January 8, 2009 |
The watchword for 2009 is less , as in: getting by on less; using less expensive ingredients; eating out less often. And more home cooking. The trend will affect families at all points along the culinary spectrum. Bon Appetit magazine, for example, suggests its home cooks substitute truffle oil for more expensive truffles, while Wegmans supermarkets say sales of supplies for home baking and canning are way up. "Over the last year, we've seen increased sales of baking ingredients such as flour, even over the spring and summer when flour prices were rising dramatically," says Josephine Natale, spokeswoman for the supermarket chain.
September 22, 2008 |
Don't plan to pick up a bottle of chenin blanc along with that lemon pepper rotisserie chicken at Wegmans in Cherry Hill any time soon. Wegmans has had access to a liquor license for almost a year, but the supermarket chain is still deciding whether to set up a liquor store adjacent to the supermarket or put it elsewhere in the Marketplace at Garden State Park, spokeswoman Jo Natale said. Cherry Hill does not permit liquor sales in a supermarket. Jason Wehle, a son-in-law of chief executive officer Danny Wegman, paid $500,000 in October 2007 for the retail liquor license formerly held by Corkscrewed on Marlton Pike.
May 19, 2008 |
As a guy who's spent his entire working life running a beer distributorship, I often ask my customers, "What's good about selling beer in convenience stores?" The answer runs something like this: "It's convenient. You can stop for gas, and get beer and cigarettes at the same time. " Now, I can't be the only person who sees a problem with making it easy to buy beer and gasoline in one convenient location. And even though I live in Luzerne County, I know that people in Philadelphia's neighborhoods already are troubled by "convenience stores" that are more than a little careless about checking IDs for underage drinking and that all too often become nuisances in otherwise peaceful residential neighborhoods.
March 3, 2008 |
Just off the produce aisle in the newest supermarket here is a room with concert-like flat screens, rows of seats and a massive stove beneath video cameras. This is the cooking school at Super Giant. It is next to the dietitian's office. Which is next to the wireless cafe. Which is by the free day-care center and valet checkout. A sprawling wing upstairs is called the community center. Its meeting rooms resemble what you'd see at a hotel. Did we mention this is a grocery store?
March 3, 2008 |
WILLOW GROVE, Pa. - Just off the produce aisle in the newest supermarket here is a room with concert-like flat screens, rows of seats and a massive stove beneath video cameras. This is the cooking school at Super Giant. It is next to the dietitian's office. Which is next to the wireless cafe. Which is by the free day-care center and valet checkout. A sprawling wing upstairs is called the community center. Its meeting rooms resemble what you'd see at a hotel. Did we mention this is a grocery store?
February 21, 2008
Prints to plates Mounted over a buffet or as serving dishes on the buffet, these functional reproductions of original Marc Lacaze watercolors are an artful addition to any dining room. And the perfect hostess gift for your next weekend at a friend's Shore residence. (Dishwasher safe and microwaveable.) Soups and starters Shortcut your soup-making with a base of prepared stock or vegetable puree. Or enjoy these organic and natural broths and soups straight. Brands include Imagine Foods (a wide selection includes bisques and creamy vegetable purees)
January 5, 2008 |
Smokers, it seems, are going down like ducks in a shooting gallery, with 2008 emerging as the Year Of the Cigarette Ban. Capping a week in which smokers were booted to the curb in city after city across the globe, the Wegmans supermarket chain announced yesterday that it would stop selling cigarettes for the first time since its inception in 1916. The chain operates 71 stores, four of which are in the Philadelphia region. The decision, which takes effect Feb. 10, makes Wegmans Food Markets Inc. the highest-profile supermarket group known to have removed the beleaguered tobacco product from its shelves.
December 12, 2007 |
The Wegmans supermarket chain plans to open a liquor mart inside its Cherry Hill store, making it one of the few groceries in South Jersey to sell alcohol. Jason Wehle, a son-in-law of chief executive officer Danny Wegman's, paid $500,000 in October for the retail liquor license formerly held by Corkscrewed on Marlton Pike. Wegmans will carve out space in its Route 70 store to sell liquor, spokeswoman Jeanne Colleluori said yesterday. She said that planning was in the early stages, and that she did not know when liquor sales would begin.
November 15, 2007
The Internet offers some great resources for Thanksgiving planning. A few we liked: _ Oprah Winfrey's site, www.oprah.com , has thought-provoking stories on topics such as gratitude, gathering and relaxing, along with recipes. Type "Thanksgiving" into the site search engine. _ Better Homes & Gardens ( www.bhg.com ) has a great Thanksgiving countdown that started in early November. The catch is, you have to register on the site to find it. _ Blueprint magazine's site ( www.marthastewart.
September 19, 2007
As the Korean supermarket chain H Mart colonizes Philadelphia's middle-class suburbs - with stores in Elkins Park, Levittown and Upper Darby - a world of pan-Asian foraging has opened to intrepid foodies. It's a world where Wegmans meets Race Street, with wide aisles, alluring displays of produce, cooking demonstrations, free samples and an exotic selection of fresh and packaged ingredients for Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Vietnamese recipes. "Our customers will try something in Chinatown and want to make it at home," says Bruce Lee, assistant manager of the Upper Darby store.