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Press Releases

May 18, 2009:

Open ChefAMe Premiers to the Public in Philadelphia

New Dining Concept Pairs Local Culinary Talent with Eager Tasters

May 18, 2009 (Philadelphia, PA) – Open ChefAMe, a showcase for emerging culinary talent, will hold its first public event today in Philadelphia. The new dining concept features two different local cooks at a monthly event that is like “open mic night” for the culinary arts. Held at different restaurant venues each month, featured aspiring chefs choose their own menu, ingredients, and theme. Felicia D’Ambrosio and Alyssa Shilliday will take the kitchen on Monday, May 18, 2009, at the Dark Horse Pub at 6:30 pm. Tickets are $35 per person and must be purchased prior to seating at www.OpenChefAMe.com.

“Open ChefAMe started over a meal, of course, and quickly became a reality thanks to the energy and enthusiasm of our adventurous and entrepreneurial friends,” said Jesse Middleton, co-founder of Open ChefAMe. “The idea was simple – we like to cook and try different food and we thought it would be fun to do a dinner party on steroids. Of course, we’re also lucky enough to have some very generous contacts in the restaurant industry that were willing to give us their space for an evening. The first few nights were great fun, so we decided to open it up to others in the area who are also interested in what some of the freshest minds in food are literally bringing to the table.”

The May 2009 Open ChefAMe will feature a tasting menu that includes sweet corn soup with chives and bacon garnish, gougéres with dry-cured ham, watercress and Dijon cream, Moroccan spiced braised lamb shoulder with lentils and minted yogurt, Thai watermelon soup, sake-poached halibut with marinated cucumber salad, and Korean style skirt steak with pears.

Felicia D’Ambrosio is the child of lapsed Catholics, themselves the children of second-generation immigrants to Philadelphia: Italian, Irish, Polish. All of her family members are bad-ass cooks. Her Mom-Mom and Aunt Gina, both chefs, taught her to work both a stove and a room at a young age; her first job was catering weddings with them in Lancaster County. Since then, Felicia has had a long and infamous career in the restaurant industry, hoisting the tray at a Manayunk meet market, an artisan gelateria, and the smallest restaurant with the best view on Rittenhouse before finding her spiritual home with the Monk’s Café cartel. Felicia writes for City Paper’s food and drinks blog, Meal Ticket, and when she’s not chained to her laptop you can find her feasting like a Roman at numerous hotspots, sucking up the last tomatoes of the season at Greensgrow Farms and pouring at the Belgian Café.

Alyssa Shilliday is currently enrolled in the pastry arts program at The Restaurant School to put the finishing touches on her natural culinary abilities. Her interest in food and the restaurant industry started long ago. Alyssa has worked on every front from catering, waitressing, and cooking to planning, managing, and purchasing. In addition to her own independent catering of small events she has also worked for The Olive Garden, Iron Hill Brewery, World Café Live, Washington Square Restaurant, and Cuba Libré. Her experiences at these restaurants as line cook, lead line cook, and Sous Chef have only intensified her desire to create dishes and menus of her own. Alyssa is an alumnus of Temple University. She and her husband Justin just bought their first home in the Fairmount section of Philadelphia in August of 2008. Alyssa and Justin hope to soon open their own restaurant in the Philadelphia area.

The June 2009 Open ChefAMe will be held on Monday, June 22, 2009, with place and cooks to be announced. More information is available at www.OpenChefAMe.com.

About Open ChefAMe

Open ChefAME is a new concept in dining that showcases local emerging culinary talent by pairing aspiring chefs and restaurateurs with restaurant space and eager diners for one night. Open ChefAMe was founded in 2009 by Philadelphia entrepreneurs and foodies Evan Kaplowitz, Jesse Middleton, Louis Middleton, and Bart Mroz. All events are open to the public and prefixed. More information can be found at www.OpenChefAMe.com.

May 11, 2009:


PHILADELPHIA, PA — Open ChefAMe is an open mic night for local chefs — an open kitchen night to be exact.  We found an amazing local restaurant willing to open their kitchen to local culinary talent who could not only try their hand at a commercial kitchen but offer up their delicious food to a restaurant full of people.

With one smashing event under our belts, we return to the source of the inspiration at The Dark Horse Pub (421 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA) at 6:30 p.m. on May 18 for our next event.  Food writer Felicia D’Ambrosio (City Paper’s Meal Ticket) and aspiring restaurateur Alyssa Shilliday will each offer up three courses of their own creation.  Tickets to the six-course, tasting-style event are $35 and include paired drink specials and the chance for guests to “play restaurant critic” and let the chefs know what they think of their food.

A portion of ticket sales will be donated to a charity of our chefs’ choice.  For more information, including bios of our chefs and a thorough FAQ, visit OpenChefAMe.com.

The Writer and the Restaurateur: Open Chef-A-Me at The Dark Horse Pub, 421 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA; Monday, May 18, 6:30 p.m.

Tickets available online at OpenChefAMe.com; tickets can also be purchased by sending a check made out to ChefAMe at 435 Bainbridge St., Outer; Philadelphia, PA, 19147.