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Food News / May 2018

Written by County Lines Magazine

A few of our favorite things to share this month about local food and drink

Co-Op Changes

The West Chester Food Co-Op is rebranding in a big way. To distinguish themselves from other food organizations in West Chester, they’re now the West Chester Cooperative. This new name comes with a new tagline, “a community-owned grocery,” and an updated logo that pays homage to the colors of seasonal produce like plums, beets and asparagus. What hasn’t changed? Their mission—bringing the people of West Chester together around affordable, locally sourced, delicious produce. For more info and to become a member, visit

T’s On Top

Two Chester County restaurants were named semifinalists for the 2018 James Beard Awards. Teresa’s Next Door in Wayne and Talula’s Table in Kennett Square both bested thousands across the country to make it to this level. Teresa’s Next Door fought for the Outstanding Bar Program award, boasting a world-class beverage program and eclectic menu choices like wood grilled duck. Talula’s Table, a semifinalist for the Outstanding Restaurant award, provides distinctive dining and seasonally inspired menus. Though they didn’t make the finals, these restaurants are still stars.;

Fresh Food Options

Tired of your usual dining out options? Louette’s BYO in Phoenixville and Epicurean Garage in Chester Springs offer two new choices. Rustic Louette’s offers creative fusions on small plates—meaning you can build your own tasting menu and try a bit of everything. Or if you’re looking for something more traditional, head over to Epicurean Garage for industrial vibes and locally sourced foods like burgers and fried chicken.;

Leave Room for Mushrooms

If you’re mystified by mushrooms, you’re not alone. Often pushed aside in favor of tastier, more familiar sides, this super food is more valuable to your health than you may think. Still skeptical? Join the Woodlands at Phillips Mushroom Farms in Kennett Square on May 12th to learn about the nutritional and health benefits of mushrooms. Let Mycologist Tina Ellor convince you to find room for this forgotten food in your diet. Your body will thank you. 1020 Kaolin Rd., Kennett Square.

Gin Is In

Everyone’s talking about homemade beer. Stand out from the crowd with DIY gin! The Homemade Gin Kit is bootlegging in a box, and the perfect gift for liquor fans and DIYers. Want to try it? All you need is a bottle of vodka, the kit (available online and at kitchenware stores), and patience—the mixture must sit for 36 hours. But the first sip of your bespoke bottle of golden, artisanal gin will be so worth it. As will the bragging rights!

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