June 24, 2024


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  • New ghost kitchen and online marketplace is a major pivot that allows patrons to order food from multiple Garces restaurant concepts for the first time ever in one order, and one delivery/pick-up
  • New marketplace to also feature meal kits, Garces baked goods, holiday packages, smartly priced meal catering for two or more people, and new dining experiences

Garces Trading Company will officially make a grand return and debut this week as a brand-new, advanced ghost kitchen, restaurant hub and online marketplace. Fans of Chef Jose Garces will be able to order, for the first time ever, their favorite dishes from iconic restaurant brands such as Amada, The Olde Bar and Village Whiskey – all in one order and from one location for pick-up, take-out and delivery. When indoor dining shut down city restaurants this past week, Garces has consolidated all restaurant kitchens into one giant ghost kitchen and hub that will now operate out of The Olde Bar in Old City District. Patrons will be able to order, with one click of a button, their Garces favorites like The Olde Bar’s Crab Cake, Jeff’s Fried Chicken, and Crab and Corn Chowder; Amada’s Pulpo a la Gallega, Albondigas and Jamon Serrano; and Village Whiskey’s Village Burger, Baby Back Ribs, Golden Hot Wings and the new Bing Crosby Burger of the Month. Additionally, the new online marketplace will allow consumers to order cocktails, cocktail kits and beer to-go from The Olde Bar. Garces Trading Company also comes back with a massive robust selection of occasion family meals to go, online catering options smartly priced and designed for your current household (two or more), and an assortment of Garces pastries and baked goods only available before in the various restaurants. Dishes from Volver and J. G. Domestic are also making a reappearance – and look for other dishes from other iconic Garces restaurants to be added in the near future. The new marketplace also introduces new experiences – where patrons and their families can dine with a Zoom from Chef Jose Garces himself, make a Gingerbread House with Garces’ Pastry Chef, or enjoy Garces Cookies with Santa – with other experiences on the way. For ordering dinner tonight or this week a la carte, to place your holiday order, or to plan and sign-up for Garces experience, visit: www.garcestradingcompany.com.

“We are excited to give new life to our beloved brand, Garces Trading Company,” said Chef Jose Garces. “We started catering out of GTC back in 2010, which grew into our full-service catering and events division, Garces Events. It’s fitting that our guests can now order their favorites from our restaurants and try our new heat and serve packages created out of this new massive ghost kitchen and restaurant hub. Just because indoor dining has caused a major impact on the city’s restaurants, we wanted to continue to bring our customers their favorite dishes and continue to operate as many brands as we could during this delicate time.”

Garces added, “We wanted a solution for our guests that was thoughtful and sustainable. We saw heaters as a limited time option, as at some point it’ll be too cold to sit outside.  Creating unique dining experiences that make being at home, or any location post-COVID, more fun and enjoyable.  While we do have a delivery partner to supplement busy times, but we are able to service guests who may not feel comfortable coming to the city and create employment  opportunities.


Dine tonight with your favorite Garces dishes ordered a la carte and ready for pick-up, take-out, and delivery from Garces iconic restaurants. Order from one, two or three of your favorite restaurant brands!

The close of indoor dining in Philadelphia and across Pennsylvania has caused restaurant and restaurant groups to pivot in all new ways during the global pandemic. Garces has consolidated all kitchen operations for The Olde Bar, Amada and Village Whiskey into their space in the former Bookbinder’s Restaurant – at 125 Walnut Street, in the heart of Old City. The kitchen will operate ghost kitchens for the various Garces brands in this giant kitchen hub that will showcase 8-12 dishes from each restaurant. Current selections

All items for dinner tonight, or this week, through the website will be available for take-out, pick-up and delivery through the Garces Trading Company website – which is then executed through Door Dash. Delivery is available for one fee – no matter how many restaurants you order from. Please note cocktails and beer are through The Olde Bar – and must be picked up in person – as they can’t be delivered.

In January, look for other Garces restaurants to be added to the mix – with exciting news and a virtual grand opening coming to start off the new year.


Garces Trading Company also acts as a brand-new innovative and robust online marketplace that will offer dozens of new packages and meals to go – where patrons can enjoy them in their home with two or more family members or household members.

“Our chefs had a blast developing these new Garces Trading Company at-home packages, from our twist on the classic Seven Fishes Christmas Eve tradition to hosting a birthday dinner or bridal shower brunch,” added Garces.

Let Garces  do the cooking! Garces chef’s have curated heat and serve packages that allow you to spend more time friends and family. Follow the heating directions, plate and enjoy the things that really matter. Fans of Volver, J.G Domestic and other Garces restaurants can also look for their favorite dishes to start to return in packages on the site, as well, with more to be added!

