• Luna Farm: CSA Inspired Zucchini Eggplant Lasagna Recipe

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    Luna Farm is giving you a great recipe to utilize your CSA this summer!

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  • 7 Reasons to Brunch at Garces Trading Company

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    Garces Trading Company, Garces Group's European-style cafe and bar, is releasing a newly revamped brunch menu just for you this weekend. Garces Trading Co. guests can expect approachable, affordable dishes that are expertly executed with creative French and Italian influences. In case you need some prodding, here are seven reasons to visit us this weekend to devour our new offerings.

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  • Jose Garces Appears on WHYY “The Farm”

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    Chef Jose Garces met with Ian Knauer of "The Farm" -- a farm to table food series --- airing on WHYY. Check out Jose's interview featuring an exclusive take on his nachos. Get an exclusive peak of the interview before it airs!

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    Categories - Luna Farm - News

  • Tinto Philadelphia Debuts New Winter Seasonal Menu

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    Over the past seven years, Iron Chef Jose Garces has built an impeccable, Basque-inspired concept, Tinto, in Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Square, leading the city’s Spanish cuisine crusade through provocative small plates, luscious Spanish and French wines,  and a selection of the region’s ciders. But the real appeal of escaping to this sultry wine bar for a holiday meal or wintertime feast is the recent seasonal facelift that Tinto’s chef de cuisine, David Conn, has applied to the dinner menu.

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  • Ultimate Fall Getaway: Devouring the Garces Group at Revel Casino Resort in Atlantic City

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    Summer may be over, but that doesn’t mean the end of trips to the shore. And if you, like us, plan trips around where you’re going to eat, be sure to add Atlantic City to your list of destinations. These days, the boardwalk is more than pizza, fries, and soft-serve, especially at Revel Casino Hotel, which happens to be house to many Garces Group restaurants.

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    Categories - Amada Atlantic City - Distrito Atlantic City - Revel - Yuboka Atlantic City - Village Whiskey Atlantic City

  • Rosa Blanca Brings Cuban Cuisine to Center City Philadelphia

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    A transformation has taken place at 707 Chestnut Street in Philadelphia. In the space that most recently housed Chifa, the Garces Group brings you Rosa Blanca, our newest concept that will soon serve Cuban cuisine to food fans hungry for a taste of island fare. The new Cuban diner will be serving breakfast, lunch and dinner  in a hip setting reminiscent of of the retro Cuban diners of South Florida. Takeout and delivery will also be available, with an emphasis on quick service.

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  • Garces Trading Co. Unveils a New Bar Featuring an Old World European Wine List & Meatball Menu

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    Garces Trading Company has been the go-to source for European bistro-style dining in Philadelphia since 2010. To meet the increasing demand for Chef Jose Garces’ pan-European, casual cuisine, GTC recently unveiled a brand-new bar, complete with an Old World European wine and beer list, signature classic cocktails, housemade mozzarella, antipasti and meatballs

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  • Not Your Abuela’s Back to School: Cinco de Distrito Celebrates Five Years in University City

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    Distrito is bringing the party back to University City on Thursday, Sept. 12, with a popular local DJ plus drool-worthy food and drink specials during a loco happy hour that starts at 4 p.m. and goes until close. The back-to-school bash, titled Cinco de Distrito, is a thank-you to the neighborhood that enjoys its vibrant tequila bar and lounge, and funky dining room featuring Chef Jose Garces’ modern Mexican small plates. Local universities being back in session is not the only reason to celebrate either: this fiesta will celebrate Distrito's five year anniversary. 

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  • Celebrate the Pickling Season with the Garces Group

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    As the summer harvest hits fever pitch, you may find yourself drowning in vegetables and growing tired of salad. Take a cue from Iron Chef Jose Garces and preserve that bounty in the form of pickles. We’re talking more than just cucumbers here—did you know you can pickle nearly any vegetable? Here, we’ve gathered a few serving suggestions based on Garces Group favorites.

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    Categories - Distrito Philadelphia - El Jefe - JG Domestic - Tinto Philadelphia - Village Whiskey Philadelphia

  • Party Planning 101: Top Holiday Party Themes to Book with the Garces Group

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    Keen on prepping ahead so he can spend time with family and friends during his personal events, Chef Garces utilizes his talented team of chefs de cuisine and event planners who have the ability to wow any size crowd at any in-restaurant or in-home occasion. Even better, his talented team will come to you for private events, diligently accepting the kitchen grunt work and party planning so you have a stress-free bash before, during and after the event. Speeding into the last leg of summer, we’re lining up ways you too can have a Garces-approved party, suggesting you firm up your plans before others jump on the holiday countdown bandwagon. With only a few months until the tree-trimming, dreidel-spinning, present-wrapping madness, consider our top four ways to treat yourself this holiday with a Garces affair.

