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Next Peculiar Culinary Company dinner to be held at its home in Hughestown

Next Peculiar Culinary Company dinner to be held at its home in Hughestown
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After presenting a series of pop-up restaurants at the River Street Jazz Cafe in Plains, Peculiar Culinary Company will host the next dinner at its catering and event space in Hughestown in the Greater Pittston area on Jan. 8-9.

Seating in the space (30 Center St., Hughestown) is at 6, 7, and 8 p.m., so call or text 570-947-2548 for reservations – no messages through social media. It is BYOB, and like all their events, it is likely to sell out, so diners are asked to make reservations as soon as possible. Additional events will be announced soon, including the long-awaited Peculiar Brunch.

Peculiar Culinary Company chef/owner Gene Philbin is becoming more well-known recently after winning “Guy’s Grocery Games” on Food Network and announcing that he would be competing on CNBC’s “Restaurant Startup” in January.

Check out the full menu of unique and innovative dishes for that night:



Brisket Beer Chili… $7
9-hour braised angus, pulled with smoked tomato, roasted butternut squash, smoked porter, cilantro, chipotle, house-made cheddar chive corn bread

Peculiar Caesar… $7
Blend of NEPA bib, red leaf, wild arugula, mustard frisee, medium boiled NEPA egg, parmesan champagne dressing, crispy pork belly “croutons”

All Served with house-made potato chips and peculiar pickles

Peculiar Porchetta… $12
Spiced and 6-hour braised Berkshire pork, roasted broccoli rabe, sharp provolone béchamel, crispy fried shallot rings, locally made sub roll

Ricotta Meatball Sub… $12
House grind of brisket and sirloin, ricotta, parmesan, asiago, fresh herbs, roasted tomato pomodoro, champagne vinaigrette dressed local mustard frisee

Chicken & Biscuit… $10
Giant house-made buttermilk biscuit, Middleswarth crusted fried chicken, smoked gouda, cherry wood smoked bacon, pickled local greed tomato and onion


Bread Pudding… $7
House-made banana bread, baked coriander custard, house made brown sugar vanilla bean ice cream

Soft drinks will also be available.

For photos from a previous Peculiar pop-up event, click here. For an interview with Philbin, click here.