WHYY’s Friday Arts Features Tavro 13

8224830666_93759d2fc0If you live in South Jersey and are looking for a great place to dine, we suggest turning your TV onto WHYY’s Friday Arts. Tavro 13 will be featured on  the show on Friday, March 1 at 8:30 p.m. The show will also be available online after Monday, March 4th. Tavro is Chef Terence Feury’s fabulous new hot spot in Swedesboro at the former Old Swedes Inn, just 20 minutes from Philly.   It’s a great place to enjoy a romantic meal, listen to live music in the lounge on the weekend, or sip a cocktail at the expansive bar. Considered one of the East Coast’s culinary pioneers, Chef Feury’s resume includes stops in some of the nation’s top eateries, including the Michelin starred Le Bernardin in New York City and Striped Bass and Fork in Philadelphia. Warning: this show might tempt your tastebuds. Tavro is located at 1301 Kings Highway in Swedesboro, NJ. For reservations call 856.467.8413 or log onto http://tavro13.com.

The Philadelphia Flower Show this year is “Brilliant!”

flowershow-brilliantIf you are heading out to see the fanciful flowers, the luscious landscapes or the “Brilliant!” designs, you are certainly going to be working up an appetite. And if that’s the case you should have a plan before you leave the house.

Whether you are simply strolling through the largest indoor Flower Show in the world or looking for a specific exhibitor, like Burke Brothers or Robertson’s, Stoney Bank or Waldor Orchids, the show will surely make you hungry. Plan on Vietnam Restaurant (221 North 11th Street) being a “Brilliant” place to satisfy your appetite before or after the show. Grab an order of their famous spring rolls or their traditional Rice Vermicelli bowls topped with shrimp, chicken or pork. Even gratify that sweet tooth craving with their delicious corn pudding or green tea ice cream!

Held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and running March 2-10, 2013, it is the world’s longest running Flower Show. The Philadelphia Flower Show never disappoints and neither will Vietnam Restaurant! Come and enjoy a “Brilliant” meal that will end a “Brilliant” day.

Le Viet is Inspiring Romance for You and Your Valentine

FondueThis Valentine’s Day, let Le Viet host you and your special someone with a three course, luscious menu that is sure to impress and satisfy any heart. Take your date on a slightly exotic culinary experience and enjoy the restaurants romantically soulful interpretation of classic Vietnamese dishes. Lit by flickers of candlelight, the ambience of Le Viet’s charming, contemporary and elegant dinning room will surely be the inspiration for a romantic evening. See Le Viet’s three course menu being offered at $35 for two people this Valentine’s Day here.

If you have yet to make a reservation for you and your Valentine, call Le Viet at 215.463.1570 or go to www.levietrestaurant.com. Le Viet is located at 1019 S. 11th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 and is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Be sure to like Le Viet on Facebook and follow them on Twitter!

Cheese Please at COOK with Patrick Feury

Branch_Creek_Farm_012Acclaimed Chef and master of cheese, Patrick Feury of Nectar in Berwyn, returns to COOK for a cheese class on Tuesday, Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. He will demo making cheese and cooking with cheese, utilizing products from local dairy farms, and preparing dishes using meats like goat and veal. This class is perfect for people who love to eat cheese and celebrate fresh, local food.

Tickets cost $185 and include a full meal and alcoholic beverages, but hurry because there are only a few spots left! To purchase a ticket, click here.


Chef Patrick Feury’s Nectar is located at 1091 Lancaster Avenue in Berwyn, PA. The Asian inspired menu at Nectar is created from sustainable seafood, farm raised meats and fresh ingredients, all locally grown.

For more information and reservations, visit www.tastenectar.com or call 610.725.9000.

Tips from Tavro 13 on eating alone at the bar this Valentine’s Day

Picture 3Stuck without a special someone on Valentine’s Day? Why not pull up a stool at your favorite bar? You won’t be lonely if you take a seat at Tavro 13’s expansive, handcrafted bar. Here are a few tips from Tavro’s bartenders to consider when eating alone.

Take a seat 

Sit close to other patrons and make sure you have access to the bartender.

Order a drink

Ask the bartender if you could see information on the restaurant’s specialty cocktails, craft brews, and wine menus.

Ask questions

Ask the bartender which cocktails are the most popular and they’ll be happy to share. Or, ask neighbors about their favorites. Then ask to look at the bar menu. All of your questions will give you some time to think about what to order and get to know others.

Have fun!

Once you have a cocktail in hand, make sure you relax and have fun. Keep chatting with the bartenders and other patrons. We guarantee this Valentine’s Day you’ll feel right at home at Tavro 13’s bar.

But don’t just trust us, call the restaurant and reserve a seat. You’ll see for yourself first-hand how much fun you can have at Tavro’s bar.

Gus Tzitzifas, proprietor of Tavro 13, built a restaurant, bar and lounge where people could eat some of the Philadelphia region’s best cuisine in the fine dining room, sip pre-Prohibition era cocktails at the bar, or let loose and have fun in the lounge! Gus wanted everyone to be able to choose the environment they’re most comfortable in, even when eating alone.

Tavro 13 is located at 1301 Kings Highway, Swedesboro, NJ, just 30 minutes from Philadelphia. For more information, visit tavro13.com or call 856.467.8413.

A Chef Patrick Feury Recipe: Parsnip Cake

Parsnip cake may not be the most popular cake, but its sweet earthiness and easy preparation will make it a favorite among friends and family. Patrick Feury of Nectar shares his recipe for this 9″ spice cake.

Picture 2Ingredients:

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup grape seed oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • 2 cups peeled and grated parsnips


Preheat the oven to 350°F. Butter and flour a 9-inch round cake pan. Set aside.

Sift together the flour, cinnamon, baking soda, baking powder, salt, and nutmeg. Set aside.

In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whisk the eggs until light and frothy. With the mixer still running, gradually add the sugar and then the grape seed oil. Whisk in the vanilla, orange zest, and lemon zest. Fold in the dry ingredients, mixing until a few streaks remain. Fold in the parsnips.

Pour the batter into the prepared pan and bake until a toothpick inserted into the center comes out clean, about 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool for 10 to 15 minutes for serving.

The cake pairs perfectly with Patrick’s recipe for Frozen Nectar of the Seven Sisters, a tasty cheese-flavored ice cream treat!

Love this recipe and want more? Patrick will be cooking a recreation of his James Beard House dinner at Nectar in April. Call 610.725.9000 to make a reservation.