October 22, 2006 |
It had been an exceptionally busy summer of eating on the job in Philadelphia, and I was hoping for a little break. Perhaps something a bit lighter than the usual restaurant critic's fare. Maybe even home-cooked in the rustic quietude of a mountaintop retreat. So, what was I thinking going on "vacation" to Vermont? The Green Mountain State has rustic quietude to spare, of course. But my resolve to go easy on the food hunt began to crumble within moments of our arrival when, stocking up at Singleton's Store in Proctorsville, I found myself lingering near the giant wheel of Cabot cheddar in back, where a butcher's counter also yawned with beautiful slabs of cob-smoked bacon and storemade country sausage.
August 31, 2006
Re: "Suburban dining: First, you wait," by staff writer Adam Fifield, July 16. We all seem to be living among suburban sheep who think that Cheesecake Factory, Outback Steakhouse and the like are the only eating places around. I shook my head in disbelief when I read the quotes from the masses and restaurateurs. I also couldn't believe that the president of Outback Steakhouse, Ben Novello, had the nerve not to apologize for the way his patrons are sometimes treated - like the cattle he serves.
July 6, 2006 |
Farm Aid is coming to the Garden State. The annual all-star fund- raising concert, which was founded in 1985 by Willie Nelson after Bob Dylan made remarks in support of American farmers at Live Aid in Philadelphia that year, will take place at the Tweeter Center in Camden on Sept. 30. The 19th Farm Aid - the concert took three years off in the late '80s and early '90s, but has been an annual event since 1992 - will feature Nelson and his three fellow Farm Aid board members - Neil Young, Dave Matthews and John Mellencamp.
June 28, 2006 |
We were out at 5:30 a.m. putting up handmade signs with directions. Our banner had been hung over the train station canopy. And we'd done as much local advertising as we could with our limited budget. It was the first day of the new farmers' market in downtown Swarthmore, and everyone was nervous. We had worked with Bob Pierson of Farm to City, the organization that helps communities set up farm markets, and had four of our five farmers ready to go on the last Saturday in May. But, we worried, what if we threw a party and nobody came?
May 30, 2006 |
Franca Fusco is particular about what she eats. "I'm so worried that the things I buy from the grocery store are not as nutritionally wholesome as they are if I grow them myself," she said, "or buy them from a local farmer. " Thanks to Fusco and other consumers who are putting a lot more thought and effort into food, sales of locally grown food are climbing, forcing changes in the U.S. food system, which excels at moving goods over long distances. Consumers have lots of reasons to buy local food when possible: They think it is fresher and more nutritious; they want to keep small farmers in business; they like unusual varieties of vegetables that do not ship well; they want their children to know that food ultimately comes from farms, not factories and supermarkets; and they think it saves energy.
May 9, 2001 |
Brad Kielinski performs volunteer work the same way he plays sports - with every body part moving furiously. Except his mouth. The senior at Kennedy-Kenrick High goes all out, all the time, whether he's playing soccer or basketball, running and jumping in track and field, or helping out at the Patrician Society of Central Montgomery County, which is located in Norristown. Whenever he's asked, and even when's not, Kielinski can be found at the Patrician Society's emergency food cupboard.
November 28, 1995 |
A global giant that dishes out food and drink to Olympics athletes, sports fans and schoolchildren will likely add the Chester County Prison to its client roster. The Chester County Commissioners today are expected to award a $795,101 food service contract for the prison to Aramark, the low bidder for a job that has been done by county employees. County Government Services Director Wayne Rothermel said the county can expect $132,000 in savings next year by contracting out the service, primarily due to the economies of scale a company as large as Aramark can offer.
September 16, 1992 |
Sitting comfortably in the middle of the cool Hanapepe River, Helen Dotimas scraped her knife over the scales of a fish as her great-grandchildren splashed nearby. Devastated by Hurricane Iniki like everyone else, she was nevertheless planning a good dinner - without government help. "We were supposed to pick up supplies, but I think we have enough," said Dotimas, 67. "Usually, I don't do this, but since the hurricane came . . . ," she shrugged, pointing to a plastic bag full of opi fish that her son had speared.
July 18, 1991 |
In Saudi Arabia last fall and winter, American troops poured pancake syrup from Honey Brook, munched potato chips made in Nottingham and drank milk from cows raised in Atglen and Cochranville. Even setting aside the goods used by GIs waiting for war, Chester County's agricultural products are increasingly being shipped abroad. "During the war we exported about 25,000 cases of four one-gallon (containers of) pancake syrup for the government troops," Larry Bingaman of Good Food Inc. of Honey Brook said recently.
February 8, 1989 |
Here's some good news to go with your breakfast coffee. That coffee, and a breakfast built around it, should be costing you a lot less this week. Consider the classic eye-opener: black coffee, orange juice, an egg and toast with margarine. The make-at-home cost for that modest but all-important meal comes to just 25 cents. Impossible? A quarter just doesn't go that far anymore? Generally speaking, it doesn't. Smart shopping is the way to make it happen. The trick is to find the supermarket specials like the ones we found this week and last - the eggs at 49 cents a dozen, the orange juice at 99 cents a half-gallon and the coffee priced as low as $2.79 (and widely at $2.99)