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    Categories - Amada Atlantic City - Amada Philadephia - Catering - Distrito Atlantic City - Distrito Philadelphia - Distrito Scottsdales - Event - Garces Trading Company

  • Garces Group at Home: Create Two Seasonal Recipes with Chef Jose’s Help

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    For the last two years, 40 acres of farmland in rural Ottsville, Bucks County, has become a leading source of organic produce for our Philadelphia and Atlantic City restaurants. Since Chef Jose Garces and his team are dedicated to infusing local ingredients into all recipes, the Iron Chef shares with you two easy recipes to that you can create at home with your stash of local produce.

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  • Luna Farm Redefines Farm-to-Table Dining

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    Only an hour’s drive from our home base of Philadelphia, Pa. lies the green oasis that is Luna Farm. Named for the Chef Garces’ beloved bulldog Luna, the farm is also a weekend retreat for his family, complete with a rustic house dating back to the early 19th century. But for the last two years, the 40 acres of farmland in rural Ottsville, Bucks County, have become a source of organic produce for the Philadelphia and Atlantic City restaurants.

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  • Rise and Shine: Village Whiskey Philadelphia Debuts Weekend Brunch

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    With Village Whiskey Philadelphia launching weekend brunch as of late June, we sent in one of our local food-blogging friends in to taste-test the late-morning options. Curious what's on the menu? Full report here. 

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    Categories - Menu - Village Whiskey Philadelphia

  • 20 NEW Distrito Dishes and Great Weekday Specials You’ll Love!

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    PHILADELPHIA, PA – This month, we debuted a new menu with over 20 new plates at Distrito (3945 Chestnut Street, 215-222-1657).  The new menu features a wealth of Distrito favorites, inspired new items, updated Happy Hour offerings and, for the first time, Taco Tuesday Specials.

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    Categories - Distrito Philadelphia - Menu - News

  • Spice up Your Summer with Garces Group at Revel

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    This summer, we started the shore season in style at Revel (500 Boardwalk, 855-348-0500).  All season long, guests will enjoy a wealth of ways to soak up the sun and fun at Amada (609-225-9900), Distrito Cantina (609-225-9850) and Village Whiskey (609-225-9880), plus our new noodle bar Yubōka (609-225-9906), with new brunch and happy hour menus, great events, tacos by the beach and a wealth of whiskies.

     

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    Categories - Amada Atlantic City - Distrito Atlantic City - Revel - Yuboka Atlantic City - Village Whiskey Atlantic City

  • Distrito Philadelphia Hosts Mock Mitzvah, Inspiring Parties of the Century

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    On a recent Sunday afternoon, Distrito Philadelphia took the opportunity to flip its two-story Mexico City outpost into an inspirational dreamscape specifically for tweens on the path to planning a bat or bar mitzvah. Since Iron Chef Jose Garces’ University City restaurant oozes with flash and flair (the aspiration of any contemporary mitzvah), it’s only appropriate that they’d host a makeshift soiree of their own enticing potential party-throwers with a chance to role play in the energetic interior.

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    Categories - Distrito Philadelphia - Event

  • JG Domestic Debuts Proper Beer Pairing Education with Up-and-Coming Breweries

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    Beer pairing dinners have revolutionized the way people approach, taste and appreciate beer. It was just mid-March when JG Domestic’s General Manager Marc Grika, the enthusiast behind Chifa Philadelphia's successful beer dinners, decided to enhance the craft beer focus of the Garces Group’s farm-to-table restaurant concept. By introducing a monthly beer pairing series that highlights up-and-coming brewers, on par with the cutting-edge vision of the Iron Chef Jose Garces restaurant, he has bred a new dining experience amid the dynamic energy of Philadelphia’s food scene.

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    Categories - Event - JG Domestic

  • No Passport Needed: Tinto Restaurant Brings Rioja Wine Experience to Philadelphia

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    Tinto Restaurant in Philadelphia recently debuted the first of a series of wine dinners hosted by General Manager and Beverage Director Paul Rodriguez, with the premiering event focusing on Aged Rioja Wine.

    I wish there was a word to define that moment when a room full of strangers suddenly becomes a gathering of new acquaintances. A term that captures that instant when a person once foreign to you quickly becomes familiar, smiling and raising a glass with you and sharing their memories. Although there may not be a phrase for that point of change, I can certainly name a place where that magical transition occurs: Tinto Restaurant in Philadelphia.

