Vernick Fish, chef Greg Vernick’s seafood restaurant at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center, is heading to the Jersey Shore for a week this August.
The concept will be a beach-themed, lunchtime stand in the parking lot adjacent to Steve & Cookie’s restaurant in Margate, from Aug. 8 to 12 — no reservations — culminating in a collaborative fund-raising dinner on Aug. 13 in partnership with Steve & Cookie’s owner Cookie Till.
Vernick and Till are planning what are billed as casual, yet modern takeaway ceviche, crudo, and lobster-focused dishes, served from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. There also will be seating for cocktails from Steve & Cookie’s bar. On that Thursday morning (Aug. 11), Vernick workers will also serve savory and sweet breakfast items from Vernick Coffee Bar at the weekly Margate Community & Farmer’s Market.
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The 50-seat Aug. 13 dinner will be hosted at Till’s 80-acre Reed’s Organic Farm & Animal Sanctuary in Egg Harbor Township, prepared by Vernick and Vernick Fish chef de cuisine Andrew Parassio.
Tickets ($750 a head) will be available on Vernick Fish’s website. Proceeds from the pop-up and dinner will benefit A Meaningful Purpose, Till’s nonprofit focused on agricultural skill-building, job opportunities, and animal therapy at the farm.
In a way, this is a homecoming for Vernick. His first kitchen job was at the beach grill at Lucy the Elephant in Margate.