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Friday, April 14, 6pm: Cocktails + Canapes with Matt Polzin and Rich Freedman of Olde Bar
The Olde Bar, located in Philadelphia’s landmark Old Original Bookbinder’s, is Jose Garces’ contemporary oyster bar and cocktail lounge steeped in the city’s nautical and culinary traditions. Serving oysters on the half shell, alongside a smart menu of modern re-imaginings of traditional bar snacks and a comprehensive cocktail and spirit list, The Olde Bar is at once a tribute to the city’s storied past and an updated version of one of our most beloved dining spaces. For the Olde Bar’s second appearance at COOK, Beverage Manager Matt Polzin and Chef de Cuisine Rich Freedman are serving up a festive menu of cocktails and canapes. Previously behind the bar at a.bar, Polzin beverage menu at Olde Bar pays homage to cocktail classics, “expertly mixed,” according to
’s Craig Laban. Freedman’s background is a meaty one as his great grandfather was a butcher in Italy, eventually opening a butchery in Florida where Freedman began working at age 10. Locally, he has worked at Opa and for the Philadelphia Eagles and Phillies before joining with the Garces Group.
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