Weekends at Fall Fest bring in the area’s most acclaimed chefs from the city, each creating a meal that incorporates items they would bring to a backyard barbecue in October. For $30, guests can enjoy an exclusive chef’s board only available that weekend - with 100 reservations available each day, the tickets are first come, first serve.
On October 24 & 25, Chef Jason Cichonski of Ela, The Gaslight and 1100 Social will be the featured Guest Chef:
Chef Jason Cichonski is one of Philadelphia’s most exciting and talented young chefs. His artful American restaurant, Ela, is located in Queen Village was opened in November 2011. Ela’s menu changes frequently throughout the year, to reflect the season’s finest ingredients and Chef Cichonski’s creative, boundary-pushing presentations. The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan wrote in his glowing “Three Bells: Excellent” review that “few kitchens in town can match Ela’s food value-wise for pure excitement…from the first course to the last, the chef at Ela is hottest where it matters most,” while Philadelphia Magazine’s Trey Popp called the restaurant “deliciously off-the-wall…completely worth it…a transporting peek inside this rising young chef’s head.”
One of the city’s acclaimed chefs and co-owner of Ela, Chip Roman, first partnered with Chef Cichonski to open Chip’s Chestnut Hill restaurant Mica, another of the best-reviewed restaurants in the region. Prior to joining Chef Roman at Mica, Jason Cichonski served as executive chef of Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel when he was just 24 years old. Lacroix was one of the city’s only “Four Bells: Superior” fine dining restaurants at the time. Jason’s cooking quickly impressed Chef Roman – and countless others. Before his success at Lacroix, Chef Cichonski worked in other highly praised kitchens, including the Pluckemin Inn, a contemporary American restaurant in Bedminster, NJ and Moonlight, a progressive American restaurant in New Hope, PA.
Most recently, Cichonski had the opportunity to further showcase and refine his cooking skills as a contestant on the popular Bravo TV cooking competition, Top Chef. In Febuarary 2014, Chef Cichonski opened The Gaslight located in the historic Old City neighborhood in Philadelphia. A creative and casual American bistro and bar that has quickly become a great addition to the Old City restaurant and bar scene.
Born and raised in Pennsylvania’s Bucks County, Chef Cichonski is a graduate of University City’s The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College. Today he resides in Philadelphia and can always be found in one of his kitchens.