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.
Grain to Glass
Malvern is soon to become a beer and spirits lover’s haven with a new distillery in the making. Setting up shop right next door to newly opened Locust Lane Brewing Company will be Pennsylvania Distilling Company. This startup distillery plans to produce “small batch, grain-to-glass spirits,” according to their website. Keep a lookout for their opening, hopefully soon! 50 Three Tun Rd. #3, Malvern. PennDistilling.com.
You Won’t Believe It’s Not Meat
Calling all vegans! There’s a new plant-based eatery in Phoenixville. Reopened in May, Sand Castle Winery’s TASTE passes on the typical leafy green, raw food model, instead going for savory comfort food with a focus on protein. Veg protein, you ask? With the help of the Herbivorous Butcher—the world’s first meatless, plant-based protein butcher—the small plates menu is friendly towards both the diehard and tentative vegan. 236 Bridge St., Phoenixville. SandCastleWinery.com/Taste-Phoenixville.
Fast + Healthy
After months of waiting and waiting, Bryn + Dane’s is finally open … in Bryn Mawr! As one of our Best of the Best “Places to Watch,” this spot generated great suspense but was well worth the wait. Fit with 25-foot high ceilings, exposed brick walls and steel beams, and home to 16-foot trees, this open-air, fast-casual newbie is perfect for a quick healthy snack, smoothie, salad and more! 915 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr. BrynAndDanes.com.
Wood-Fired, Locally Inspired
The Shoppes at Longwood has a tasty new resident. Chef Bryan Sikora, formerly of Kennett Square’s Talula’s Table and currently of Wilmington’s La Fia, recently opened his newest creation, Hearth Kitchen. True to its name, the menu features wood-fired pizza, handmade pastas and more locally inspired hearty entrees. Stop in for lunch or dinner and taste for yourself! The Shoppes at Longwood, 859 E. Baltimore Pk., Kennett Square. HearthKennettSquare.com.
Fresh Sushi Spot
As if five restaurants weren’t enough, Eagleview Town Center has yet another dining destination in the making, this time a BYOB sushi spot! Scheduled for a summer opening, Bluefin Restaurant & Sushi Bar will join Suburban, Bella Vista, Al Pastor, Nudy’s Cafe and Brickside Grille on Restaurant Row. Follow Eagleview on social media to stay updated on the latest … Wellington Square, Exton. EagleviewTownCenter.com.
Mark your calendar for the first annual West Chester Craft Beer Festival on June 17th. Over 60 breweries will contribute their best beers to the event—including Chester County favorites like Levante and Victory Brewing. Head to the Charles A. Melton Center on East Miner Street and sip a cold brew while sampling delicious edible options from vendors and food trucks. Tickets available in advance—$50 VIP tickets, $40 general admission. WCBeerFest.com.
America’s favorite condiment gets its own day on June 5th with National Ketchup/Catsup Day. Ever wonder about the spelling difference? Jonathan Swift first used the “catsup” version in a 1730 short story, and today some southern states use that variation rather than the more common “ketchup.” Spelling aside, the condiment is quintessentially American, topping classic dishes from meatloaf to burgers. Celebrate the day with some fries and feast on a piece of delicious Americana!
Phenomenal fruit and family fun at a free festival. Enjoy the magic of summer at the Raspberry Celebration at Linvilla Orchards in Media. Mark your calendar for June 24th and bring the whole family for a day of face painting, pick-your-own fruit excursions and delicious treats from the Farm Market. Kiddos will enjoy entertainment from local kids’ musician Silly Joe. Explore the 300-acre farm as you munch on those tart and tasty raspberries. Linvilla.com.
Soon West Chester will get two new cookie franchises with Insomnia Cookies and Baked. These well-loved companies serve everything to satisfy your dessert cravings—from ice cream to edible cookie dough to, of course, warm, fresh baked cookies. Both companies offer late-night delivery service for those staying in and indulging. Bet you can’t try just one cookie company! In West Chester: 142 W. Gay St., InsomniaCookies.com; 34 S. High St., BakedWC.com.
Duck, Duck, Donut!
King of Prussia Town Center is about to get a whole lot sweeter. Slated to open in July, Duck Donuts is branching out from its southern home and expanding beyond its Lancaster and Newark, DE locations. Named after Duck, North Carolina, this sweet spot serves warm, made-to-order donuts with 11 tantalizing flavors, seven toppings and four unique drizzles—bacon and blackberry, just to name two. Duck Donuts is coming, so answer the call to sweetness! More at DuckDonuts.com.