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  • Garces Group 2nd Annual Bridal Showcase

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    Sunday February24th , brides-to-be descended on   J.G. Domestic and the Cira Center Atrium to marvel at what their dream Garces wedding would look like at the second annual Garces Group wedding showcase. Any bride will agree, abundant options overwhelm the newly-engaged couple. But those options came into focus at the showcase as the Garces Group presented a complete vision of a magical day filled with delicious food inspired by Iron Chef Jose Garces, gorgeous flowers and decor, and all other bridal trimmings.

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  • Garces Group Guide for Celebrating National Margarita Day 2013

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    Dive into our Margarita Guide, which rounds up how the Garces Group properties are celebrating the holiday and features specials from all around the country. Let’s drink to that!

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    Categories - Distrito Atlantic City - Distrito Philadelphia - Distrito Scottsdales - El Jefe - Event

  • The Latin Road Home

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    In October, Lake Isle Press will release The Latin Road Home: Savoring the Foods of Ecuador, Spain, Cuba, Mexico, and Peru, Chef Garces’ second cookbook and the follow-up to 2008’s Latin Evolution.  The Latin Road Home is more than a cookbook: it’s also a travelogue and a memoir, offering a fascinating and personal look back at the food traditions that have shaped Chef Garces’ culinary career, from his family’s ancestral home in Ecuador to his ongoing work as an award-winning chef and restaurateur across the country.

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  • Summer Recipe: Tortilla Española; White Sangria

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    When the weather’s hot, cooking isn’t always the most appealing pastime.  That’s why we love Chef Garces’ Tortilla Española, a staple on Amada’s menu from day one and a traditional Andalusian dish that can be prepared early in the morning, before it gets too hot, and then enjoyed later in the day – either at room temperature, as the Spaniards do, or warm with saffron aioli the way we serve it at Amada.  And nothing goes better with this dish than crisp white sangria, especially in the hot summer months.

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  • Catering and Private Events Update

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    With wedding season in full swing and our new partnership with the Kimmel Center complete, there’s no better time to reach out to Garces Catering to plan your next big event.  Our talented team will work with you to develop a menu and timeline appropriate for any occasion, from formal business luncheons to casual cocktail gatherings to dramatic black-tie weddings.  Whether you’re looking for a customized menu for a sit-down meal or passed hors d’oeuvres and stations featuring the food of your favorite Garces Group restaurants – from Amada to Distrito to JG Domestic – we’ll help you arrange and host your dream event.

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  • Garces Family Foundation Update

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    “My wife, Dr. Beatriz Garces, and I launched the Garces Family Foundation to help Philadelphia’s immigrants.  Our mission is to serve the region’s immigrant population, supporting those who have been less fortunate than we have, primarily by funding much-needed healthcare and nutritional programming. 

    On Wednesday, October 10, we will host our inaugural gala at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts to raise funds for Puentes de Salud and to honor our co-founder and Executive Director, Dr. Steven Larson.

    Together, Beatriz and I hand-picked a team of our city’s most gifted chefs to contribute to this unforgettable epicurean experience, hosted in The Kimmel’s spectacular rooftop garden.  This one-of-a-kind VIP dinner, $200 per person, will feature the cuisine of:  Marc Vetri of Vetri;  Michael Solomonov of Zahav;  Kevin Sbraga of Sbraga;  Jonathan Adams of Pub & Kitchen;  Michael Schulson of Sampan;  Terence Feury of Fork;  Sylva Senat of Tashan;  Tim Spinner of La Calaca Feliz;  Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka of Zama;  Konstantinos Pitsillides of Kanella;  Mike Stollenwerk of Fish;  David Gilberg and Carla Gonçalves of Koo Zee Doo;  Joey Baldino of Zeppoli;  and more.

    We hope that you will join us for this landmark event.  To inquire about tickets, sponsorship or other information, please contact Corie Moskow at corie@glosspr.com or call (215) 518-5526.

    Best,
    Chef Jose Garces”

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  • Luna Farm Update

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    The spring harvest is over at Luna Farm, Chef Garces’ 40-acre Bucks County paradise – which will mean no more lettuces, spinach, arugula, broccoli, peas or most other salad greens until the cool weather returns in the fall. But even through the hottest part of the summer, we’ve continued to harvest lots of beets, carrots, turnips, radishes, Swiss chard and six different kinds of basil (who knew there were that many??).   We’re also seeing the first cherry tomatoes, a few peppers and tomatillos, summer squashes (and squash blossoms…yum!), garlic and lots of herbs (everything from sage and rosemary to cilantro and dill, thyme and chives to lemongrass, peppermint and tarragon).  In the coming weeks, we’ll also begin harvesting leeks, fennel, oyster mushrooms, cucumbers and haricots verts, while eggplant, melons and sweet corn are now ready through the second half of summer.

