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FOOD
September 5, 2014 | By Craig LaBan, Inquirer Restaurant Critic
The farm-to-table movement has become so pervasive, it's moved beyond trend status to the expected norm for any serious modern kitchen. The table-to-farm movement, however, is only just taking root. And as local farmers dedicated to sustainable agriculture strive to share their mission with consumers by bringing them to the source, they are finding that one feature is just as essential as the picturesque landscape and grass-fed meats: a restaurant. "The whole purpose of this farm for me was to raise the food this way and sell directly to people," said Dean Carlson, who recently added an alfresco dinner service to his Wyebrook Farm in Honey Brook, Chester County.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 4, 2014 | By Molly Eichel
IS FORMER mob boss Joseph "Skinny Joey" Merlino getting into the restaurant business in Florida? GossipExtra.com, run by Miami Herald contributor/former New York Daily News reporter Jose Lambiet , seems to think so. Lambiet reports that Merlino and investors will open a restaurant "in the heart of Boca Raton," which Merlino has called home since completing his 14-year prison stint for racketeering. Lambiet quotes business broker Daron Tersakyan , who was not familiar with Merlino but confirmed that investors "want to set up a high-end, South Philadelphia-style Italian place.
FOOD
August 29, 2014 | By Elisa Ludwig, For The Inquirer
If it smells kind of scorched around here, it's probably not the errant crumbs in your toaster oven. More likely it's the wafting scent of all the fire-scarred foods coming out of local restaurants: Charred salad greens, charred squids and octopi, charred slices of bread with charred vegetable spreads. And there's no escaping the avalanche of charred brussels sprouts. "The trend we're seeing is open-flame cooking. Whether it's wood-burning ovens, charcoal grills, wood-burning grills, or simple gas ranges, cooks are really experimenting with fire," says Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink.
NEWS
August 19, 2014
NEVER TRUST a skinny chef. Nor one with a spotless apron. I trust Walter Staib, built like a Black Forest barrel with a winter-frost Vandyke. In a world crawling with skinny chefs, Iron Chefs and nuisance chefs, give me Walter. "I don't have tattoos, I haven't been in jail, I'm an ordinary guy," he says. This ordinary guy has published six cookbooks, his PBS "A Taste of History" series snagged four Emmys in five seasons, he's a mega-consultant who has launched 650 restaurants around the globe.
NEWS
August 10, 2014 | By Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer
Cherry Hill appears to have arrived on the culinary front as South Jersey's latest foodie town. The township will host its first Restaurant Week - modeled after Philadelphia's but on a smaller scale - Sunday through next Saturday. "It's great for Cherry Hill to do something on its own," said Aldo Lamberti, owner of Caffe Aldo Lamberti at 2011 Route 70 W., one of the participants. "Of course, not just Cherry Hill people are coming to town. " Twenty-one other restaurants are taking part - located along Routes 70 and 38, and at Cherry Hill Mall and the Market Place at Garden State Park.
NEWS
July 31, 2014 | By Jan Hefler, Inquirer Staff Writer
A funky soda fountain and restaurant in Collingswood known as the Pop Shop is planning to open a second location in downtown Medford in late fall. The new Pop Shop, which will be decorated with painted aqua, hot pink, and peach-colored "soda bubbles" against a yellow background, will be in the former Farmers & Mechanics Bank at 1 S. Main Street, said Bill "Stink" Fisher, a co-owner who will run the restaurant. Fisher, an actor who appeared in Invincible and The Lovely Bones , said the 100-year-old building will be renovated and reopen as a 150-seat restaurant with a mezzanine and later may provide outdoor seating.
NEWS
July 25, 2014 | By Laura McCrystal, Inquirer Staff Writer
Radnor Township police have arrested a McDonald's employee who they say sold crack cocaine from the restaurant's parking lot in Wayne. Allen Trammell, 29, of Philadelphia, worked at the McDonald's restaurant on Lancaster Avenue and sold packets of the drug while at work, police said Wednesday. After receiving a tip from a confidential informant, undercover officers purchased packets of crack cocaine from Trammell on four dates in June and July, police said. Police said there was no evidence that Trammell, who was arrested Tuesday, sold drugs inside the restaurant, but the investigation will continue.
NEWS
July 15, 2014 | By Rita Giordano, Inquirer Staff Writer
Florence Matthews, 80, of Mount Laurel, beloved local restaurateur, accomplished cook, crack bartender, and hostess extraordinaire, died Wednesday, July 2, at Cooper University Hospital in Camden. She was in the hospital for dehydration, her oldest daughter, Judy Dress, said. She had been receiving treatment for colon cancer. Mrs. Matthews, better known as Flo, spent her professional life in hospitality, and she learned it by doing it. At 15, she was waitressing at a diner in the nation's capital called the Dollhouse.
BUSINESS
June 30, 2014 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Sonic . The word denotes megaspeed, the speed of sound, to be precise. Indeed, it was speed - of service - that a small Oklahoma chain of burger-and-root-beer drive-in restaurants wanted to convey by adopting Sonic as its name in 1959. Today, with orders roller-skated to customers in their cars; a full-service, made-to-order menu offered all day; and a dizzying selection of drinks - there are 1.3 million possible combinations, frozen and otherwise - Sonic Corp. is publicly traded, with 3,500 drive-in restaurants in 40 states.
NEWS
June 26, 2014 | By Joseph A. Gambardello, Alfred Lubrano, and Mark Fazlollah, Inquirer Staff Writers
A ping from the stolen cellphone of a woman who had been raped in her Rittenhouse Square apartment led police Tuesday to declare the sexual assault solved. Authorities arrested Milton Mateo Garcia, a 28-year-old kitchen worker from Honduras who is here illegally and had already been deported at least once, on Monday night and charged him with grabbing the woman early Saturday on Spruce Street, forcing her into her own apartment, and raping her. "For the residents of Rittenhouse Square, we have this guy off the street," said Capt.
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