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REPORT: eG "Heartland" Gathering 2012 (Philadelphia)


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#1 Chris Hennes

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 04:51 PM

The annual Heartland Gathering is upon us, as people started arriving in Philadelphia today. My first stop was the Fair Foods Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market to pick up a pork shoulder for the Saturday Feast: it's in the sous vide rig now....

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#2 KatieLoeb

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 10:19 PM

Mmmm. Pork shoulder. Can't wait to try that on Saturday!

So a small bunch of us made it over to Lemon Hill this evening for some fine grub and cocktails and to welcome Kerry Beal and torakris in true Philly style. I met up with the ladies, soon followed by philadining and cdh. Yummy snacks of crispy chicken livers, beets, pastrami spiced chicken wings (damn these are good, how had I never ordered them before?) and crispy pork belly were universally enjoyed. Fine cocktails, expertly prepared by Pete, our stellar barkeep. Quick surgical strike at Capogiro for some fabulous gelato/sorbetto for dessert. It was good to be vertical. And to eat. My tank was running low. Feeling renewed and ready for tomorrow!

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 07:07 AM

Glad y'all could get together. Looking forward to our dinner @ Zahav tonight. Hopefully the rain will serve as a well needed coolant & leave the area. Enjoy our wonderful city!
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 09:12 AM

Just back from Iovine Brothers Produce at RTM where I purchased ingredients for tomorrow night's gazpacho. Food cost: $12.67.
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 11:01 AM

Didn't have the good camera with me last night - but I promise to bring it to Zahav! But I couldn't resist a quick iPhone snapshot during our stop at Capogiro:
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Yep, that's Ramos Gin Fizz Gelato. I can't say it tastes just like the cocktail, but it was good!


I love their bitter chocolate gelato, but I might actually prefer the sorbetto, when they have it. It's a pure, direct chocolate bomb... (Paired here with Cactus Pear... )

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So, note to other visitors, get to a Capogiro! There are several:

13th and Sansom
20th and Sansom
3925 Walnut in University City (West Philly)
1625 East Passyunk Ave (South Philly)

more info, hours, flavors, etc:

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 11:20 AM

Are we going to Capogiro after Zahav (assuming they are open) tonight? Have to try that Ramos Gin Fiz.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 11:39 AM

I say Zahav to Southwark to Capogiro, for the full compare-and-contrast effect - and to see the comical look of excruciating agony on the wrist-disabled bartenders' faces!

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 11:40 AM

It might be a little too late... but we'll see what time it is when we finish up at Zahav. If we can make it, I'd be up for it! They're usually open until midnight-ish on fridays in the summer.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:30 PM

A group of out-of-towners were led (by Katie Loeb) through the Italian Market. Of course I've got a zillion photos, but I'll start with the important ones... what we ate at Paesano's:

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We had the Paesano, the Arista, the Panelle, and the Gustaio. And some potatoes.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 01:47 PM

Since we had clearly not eaten enough at Paesano's, we also hit Isgro for cannoli...

But first, some other shots of Isgro:

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At long last, the cannoli is filled (fresh of course, so it stays crisp):
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And finally, the gang, basking in the glow of the cannoli:
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Posted 10 August 2012 - 02:00 PM

Naturally we hit Fante's as well, and look what we found on the shelf:

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So of course we had an impromptu book signing:

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If you haven't been to Fante's it's almost reason enough to visit Philly, it's aisle after aisle of kitchenware:

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 04:03 PM

The annual Heartland Gathering is upon us, as people started arriving in Philadelphia today. My first stop was the Fair Foods Farmstand in the Reading Terminal Market to pick up a pork shoulder for the Saturday Feast: it's in the sous vide rig now....

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Now how did you get that machine on an airplane out of Oklahoma?

#13 Chris Hennes

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 04:30 PM

The machine itself is very small, I just bought the cooler at the 7-11 when I got here.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:30 PM

Great stuff! Wish I were there.

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 05:52 PM

Mmmm.... Isgros cannoli... so delicious.

#16 gfweb

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 06:00 PM

For the full Philly you gotta have a Wawa

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Posted 10 August 2012 - 11:49 PM

Although a bit further from the Italian Market, the cannolis from Varallo's Bakery at 10th & Morris are pretty awesome too. They're closed for vacation until September as of this week, but their "special" cannolis have the ends of the shells dipped in chocolate and the filling is laced with Strega. OMG. Those might be my fave cannolis in the city. The rest of their cookies, pastries and cakes are amazing as well, and outrageously inexpensive for the quality. Have to show that place to you all on a future visit.

Edited by KatieLoeb, 10 August 2012 - 11:50 PM.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 02:23 AM

Dinner at Zahav:
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Posted 11 August 2012 - 03:57 AM

thanks for so many (delicious) pictures!