  • Holiday Cocktail Party (The Olde Bar, Amanda, Village Whiskey, J.G. Domestic)

Cheers to the season with a selection of our favorite small plates from Garces restaurants for the perfect cocktail hour! Includes: Family-style portions of Whipped Feta & Garden Vegetables (JG Domestic) , Bacon-Wrapped Dates (Amada), Crab Fingers (The Olde Bar), Shrimp Cocktail (The Olde Bar), Deviled Eggs (Village Whiskey), and Spanish Meatballs & Manchego-Stuffed Cherry Pepper (Amanda). $45 person, minimum two people. This meal requires 2 days notice

  • Burger Brawl (Village Whiskey)

Don’t miss the action because you’re figuring out what to eat! Pre-order our Build-Your-Own Burger & Sides package from Village Whiskey!  An 8oz Village Burger patty per person with toppings to build your own champion using: Cabot Sharp Cheddar, Roth Moody Blue Cheese, Bacon, Avocado, Caramelized Onions, Truffled Mushrooms, Tomato, Boston Bib, and Sesame Pain au Lait Rolls. Served with family-style orders of Golden Hot Wings, Cobb Salad, and Deviled Eggs. Order one day ahead for next day pickup or delivery. $30 per person.

Enjoy a trip to Spain from home with seven of Amada’s favorite Tapas. Family-style portions of Bacon-Wrapped Dates, Crab-Stuffed Piquillo Peppers, Spanish Meatballs, Grilled Chorizo, Verde Salad, and Spanish-Style Tortilla. Finished with Chocolate Cream Puffs. Order one day ahead for next day pickup or delivery. $35 per person.

* Paella Night (Amada)

Enjoy a trip to the Basque from home with your choice of Paella served with delicious selection of Pintxos to share. Includes: Choice of Chicken & Chorizo Paella or Calamari & Mussel Paella; Family-style portions of Beef Sliders (Chorizo Aioli, Manchego Cheese); Chicken Brochettes (Garlic, Rosemary, Thyme); Octopus & Fingerling Potato Brochettes; Simple Greens Salad. Package can be either Ready-to-Eat or Ready-to-Heat (with instructions).  Minimum order of 2 people; Pre-order with 1 day notice. $35 per person.

* Seafood  Fest (The Olde Bar)

Escape on a shore-style culinary adventure with decadent classics from The Olde Bar. Choice of Lobster Roll or Crab Cakes. Served with family style portions of Crab Fingers, Smoked Salmon Spread and Caesar Salad. Finished with a choice of Seasonal Pie Slice. Ready-to-Heat with instructions Order one day ahead for next day pickup or delivery. $50 per person.

* Suckling Pig Roast (Amada)

Amada’s Suckling Pig Roast is a traditional Spanish Celebration for the entire family. $75 per person, sold in increments of 4 only, Ready-to-Heat with instructions. 1/2 Roast Suckling Pig with family-style portions of Herb-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Garbanzo Beans with Spinach, Grilled Scallion, and Rosemary Bacon White Bean Stew, and Salad Verde. This meal requires 5 days notice. $75 per person.

Other packages also include Classic Weekend Spread, Classic Brunch, Something for the Kids, Pasta Night and many others.

Add-on to the above meal packages any of the following baked goods and pastries:
• Caramel Apple Pie
• Bourbon Pecan Pie
• Chocolate Caramel Layer Cake
• Spanish-Style Cheese Cake
• Brown Butter Cheesecake
• Citrus Olive Oil Cake
• Assorted Muffins
• Cinnamon Sticky Buns
• Classic Cookies
• Pre-Portioned Cookie Dough
• Parker House Pull Apart Rolls
• Whole Wheat Pullman Loaf
• Seeded Multigrain Batard
• Sourdough Baguette
• Bloody Mary Mix 12oz


While in-person events are not possible, Garces presents the debut of new hybrid experiences sure to leave Garces fans excited to stay home. Look for a variety of virtual sessions with an “@ home” element that can be picked up or delivered right to your door.

* Chef’s Table Experience – This unique dining experience features a menu development session with a Garces chef. Choosethe Chef de Cuisine of your favorite Garces restaurant, or Chef Jose Garces himself, for a 30-minute virtual chat about your menu. Your selected Chef will provide a customized meal for you to Heat & Serve. Includes:
• 30-minute Zoom consultation call with the Chef of your choice to ideate your personalized menu
• 3 Small Plates
• 1 Salad
• 2 Main Plates
• 2 Sides
• 1 Dessert
• Signed Copy of the Menu

Chef Choices include: Chef Jose Garces, Chef Nathan Johnson (Director of Culinary, Garces Group), Chef Brooks Tanner (Executive Chef, Garces Events), Chef Joe Mikitish (Chef de Cuisine, Amada), Chef Jeffrey Grimes (Chef de Cuisine, Village Whiskey), Chef Sam Neuman (Chef de Cuisine, The Olde Bar) and Chef Ben de la Pena (Chef de Cuisine, Buena Onda).

