October 8, 2013 |
People joke about nosy dinner guests snooping through bathroom medicine cabinets. Not Skip Rosskam, 67, chief operating officer at David Michael & Co., the Northeast Philadelphia food flavors and product development company. If he's a dinner guest, he has an entirely different goal. Question: What is it? Answer: I'd be sneaking in the kitchen, and I'd be looking in your refrigerator, and I'd be looking in the spice cabinet. Q: What are you actually looking for? A: I'm looking for brands, trends.
September 30, 2013 |
Joe Ancona built his first ship 60 years ago, after a memorable Thanksgiving dinner in South Philly. "I was about 13 or 14, breaking walnuts, and they were breaking into perfect halves," the Gloucester Township resident recalls. "I got this [idea] they'd make perfect ships. So I gave it a try. And I've been doing it ever since. " A fleet of exquisite little vessels whose hulls Ancona makes from the shells of walnuts, pecans, or pistachios merrily sails - in glass condiment jars - on the shelves of what he calls the "boat room.
December 30, 2012 |
EL-ARISH, Egypt - Thousands of tons of building materials such as cement and steel began crossing into the Gaza Strip on Saturday, Egyptian and Palestinian officials said, temporarily easing a five-year-old blockade on the coastal territory. An Egyptian security official said the shipment was made in consultation with Israeli officials, who were in Cairo on Thursday to discuss security in the Sinai Peninsula and the Egyptian-brokered cease-fire agreed upon by Gaza's Hamas rulers and Israel last month.
April 22, 2011 |
After a stellar March, manufacturing activity in the Philadelphia area slowed sharply this month, and the outlook for the next six months dimmed, a survey released Thursday showed. "Nearly all of the survey's broadest indicators remained positive but fell from their readings in the previous month," the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia said in its monthly Business Outlook survey. Some economists and Fed officials nationally have warned of the danger of inflation as the U.S. economy improves, and the Philadelphia Fed's report cautioned that price increases paid by manufacturers in the region for raw materials "continue to be widespread, and a significant percentage of firms reported increases in prices for their own manufactured goods.
April 14, 2011 |
Business activity in the Philadelphia area improved in March, and the outlook for the next six months strengthened slightly, the Federal Reserve reported Wednesday. Local manufacturers and retailers, especially, saw an improvement from February, and there were even spotty gains in bank lending and residential real estate - two sectors still feeling the aftermath of the 2007-09 recession. The Fed's report on Philadelphia was part of its Beige Book, a look at the economy in each of the central bank's 12 regional districts.
March 1, 2011 |
A spark of inspiration struck Ken Haverstick as he lit a fire at his Mount Laurel home. "I was splitting some kindling, and I looked at this piece of wood - the texture - and I thought, 'I could make a petal out of that. I could make a flower,' " he recalls. "So I made a flower. And it took off from there. " What "took off" in the 30 years since his fireside epiphany is an intricate, idiosyncratic craft that combines elements of collage, marquetry, and still life sculpture. From tiny pieces of pine and parts of acorns, seed pods, and other materials he collects from Mother Nature, the 85-year-old retired adman creates rustic yet delicate assemblages of flowers, leaves, and butterflies.
January 11, 2011 |
DuPont Co., in its biggest acquisition since the purchase of seed company Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. in the late 1990s, has agreed to pay $5.8 billion for Danisco, a Danish company that makes enzymes used to produce chemicals and fuels from plants. The deal for Danisco, a partner in DuPont's fledgling effort in Tennessee to produce ethanol from corncobs, is designed to accelerate the Wilmington company's gradual shift in raw materials - under way for more than a decade - from fossil fuels to renewable resources.
July 29, 2010 |
It is an enchanting spread, Blue Elephant Farm, 75 sloping acres, dappled with stone stables, a barn-red barn or two, the occasional sculpted elephant rising in the fields. This is where - on the outskirts of Newtown Square, Delaware County - the urban-farmhouse restaurant called Supper, at 10th and South, procures its "daily [vegetarian] harvest menu. " What Supper's chef Mitch Prensky picks that morning (well, he may skip a day or two), is what you get that night: See those waxy Romanian peppers?
April 19, 2009 |
A punning exhibition title like "Pulp Function" is either going to make you groan with annoyance or pique your curiosity. If you can overlook the misleading implication - very few of the objects in this show at the James A. Michener Art Museum are the slightest bit functional - give curiosity its head. You'll discover a delightful, if not always aesthetically profound, collection of two- and three-dimensional art made from paper. Garden-variety paper, often recycled or mashed into pulp, appears to have arrived at the transition from mundane utility to imaginative inspiration that other common craft materials, particularly ceramics, went through years ago. "Pulp Function," organized at the Fuller Craft Museum in Brockton, Mass.