Vietnam Café wants to party with you

Maybe it’s your birthday. Maybe you’re planning a bridal shower or a rehearsal dinner. Maybe your company is holding a business meeting. The point is you have a group of people getting together and you want to eat some good food while you’re at it. Look no further than Vietnam Café (816 S. 47th Street).

Vietnam Café can accommodate all your private dining needs whether you’re hosting an intimate party for eight people or a huge party of fifty people. Choose from a buffet or a pre-set menu.  They offer three unique and scenic rooms and a menu loaded with delicious cuisine like crispy tofu, Saigon noodles, pork clay pot  (pictured below) and their popular spring rolls.

Visit Vietnam Café online to view banquet menus and venue descriptions. There are many rooms to choose from. Call 215.731.2000 x214 to schedule your celebration or email us at

Chefs and Champagne

Who’s that dapper fellow four seats to Martha’s left? It’s the Patron of Pork, himself, Chef David Katz of Meme.

Chef Katz was invited to cook at the Chefs and Champagne event hosted by the James Beard Foundation in Bridgehampton, NY over the weekend.  Chefs gathered to honor lifestyle aficionado, Martha Stewart.

Grilled braised bacon was Katz’ dish for the event. You can view more photos on James Beard’s Facebook page.

Oh, and here’s another from Chef Katz’ collection…

Sunday Supper at Meme

Forget about making dinner at home on Sunday night. You should be relaxing before the long work week that lies ahead. Let Chef David Katz cook for you at Meme instead.

Every Sunday Meme offers a three-course pre-fixe menu and a bottle of red or white wine for $37. The menu rotates each week. Here’s what’s cooking this Sunday, July 25:

1st- Sweet corn soup with blue crab garnish

2nd- Grilled tuna with summer squash, marinated cherry tomatoes, tapenade

3rd- Chocolate ganache cake with vanilla gelato

Did you make reservations yet? Call 215-735-4900.

Meme Restaurant is located at 2201 Spruce St.

Lotus Farm to Table breaks out the maracas

Have you been to Lotus Farm to Table yet? If not, you should go. Chef David Berg’s cuisine packs the dining room every night and lunch is a big hit, too. Check out Aditi Roy’s “Let’s Do Lunch” segment on NBC 10.

Aditi loved Lotus’ herbal teas and tuna but you may want to skip those and opt for something a bit more south of the border starting Thursday, July 29 when Lotus Farm to Table hosts Mexican Night on Thursdays. Stop by any Thursday throughout the summer and let us know what you think.

Relax and enjoy a few margaritas (don’t forget to BYOTequila!) with bites from the special la carte menu. Selections of seasonally inspired Mexican fare include: Veracruz Fish Tacos, Chicken with Pablanos, Char Corn Salsa.

Lotus is located at 112 West State St. Media, PA 19061. Please call 610-565-5554 for reservations.

Movie screenings at Bistrot La Minette

What better way to enjoy Chef Peter Woolsey’s cuisine at Bistrot La Minette than with a French movie in the courtyard?

Make reservations to sip the perfect glass of wine and nosh Flammenküche (Alsatian “pizza”, caramelized onion, lardons, crème fraîche) or the Gnocchi Gratinés au Fromage (French-style gnocchi, wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, Comté cheese) or the Cassoulet de Toulouse (Lamb stew, white beans, Toulouse sausage, duck confit).

The next two screenings offer up some laughs at the sticky situations amorous feelings may bring about:

July 26 and 29: Russian Dolls Although he hates the way his life has turned out, would-be writer Xavier (Romain Duris) has no one to blame but himself. So when an opportunity comes along that could change his luck, he knows he’d better not blow it. Audrey Tautou, Kelly Reilly, Cecile De France, Kevin Bishop, Evguenya Obraztsova, Irene Montale and Gary Love round out the ensemble cast in Cedric Klapisch’s sequel to his romantic comedy L’Auberge Espagnole.