* Garces Last Minute Santa Visit
Sunday, December 20, 2020, Between 10am & 2:30pm – custom times per group
Cookie pick-up by December 19, 2020
Virtual with in-person cookie pick-up ahead

Garces has a direct link to the North Pole! Treat the family with this new Garces holiday tradition – which includes a personalized virtual chat with Santa while he takes a break from the workshop to check his list. This virtual experience includes:

$45 per experience and includes Holiday cookies, personalized letter from Santa and 10 minutes with Santa. Add-on Morning Spread for $18 per person includes Sliced Fruit, Green Salad, Pastries & Jams, Deviled Eggs, and individual selections of Bagel (Plain, Onion or Everything) and Cream Cheese (Plain, Scallion, or Avocado Spread for +$2).

* The Gingerbread Man (12/19 at 2pm)
Saturday, December 19, 2020 at 2:00pm
Gingerbread House pick-up by December 18, 2020
Virtual with in-person Gingerbread pick-up ahead

Join Garces Executive Pastry Chef, Marko Krancher for an fun, interactive 45-minute group lesson in creating your dream gingerbread house. Includes:
• Gingerbread House Kit (please set pick-up or delivery date at least one day before 12/19)
• 45 minute zoom lesson on Saturday, December 19th at 2pm

Includes: 45 minute Gingerbread House Zoom Lesson on Saturday, December 19th at 2pm, and one Gingerbread Making Kit. Add-ons:
Completed Formal Gingerbread House +$80.00
Gingerbread Cookie Kit +$25.00
Holiday Hot Chocolate Kit +$12.00


New Chef curated packages include menus for Hanukkah, Christmas Eve, New Year’s eve celebrations at home, happy hour in a box, bunch, etc.

* Garces Hanukkah Dinner

Garces presents its first ever Hanukkah Dinner. Celebrate with a Chef-cooked Hanukkah dinner for $30 per person, minimum of 2 people, Ready-to-Heat with instructions. Includes: Family-style portions of Matzo Ball Soup, Crispy Latkes, Braised Brisket, Kugel, and Cinnamon Apple Cake.

* Amada Christmas Eve Dinner

Garces fans will still be able to enjoy this annual Christmas Eve tradition. Celebrate Christmas Eve with an Amada Tradition at home with you and your family. $55 per person for Turkey or $75 for Prime Rib, minimum 2 people, Ready-to-Heat, Instructions Included. Includes: Choice of Main to Share (Roasted Turkey Breast with Herb Crust & Pan Gravy -or- Prime Rib with Bordelaise & Horseradish Crème Fraiche); Served With ALL of the following: Herb Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Brussels Sprouts, Salad Verde, Bacon-Wrapped Dates, Whipped Bone Marrow, Parker House Rolls, and Holiday Cookies with Spiced Hot Chocolate.

* The Olde Bar Seven Fishes Christmas Eve Dinner

Enjoy a traditional Italian Christmas Eve feast cooked in the style of The Olde Bar! $67.50 per person, minimum 2 people, Ready-to-Heat, Instructions Included. Includes: Cured Hamachi Pastrami, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail, Curried Mussels, Crab and Corn Chowder, Bay Scallop Pappardelle, Lobster Pot Pie, and Tile Fish en Pappillote. Finished with a slice of  9-layer caramel chocolate cake with el Corazon curd and sea salt .

* Garces Trading Company Christmas Family Dinner

Enjoy a traditional, Chef-cooked Christmas Day Supper from our family to yours. $50 per person, minimum 2 people, Ready-to-Heat with instructions. Includes: Choice of sliced Pineapple-Glazed Ham with Golden Raisins & Mustard or Turkey Breast & Gravy. Served with family-style portions of Cider-Glazed Carrots, Truffled Mashed Potatoes, Green Salad with Grapefruit, Artichoke Gratin, and Parker House Rolls. Includes Chef’s selection of holiday cookies.

* New Year’s Eve (inspired The Olde Bar)

Want to keep it classy? Enjoy our classic Surf & Turf  as you welcome the new year.  Includes:
• Family-Style Portions of: Prime Rib with Bordelaise & Horseradish Crème Fraiche, Half Poached Lobster for each guest, Herb-Roasted Fingerling Potatoes, Artichoke Gratin, Green Salad with Grapefruit, Parker House Rolls, and Chocolate Caramel Layer Cake.

This menu requires 3 days of notice. $65 per person, Minimum 2 People. Ready-to-Heat (with instructions).