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  • VW Adult Shakes

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    We’ve got the coolest grown-up treats in town at Village Whiskey (118 South 20th Street, Philadelphia, PA;  500 Boardwalk, Atlantic City, NJ): Shakes.  Perfect on a sultry summer’s day, shakes are available either “spiked” or “virgin” – and topped with fresh whipped cream, of course.  The amazing milkshakes vary by location (contact the restaurants directly for the latest offerings), and may include:  Irish Car Bomb, house made devil’s food cake brushed with Negra Modelo beer, layered with dark chocolate pastry cream that has been flavored with Jameson and Bailey’s, blended into a mix of vanilla and chocolate ice creams and topped with a piece of cake;  S’More, toasted marshmallow ice cream with chocolate sauce garnished with a graham cracker and house made toasted marshmallow;  and Cherry Garces, which is this.  Basic Vanilla and Chocolate shakes are also available (and can, of course, be spiked with your liquor of choice!)  Shakes range in price from $6 to $9.

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    Categories - Village Whiskey Atlantic City - Village Whiskey Philadelphia

  • Tinto Tuesdays

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    The next time you’re out for happy hour, why not check out Tinto Tuesdays?  Travel + Leisure magazine selected Tinto (114 South 20th Street, 215-665-9150), as one of “America’s Best Wine Bars” in their annual “World’s Best Awards” issue (March 2012), and Philadelphia magazine has named it the city’s best happy hour in their annual Best of Philly issue.

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  • This year, Garces Group expanded into three new cities:

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    Scottsdale, AZPalm Springs, CA;  and Atlantic City, NJ.

    First, we headed west to Scottsdale, where we partnered with New York-based hotel developers The Sydell Group, Ltd. and California-based boutique hotel group Joie de Vivre to open Distrito, Old Town Whiskey and Garces Trading Company Coffee Kiosk at The Saguaro, a lively new hotel in Old Town Scottsdale adjacent to the Scottsdale Center for the Performing Arts and the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

    With the success of The Saguaro Scottsdale, we were invited to partner once again with Sydell and Joie de Vivre on their second collaboration, The Saguaro Palm Springs.  There, inspired by the Old Hollywood charm of our surroundings and the relaxing nature of the pristine resort community, we opened El Jefe and Tinto.  

    We enjoyed ourselves out west, but with summer fast approaching, it was time to get back to our East Coast roots.  And we did, in a big way: opening Amada, Village Whiskey and Distrito Cantina at Revel in Atlantic City.  This project was a huge one for us, and very near and dear to our hearts with the debut of our second-ever Amada, the restaurant that started it all for Garces Group back in 2005.  

    As you can see, it’s been a busy year so far!  If you’ll be traveling this summer, we encourage you to stop into any of the new restaurants and say hello to the team.  They’re hard at work making sure that every meal is a memorable one, and we always love to see friendly faces!

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    Categories - Amada Atlantic City - Distrito Atlantic City - Distrito Scottsdales - News - Revel - Village Whiskey Atlantic City

  • GTC Carbonated Cocktails

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    The coolest trend in cocktails has come to Center City, just in time to beat the heat, at Garces Trading Company (GTC) (1111 Locust Street, 215-574-1099), where Beverage Manager Brandon Thomas is creating Hand-Bottled Carbonated Cocktails.  Join us for lunch or dinner and enjoy three seasonally-changing varieties of the tipples, for $12 each, mixed and then bottled with carbonation in-house. 

    These bubbly bottles are opened, poured and garnished to order, making them a perfect accompaniment to a meal of our refined cafe-style cuisine – or a refreshing drink while sitting al fresco at one of the sidewalk tables.  Cocktails will change with the seasons.  For now, we have three varieties:  Americano, Campari and sweet vermouth with orange oil, garnished with orange peel;  Avenue 1111, Tanqueray with house made lime cordial, ginger beer and mint leaves, garnished with fresh mint;  and Pepino Fresco, a version of the drink Chef Garces’ prepared during his Tortillas and Tequila battle on Iron Chef America, which mixes Cuervo Gold and St. Germain elderflower liqueur with celery juice, cucumber juice and lemon juice, garnished with paper-thin cucumber wheels.

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