Interview with Oustanding Chef Award Nominee Marc Vetri

Marc Vetri is a nominee for the 2014 James Beard Award for Oustanding Chef

 

When Marc Vetri opened his eponymous restaurant on Philadelphia’s Spruce Street 15 years ago, he served spicy penne with tomatoes and capers, a daily risotto, and other dishes that might seem light years away from what we see on current modern Italian menus. But today's bucatini-and-budino world remains undeniably linked to his emphasis on quality over quantity. We spoke to the Outstanding Chef award nominee, whose seventh restaurant will open this year, for details about his forthcoming pasta book and his new obsession with wheat.

 

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JBF: You celebrated Vetri's 15th anniversary last year. How has your experience with Vetri influenced how you open new concepts and maintain them?

 

MV: Vetri is its own thing. It can’t be reproduced in another restaurant. It’s way too personal, so I try to not compare any new project to it. It... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Philadelphia

James Beard Foundation's Taste America® Philadelphia

 

In addition to San Francisco, our third weekend of James Beard Foundation's Taste America® made a stop in the great city of Philadelphia. On Friday we enjoyed a spectacular meal prepared by local James Beard Award winners and other top chefs from the City of Brotherly Love. The next day we headed to Sur La Table to watch cooking demonstrations by Taste America All-Star Carla and the team behind Philadelphia's acclaimed vegan restaurant, Vedge. You can view images from the weekend's events here

 

We would like to extend our sincerest thanks to all our Philly participants! And don't forget: ... Read more >

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James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® Philadelphia

James Beard Foundation's Taste America®

 

Now in its third week, James Beard Foundation’s Taste America® will be continuing its cross-country tour this Friday. Here's a preview of what’s on deck Philadelphia, one of our two upcoming stops.

 

On Friday, October 4, Taste America All-Star Carla Hall and some of the Philadelphia area's best chefs, including several James Beard Award winners, will prepare a private VIP multicourse dinner at Pêche. The venue will then open its doors to the public for a tasting reception featuring more City of Brotherly Love talent, including JBF Award winner Michael Solomonov, Mitch Prensky, Joe Cicala, and more. This not-to-miss event will also feature an exciting live auction.

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On the Menu: October 24 through October 30

A view of the Beard house from the back patio. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 24, 12:00 P.M. Tutto Toscana Brunch The classic Italian brunch may be the simple duo of cappuccino and cornetto, but we knew the country’s culinary crema would do wonders with the American breakfast when given the chance. In their farewell to the Apicius culinary school’s Tutto Toscana series, the faculty will prepare a delicious brunch that draws on Tuscany’s culinary traditions. Monday, October 25, 7:00 P.M. East Coast Meets Spain Named after the Spanish word for “foam,” Espuma also evokes the Delaware restaurant’s coastal locale, which offers endless inspiration for Jay Caputo’s New American cuisine.

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On the Menu: October 17 through October 23

Guests mingle before dinner at the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Sunday, October 17, 5:30 P.M. Friends of James Beard Benefit Jean-Louis Palladin Dinner The incredibly talented chefs collaborating on this innovative dinner are at the forefront of the new, high-voltage Vegas cuisine, serving modern, inspired, sophisticated, and luxurious food to discerning Sin City diners. Join them for a spectacular dinner benefitting the Jean-Louis Palladin Professional Work/Study Grant and honoring the late, great Jean-Louis Palladin. Monday, October 18, 7:00 P.M. Le Bec-Fin Alum For the past three years, we’ve recognized Charles Roman, an alum of Philadelphia’s Le Bec-Fin and Vetri, as a JBF

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On the Menu: August 22 through August 28

Walking up the Beard House back stairs Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, August 23, 7:00 P.M. Four-Diamond Farmland Feast The bucolic Joseph Decuis offers guests a unique culinary experience at its AAA Four-Diamond eatery, boutique inn, heritage farm, and Wagyu-raising cattle ranch. Executive chef Aaron Butts, who completed high-profile stages at the Fat Duck and El Bulli, oversees the modern American cuisine. Wednesday, August 25, 7:00 P.M. Seasonal Seafood Celebration Chef and owner Mike Stollenwerk has been reeling in the praise from critics like the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan, who raved that Stollenwerk “ranks among the city’s best seafood cooks,” while Philadelphia magazine recently declared

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On the Menu: August 1 through August 7

Guests mingle in the Beard House. Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House and around the country next week: Monday, August 2, 6:00 P.M. Enlightened Eaters: A Workshop Our series on cooking seasonally continues when Top Chef contestant and natural foods chef Andrea Beaman returns to teach guests how to prepare delicious summer dishes with just-picked ingredients from local markets. Participants will learn how to maximize the health benefits of locally sourced food by cooking meals packed with nutrients as well as flavor. Tuesday, August 3, 7:00 P.M. Modern Asian When former Buddakan NYC chef Michael Schulson opens a new restaurant, Asian food lovers sit up and take notice. Schulson, as per Frank Bruni, “breathes intelligence and creativity” into his

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On the Menu: June 6 through June 12

Here’s what’s happening at the Beard House next week: Monday, June 7, 7:00 P.M. Southern Sweethearts At MiLa, named for their home states of Mississippi and Louisiana, co-chefs Allison Vines-Rushing and Slade Rushing serve their cultivated Southern fare to captivated New Orleans diners. The celebrated husband-and-wife team has earned nonstop raves from critics like Brett Anderson of the Times-Picayune, who praised the chefs’ “artful and ingredient-driven” cuisine. Tuesday, June, 8, 7:00 P.M. Sustainable Seafood Feast Sam Talbot charmed viewers on Top Chef, and he plans to do the same at his upcoming restaurant at the

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