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A call out to chefs for Open ChefAMe #5

Posted by Jesse Middleton | Posted in Event Info, Letters | Posted on 03-08-2009

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Once again the ChefAMe crew is busy planning the August 24th event. We hope to bring you another night of great chefs, great food and of course lots of fun.

We haven’t themed this next event so we are open to your original ideas. If you would like a shot in the kitchen Email helloThere@openchefame.com with the subject “I want to cook at #5”. Give us an idea of who you are, why you think you should cook, and what kind of menu items you would consider making.

We will be considering all emails received by August 10th at 5pm. We hope to hear from you soon so that we can make this next Open ChefAMe fantastic.

Open ChefAMe on 6abc!

Posted by Jesse Middleton | Posted in Letters, Press | Posted on 15-06-2009

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We’ve been very lucky so far with our food venture, Open ChefAMe.  We’ve had major press from local papers, foodies, blogs and more and now we have yet another notch in our belt.  6abc’s program, FYI Philly, covered the whole second Open ChefAMe. They shared with the Philadelphia community what Open ChefAMe is all about.

Thank you to Marilyn, Adam Joseph, Karen Rogers and everyone else involved with this television program.  You were a pleasure to have at the event and we hope you’ll join us again soon for a delicious meal (maybe even on June 22nd).

We thank you, City Paper

Posted by Jesse Middleton | Posted in Letters | Posted on 21-05-2009

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As most of you know, the City Paper has been a huge supporter of ChefAMe.  They wrote about us for the first event at Langostino’s (at Front and Morris) and they followed us through to the second event at the Dark Horse Pub where one of their writers actually cooked for an Open ChefAMe night!  That’s a pretty rad newspaper.

Now they’ve given us a fantastic writeup on this week’s City Paper (May 21-May 28, 2009) on page 61.  If you can’t get your hands on the physical copy, you can check it out on their site.  We’ve also posted part of the article right here for you to enjoy:

I watch a whole lot of Top Chef, which means I have a whole lot of inaccurate ideas about what it’s like to cook on the clock. “Y’all have an hour to make an entrée out of fruit cocktail and Chili Fritos!” I like to yell at the TV while drinking. “What is taking you so long?” Now that I’ve participated in Open ChefAMe, however, I now know just how fast the minutes can melt away while you’re hunched over a cutting board.

Thank you Drew, Felicia and the rest of the CP crew.

An Open Thank You Letter

Posted by Jesse Middleton | Posted in Letters | Posted on 06-04-2009

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Dear Everyone,

Thank you, thank you, thank you! You guys all made this a fantastic first Open Chef-A-Me night and we were so happy to have had the chance to share it with you guys and gals. We had a turn out of over 40 people which was way more than we expected for the first event and you showed us just how much you enjoyed the evening. We are in the midst of planning the next Open Chef-A-Me night which we hope will be even bigger and better than the first. Many of the ideas and a lot of the feedback that you all passed along to us will be incorporated into the next event.

During the past few weeks, we received a lot of awesome press. Some of the places that spoke and wrote about us were:

We want to thank the people and groups that made this night possible!

The Cooks

  • Bart Mroz – He was the chef that made it happen along with…
  • Magda Kozak – Who was Bart’s sous chef and the brains of the wonderful Polish cheese cake that we all loved so much.
  • Bridge Market Group – These guys helped by not only sponsoring us with some money (to help offset the cost of attendance) but also in gaining us one amazing sponsor…
  • Victory Brewing Company – All the beer at the event (including the porter that the beef was cooked in) was provide by the thoughtful people over at Victory.
  • Langostini Restaurant – Irina, George, Mama and Emily were all great! They provide the space, the help and the atmosphere that I know everyone loved.
  • Jimmy Crowley – Jimmy helped us out by connecting us with the Langostini Restaurant and by being the helpful host with the most at the event.
  • And last but not least, we want to thank everyone who attended. The guests are what make the night worthwhile. We get the space, the chefs and the help but without you guys, it would have meant a lot of food for the few of us involved. We can eat, but not that much.

There will be another Open Chef-A-Me night very soon and you all will be the first to know. If you have any feedback that you haven’t already shared with us, feel free to email and let us know or give us a call at 215.275.6557 if you’d prefer the old fashioned method.

Sincerely,
Bart, Louis, Evan and Jesse

Photo by David Snyder