By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Greg Vernick, of Vernick Food and Drink, has a new restaurant carrying his name at 2031 Walnut Street.

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“It was a bookstore for, I think, about 40 years, called William Allen Books,” he says, “and we just fell in love with it because it had so many different rooms.”

Chef-owner Greg Vernick (top photo) describes his food as clean and fresh with minimal ingredients.

“A lot of the food comes from influences of my travels,” he tells KYW Newsradio.  “We’ve been all over the world, my wife and I, and have just been really influenced by a lot of the cafés and bistros and street foods from Asia to Europe to here in the States and beyond.”

Listen to or download the Greg Vernick podcast (runs 7:21)…


Over in Washington Square West, Spiga opens this weekend, at 1305 Locust Street.  Chef co-owner Brian Wilson says it’s Italian food:

“You know, I have everything from paninis and pizzas, plus I also have a wood-burning grill, so we have nice steaks and whole fish and my homemade pastas.”

(Chef Brian Wilson, left, with co-owner Anthony Masapollo at their center city restaurant, “Spiga.” Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

Listen to or download the Brian Wilson podcast (runs 4:15)…

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If you can’t decide where to go on Monday, May 7th, you can try a variety of restaurants at the annual Taste of the Nation.  It’s a fundraiser against hunger at the Loew’s Hotel, 12th and Market Streets in center city Philadelphia, where about 40 restaurants will be represented.

(Kevin Spraga, “chef chair” of Taste of the Nation fundraiser. Credit: Hadas Kuznits)

“It goes to a great cause, ‘Share our Strength,’ which supports a lot of local beneficiaries: Philabundance, The Food Trust, Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger as well,” says chef Kevin Sbraga (above), chef chair of the event and a former “Top Chef” TV show winner.

Listen to or download the Kevin Sbraga podcast (runs 3:07)…


And for this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”


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