All things new in Philadelphia for the New year

PHILADELPHIA– Nydia Han and Ducis Rodgers show you what’s new in Philadelphia, from new restaurants to new theaters and live shows.

El Chingon in South Philly is a culinary journey through Mexican street food

El Chingon is a brand new South Philadelphia restaurant that has been in the works for years.

Chef Carlos Aparicio came to America in 1994 and his cooking career has taken him to kitchens such as Vetri, Serafina and Stephen Starr restaurants.

The recipes at El Chingon come from Aparicio’s roots in Puebla, Mexico.

The spot features traditional Puebla delicacies such as aguachile, a vegan dish made with avocado, palm and cucumber hearts with house dressing, and cemita, served with fried Milanese chicken, avocado, papalo aioli and grated cheese.

Carlos looks forward to spring when he plans to add some outdoor seating.

The place is BYO but they have homemade drinks that make great mixers too.

El Chingon | Instagram

1524 S 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147


Filipino food truck Tabachoy is getting a new home in South Philly

When chef Chance Anies was growing up, he helped his father cook at home.

His father was a Navy cook of Filipino descent, and the “Navy brat” life landed Chance in the Washington, DC area to attend high school, spending summers at Camp Hope in Philadelphia.

After trying a few career choices other than cooking, he tried a food truck on Temple’s campus three years ago.

He named it Tabachoy – the Tagalog nickname given to a friend or family member, meaning “chubby”.

The float was popular enough to catch the attention of Chef Jose Garces, who recently offered Chef Chance a spot on the second season of his Chef in Residence program at Volver – the Kimmel Center’s fine dining venue.

He completed the program while also opening Tabachoy as a brick-and-mortar, and now serves Filipino home cooking five nights a week.

Tabachoy | Facebook | Instagram

932 S. 10th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19143


Wednesday to Sunday, 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m

Kalaya Thai Kitchen brings its award-winning food to Fishtown

Kalaya was well received in Philadelphia.

The intimate BYO at Bella Vista has been transformed into a new space in Fishtown, but expect all the same charm as the original.

Chef and owner Chutatip Suntaranon opened the original location in 2019 and quickly gained notoriety as a James Beard finalist and Esquire’s Top New Restaurant in America.

Three years later, she’s in a new 150-seat location in Fishtown.

The kitchen has an open flame grill with seating for five woks and there is an area for dumplings.

Authentic southern Thai flavor remains at the heart of the menu.

There’s green curry loaded with a seafood mix, and the kai dao, a separated egg yolk cured in soy sauce and then served atop the fried egg whites with a prik nam pla sauce.

And the tom yum soup is always a crowd pleaser.

Kalaja | Facebook | Instagram

4W Palmer Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125


Doro Bet brings Ethiopian flair to fried chicken and soul food classics

Growing up in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia, Ethiopian sisters Hayat Ali and Mebruka Kane developed a love of cooking from their mother.

Since moving to Philadelphia and raising their own families nearly twenty years ago, they have opened three restaurants, including their newest on Baltimore Avenue, Doro Bet.

The name means “chicken house” in Amharic, one of the languages ​​of Ethiopia.

The main dish, fried chicken made with gluten-free Ethiopian flour, isn’t a traditional dish the sisters grew up with, but rather Chef Mebruka’s idea of ​​adding a touch of Ethiopian spice to the classic fried chicken.

They also serve collards, mac and cheese, crispy chicken sandwiches, desserts, drinks and more.

Doro bet | Facebook | Instagram

4533 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19131


Opening hours 11 am – 8 pm, closed on Tuesdays

The Laurel and 1909 Rittenhouse is luxury living with a capital L

The 48-story condominium and apartment tower was constructed on the very last available lot on Rittenhouse Square. 1

909 Rittenhouse is the part of the rental apartment; The Laurel is the condominium side of the complex.

Architects have designed each unit with sight lines and breathtaking views in mind.

Interiors feature spacious bedrooms, spa-style bathrooms, balconies with city and plaza views, and high-end kitchens for entertaining.

The condos are all corner units to maximize the views, and the units come with a full range of amenities — from a resort-style outdoor pool with cabanas to an indoor pool, gym, dog spa, private bar, Parking and a town car service.

Condos start at $2.8 million and go up to $25 million for a fully customizable nearly 9000 square foot penthouse unit.

The laurel | Facebook | Instagram

1911 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103


1909 Rittenhausen | Facebook | Instagram

1909 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19103


Without A Cue Productions opens the Red Rum Theater in the old town

Without A Cue Productions has been producing interactive crime thrillers for two decades.

