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Spanish Tapas in Philadelphia
 
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TOWNSEND WENTZ

Chef Townsend Wentz is the Chef/Owner of three highly acclaimed restaurants in Philadelphia — Townsend (French), A Mano (Italian) and Oloroso (Spanish). Prior to opening his and first eponymous restaurant in 2014, Wentz held a number of executive chef positions in New York, Connecticut and Philadelphia. Wentz credits his unyielding dedication to excellence to Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix — under whom Wentz worked for more than a decade, first at the legendary The Fountain at the Four Seasons, and later at Lacroix at The Rittenhouse.

Wentz holds degrees in Chemistry and Biology from Rutgers University, however as fate would have it- the real chemistry was created in the kitchen. All three of Wentz’s restaurants are award-winning and have earned “Three Bell” reviews by noted and respected Philadelphia Inquirer restaurant critic Craig LaBan. His restaurants have been featured in national and international press. Wentz opened Oloroso in late 2017, inspired by a cuisine and culture that he loves. Wentz and his restaurnts have has been featured  in Food & Wine, GQ, British GQ


Alison Hangen

Oloroso General Manager Alison Hangen is one of the rising stars in Philadelphia’s hospitality scene.  Hangen was recently celebrated in Philadelphia magazine’s coveted 2018 Best of Philly® award for her stellar bar program. Hangen has been in the industry since high school in Reading, Pennsylvania. Her first job in Philadelphia was at the legendary Le Bec-Fin as a bartender.

In addition to her duties as GM at the award-winning Oloroso, Hangen  the heads up Arts in the Industry, a collective of visual and performing artists who mostly work in the restaurant industry. Hangen also makes it a point to enjoy other progressive restaurants and bar programs—in and outside of Philadelphia—as well as supporting the arts in whatever ways she can. Her favorite dish at Oloroso is the grilled octopus with chorizo and harissa.