Fresh is Best! Craving a slice of authentic Neapolitan pizza? Look no further than MidiCi, King of Prussia’s newest Italian destination. Located in KOP’s Town Center, MidiCi will take your taste buds on a journey to Naples with traditional dishes like Pizza Diavola, or—calling all dessert lovers—their signature Nutella Calzone. MidiCi flies in their non-GMO flour all the way from Naples. That’s a journey worth celebrating with a second serving. 201 Main St., Ste. 100, King of Prussia; MyMidiCi.com.
Best of the Beers. Head to the 23rd Annual Buzz Off Homebrew Competition at Levante Brewing. Mark your calendar for May 19–20 to watch as homebrewers submit handcrafted beers brewed using their own private equipment. This year Levante will choose one beer from the Best of Show table to be scaled up and brewed on their system for the taproom. That’s something to drink to! Awards Ceremony 4 p.m., free, Levante Brewing, 208 Carter Dr., Ste. 2, West Chester; BrewDrinkRepeat.com/Buzzoff.
Simply Crafted. Malvern’s newest watering hole—Locust Lane Craft Brewery—is bringing simplicity back to the search for craft beers. Four base beers make up the menu at Locust Lane, with no long lists to bog down your drink selection. Try simple favorites like IPA, ESB and stout and then visit the rotating lineup of food trucks. So, if you’re looking for a new place to grab a brew, take a stroll down Locust Lane. 50 Three Tun Rd., #4, Malvern; LocustLaneCraftBrewery.com.
Community-Crafted. Just in time for Memorial Day, The Creamery in Kennett Square reopens for a whole new season of family fun. This former 1902 creamery was refurbished in 2016 and now offers a pop-up beer garden, rotating food trucks and a community gathering space with a vintage twist. Marvel at the up-cycled renovations of this once industrial space, play lawn games and listen to local music all while sipping a cold craft beer. 401 Birch St., Kennett Square; KennettCreamery.com.
Going Global. King of Prussia Mall gets another taste of global cuisine with its newest eatery. At Mistral Restaurant, Chef Scott Anderson—2014 James Beard Foundation Award Semi-Finalist—blends international flavors and his trademark “interpretive-American” style to bring patrons tempting options like Lamb Belly, Thai Duck Salad and Crispy Maitake Mushrooms. Using the best that local farms have to offer, Mistral serves small, fast plates—perfect for a mid-shopping lunch break! 160 N. Gulph Rd., King of Prussia; MistralKOP.com.
Think Fresh, Stay Local. A Chester County native, Eric Yost—formerly of The Gables, White Dog Café and Wyebrook Farm—recently opened Suburban Restaurant and Beer Garden in Eagleview Town Center in Exton, featuring his take on farm-to-table cuisine. The restaurant, adorned with long, family-style wooden tables and refurbished barn doors, features fresh produce from Chester County farms and an outdoor beer garden highlighting local craft beers to enjoy. Want to know more? Sign up for their newsletter. SuburbanBG.com.
Sweet and Tweet. With spring in full swing, there’s no better time to take a little inspiration from Mother Nature. If you’re tired of the same old strawberry shortcakes, opt instead for bird’s nest desserts! These miniature marvels can sit atop cupcakes or be made as no-bake versions—good when working with kids. Start with a base—like crunchy chow mein noodles or mini pretzel sticks—then top with chocolate candy eggs or a classic favorite—Peeps. Recipes on TasteofHome.com.
Something to Celebrate. Get your pint glass ready for New Beer’s Eve on April 6th. The night before National Beer Day on April 7th, New Beer’s Eve celebrates the end of Prohibition in the U.S. On April 6th, 1933, throngs of thirsty people waited outside bars and taverns until midnight, when buying alcohol would be legal for the first time in 13 years. Celebrate this historic event at your favorite bar or watering hole and toast New Beer’s Eve!
Farm-Forward. King of Prussia Town Center added another eatery to its restaurant row: Founding Farmers Restaurant Group. This co-op from the North Dakota Farmers Union works to promote farmers’ rights and advance the quality of their livelihoods while serving locally inspired fare. Founding Farmers offers dishes like Farmers Slaw Reuben, Seafood Bucatini and Glazed Bacon Lollis—short for lollipops. This two-story venue has its own bakery along with a dining room and bar on the second floor. More at WeAreFoundingFarmers.com.
Power Up! Too busy to whip up a quick, nutritious meal? Breathe easy because Wegmans now has Power Meals—grab-and-go prepared meals packed with flavor and nutrients to get you through the day. Each Power Meal is crafted by certified nutritionists, has fewer than 600 calories, and packs at least 25 grams of protein. And with tempting options like Black Pepper Salmon, Tuna Tataki and Ceviche over Quinoa, eating on the go never tasted so delicious. More at Wegmans.com.
The Bistro’s Back in Town.
Searching for your next favorite BYOB?
