Philadelphia

Chef Jennifer Carroll’s Last Supper at 10 Arts and the Celebrity Top Chef Tour Dinner Series

I don’t think I’ve followed any chef more in this City than Jennifer Carroll. I met Jen when I worked for Philadelphia Inquirer’s Michael Klein and he took me over to the hard hat 10 Arts party hosted by Jen and her boss at Le Bernardin, Eric Ripert in January 2008. We became fast friends, and I’m so excited to see what’s next for her. Last night she 86’d herself from 10 Arts to set out on her own.
Above Jen Carroll and Jeff Black, president of Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Series benefiting The James Beard Foundation greet the guests who have gathered to participate in the $180 dinner that included dinner, tax, wine pairings and a historic night in cuisine, which benefited the James Beard Foundation.
I saw a few familiar faces in the crowd at the cocktail party including Gary Cardi and Clayre Cardi on the right with friends Brian and Molly Harrington. Clayre reminded me she has the Flyers signed hockey stick that I won at a charity auction earlier this summer, which I will in turn auction off at the Gilda’s Club of SJ event in honor of my sister at Fleming’s Steakhouse Marlton 11/21. I also got two menus signed from the chefs at last nights dinner. So if you have anything you would to donate to this good cause just drop me an email at buzz@philly chitchat.com and I’ll come by and get them. Thanks. OK on with the story of Jen…
Norman and Suzanne Cohn. You’ll recall we went to a wonderful charity dinner at their penthouse in Old City earlier this year in support of the Kimmel Center.
Top Chefs in the house: Chef Scott Drewno of Wolfgang Puck’s The Source, Washington DC, Chef Victor Albisu of BLT Steak, Washington DC, Andrea Litbin, and Chef Eli Kirstein of Atlanta, GA,
Mixologist during the cocktail party before the dinner included Katie Loeb, Oyster House, Phoebe Esmon, The Farmer’s Cabinet and Christian Gaal, formerly of Noble
Chefs prepping hor’douvers for cocktail hour Jeff Michaud, Osteria, Nick Adjintettdy, 10 Arts, Ian Thomas, 10 Arts and Akiko Moorman, 10 Arts,


Wine Chat

Chef Michael Solomonov, chef/owner of Zahav, Percy St BBQ, Federal Donuts10 Arts Pastry Chef Monica Glass, and Christopher Curtin, Chef/Owner at Eclat Chocolate

These were delicious, but you have to watch the video to catch their name and explanation on how they make them.

Christopher Ken and Michelle Lee, R2L
guests toast to the beginning of the dinner, there in the foreground on the right is Kelly Morrison, Chair of Taste of the Nation Philadelphia
Jen preparing her last dish with the help of her sous chef, Steve Delorean center. The dish a Yellow fin tuna, orange ginger white miso and it was delicious.
Michelle Ranieri, Phila Style Magazine Publisher John Collabelli and Jill RizenSecond course by Chef Victor Albisu, a fermin iberico pork, California caviar, greek yogurt dish was served with a Segura Viudas Brut Rose wine.

The Line – At one point Jen yelled for me to get the moishe or something like that. I had no idea what she was saying and finally she came to my side of the kitchen and her best NE accent, I’ll get it myself. – I think she just wanted to see if she could make another boy stressed enough to cry in the kitchen again, like she mentioned when she was on Top Chef.

Jen with Sarah van Aken. Sarah tells me that she’s doing the uniforms for Chef Kevin Sbraga new restaurant, Sbraga, which opens next week. She also did the clothes for the new Stephen Starr restaurant Il Pittore.Then it was back in the kitchen as Jen inspected dishes before they left the kitchen, something she’s always done. When she received a few unexpected visitors
Top Cheftestants Kevin Sbraga, Kenny Gilbert, Nippels Beach Grill, Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Creative Tastes and Casey Thompson,
Casey Thompson is from Miami and was on Season 3, plus the All Stars. She was in town coincidently as she appeared at a private event at the Loews with other Top Chef contestants Kevin Sbraga, Sbraga, Kenny Gilbert, Nippels Beach Grill, Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Creative Tastes. Afterwards they headed over to 10 Arts to help out, and wish Jen well in her new adventure.Shoula stopped by too
Each of the chefs came out to the dining room to discuss their dishes. Jen’s greeting her diners, Ruthanne Geib, who came up from Baltimore, MD to attend the dinner with her nephew Alex Ballooon, who lives in Philly.


Jen and Eli on the line

Monica Glass working the line. With 120 plates all served at once, it was all hands on deck.
A love for Bravo’s Top chef and a chance meeting with Jen in Las Vegas, Matt and Kim Angell traveled all the way from Denver, Co to have a chance to meet and chat with some of the Cheftestants on the show.
Eli with his trademark look
Jen and her family, with mom Joan Carroll making a toast as sisters Jessica and Sunny Carroll and London Grill’s Terry McNally look on
Jen thanks everyone for all their help, and closes the kitchen at 10 Arts for the last time under her watch.
Monica Glass and Jen have one last big good-bye in the kitchen


The end, and now the beginning. It’s gonna be in Center City, but was there any doubt?Contact her manager for details. Chris Cabott, Esq. (215) 575-3803

I headed over to Chris’ Jazz for the after party.