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 05:41 AM

Great photos, Philadining. We will get some course descriptions up soon, courtesy of Jim, one of the servers from Zahav.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 06:05 AM

It was great to meet everyone yesterday, even though the table setup was not optimal for mingling.

Zahav was excellent! Hope I had some leftover Duck Hearts and Lamb for breakfast today :wub:

#22 Beth Wilson

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 06:35 AM

Wow! The food looks delicious! One day I will make it to one of these events. Thanks for all the great photos.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 07:07 AM

Absolutely fantastic meal last night! Great turnout of old and new faces, and sublime cooking by Zahav's magical kitchen. How they acheived the tenderness in the duck hearts will remain a wonder...
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Posted 11 August 2012 - 08:44 AM

A few action shots from last night and this morning at RTM:

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 09:06 AM

Posted my pics from last night's feast at Zahav's on the HollyEats Facebook page.
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Posted 11 August 2012 - 11:50 AM

Dinner at Zahav:


Hello everyone, I just wanted to take the time to give you some details of the meal from last night. These descriptions will reference Philadining's photos.

1.) Hummus Tehina with smoked paprika, parsley and olive oil.

2.) Hummus Tehina with house baked Laffa Bread.

3.) Salatim - (starting with at the top and working around clockwise) Salt Roasted Beets with Tehina, Israeli Salad (Cucumbers, Tomato, Parsley, Olive oil, & Salt), Taboulleh Salad (Parsley, Bulgur Wheat, & Tomato), Green Bean Salad (Aleppo Peppers, Tomato, Cilantro), Twice Cooked Eggplant, and Spiced Moroccan Carrots with Mint.

4.) Sweet Bread Schnitzel (dredged in all purpose flour, challah bread crumbs and white sesame) served with a Black Garlic Carib Molasses and Cauliflower Two-Ways (pickled & sauteed), and finished with a dash of Za'atar (wild dried savory, sumac, & white sesame).

5.) Fried Cauliflower with Herbed Labaneh - The cauliflower is fried in canola and finished with Volcanic/Black Sea Salt & Micro Chive. The Labaneh is herbed with garlic mint and dill.

6.) Watermelon Salad with Bulgarian Feta Cheese Crumbles, Black Olive Tapanade, Spiced Iranian Pistachios, and Sliced Breakfast Radishes.

7.) Chicken Liver Mousse over Challah toast with Sumac Onions, Pickled Carrot, Gribenes, and Micro Bulls Blood.

8.) Duck Hearts Al'Haesh served over a Date Tehina, with Goose Berries, and Cippolini Onions Two-ways.

9.) Spiced Eggplant (brined, fried, then grilled) over Israeli Couscous with Button Mushrooms and Mizuna, Finished with a Mushroom Tehina.

10.) Spiced Eggplant from a different angle.

11.) Messibah Lamb Shoulder (smoked at Percy Street Barbecue and then braised in a mixture of Pomagranite juice, Fennel, Whole Chickpeas, Black Pepper corns and Brown Sugar) served over Crispy Persian Wedding Rice with the chickpeas from the braising process.

12.) A bonier shoulder.

13.) Messibah Chicken with Sumac Red Onions, Green Tehina (Parsley & Cilantro), and a sprinkle of Za'atar.

14.) Rugelach with Date and Hazelnut paste

15.) Roasted Apricot with a Brown Sugar Sauce, house made Turkish Delight, Apricot Sorbet, and Ribbons of Cucumber Poached in St. Germaine (elder-flower liquor).

16.) Pavlova - Baked Meringue Bowl filled with Malabi (orchid root mousse) then finished with Crushed Iranian Pistachios and a compote of Blueberries and Strawberries.

17.) Konafi - Honey Sweetened Ricotta Cheese wrapped in Shredded Filo dough. Finished with a Peach compote and Labaneh Ice cream.

#27 Holly Moore

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 12:22 PM

Great and thanks Jim. What was the cooked cheese dish? Also the Sweetbread dish? Thanks again.

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Posted 11 August 2012 - 01:07 PM

Stunning! What was that sandwich above that sort 0f crumbled?

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 11:21 AM

Looks delicious. I wish I could have made it this year.

Did any body get a good root beer float?

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 01:15 PM

Sunday brunch at Han Dynasty, 108 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. Katie bats 1000 for throwing one hell of a weekend.

I may have a couple of names of the dishes wrong. Let me know and I'll edit the post.

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Spicy Crispy Cucumber
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Scallion Pancake
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Fryed Taiwanese Sausage with Raw Garlic
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Wontons in Chili Sauce
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Dumplings in Chili Sauce
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West Lake Beef Soup
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Cumin Style Lamb
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Double Cooked Chicken
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Sauteed Greens
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Tripe
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Double Cooked Fish
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Three Cup Chicken
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Sauteed Green Beans
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Crispy Rice Style Shrimp
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Hot Sauce Style Pork
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Salt and Pepper Shrimp
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