By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) —  This coming Wednesday, December 17th, in Old City, chef Jorge Chicas (top photo) celebrates Christmas early with the “Feast of the Seven Latin Fishes.

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“Well, it’s just basically my take on my favorite dishes that I’ve done in previous years,” he tells What’s Cooking.

Chicas’ Red Owl Tavern is in the ground floor of the Hotel Monaco, at 5th and Chestnut Streets, across the street from Independence Hall.

Hear the full “Feast of the Seven LATIN Fishes” interview (runs 5:28)…

And Philadelphia celebrity chef Kevin Sbraga this week opened his third restaurant.

It’s called “Juniper Commons,” and it’s located in the South Star Lofts building, on South Broad Street at South.

“I wanted something reflective of a neighborhood, and then wanted something that meant a dining hall or eating hall,” Sbraga (photo below) says.  He describes the food as a throwback to the 1980s.

(Kevin Sbraga, at Juniper Commons.  Photo provided)

(Kevin Sbraga, at Juniper Commons. Photo provided)

“There are things like prime rib and chicken marsala from the ’80s, but then we’re refining it and making it appropriate for today,” Sbraga says.

Hear the full “Juniper Commons” interview (runs 9:04)…

And on Thursday, December 18th, chef Luke Palladino opens his third restaurant — his first in Philadelphia — at 1934 East Passyunk Avenue.

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It’s called Palladino’s, and it brings his Jersey shore specialties to town.

“Our customers down at the shore, you know, are Philadelphians — they visit every summer.  They’ve asked me, ‘When can you come to Philadelphia, because in the wintertime we’d like to come and enjoy your food?’ ”

(Luke Palladino.  Photo provided)

(Luke Palladino. Photo provided)

Palladino’s serves seasonal Italian food.

“Right now it’s heartier fare,” he notes.  “We lean more towards the north in the winter months, and in the warmer months, toward the summer, we head to the coastal cuisines of Lagoria and the Veneto and the Adriatic and Sicily.”

Hear the full “Palladino’s” interview (runs 9:24)…

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


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