The eyes of the restaurant world will focus on Chicago on Monday night as the James Beard Awards are announced at a gala.
Philadelphia again has a slate of contenders, though there is little chance that our community can repeat the success it had last year, when Stephen Starr won as best restaurateur, Mike Solomonov won as best chef, and Greg Vernick won as best chef, Mid-Atlantic.
This year's finalists include:
Five exclusive beers plus one cider will be on the menu at Uptown Beer Garden, launching its fourth season on Thursday in the courtyard of the BNY Mellon Building at 1735 Market St. The crew from BRU, Cinder, and U-Bahn is behind it.
Doors will open on opening day at 5 p.m. This year's opening — a week earlier than usual — will include the beer garden's first Cinco de Mayo.
Center City's music and nightlife scene would get a boost if City Winery signs a deal at the Fashion District Philadelphia, which sources in the real estate community tell me is imminent.
City Winery, now in six cities, including New York, Chicago, and Atlanta, features a concert venue, restaurant, wine bar, and private-event space. The other locations also have a working winery, though it's not clear to my sources whether this will be the case in Center City.