk Chess Pie with lemon chantilly and fried rosemary
    Blackberry Cobbler with Belle Chevre goat cheese sorbet

  • Credit: Danya Henninger

    Serpico Collaboration Dinner With Carlo Mirarchi

    When: Tuesday, June 10
    Price: $100
    Reservations: Available 6-9 PM, call 215-925-3001

    Chef Carlo Mirarchi runs two restaurants in NYC - pizza and fun Italian haven Roberta’s and its fine-dining sibling Blanca, where he serves a high-end tasting menu to just a dozen people per night. He’ll collaborate with Peter Serpico to prepare a multi-course meal to remember (“raw beef, cooked”?) on South Street.

    Seaweed and Vegetable
    Sugar Snap Peas and Lardo
    Peel and Eat Fava Beans with dehydrated ham

    Tataki of Spanish Mackerel
    pickled ramp soy, rice pearls

    Sea Perch With Black Lime

    Terrine of Spring
    onions with smoked bone marrow

    Agnotti and Plankton

    Hot Tripe and Lobster
    and Cold Lobster and Tripe

    Raw Beef, Cooked

    Rhubarb Dessert