Daily Digestif: Pliny News, Year of the Cheesesteak
Your daily roundup of Philly food tidbits
• Philadelphia is one of the only East Coast cities to get shipments of Pliny the Younger, Russian River’s once-a-year double IPA that is possibly one of the best but definitely one of the most sought-after beers in the world. Philly Tap Finder has news of the first 2014 tapping - though it is still tentative. Monk’s Cafe is predicting that March 3 will be the date for it annual PtY Alex’s Lemonade fundraiser. Stay tuned for confirmation.
• Instead of complaining about or making fun of out-of-town food writers for being unable to talk about Philly food without mentioning the sandwich, Foobooz has declared 2014 the Year of the Cheesesteak. Because really, while the tourist spots are what they are, Philly is undoubtedly home to the best cheesesteaks in the world. We’re looking forward to coverage.
• Speaking of cheese, Talula’s Daily clues us in that Monday, January 20 is National Cheese Lovers Day. To honor that important holiday, Aimee Olexy and her fromage experts at the Washington Square market-cafe are celebrating by giving out free samples all day long. Stop by for a taste.
• The first official review of Top Chef contestant Nicholas Elmi’s two-month-old Laurel is out, and it’s a good one. Philadelphia Weekly’s Brian Freedman says the East Passyunk spot allows Elmi to express all the soul he had to hold back at Rittenhouse Tavern, heaping praise on the tuna, foie gras terrine, trout, pork, scallops and gnocchi. If you haven’t gone yet, better head over before reservations are impossible to get.
• Speaking of Top Chef (good segues today!), Tom Colicchio was in town to announce his participation in the proposed Bart Blatstein casino (full story here), and HughE Dillon of Philly Chit Chat wondered aloud - or tweeted, really, same thing - whether the celeb would head to Laurel to catch up with contestant Elmi. The answer: no. “It wouldn’t be appropriate,” because the season isn’t over yet. Seems like a standup guy. Hopefully he’ll come to Philly whether or not the casino project goes through.