Long before the term “celebrity chef” was coined, Aliza Green was paving the way for a culinary revolution in Philadelphia. One of the city’s preeminent chefs, Green honed her chops during the mid-’70s at Ristorante DiLullo, where she was executive chef. There, she nailed a four-star rating and, in 1988, was inducted into the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Culinary Hall of Fame as one of the 10 most influential people in the city’s food industry for her uncompromising efforts at Ristorante DiLullo, Apropos (an influential Mediterranean bistro), and the White Dog CafÃ©, where she developed the ever-popular restaurant’s deliciously regional menu by working with local farmers.
More recently, the Philadelphia-based Green has written eight cookbooks, and has two more in the works. Her series—Field Guide to Meat (Quirk Books 2005), Field Guide to Produce (2004), Field Guide to Herbs & Spices (2006) and Field Guide to Seafood (2007)—has earned her two appearances on NBC’s Today Show. Tonight, Jan. 14, this Philadelphia icon will take over the kitchen at georges’ in Wayne, working alongside Chef Perrier’s seasoned staff to create a special menu. Once the meal has been prepared, Green will sit down with guests and share insights on the recipes, as well as other culinary pearls of wisdom. This intimate setting will allow guests a rare opportunity to engage in an informal yet informative conversation with a legendary chef, and feast on this lavish menu (for recipes, click here):
â€¢ Flammekueche (Alsatian Leek and Bacon Tart)
â€¢ Salt Cod Bouillabaisse with CroÃ»tes and Rouille
â€¢ Wood-Oven-Roasted Wild Mushroom Salad with Caramelized Shallots and Black Truffle Oil
â€¢ Veal Medallions with Morels and Sweetbread Tidbits
â€¢ Braised Tuscan Kale
â€¢ Tuscan Bitter Chocolate–Hazelnut Torta with Pears
â€¢ Red Wine and Cinnamon-Poached Pears
â€¢ Hazelnut Anglaise Sauce
The event begins at 7 p.m. Reservations are recommended, but walk-ins will be accommodated. $65/person, including tax and gratuity. Georges’, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Spread Eagle Village, Wayne; (610) 964-2588, georgesonthemainline.com.