November 30, 2023

ABOVE PHOTO: As a part of Lizzy J’s Bougie Brunch at South Restaurant, diners have been served Freddy’s Favourite Rooster on a Candy Potato White Cheddar waffle and a spicy syrup.

By Denise Clay-Murray

Normally, Sunday brunch with my husband Chris consists of a meal at our regular spot, Fortunate’s Espresso Store on Route 202 in Wilmington, Delaware, or my whipping up one thing like a frittata or shrimp and grits right here on the home.

However sometimes, we get just a little “bougie,” placed on one thing apart from sweats and a t-shirt and are available to Philly for a meal.

Final Sunday, we went to the South Restaurant and Jazz Café for Chef Jamie Gilmore’s Bougie Brunch Cookbook Tour. The five-course brunch featured recipes from Gilmore’s new cookbook, “Love You Can Style: Recipes From The Bougie Brunch Tour.”

Along with some superior meals and cocktails, diners have been handled to music, dialog and even some line dancing to burn off the delicious meal. There was no reserved seating, so that you had the possibility to mingle, discover a desk and make some new mates. 

(l-r) South owner-Chef Ben Bynum and Chef Jamie Gilmore on the Bougie Brunch on Sunday.

Gilmore, a restauranteur with Delaware Valley roots and the proprietor of Chicago’s Lizzy J’s Café, held a profitable pop-up at Hudson Desk in Previous Metropolis final yr. She was on the town eating with a pal at South and was so impressed with the service at Benjamin and Robert Bynum’s jazz hangout that she felt it could be one of the best place to showcase her e-book, she stated.

“The Bynum brothers are part of Philadelphia meals historical past,” Gilmore stated. “They have been so welcoming. I used to be impressed with how they handled a stranger.”

The cookbook was revealed in April and presents readers not solely the possibility to strive the recipes at dwelling, but in addition the possibility to be taught extra concerning the chef, Gilmore stated. 

“It’s for people who find themselves conversant in my evolution and the way I like to inform the meals story,” she stated.

Friends have been handled to deviled eggs with fried shrimp, the Crabby Pie, which consisted of a crab cake with Granny Smith apples, champaign French dressing, and child kale, Freddy’s Favourite Rooster on a candy potato and white cheddar waffle, blackened salmon with crawfish etouffee and grits and for dessert, French toast bites with peaches, candy marscapone cheese and a vanilla bourbon glaze.

Chris and I went to the 1:30pm seating. Whereas the menu was the identical for everybody, there was a listing of cocktails to pair with the meals accessible. Chris had the Southern Strawberry Jam, which featured Bulleit bourbon, strawberry jam, and lemon juice. He actually loved it.

As a result of I used to be technically working right here, I had the White Peach Sangria, as a result of peach drinks are a few of my favorites. This sangria was gentle and refreshing and went properly with a brunch that was seafood ahead.

My favourite chunk was the Crabby Pie. I normally keep away from something with the phrase “kale” in it, however I’m glad I didn’t right here. The crab, Granny Smith apples, and the champagne French dressing labored properly collectively.

Up subsequent for Gilmore, who has additionally appeared on Meals Community, is the opening of a brand new Lizzy J’s in Time Out Market Chicago, 916 W. Fulton Market, this fall. In case you’d like a replica of “Love You Can Style: Recipes From The Bougie Brunch Tour,” you’ll find it on