Ever dreamed of wearing chef’s whites—that cool double-breasted jacket? Check out Culinary and Hospitality Day at Delaware County Community College where you’ll be inspired by the best! Join Culinary Arts Program Manager and Philadelphia’s Chef Educator of the Year, Peter Gilmore, for a fun class where you’ll watch a cooking demo and learn about a career in the culinary and hospitality fields. Sharpen your cooking skills (and your chef’s knives) and register for the October 14th session at the Marple campus. DCCC.Edu/Info-Session.
Ditch the Takeout
Weeknight cooking can be frustrating. There just isn’t enough time in a busy day to spend hours prepping dinner. Luckily, award-winning local cookbook writer Kathy Brennan (Keepers) has a plan—The Dinner Plan: Simple Weeknight Recipes and Strategies for Every Schedule. With 135 no-fuss recipes and five strategies, Brennan makes cooking quick, fun and painless. Instead of ordering takeout tonight, buy a solution to your dinner-prep blues! Available at Wayne’s Main Point Books, Exton’s Wellington Square Bookshop and other independent booksellers.
October is National Chili Month, so as the weather gets cooler, the smart move is to warm up with a hearty bowl of soul-satisfying goodness. Folks from Texas would likely agree, since their love of chili predates 1977, when they made chili their official state food. And West Chester shares the love when it celebrates the traditional dish at the 15th Annual Chili Cook-off on October 8th. Stop by for a palate-clearing mint at the County Lines table! WestChesterChiliCookOff.com.
47 Thousand Farmers Can’t Be Wrong
That’s the force behind D.C.-based Founding Farmers, a full-service restaurant and bar serving food grown locally and with care at its new King of Prussia Town Center location. This 14,000-square-foot eco-friendly urban farmhouse serves up breakfast, lunch and dinner for up to 300. With a menu of sustainably sourced food and drink—freshly baked bread, house-churned butter, homemade ice cream—Founding Farmers is making dining out wholesome. WeAreFoundingFarmers.com.
Celebrate the nutty holiday of National Nut Day on October 22nd, a day with a not-so-nutty origin—it was started by the Liberation Foods Company to advocate Fairtrade nuts and promote healthy living. Need a simple recipe to mark the day? Whip up fall harvest nuts by mixing honey granola, mixed nuts, cinnamon, dried apples and pears. For nut allergies, swap out the nuts for peanut-free granola. With this healthy snack, who needs Halloween candy? HomeMadeHooplah.com/Fall-Harvest-Mixed-Nuts.
You may have found Joe D’Andrea’s homemade, artisan pasta at local farmers markets and tasted it in area restaurants even before it became a Best of Philly hit. Now, after six years in the business, Vera Pasta has its very own retail storefront in West Chester! Shop for over 20 different types of organic, ancient grain and non-GMO pasta, plus seasonal specials and homemade sauce, all with ingredients sourced as naturally and locally as possible. 319 Westtown Rd., Suite K, West Chester. VeraPasta.com.
Looking for a new Netflix series worth sinking your teeth into? Foodies have many options—from the Emmy-nominated Netflix original Chef’s Table for ultimate food porn to Anthony Bourdain’s The Mind of a Chef, combining cooking with science, travel and history through the stories of select chefs. Don’t want to commit to a series? There are still plenty of flavorful films like Jiro Dreams of Sushi or Somm for sushi or wine lovers. More picks at TastingTable.com.
Oodles of Zoodles
Noodles don’t need to be of the wheat variety to satisfy. In fact, zoodles—a.k.a. zucchini noodles—are more popular than ever. Gluten-free and color-full, this healthy pasta alternative can be enjoyed in many different ways, from salad toppings to shoestring fries or all on their own. Just pick up a spiralizer and go crazy! And don’t be afraid to get creative with other fruits and veggies like carrots, sweet potatoes, squash, apples and pears. More ideas at FoodNetwork.com.
Root Down on Main
What? Another brewery in Phoenixville? Yep. Just when you thought four was enough, Root Down Brewery opened its doors this summer, carving out its space as brewery #5. Located in an old root beer factory (no surprise) with endless walls of eye-catching graffiti, the massive space has plenty of seating for a crowd and a casual, fun atmosphere. Enjoy freshly smoked BBQ from the kitchen and a selection of expertly crafted brews. 1 N. Main St., Phoenixville. RootDownBrewing.com.
Elevation of Pizza
West Chester continues to raise the pizza bar with its newest addition, Rize Pizza, also in Broomall. What makes them stand out? Their Roman style, fluffy, square crust for one—which takes 2 to 3 hours to “rize”—plus sesame seeds on the bottom and lots of unique flavors. Try fan favorites like the Venus, Monte Carlo or Southern Bell with fried chicken. Watch for an expanded menu exclusive to West Chester, including pastas, appetizers and desserts. And it’s BYOB. 124 E. Market St., Building A, West Chester. RizePizza.com.
There’s yet another brewery in our area! Moving in down the street from 2SP Brewing Company in Delaware County and aiming to open soon, Aston Abbey Brewing Company plans to bring handcrafted Belgian beer—with hints of French and German inspiration—to our ever-growing beer scene. Husband and wife team Chuck and Sue McKenna are going for quality over quantity with a focus on unfiltered and unpasteurized brewing. 340 Turner Way, Aston. AstonAbbeyBrewing.com.
What better way to celebrate the Brandywine Conservancy’s 50th anniversary than a farm-to-table dinner prepared by Chef MacGregor Mann of Junto and the Millstone Café? Save the date for August 9, from 6 to 10 p.m., and dine in a historic Chadds Ford barn on Hill Girt Farm that was one of the first properties placed under conservation easement by the Brandywine Conservancy. Enjoy vegetables freshly picked from SIW Vegetables and a BYOB meal for this very special occasion. $65–$75. Brandywine.org/Conservancy/Events.
Frosé in a Bag
Wine in a bag has a new frozen friend—frosé on the go! Enjoy this rosé slushie on the beach, at a picnic or a BYOB summer festival using the same technique you used to make ice cream in a bag at camp—or maybe in your 5th grade science class. All you need is your favorite rosé, two small ziptop baggies, ice, salt and napkins or a towel. Find instructions at Food52.com.
Calling all flavorful coffee lovers! Head to the West Chester Co-op to find coffee gem Máquina Coffee Roasters. This tiny roaster based in Gabe Boscana’s garage in Marshallton knows how to roast beans just enough so your coffee is clean and sweet—no milk or cream needed! High-quality, ready-to-order coffee beans are available for purchase at MaquinaCoffee.com or at the co-op’s Local Food Program. For another dimension in coffee, give them a try. More at WCFood.coop/2017-CSA-Program.
Craft beer meets communal outdoor gathering at Levante Brewing Company’s second outpost, Levante at the Stables! A joint venture with West Chester’s Split Rail Tavern, this newly unveiled beer garden is now open in Chester Springs on the grounds of an 1840s farmhouse. Enjoy over two acres of cozy in- and outdoor seating, plus picnic tables, local food trucks with beer-friendly fare, live music, games, fire pits and more! 160 Park Rd., Chester Springs. LevanteBrewing.com/The-Stables.
2017 Food Events
From food trucks to galas, mushrooms to chocolate delicacies, County
Lines Country offers an enormous number of festivals and parties to
eat, drink and be festive. We’ve put together a handy overview here,
but check the monthly events column in our magazine, online and in
our events newsletter for more and for more details.