Look no further than newly opened 39 West American Bistro in West Chester. Anthony Mastroianni, formerly of Malvern’s Cosimo Restaurant & Wine Bar, has a new culinary venture with a menu ranging from classics like Grandma M’s Meatballs to trendy options like shrimp and grits. Stop in for lunch or dinner and indulge in their unique American classics with a twist. Bistro, baby! 39 W. Gay St., West Chester; 39WestAmericanBistro.com.
Whether you eat them alongside sandwiches or as a stand-alone snack, you can never have just one potato chip. Savor the salty crunch even more on National Potato Chip Day, March 14th. The world spends $15 billion a year on potato chips—that’s about six pounds of crunchy goodness per person! Pay homage to America’s #1 snack food at a Chester County institution—Herr’s Snacks—by taking one of their factory tours. Book your tour at Herrs.com/SnackFactoryTours.
Canned cocktails are on the rise and that’s the idea behind Better World Spirits’ venture to sell their own hard soda while supporting local agriculture.
The company launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at Chester County residents to invest in this very canny idea. Better World Spirits aims to craft vodka-based cocktails (with flavors like blood orange ginger) made of all-natural ingredients canned in 12-once portions—perfect for sporting events or as an alternative to beer. More at BetterWorldSpirits.com.
Fish for Thought.
Most know them as the pizza topping everyone loves to hate.
But sardines are a superfood that’s in season during March. Sardines are a great source of vitamin B12, which regulates the nervous system to reduce that late winter stress. Skip the pizza and try them topped on toasted sourdough with red chili or mixed in with fettuccine and sautéed kale for an easy weeknight dinner. More recipes on Saveur.com.
Knock on Wood.
Barrel-aged drinks are the latest trend in alcoholic beverages—read “Spirited Wines” in this issue—and Victory Brewing Company jumped on the bandwagon with barrel-aged beers.
Victory recently introduced Java Cask, a dark beer featuring undertones of coffee from local roaster One Village Coffee. The barrel-aging process adds the sweetness of bourbon and a hint of oak to the beer as it’s tapped. Much like barrel-aged wine, beer is now getting a new flavor with the addition of wood. VictoryBeer.com/Beers/Java-Cask.
Recipe for Romance. Who says romance has to cost an arm and a leg? This Valentine’s Day, skip the stress of reservations and big restaurant tabs and opt instead for an intimate home-cooked meal. In the time it takes to order and wait, you can prepare a delicious shrimp scampi for two and impress your special someone. Better yet, put on some sweet tunes and tackle the kitchen together to create a shared surf-and-turf feast. Plan your special evening in with easy-to-follow recipes at FoodNetwork.com.
4 Score & 6 Ingredients. If you’ve ever seen West Chester’s Lincoln Building in February, you know that Chester County goes big for Honest Abe’s birthday. On February 12th, celebrate the Emancipator’s 208th with his favorite dessert, French Almond Cake. The cake’s simple, 6-ingredient recipe is easy to follow and takes only an hour to whip up. Mark the day in a new way and try Lincoln’s favorite cake at home. It’s as delicious as it is old. Recipe at Parade.com.
Son of Saladworks. Former Saladwords CEO John Scardapane teamed up with CIA-trained chef Tim Courtney to open the latest local-farm-to-your-fork restaurant, EatNic, an urban farmhouse eatery and BYOB in Paoli. With a comfy, shabby chic vibe, Eatnic’s all-scratch kitchen is open from 9 to 9 so you can order anything you want—from basic to fancy—off the breakfast, lunch and dinner menus, seven days a week. They’re soliciting favorite family recipes to make you feel even more at home. 231 W. Lanaster Ave., Paoli. Eatnic.com.
Hunger Knows No Season. Though the holidays have passed, there’s no reason to stop spreading goodness and cheer. As winter ramps up, food donations fall off. This year, fight that bad trend and donate to the Chester County Food Bank through to spring. Whether it’s a bag of groceries or a food drive, every donation makes a difference. Help the giving spirit live all year. More at ChesterCountyFoodBank.org.
Delicious Duo. Whether it’s deep dish or thin crust, everyone agrees pizza is a favorite worth celebrating. Good thing February 9th is National Pizza Day! What better way to revel than with a slice and a glass of … wine? That’s right. February also hosts National Drink Wine Day, on the 18th. Kill two birds with one pairing and try healthy veggie pizza with a glass of chardonnay or a meat-lover pie with a rich cabernet sauvignon. More pairings at Babble.com.
We asked our readers for their most beautiful images of Chester County, and they went above and beyond! Our thanks to all who submitted their work. These semifinalists’ shots capture the essence of the season in County Lines Country. In November, we’ll showcase each photo on Facebook. To vote, just like us, then like your favorite photo. The photo with the most likes will win a $100 gift certificate to Wellington Square Bookshop! We’ll announce the winner on Facebook in late November.