Here's an uptown departure for Jim Burke, chef/co-owner of James, the ambitious bistro in South Philly:
Burke has created three dishes and one signature cocktail that will be served at Max Brenner, Chocolate by the Bald Man, the cocoa-centric eatery at 15th and Walnut Streets, for about two months starting Jnue 14:
Brunch: Chocolate & chestnut ravioli, star anise whipped cream
Dessert #1: Chocolate tureen, with candied orange and toasted brioche
Dessert #2: "Chocolate bacon budino," with smoked paprika ice cream and bacon brittle
Drink: Affogat, vanilla ice cream, espresso and shot of Jameson.
The partnership developed after Brenner, an Israeli-bred New York globe-trotter, was blown away by a dinner at James.