Chef Chance Anies of Tabachoy Aims to Elevate Filipino Cuisine at Volvér as New Chef in Residency

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Chef Jose Garces announces Chef Chance Anies as the next Chef in Residency at Volvér on Kimmel Cultural Campus. Chef Anies’ residency will run now through January 8, 2023. Funding will both help Chef open a brand new brick and mortar restaurant and raise money for his selected charity Hope for Kids. 

Currently, Anies’ menu will include Lumpia, Pandesal, Embutido Meatballs, Arroz Caldo, Short Rib Kare Kare, Pork Munggo, Pancit Palabok, Pinakbet, Leche Flan and Turon. For the new Chefs in Residency Program, each Chef will showcase their top signature dishes on the Volvér menu for six to eight weeks, alongside Chef Garces’ signature Portuguese-inspired dishes. Through a special donation program in partnership with the Garces Foundation, each Chef in Residency will have the opportunity to raise money to support their work with their current restaurant, or to use for the start of their next culinary journey. 

“From my mind, Chef Chance represents the hard work and dedication that we need in our industry in order to persevere in a challenging industry,” said Garces. “He’s a prime example of the best of food culture and entrepreneurship. His drive to succeed is compelling. It’s amazing to have an opportunity to host so many food cultures under one roof. We’re very excited to be able to introduce Filipino cuisine to our guests at Volvér. “

“Garces’ Chef in Residency program shines a spotlight on leading area chefs, highlighting their unique culinary talents and backgrounds,” said Matías Tarnopolsky, president and CEO of The Philadelphia Orchestra and Kimmel Center, Inc. “Please join us in celebrating Chef Chance Anies for raising the profile of Filipino food in our region.”

For the new season of Volvér,  Garces fans, foodies, arts patrons, neighbors and visitors will once again come together to celebrate the art of fine dining in the dual-concept space that features a giant oval bar and lush lounge on one side, and a performance kitchen where Chefs bring cuisine to the center stage on the other. Chef Chance Anies is the second Chef in Residency for 2022-2023, following Chef Reuben “Big Rube” Harley.

Chefs In Residency is Chef Garces’ way of taking the idea of featuring chefs at Volvér to the next level. “Chefs in Residency is back for a second year with a whole new line-up of fresh and talented faces and cooking styles,” said Garces. “As a Latin Chef and business owner, I’ve faced my share of adversity and am grateful to be in a place where I can ‘pay it forward’ to those emerging onto the Philadelphia food scene with ambitious goals of their own.”

“I’m excited to serve Filipino food out of a restaurant like Volvér,” said Anies. Also to be in this residency with many other great chefs, is such an honor. I plan on using this money to grow my business. ith our restaurant opening soon, we will need all the support we can get! The donors will be some of our first investors – and we are thankful for the support and opportunity to bring something exciting and new to the Philadelphia food scene.”

He added, “”Partnering with Chef Garces opens up the door to a broader audience of people eating Filipino food, which has always been the goal of Tabachoy.”

Anies started Tabachoy as a passion project, when Chef noticed Philadelphia had very few Filipino food options. He grew up cooking alongside his dad, a personal chef in DC, and he was always interested in pursuing a career in the culinary field. Chef started hosting pop up dinners to see if people might be interested in his food. In August of 2019, he quit his full time job doing research at Temple Med School, and bought a food cart, which I parked right outside his old office. Three years and a global pandemic later, they are opening their first brick and mortar restaurant in Bella Vista.

For Anies’ dishes, patrons will find the following additions to the Volvér menu:

Small Plates
Lumpia – Pork spring roll, garlic chili gastrique sauce, scallion
Pandesal – Filipino milk bread, whipped butter
Embutido Meatballs – Ground pork, quail egg, banana ketchup, cherry tomatoes
Arroz Caldo – Rice congee, soft boiled egg, scallion, bonito flakes

Short Rib Kare Kare  – beef short rib, cashew sauce, bok choy, eggplant and long bean escabeche
Pork Munggo – Mung Beans, spinach, chimichurri, garlic chili gastrique sauce, tiger sauce
Pancit Palabok – Rice noodles, pork bolognese, shrimp, soft boiled egg cracklin’ and bonito flakes
Pinakbet – Eggplant, kabocha squash, okra, long bean, jasmine rice and mushroom dashi stock

Leche Flan – Sweet custard, caramel
Turon – Sweet banana spring roll, vanilla ice cream, caramel

For inspiration, Anies said, “I chose these dishes because they were dishes I grew up eating with my family. Eating arroz caldo meant it was football season, and we’d enjoy it in front of the TV most Sundays in the winter. Lumpia was the prized dish at any party, where you’d eat them by the boatload.”

As part of the Chefs in Residency Program, patrons will be able to donate funds to support projects for each participating resident chef. Patrons and donors, in fact, are supporting the next wave of great restaurants in Philadelphia’s world class food scene. For Anies, he is working toward transitioning from pop-ups to opening a brick and mortar in South Philadelphia. Donations will help open that new restaurant and support his culinary work.

Part of the proceeds Chef raises will also go to his selected charity, Hope for Kids. The money will specifically go to sending students from Philadelphia to summer camp where they get one-on-one mentoring from volunteer mentors from around the world.

Anies said, “I grew up going to and volunteering at a camp in Schwenksville, PA called The Forge. They bring youth from Philadelphia out to the camp with a one on one mentor, who are volunteers from all over the world. We will be donating a percentage of our proceeds to the Camp Miracles program by this Philadelphia based organization called Hope for Kids.”

Guests wishing to support Anies can make a donation during their meal at Volver. Donations can be made, similar to tipping a server, when the dinner check is presented. The Garces Foundation will match up to the first $5,000, giving each resident chef the opportunity to raise at least $10,000. The matching grant will be donated by the Garces Foundation, which offers additional resources for the hospitality industry like medical and educational services that the resident chef can take advantage of for themselves or their staff, and to help them reach their goal/pivot.

Donations for Anies can be made also online through the link below:

Volvér’s hours for the season will be from Wednesday to Sunday, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm, with a special pre-theatre menu served from 4:00pm to 6:30pm, and happy hour from 7:30pm to 9:00pm. Reservations are now available at, via OpenTable, or by calling 215-670-2302. Celebrate the art of fine dining by following Volvér on social media at @volverphl @chefjosegarces and @garcesgroup. All guests to Volver must be vaccinated per Kimmel Cultural Campus policy. Volver is located at 300 S. Broad Street, in Center City, Philadelphia.

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