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 17 & 18, Chef Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz and Whetstone Tavern, will be the featured Guest Chef:
Stoical and straightforward, Jeremy Nolen does not mince words, especially on the subject of his beloved German cuisine. Jeremy’s deep-seeded interest in German food stems from his family. Father Ron Nolen, trained in classical French and European techniques, was an acclaimed chef in the Reading, Allentown/Bethlehem area in Pennsylvania. Chef Ron imparted his love of artisan charcuterie, ethnic cuisines, and hand crafted foods to his son at a young age. Family trips to Europe enhanced Jeremy’s palette and wanderlust.
From 2003 until 2006, Jeremy was the executive chef at the Crown Plaza, Allentown, and the Gateway Conference Center in Bethlehem, PA. Searching out new turf, Jeremy came to Philadelphia and worked at Bridget Foys until landing the sous chef position and opening 707 Restaurant and Bar. From there he opened Coquette as the sous chef and quickly rose to executive chef after the departure of the opening chef. Jeremy took a classic approach to French cookery. He arrived in the morning to butcher all his meats and make stocks from scratch that would become the eight or so sauces he created for the menu. Jeremy delighted in taking raw items and painstakingly preparing and transforming them into Coquette specialties such as the duck rillettes, served with toasted bread, cornichons, and currants, or a rich chicken liver pâté, a simple starter that is served with French bread and whipped butter.
For Jeremy, Philadelphia needed a German restaurant, an outlet to showcase his love of German food and to bring to Philadelphia a modern approach to German cooking. Jeremy, along with his pastry chef wife Jessica, were hired by Doug and Kelly Hager to open Philadelphia’s only authentic German restaurant and beer hall, Brauhaus Schmitz. The restaurant was opened to rave reviews from magazines, newspapers, online food blogs, and repeat guests.