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.