Now the company can call the Red Rum Theater its new home. The venue is in the Curtis Building in Old Town.

The first show in the new theater will be “Golden Girls Murder Mystery”.

Each show begins when the audience arrives at a party thrown by the Golden Girls. Then suddenly a party guest is murdered.

Clues are then delivered to the audience’s tables as they interact with the cast to solve the puzzle.

The company plans to host more than 80 performances of the show.

Opening night is slated for January 17, which is also Golden Girls star Betty White’s birthday.

All proceeds from opening night will benefit PAWS in Philadelphia.

Golden Girls Murder Mystery runs through April 29th.

Red Rum Theater | Facebook | Instagram

601 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


The White Dog Cafe is celebrating its 40th anniversary in the university town

The White Dog Cafe opened its doors in 1983 with doggy decorations everywhere and a promise to serve local, seasonal, and sustainable food.

Founder Judy Wicks was a pioneer of the farm-to-table movement. The 8-ounce cheeseburger that has been on the menu since the beginning epitomizes their mission.

Everything from the meat and cheese to the lettuce, tomato, pickle and smoked bacon mixed into the mayo is locally sourced along with the bun.

The beet and goat cheese salad is another mainstay and the Kennett Square mushroom soup is a fan favorite, made with a mix of half a dozen local mushrooms.

The White Dog is located in an old house with different dining rooms named after different parts of the house.

Wicks is no longer the owner, but when she decided she was ready to pass on the torch, she surveyed potential buyers and looked for someone who would be committed to carrying on the legacy of her life’s work.

The new owners have built on the White Dog brand, purchasing and expanding the property next door and opening White Dogs on the Main Line in Haverford, Wayne and Glen Mills. A fifth location is scheduled to open in Chester Springs this year.

White Dog Cafe | Facebook|Instagram

3420 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, Pa. 19104


Philadelphia Chamber Music Society Presents “Singing Freedom”

“Singing Freedom” shares the journey of enslaved people fleeing the South through two nights of music and singing performances.

The program is an artistic response to Cornell University’s Freedom on the Move database and its collection of so-called runaway advertisements.

“These were classified ads by slave owners trying to capture or locate those who had run away,” says Miles Cohen, artistic director of the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society.

The first part of “Singing Freedom” features composer Shawn Okpebholo and is based on information found in more than 30,000 advertisements in the database.

“These ads were, in many cases, the only written documentation from a group of people that we just generalized. some of them spoke multiple languages, some of them were great cooks,” says Cohen.

Philadelphia native Karen Slack co-stars with Grammy-winning actress Rhiannon Giddens.

Part two of Singing Freedom will feature a choral program composed by Mason Bynes with the Pine Forge Academy Honors Choir.

Philadelphia is an appropriate host for the program because of the city’s importance along the Underground Railroad.

“It was a city that was a destination, a place of refuge for a lot of people fleeing the South,” says Cohen.

Although the program consists of two complementary parts, each one tells a story.

“These themes of searching for your voice, wanting freedom, finding your own place in the world; they are as ubiquitous today as they were 200 years ago,” says Cohen.

The Chamber Music Society is performing “Singing Freedom” Part 1 on January 15th and Part 2 on January 16th at the Perelman Theater.

Philly Chamber Music Society Facebook | Instagram


The Arden Theater Company celebrates 35 years

In 1988, the Arden Theater Company declared its commitment to telling stories that appeal to “now” audiences.

The company has since become known for its children’s theater program, which it launched in 1998.

The Arden is currently producing “Charlotte’s Web,” a story that will span generations. It runs until January 29th.

In late January, Lynn Nottage’s “Clyde’s” will take the stage and tell the story of restaurant workers who have just been released from prison hoping to find redemption in making the world’s best sandwich.

Arden Theater Company | Facebook | Instagram

40 N Second Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106


EgoPo Classic Theater to stage Langston Hughes’ The Ways of White Folks

It is the world premiere of the theatrical production of Langston Hughes’ The Ways of White Folks.

“It’s a story about the lives of African Americans in the 1920s and their relationships with their white counterparts during that time,” says co-director Ontaria Kim Wilson.

The company lists seven of the 14 short stories in Hughes’ collection.

The stories are performed at the Glen Foerd Mansion in Torresdale. The audience is led through the halls to each of the seven locations.

EgoPo’s mission is to revive classic works of theater and literature, and this season is dedicated to the Harlem Renaissance.

The Ways of White Folks runs through January 22nd.

Classic EgoPo Theater | Facebook | Instagram

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