Food

 

Northeast: Supermarket Closures Leave Food Pantries Scrambling

Northeast: Supermarket Closures Leave Food Pantries Scrambling

It was 8:40 a.m. on a recent sunny, spring-like day. In addition to the birds chirping, chatter could be heard as a line from the front of St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church wrapped around Sackett Street onto Tyson Avenue. Many were gathering and waiting for the Feast of Justice’s Community Cupboard to open. Feast of […]

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Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

Kensington: Local Gardens Cultivate Community, Help Revitalize Neighborhoods

It was in the 1970s when drug use and the violent state of the neighborhood spurred a unique change among a small group of Puerto Rican women in West Kensington. These women, called the Grupo Motivos, worked with an elementary school teacher and a professor to reclaim land and create a place for growth and […]

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Brewerytown: Gardeners Grow Strong Roots in Community

Brewerytown: Gardeners Grow Strong Roots in Community

The Brewerytown Community Garden brings fresh, inexpensive fruits and vegetables back into the community while also engaging residents with various events. “I love gardening, it kind of calms me down, it’s good for you,”said garden member Jeannie Brooks. “I grew up in a family of farmers and singers from Hopewell Township in New Jersey.” When Brooks relocated to […]

 

East Passyunk: After Success In South Philly, Brothers Expand Grocery Business

East Passyunk: After Success In South Philly, Brothers Expand Grocery Business

More than six years ago, two brothers dove into their savings and maxed out their credit cards to follow their passion and share it with the people around them. “There was a demand for a store specializing in this (local and organic) kind of food, and we thought if we don’t do it, someone else […]

 

Graduate Hospital: Local Neighborhood Organizations Are Making Sure You’ll Love It Here

Graduate Hospital: Local Neighborhood Organizations Are Making Sure You’ll Love It Here

A community is only as good as its people allow it to be, and the folks living west of Broad on South Street have taken this notion to heart. Both the South of South Neighborhood Association (SOSNA) and the South Street West Business Association (SSWBA) are extremely active in the area around Graduate Hospital, with […]

 

Kensington: Next On Tap At Saint Benjamin Brewery? Full-Service Kitchen

Kensington: Next On Tap At Saint Benjamin Brewery? Full-Service Kitchen

Five years ago, Tim Patton and Christina Burris would have never thought they’d be running their own brewery. Now, they’re not only making Saint Benjamin beer at a re-purposed warehouse in Kensington, they are set to add a tap room and kitchen in May. Using funds from the American Street Empowerment Zone business grant program, their tap […]

 

East Oak Lane: Church Leader Creates Kitchen Program to Bring Members Together

East Oak Lane: Church Leader Creates Kitchen Program to Bring Members Together

Oak Lane Presbyterian Church, located in the East Oak Lane area of the city, offers many programs geared toward creating a tight-knit congregation. The church’s pastor, the Rev. Judith Brackett, had this goal in mind when she created her Tuesdays in the Kitchen with the Pastor program, which allows members of the congregation to spend time with her, […]

 

Kensington: At Food Workshop, Greensgrow Teaches the Art of Preserving Seasonal Flavors

Kensington: At Food Workshop, Greensgrow Teaches the Art of Preserving Seasonal Flavors

As cookbook author and full-time teacher, Marisa McClellan has undoubtedly mastered the art of preserving. Currently, McClellan runs her own blog, Food In Jars, and co-hosts the food podcast Local Mouthful. Her three cookbooks focus on preserving, canning and providing healthy alternatives to sweetening. Greens grow Farms, a nonprofit in Kensington focused on making urban farming […]

 

Francisville: Urbanstead Farm Teaches Neighbors About Food, Responsibility

Francisville: Urbanstead Farm Teaches Neighbors About Food, Responsibility

When Urbanstead founder Lisa Gaidanowicz was given a plot of land in Francisville to create a farm a few years ago, she didn’t realize it might be the first time neighborhood residents saw food coming from soil. “To you and me, an urban farm is a really big garden,” she said. “You don’t really find […]

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Bella Vista: Chef Georgeann Leaming ‘Chopped’ Her Way to Success in Philadelphia

Bella Vista: Chef Georgeann Leaming ‘Chopped’ Her Way to Success in Philadelphia

Working in a professional kitchen is a career path that can be unforgiving. Enrolling in culinary school and finding a good job in the industry is anything but straightforward. Throw a newborn child into the mix and that makes things even more challenging. Georgeann Leaming knows this from personal experience. She entered culinary school at age 23 and gave birth […]