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Chefpaulo Oct 24, 2013 06:28 PM

Chef/owner (and grossly underrated creative genius), Dan Funk, has fallen off the radar. After his New Orleans Cafe in Boothwyn disappeared (following very successful stints on Essington Ave and in Media, he is not to be found. His creations were outstanding. Has anyone heard what happened to him?
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    Buckethead RE: Chefpaulo Oct 25, 2013 04:18 AM

    I used to love the NO Cafe in Media, but I have no idea what happened after they moved to Boothwyn. I still have his spiral-bound cookbook from the NO Cafe.

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      Chefpaulo RE: Buckethead Oct 25, 2013 05:45 AM

      Wow! I wish I had known about the book. Who was the publisher? I could not find one on Ebay or Amazon.
      My search failed to turn up anything about Dan except a special dinner last year at the Social Lounge in West Chester. I really hope another restaurant is in the works.
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        Buckethead RE: Chefpaulo Oct 25, 2013 06:57 AM

        It was self-published, I think they only sold it there at the NO Cafe. I'll see if I can find my old copy, I may not actually have it anymore. A lot of the recipes called for "Chef Dan's Secret Spice Blend", the formula for which wasn't included in the cookbook but was sold in bottles at the restaurant.

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          GM330 RE: Buckethead Oct 25, 2013 02:35 PM

          Looks like he's in West Chester now.
          http://thesocialwc.com/about/index.html

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            Chefpaulo RE: GM330 Oct 26, 2013 06:55 AM

            I called twice last evening. No answer on a Friday night? Social Lounge must have folded.
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    2. Bacchus101 RE: Chefpaulo Oct 28, 2013 01:23 PM

      CP, sent email to the address posted on the web site for the Social Lounge.

      The response follows: "He is alive and well here in Westchester at the social lounge and like a fine wine he's gotten better with age. Dan cooks every Tuesday through Saturday and Sunday brunch. He features $5 small plates for happy hour as well as daily lunch and dinner specials."

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        Chefpaulo RE: Bacchus101 Oct 28, 2013 05:10 PM

        Excellent news! I just wish they had answered the phone.
        I and my Funk fans must get out there someday.
        Many thanks, Bacchus.
        CP

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          Bacchus101 RE: Chefpaulo Oct 29, 2013 05:54 AM

          CP, He also extended this invitation.

          "Thanks...I just read his post. We had an hour wait on Friday so we stop answering the phone for reservations. Thanks for posting and if you or Chefpaulo ever come to the restaurant please don't hesitate to ask for myself, don, or Dan!

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