The new online marketplace is a dream come true for fans of Garces pastries and desserts. Currently the launch of Garces Trading Company brings access to the desserts of the various Garces restaurants to your door with options to order Pumpkin Butternut Pie (Ginger Walnut Streusel, Meringue Kisses, Maple Gelato), Cheese Cake (Spanish style cheese cake with passion fruit curd), Pasteles (Chocolate Pasteles with chocolate pastry cream), Baker’s Dozen Cookies (currently with chocolate chip, snickerdoodles and oatmeal raisin), Bourbon Pecan Pie, 9 Layer Cake (9 layers with caramel chocolate cake with el Corzon curd and sea salt), Brown Butter Cheesecake (Brown butter cheesecake with compressed apple cider apples) and Holiday Cookies (with 13 cookies featuring Chocolate Crinkle Cookies, Linzer Raspberry Cookies, and Speculoos Cookies).


When patrons pick up their Garces Trading Company orders, they can also pick-up seasonal and signature cocktails from the Garces restaurant brands – including:

The Olde Bar Aged Egg Nog – A Premium Selection of Bourbon, Brandy, Rum, and Port, Blended with Eggs, Milk, and Nutmeg. Including Russell’s Reserve, Knob Creek, Elijah Craig, Remy Martin 1738, Copper & Kings, Paul Beau Cognac, El Dorado, Ron Zacapa, Rhum Barbancourt, Smith and Cross.

Partridge in a Spiced Pear Tree – Averell Damson Gin Liqueur, St. George Spiced Pear, Domaine De Canton, Lemon
Rose Gold – Vodka, Passionfruit, Rosemary, Angostura Bitters

Fsh House Punch – House Blend of Rums, Brandy, Peach, Lemon, Tea

The Olde Bar Sour – Wild Turkey 101 Rye, Disaronno, Lemon, Demerara, Angostura Bitters

Tie Me Up, Tie Me Down – Citrus Vodka, Rosemary, Lemon

The above cocktails can be ordered online and picked up only. Servings are for two to ten, with various portion options available.

For beer to go, look for six to eight selections of draft craft beers, seasonals, cider and more – with this week’s selections include Sly Fox Pikeland Pils, 2SP Baby Bob Stout, Yards Philadelphia Pale Ale, Jack’s Cider, Ommegang Brewing: Game of Thrones My Watch Has Ended Draft, Dogfish Head 90 Minute, Naragansett Lager and Slyfox Helles.


Garces Trading Company is gearing up to also launch pantry items, gifts and baskets – starting with a Bartender Kit, Spanish Gift Basket, and more. Check back regularly to see what has been added – with more debuts to come in 2021!

For more about Garces Trading Company, please visit www.garcestradingcompany.com.

To engage Garces on social, follow @garcestradingco on Instagram, and Garces Trading Company @garcestradingcompany-philadelphia


The Olde Bar, located in Philadelphia’s landmark Old Original Bookbinder building, is a seafood and cocktail bar steeped in the city’s nautical and culinary traditions. Serving oysters on the half shell, alongside a smart menu that features a modern twist on traditional seafood cuisine and a comprehensive cocktail and spirit list, The Olde Bar is at once a tribute to the city’s storied past and an updated version of one of our most beloved dining spaces.

Amada is Chef Garces’ iconic first restaurant. Since opening in 2005, the gorgeous rustic-chic restaurant and bar has embraced the rich traditions of Spanish cuisine. Amada’s capacious dining room features a six-seat chef’s counter overlooking the open kitchen, a comfortable second dining room and lounge area, an intimate private event space and a spacious bar area reminiscent of a typical Spanish bodega, complete with hanging jamòns.


Featuring a comprehensive selection of more than 200 whiskeys alongside what has been called the country’s best burger, Village Whiskey is an instant classic. Envisioned by Chef Garces as a spot where he and his team could enjoy a drink and a snack after a long night in the kitchen, the restaurant’s focal point is the central bar that is home to their near-encyclopedic catalogue of Chef Garces’ favorite spirit, whiskey. Our able bartenders shake and stir classic and contemporary cocktails in a space evocative of a Prohibition-era speakeasy.


Garces is a Philadelphia-based hospitality group specializing in personal dining experiences rooted in the rich cultural traditions and culinary vision of renowned Latin-American chef Jose Garces. Taking a heartfelt and creative approach to time-honored recipes and dishes, Garces, in partnership with New Orleans- based Ballard Brands, operates numerous restaurants including Amada, Distrito, Tinto, Village Whiskey, JG Domestic, Volvér, The Olde Bar, Buena Onda, Ortzi at the LUMA Hotel Times Square, Okatshe, Olon and Bar Olon at Tropicana Atlantic City and Amada and Distrito Cantina in the Ocean Resort Casino. The group also operates Garces Events, a full-service catering and event division; the Garces Foundation, a philanthropic organization dedicated to Philadelphia’s underserved immigrant community. For more information, visit GarcesGroup.com and follow them on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.