August 2 and 5: Happily Ever After Writer, director and actor Yvan Attal trains his lens on the vicissitudes of love, marriage and monogamy in this crisp romantic comedy. Married with children, Vincent (Attal) is cheating on his wife, Gabrielle (Charlotte Gainsbourg), who’s having thoughts of infidelity herself. Meanwhile, Georges (Alain Chabat) dreams of release from his constrictive marriage, and bachelor playboy Fred (Alain Cohen) longs for a committed relationship. Call 215.925.8000 to make a reservation.

This Sunday: Savor the Tastes of Victory at Restaurant Alba

Let your taste buds savor victory on Sunday, July 25 at 6 p.m. with a five-course menu prepared by Restaurant Alba’s chef/owner Sean Weinberg. Each course pairs a Victory beer.  As you enjoy the couplings Steve German, Victory’s VP, will elaborate the characteristics of each brew.

Chef Weinberg’s cooking tenure in the rural town of Alba in Italy’s Piedmonte region taught him the importance of keeping seasonality and locality in mind when developing dishes. It is this practice of using the ingredients on-hand daily that became the concept for his casually elegant dining experience.  He features hand-crafted, locally grown artisan foods simply prepared over the kitchen’s signature live fire wood-burning grill.


Victory Lager will be served upon arrival

Watermelon Salad with Wood Grilled Feta Cheese, Fennel Roasted Chiles served with Sunrise Weise (German Hefe)

Seafood “Fritti Misti” served with Helios (Belgian Farmhouse)

Local Goat Cheese Ravioli, Lamb Ragu served with Summer Love (Golden Pale Ale with American Citra Hops German Hops)

“Knife Fork” Bruschetta with Slow Roasted Pig, Braised Greens, Farm Egg served with Baltic Thunder

Chocolate Torta served with Storm King (Stout)

Tickets are $65 per person. Space is limited. For reservations, call 610-644-4009.

Restaurant Alba’s contemporary, rustic menu features Northern Italian dishes created from the freshest, local seasonal ingredients. The restaurant is located right next to the Malvern train station at 7 West King Street in Malvern, PA. Visit Restaurant Alba online at

Bumper Crops at Linvilla Orchards

Picking season is in full swing, so drop by Linvilla Orchards for their annual Sweet Corn & Blackberry Festival on Saturday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (rain date is Sunday, July 25).

Don’t forget to dress up in your best buccaneer or fair maiden costumes, there’s a pirate theme at Linvilla on this day. There will be a scavenger treasure hunt and storytellers recounting tales about the stormy seas.

Makin’ Music will be on hand for entertainment and, of course, there’s the playground, pony rides, and face painting, too.

Stop by the Linvilla Grill for lunch and save room for corn and blackberry treats at the Farm Market. With chowder, muffins, and sweets, there’s something for palate. Then make your way to the orchard for sky high stalks and bushes brimming with berries; you’ll find everything you need for simple summer meals. Tons of tasty treats and loads of fun? Now that sounds like a recipe for success.

And Chef Mitch Prensky of Supper Restaurant has another recipe for you…he’ll host a free cooking demonstration at noon during the festival. Come learn some new cooking secrets featuring sweet corn and blackberries from one of Philadelphia’s finest chefs.

Linvilla Orchards is located at 137 West Knowlton Road, Media, PA
Call 610-876-7116 for more information or visit

Dust off your berets for Bastille Day at Bistrot La Minette

Independence Day has passed, but it was so much fun wasn’t it? Wanna do it again?

Join Chef Peter Woolsey at Bistrot La Minette on Wednesday, July 14 as he observes France’s independence.  Bastille Day commemorates the storming of the Bastille (a prison/fortress that was also used to store gunpowder and firearms) by French countrymen during the reign of Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI. This marked the beginning of the French Revolution.

To celebrate, Chef Woolsey will be serving grilled, house-made specialties like country sausage and marinated lamb. The four course French BBQ buffet is $35 a person.  Specialty cocktails ($5 each) will be mixed to pair with the fare.

Bistrot La Minette,, is located at 623 S. 6th Street. For reservations call 215-925-8000.