July 28, 2008 |
Camden's Aaron McCargo Jr. was in the right place last night at a viewing party for Food Network's finale of season four of "The Next Food Network Star. " The right place was Victor's Pub on Camden's waterfront, and McCargo, 37, was announced as the winner. He bested the two other finalists, Lisa Garza of Dallas and Adam Gertler of South Philadelphia. More than 200 friends and family members - including McCargo's wife, Kim, sons Josh, 14, and Justin, 4, and daughter Jordan, 1 -- attended the Camden party.
July 17, 2015 |
At Camden's most unusual new restaurant, there's more than hearty fare on the menu. Five raised beds of veggies are flourishing on the roof; a cozy "garden terrace" offers an outdoor space for catered events; and some employees are ex-cons who have turned their lives around. Welcome to the CK Cafe, where sales of sandwiches, salads, and platters named for Pyne Poynt, Parkside, Fairview, and other sections of the city help feed the needy folks who live there. "We're trying to celebrate where we're at," says Karen Talarico, executive director of Cathedral Kitchen, the cafe's nonprofit parent.
January 5, 1995 |
Catch up with Hai Doan in the pre-dawn darkness and you are likely to find him busy at work at the Vale-Rio Diner. (He can be found there at the dinner hour, too.) Catch up with Doan a little later, about sunrise, and he'll be at the Center for Arts and Technology-Pickering on Charlestown Road, on the northern edge of Schuylkill Township, putting together breakfast for Head Start youngsters. After that, he'll check the day's lunch menu for teachers at the technical school, bake his desserts, set up the teachers' dining room, check on supplies, supervise fellow culinary arts students as they start preparing lunch, wipe down counters, and take his place behind the counter as teachers file into their private cafe for lunch and some peace and quiet.
September 24, 2009
Here is a selection of cooking classes in the region. Check Web sites for additional classes and information. Classes are in Philadelphia unless otherwise noted. Albertson's Cooking School , Box 27, Wynnewood. 610-649-9290 ( www.albertsoncookingschool.com ). South African Foods, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 15; and, International Casseroles Your Mom Never Made, 6:30 p.m. Oct. 19, $45 each. Atlantic Cape Community College Academy of Culinary Arts , 5100 Black Horse Pike, Mays Landing, 609-343- 4829 ( www.atlantic.
August 22, 2014
V ARNANA "V" Beuria, 35, of Southwark, is chef/owner of Chhaya Cafe. A native of India, she earned an economics degree from Penn and a degree in culinary arts from Philly's Restaurant School. She recently moved the cafe two doors down on East Passyunk Avenue. The new location is nearly double the capacity to 60 seats, and she's adding at least three employees. Q: Why'd the biz move? A: Last year I didn't think we could survive another summer where we were. It was too tight, we got crowded and the waits became unmanageable.
April 18, 2000 |
Caryl Atmajian began sewing as a way to stretch her budget, and discovered a career. She was studying at Philadelphia College of Bible to become an English teacher when she decided home economics was her true love. Atmajian used the memory of that moment to develop Senior Seminar Field Experience, a career-selection course that won her the state level National Family and Consumer Science Teacher of the Year Award. "I remember I was sewing, and I suddenly said to myself, 'I love this.
November 30, 2003 |
Being a chef is not just about making the perfect sauce, said Stephen O'Donnell, who has worked in professional kitchens for 25 years. Food must be ordered, equipment checked, people managed, and menus planned. And expect long hours on holidays and weekends, the Downingtown resident said. "But that's something we accept. Those who stay in it long-term really love it," he said. O'Donnell is the coordinator of a chef-apprentice program that will begin in January at Montgomery County Community College.
May 15, 1994 |
Brian McCleish got an early graduation present from the Pitman Board of Education: a round-trip airline ticket. The ticket will allow McCleish, 18, to take part in his high school graduation ceremony June 21 and get back to Johnson & Wales University in Rhode Island in time for his second full day of classes as an advanced- placement student in culinary arts. Not bad for a guy whose folks and teachers figured him for a dropout just two years ago. "He was a gifted student in elementary school," said his mother, Linda Hess.
November 18, 1997 |
Thomas V. Crow maintains a school that, when it was built 28 years ago, won the prestigious Distinguished Building Award from the state chapter of the American Institute of Architects. The 144,000 square feet of brown bricks and white columns that make up the Middle Bucks Institute of Technology were considered the cutting-edge of 1970s educational architecture. So why can't Crow, building and grounds supervisor, find new parts for much of his school's equipment? And why must he position trash cans under ceilings to catch drips from a leaky roof?
May 22, 2001 |
Three longtime employees who are retiring from Camden County College this year were honored Saturday during commencement festivities. The college is conferring emeritus status on Dorrell Biddle of Mount Laurel, a professor of biology at the college since 1969, and Anthony L. Tumolo of Havertown, Delaware County, a professor of chemistry since 1973. Catherine "Kitty" Hewitt of Laurel Springs received the Camden County College Presidential Medal for her service to the college.