November 10, 2015
Y AZMIN AULI, 45, of Northeast Philadelphia, and Cesar Guzman, 48, of Crescentville, co-own El Coqui Panaderia Y Reposteria, a Puerto Rican bakery/restaurant. In 2012, it relocated from Kensington to larger digs on I Street near Venango in Harrowgate. I spoke with Auli. Q: How'd you come up with the idea? A: I came to Philadelphia in 2001 and made cakes and pastries in my house. In 2007, I opened my first bakery in Kensington but I wanted to grow and needed more space and parking.
October 28, 2015 |
Kathryn B. Weinrich, 80, the public face of Weinrich's Bakery in Willow Grove and a dedicated volunteer, died Friday, Oct. 23, of Alzheimer's disease at St. Joseph's Manor in Huntingdon Valley. Known as "Kippy," Mrs. Weinrich was born in Atlantic City and grew up in Ventnor, N.J. She graduated from Atlantic City High School, where she met Edward Weinrich. The two married in 1956 and started their life together in Honolulu, where he was serving in the Army. After the couple returned to the Philadelphia area, he worked in the family's bakery business.
October 16, 2015 |
Chef Michael Solomonov, who together with Steven Cook owns a group of restaurants (Zahav, Percy Street Barbecue, Federal Donuts, Abe Fisher, and Dizengoff), appeared at the Free Library of Philadelphia last week to promote his new book, Zahav: A World of Israeli Cooking . Here's an excerpt of our conversation: Can you explain the back and forth from Israel? So, I was born in a little town in Israel called G'nei Yehuda, by the airport. And my mom is American. She grew up in Ohio, which is very different than Israel.
August 19, 2015 |
Egg-glazed pastries, bright yellow egg tarts, and golden brown buns sit behind a glass window at Mong Kok Station, one of the many bakeries in Chinatown. There's a bakery at 109 N. 10th St. And, on the same block, two others plus Mong Kok at 153 N. 10th. That's four bakeries on one block, all offering almost the same thing: a cacophony of cream and carbohydrates. In the kitchen, dough is rising. And bun by bun, the bakers, some of them Chinese immigrants with little or no education and English language skills, are improving their lot in life.
August 8, 2015 |
It's official: Amoroso's Baking Co. will close its longtime Southwest Philadelphia bakery this fall and make bread and rolls at a new plant in Bellmawr, the company told employees starting with the production shift Wednesday night. About 200 employees will be laid off. The layoffs will start Oct. 6, with the closure expected no later than Dec. 4, the company said. "It's a sad thing," said Hank McKay, president of Local 6 of the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union, which represents many Amoroso's employees.
July 18, 2015 |
When Helen Stainker Brown was in her 30s, in the 1950s, she was known as "Herbie" by high school boys who hung out at Pauley's, a bakery in Gloucester City, where she worked behind the counter. "They were very fond of Mom," a son, Harry, said. "They had an informal gang, they called themselves a gang," he said, describing the club. And, he said, "they couldn't have any girls in the gang, so they named her Herbie, like one of the guys. " On Saturday, July 11, Mrs. Brown, 95, died at Heath Village, a retirement community in Hackettstown, N.J. Born in Gloucester City, Mrs. Brown attended Gloucester City High School, her son said, "through 10th grade and dropped out to help support the family.
July 9, 2015 |
It is in the truest sense a family recipe, baked from ingredients of time, trial, and togetherness. Four generations. One business. One location. Haegele's Bakery turned 85 years old on Tuesday, celebrating with 25-cent treats, balloons, and rose-and-carnation bunting, but also in remembrance of departed relatives, and in gratitude to customers who have loved and supported the business since the days of the Great Depression. "Happy birthday," called out Delores Daly, 80, stepping to the glass counter where she has shopped for decades.
May 13, 2015 |
Realism. As-flat-as-a-pancake realism. Rachel Bonds' new play, Five Mile Lake , carries realism to such an extreme that you keep waiting for it to be about something, but, like life itself, it just continues without an intermission. If there's an idea here, it's some cliché, like finding diamonds in your own backyard. And then I saw that my friend sitting next to me was weeping. And that's why there are all kinds of plays. This one, under Emily Mann's direction, using all the bells and whistles that McCarter Theatre has to offer, is very skilled realism.
May 1, 2015 |
They do things the old-fashioned way at Pisker's, the Westville bakery that iced its first cake when Calvin Coolidge was president. "We still cut our doughnuts by hand," says Dave Critch, a third-generation baker, whose father bought Pisker's in 1998. "A machine makes them look almost too perfect. " The unpretentious shop in the blue-collar Gloucester County borough of 4,200 opened on Delsea Drive in 1925. The bakery still occupies its original quarters, which feature a 1937 Hobart mixer, a candy stove from the 1940s, and a vintage dough-sheeter that Critch says "runs like a champ.
March 31, 2015 |
OVER THE 22 YEARS she's been selling beautifully decorated cakes and other sweets from her North Philadelphia bakery, Denise Gause's loyal customers have consistently offered her kind words, she said. "People would say: 'Oh, I'm so glad you're here. I don't have to bake anymore,' " Gause said yesterday. Or, " 'Miss Denise, I don't know what I would do if you weren't here.' " That contingency plan may have to be revisited by customers of Denise's Bakery on 22nd Street near Cambria in Swampoodle, a neighborhood with few options for baked goods.