Nov 9, 2021 - Food and Drink

Chef's Table: Couple behind Philly's Vedge talk home cooking

Chefs Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau

Chefs Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau are the husband-wife team behind Vedge restaurant. Photo courtesy of Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau.

Philadelphia chefs Kate Jacoby and Rich Landau are vegan visionaries.

State of play: The husband-wife team has operated the much-celebrated Vedge restaurant in Center City since 2011.

We asked Jacoby and Landau questions for our new culinary advice series, called Chef’s Table.

🛠 Must-have tool in your home kitchen:

  • Landau: Vitamix — "Once you've used one, you can't go back."
  • Jacoby: Bokashi composter

🍲Favorite home-cooked meal?

  • Landau: "Any kind of curry stew with lots of spice and lots of heat."
  • Jacoby: "Rich's sambar on its own or as part of a larger curry dinner."

🍽 What's the last restaurant you went to and what did you order?

  • Jacoby and Landau: "Estia in Center City on Halloween while our son was trick-or-treating with his old neighborhood friends. We ordered a bottle of retsina with beets, skordalia and roasted eggplant."

🛒 Go-to grocery store:

  • Landau: "H-Mart. Bonus, they have a killer food court."
  • Jacoby: "SIW Produce or any seasonal farmers' market."

🎧 Podcast of choice:

  • Landau: "Not much for podcasts. But when I do listen, it's all over the place."
  • Jacoby: Joe Lamp'l's podcasts about organic gardening. "Got to meet him years back at an event at Greensgrow, and he always has fantastic guests talking about all kinds of garden-related topics."

🔌 How to unplug:

  • Landau: "Golf, gardening, good wine."
  • Jacoby: "Visiting or talking with old friends I haven't seen in a long, long time."

☝ Quick tip for at-home cooks?

  • Landau: "Keep it simple. Don't cook outside your capabilities. Always salt your water. And finish with fresh citrus and herbs."
  • Jacoby: "Marry a chef!"

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