The Pen & Pencil Club, one of the oldest press clubs in the country, has landed a new chef and a new menu just in time to commemorate its 130th anniversary. The club has been open almost every day (except for the nearly two years we’ve spent battling COVID-19) since 1892, and now the historic club located at 1522 Latimer Street in Philadelphia is ready to take on. its flight.
Raphael Tiberino, the newly installed general manager, has a vision for how he sees the club progressing, including art exhibitions, member-hosted events, performances and meals. “As General Manager of the historic Pen & Pencil Club, I have been committed to keeping a sense of the Club’s history and heritage, and bringing a new artistic aesthetic that embodies the Tiberino brand,” Raphael said. “This new chapter is only in its early stages, and to this new stage I have brought a person whom I have always respected both personally and professionally. in Nantambu Chavis. I have always enjoyed the food and the ideas this gentleman has created as a culinary artist and can’t wait to see how this combination of new offerings will strengthen the Club. “Nantambu Chavis came on board as Culinary Director, bringing with him an exciting new menu. Mr. Chavis started in food service in 1990, working for Stephen Starr, Aramark, Di Bruno Bros. and Schulson Collective over the years before becoming a food and beverage consultant. The new menu features flagship products such as Six Spice Chicken ($ 16); Blackened salmon ($ 17); Chili inkwell ($ 12); and the Inkwell Burger ($ 17); as well as Soup of the Week (MP); Mixed green salad ($ 8.50); Caesar salad ($ 8); Trio of bruschetta ($ 3.75 – $ 9.75); and Empanadas ($ 6.50 – $ 8).
“The opportunity to bring the Pen & Pencil Club into a new era and help create a new perception of the dining experience was the impetus for the partnership with the historic club,” said Chavis. “I am truly inspired to navigate the foodservice program of this beloved institution. “
Longtime board member Bobbi I. Booker became president of the organization in 2019. Her arrival coincided with the passing of former chief executive Dan Kenney, followed by the COVID-19 crisis, which caused a long period of shutdown. Over the past six months, P&P membership has nearly doubled, providing the club with the income it so badly needed to take these next steps. After receiving initial feedback on the new menu, the Club has grown increasingly busy on days when food service is available.“I am truly grateful for the act of charity displayed at the height of the pandemic when a nearly century-old endowment provided the influx of funds needed to give us the strength to face this next anniversary milestone. “said Booker. “There is a lot of work to be done, and with this revamped dinner menu, the Club is re-establishing its rich tradition of offering extraordinary food and fantastic cocktails.” To become a member of the Pen & Pencil Club, you must be sponsored by a current active member of good quality – “Those who choose journalism above any other profession”, as described in its charter of 1892 – and require Board approval.
Membership fees are $ 40 (Associate) and $ 60 (Active) per year, with supporting members paying an additional $ 60. Learn more about the Pen & Pencil Club by visiting https://penandpencil.org.
Photo credit: courtesy of the Pen & Pencil Club