Johnny Brenda’s Goes Pennsylvania Dutch for Sunday Brunch

This past summer, Johnny Brenda’s current chef Adam Diltz announced he’d be opening his own Mid-Atlantic/Pennsylvania regional BYOB, Elwood, in Fishtown, across from the Fillmore on Frankford Avenue. On that front, progress has been slow, but he’s still pushing for a 2017 opening, by hook or by crook. And this Sunday, February 5th 11 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., he’s decided to give you a little taste of what’s to come with a Pennsylvania Dutch Brunch.

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First Look: The Dutch


Johncarl Lachman and Lee Styer are going Dutch on Pennsport’s hottest new daytime destination. The pair’s sunny new collaboration, located in the space that briefly housed Andrew Michaels’ Fourth & Cross, is cozy yet contemporary, as natural a fit as though it had been custom built for them. While their collective endeavors of Fond, Noord, and Neuf are much beloved destinations for candlelit dinners, breakfast and lunch are the offerings at The Dutch.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Dinner at Drexel


Drexel University’s Center for Hospitality and Sports Management is hosting a Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine Dinner on Wednesday, May 14th at 6 p.m. The dinner highlights local “farmhouse cookery” with an upscale twist to create Pennsylvania Dutch Neideitsch “New Dutch” cuisine. The dinner will be prepared by Drexel Adjunct Professor William Woys Weaver, PhD and chef Steve Eckerd of Little Fish. Complimentary beer courtesy of Sly Fox Brewing will also be provided.

The Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine Dinner will begin with a happy hour at 6 .p.m followed by dinner at 6:30pm. The all-inclusive dinner is $65 per person and will be held in the Academic Bistro, located on the 6th floor of the Paul Peck Problem Solving and Research Building (101 N. 33rd Street).

Drexel will be hosting a final spring dinner on Wednesday, May 28th when Jim Burke, former chef and owner of James cooks at the University.

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Pennsylvania Dutch Festival Kicks Off Today


Celebrate the Amish way with the traditions, foods and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch. The three day festival takes place in the Reading Terminal Market’s Center Court and features crafts, donuts, ice cream, fudge, sausage and more.

On Saturday, the festival expands outdoors to Arch Street with Amsh buggy rides, horse drawn wagons, a petting zoo and live bluegrass music.

Pennsylvania Dutch Festival [Reading Terminal Market]

23rd Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival Coming This Weekend

Thursday August 9th through Saturday August 11th Reading Terminal Market will be hosting the 23rd Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival. During this three day festival from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. the Market’s center court will be host to handmade crafts like quilts, woodcrafts, and wooden toys.

Market staples like Beiler’s Bakery, Hatville Deli, L. Halteman Family Country Foods, Sweet as Fudge, Miller’s Twist, The Grill at Smucker’s and Kaufman’s Lancaster County Produce will be selling their wares. Traditional foods will be on hand with everything from fresh made peanut butter and jam to homemade ice cream, fudge, brittles, and donuts. Did we mention there will be homemade donuts? Well, there will be homemade donuts.

On the third day of the festival the activities move outdoors to Arch Street where Amish buggy rides and horse drawn carriage rides will be riding around the Market. A farm animal petting zoo and country and bluegrass bands will provide the rest of the entertainment.

Reading Terminal Market [Official Site]

Problems At MidAtlantic


Adam Erace loves the fun vibe of MidAtlantic but can’t say the same about the food.

That salad arrived alongside the dry MidAtlantic burger, which came topped with horseradish cheddar, a senseless split link of beef sausage and pickles, which I’d requested on the side. The compact donut roll bookending the burger was playful in theory but sobering in execution, devoid of the airiness you’d expect from a donut.

Coming from Stern, a serious technician whose food normally never looks less than exquisite, this was a curveball. But then again, Stern, presumably occupied with the fast-approaching R2L opening, wasn’t even at MidAtlantic the weekend night I dined. Chef de cuisine Steve Lamborn (the original sous at Gayle) runs the show here, and there are glimmers of Gayle in his cooking: a textbook-perfect fry on the buttery panko and Ritz cracker-crusted Long Island oysters and salsify batons; the cleverness of pan-seared crab “scrapple” cake composed of crabmeat and barley, far better than any traditional crab cake I’ve had in recent memory.

Pass the Dutch [Philadelphia Weekly]
MidAtlantic [Official Site]

Teen Ranks RTM Vendors

16-year old Ben Zauzmer had a goal to eat at all 40 of the food spots in the Reading Terminal. Then he ranked them for the Daily News.

And he even made it interesting.

Zauzmer’s top 5:

  1. Dutch Eating Place
  2. Dinner’s Bar-B-Q Chicken
  3. Salumeria
  4. Down Home Diner
  5. Herschel’s East Side Deli

Reading Terminal Top 40 [Philadelphia Daily News]
Ben in paradise Video
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Pennsylvania Dutch Festival Kicks Off Today

The 19th Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival kicks off at the Reading Terminal Market today and runs through Saturday.

Celebrate the traditions, foods and crafts of the Pennsylvania Dutch. Traditional foods including chicken pot-pie, donuts, ice cream, pies and canned fruits and vegetables will be available. There will also be handmade crafts including quilts, woodcrafts, paintings, hand-braided rugs, wooden toys, and cedar chests.

On Saturday, August 9th the festival will include an “Amish barn raising” as Lancaster County workers build a garden and tool shed from scratch on the Arch Street sidewalk beginning at 10 am. Then, at 3 pm there will be a traditional country auction with a live auctioneer, Moses B Smucker. And with a name like Smucker, you know he has to be good. He will auction off the tool shed, plus a handmade quilt, woodcrafts, and other traditional Amish items.

19th Annual Pennsylvania Dutch Festival [Reading Terminal Market]