Lacroix alum Ben Thomas is eyeing a late-August debut for his bi-level European BYOB in the former home of BRGR Joint in Bryn Mawr. Restaurant Cerise is a collaborative effort with his wife, Elena, a Villanova native. Offerings will include a four-course prix-fixe menu and weekend brunch.
Dave Magrogan has taken over the former Firecreek Restaurant in Downingtown, transforming it into Stella Rossa, an Italian bistro offering Neapolitan pizzas, wood-fired entrées, and a well-curated selection of cheese, charcuterie and olives. Drinks include Italian wines, international craft beer and specialty cocktails.
Leading Philadelphia chefs will descend on Costa Rica’s Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort this fall for the hotel’s second guest-chef
series. Blackfish’s Chip Roman and Steve Howells are on the bill, as is Top Chef alum Jen Carroll. Trips run September-November. Visit arenasdelmar.com.
Philadelphia’s Methodist Home for Children’s Heritage Farm is prepping for its first-ever Farm Fare on Sept. 19, an outdoor tasting event at Belmont Mansion with acclaimed local chefs serving seasonal fare and locally produced drink pairings. Visit heritagefarmphiladelphia.org.