December 12, 2013 |
Catherine A. Fraser, 97, longtime owner and operator of Cass's Pretzels at the now defunct Pennsauken Mart, died Monday, Dec. 9, at her home in Riverton. Mrs. Fraser was born in South Philadelphia in the 2300 block of South Hutchinson Street and attended public schools in the city. The former Catherine "Cass" Brennan married Donald Fraser in her early 20s and had two sons and a daughter. "She always considered herself a South Philadelphian," said Dan McKenna, who married Mrs. Fraser's daughter, Sandra.
May 7, 2013
I HAVE watched with interest the actions or, better yet, non-actions of the leaders of the Phila school system. Knowledge has a cost, but the only ones benefitting from that mindset are the superintendent and his generals. They need to implementing a more comprehensive strategy aimed at the majority of the students who have a desire to learn. They have placed too much blame on disruptive students, but when should the actions of a few supercede the desire of the majority? Get a backbone.
April 25, 2013 |
On Friday, visitors to Philly Pretzel Factory stores can pick up a free soft pretzel. Early birds can even win a month's worth - one free pretzel every day in May - if they're among the first 100 to stop by any of the more than 100 locations in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida and Colorado. It's all in celebration of National Pretzel Day. No purchase necessary. For more details, including store locations, go to www.phillysoftpretzelfactory.com . No signs, by the way, of a similar Pretzel Day giveaway at Auntie Anne's pretzel locations.
September 9, 2012 |
Olivia Dorsey was in her bedroom early Wednesday when commotion from the sidewalk startled her - voices that sounded like a man and woman arguing, she recalled, then an instant of silence, then the gunshot, "loud as a cannon. " Dorsey, 80, made her way outside to discover her gracious neighbor, Jose Ortiz-Diaz, shot down by a robber and dying in the arms of a friend. "Jose was lying flat on his back, and his head was in this woman's lap, and she was rocking him like she was trying to wake him up," Dorsey said Friday, looking over her shrubs toward where Ortiz-Diaz fell.
April 26, 2012 |
Friday night's episode of Undercover Boss will have a distinctly local flavor — the salty, loamy taste of soft pretzels. That's because the subject of the show is Bensalem native Dan DiZio, the CEO of the Philly Pretzel Factory. The drama on the CBS reality show promises to play out differently as well. Usually, the corporate chieftains haven't lifted anything heavier than a phone their entire careers. So they tend to experience trouble once they take on disguises to perform their companies' most physically demanding, entry-level jobs.
April 23, 2012 |
When Dan DiZio sold pretzels on Roosevelt Boulevard and dreamed of opening his own pretzel bakery, he didn't know what the word "franchise" meant, or that having one store could ever happen. But now with 120 locations nationwide, the CEO and co-founder of the Philly Pretzel Factory will be on "Undercover Boss" Friday night (8 p.m., CBS 3). DiZio, 40, said he thinks every CEO should go undercover at his business and see how his employees work. "I was sleeping on bags of flour when we first opened up, but I became a corporate guy," DiZio said.
April 5, 2012
I've had an interesting adventure since we last spoke - a family trip to exotic Queens, one of the most diverse counties in the country, as tasty as I remember - and still mostly untainted by Brooklyn-style hipster-fication. We ate great Greek in Astoria at Agnanti Meze (rooster in sauce, anyone?) and dove into Flushing's vast Chinatown. But it was the Thai food at Ayada in Elmhurst that was a revelation. Wow! Such vibrant flavors. Homemade Issan-style "sour" sausage. Ground pork larb that radiated chile heat.
March 9, 2012 |
LANCE LEMPERT is a Philly guy. A Northeast High grad who grew up on Tastykakes and soft pretzels. So why will he be wearing a San Francisco Giants jersey to Citizens Bank Park in late July? Glad you asked. Lempert won a chance to meet Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum after entering a video in a contest sponsored by Red Bull in which contestants had to imitate the "Freak's" unorthodox pitching style. Lempert, who was a Daily News honorable mention in 2009, met with Lincecum in a 45-minute session in Scottsdale, Ariz., on March 2. "He was great," Lempert said.
November 14, 2011
ConAgra, the Omaha-based food-processing giant that owns Chef Boyardee, Peter Pan, Snack Pack, and other supermarket brands, says it has purchased Lancaster-based National Pretzel - which bakes private-label pretzels for chain groceries at its bakeries in Lancaster and Hanover, Pa., and Visalia, Calif. - from investor Michael Torporek's New York buyout firm, Brookstone Partners. Neither buyer nor seller named a price, but a Wall Street Journal report said a ConAgra official confirmed the total was more than $100 million.
July 14, 2011
Here's something you might not know about those two-for-a-dollar pretzels you just bought: They've most likely been dipped in a liquid solution of baker's lye. Baker's lye is caustic soda, a/k/a sodium hydroxide, a chemical that's been used to: relax hair, strip paint, unclog drains and (feel free to stop reading now) digest flesh. For pretzels, it adds a golden-brown finish and a surface that makes salt stick. Baker's lye is diluted in water, a concentration that's "very small parts per million," said Marty Ferrill, vice president of franchise development at Mayfair-based Philly Soft Pretzel Factory.