By Hadas Kuznits
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A small market loaded with dinner and pantry options opens on Monday at 248 South 11th Street.
Olivier Des Saint Martin (top photo) says Petit Roti is not a restaurant – it’s a retail shop that mirrors rotisseries found all over France.
“It’s a rotisserie, a chicken rotissierie — and we’re also going to have some pantry items like olive oils, vinegars, great jams, and we’ll also have a deli case,” he says. “We’ll have all kinds of good stuff!”
Martin says one of Petit Roti’s main offerings will be free-range, organic roasted chicken for your dinner at home. There’s also an option to sit down at Petit Roti to eat.
“We’ll have a communal table and we can sit about 12, 14 people at it, and there are some cafe tables here and there. It’s a small space, very French,” he says. “If you interview a French chef, one of the best meals they have is chicken — a good roasted chicken. I wanted to offer that to not only the restaurant but also to people who want to eat at home. Perfect roasted chicken.”
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This year, Garces events executive chef Adam DeLosso oversees Winterfest at Penns Landing, where he’s running 3 pop-up restaurants at the ice skating rink — Village Burger at the Lodge, the Distrito Cantina truck and The Fireside Cafe.
“It’s an extensive menu. We try to provide everything for when you’re down there, you can get whatever you want,” he says.
DeLosso says the restaurants will have all the greatest winter treats when you visit the waterfront.
“We’re going to serve casual style burgers, a veggie burger, short rib fries inside the tent,” he says. “We’ll also have the Distrito Cantina truck outside, right by the rink. You can walk up with your skates on, get a taco, get some churros, get some hot chocolate. There’s also going to be a kids tent that we’re going to do parties in.”
And what’s a winter wonderland with marshmallow treats?
“We’re going to have a coffee-house called the Fireside Cafe, by all the fire pits,” DeLosso says. “We’re going to have make-your-own s’mores, a peanut butter s’more, holiday cupcakes, cookies, hot chocolate, everything you can imagine.”
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Christmas Village organizer Timo Kargus says this year at Love Park, they’re loading up on authentic food offerings.
“We just added more variety with these dishes — the raclette, the doner coming in, the crepe coming back, because we had them for a year back in the day,” he says. “It is just, you can come there and you can have a big, big euro culinary trip there.”
The food options take a tour of European classics, from German bratwurst to special curries. This year there’s a happy hour at the Christmas Village as well, from Monday to Thursday.
“In Germany, it’s absolutely normal that if you work in the center city, you come with your colleagues and enjoy a glass of wine together and a little snack on the market,” he says. “From 5pm to 7pm, Chaddsford Winery has deals, and we have our grilling booth.”
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And for this week, that’s “What’s Cooking on 1060!”