When it comes to modernizing a cuisine, German has got to be one of the most challenging. There’s likely very little on the menu at any German restaurant in the country in 2013 that wouldn’t also have appeared on the menu of the local wursthaus in, say, 1587. And yet modernizing this almost elementally historic cuisine is exactly what chef Jeremy Nolen set out to do, both at Brauhaus Schmitz on South Street and now atWursthaus Schmitz at Reading Terminal. Yes, you can still get potato salad here. And headcheese by the pound. And delicious sausages with ridiculous names. But you can also order sandwiches, and for some reason, even though they’re based on traditional combinations, every one of them—from the Bavarian, with its coleslaw and horseradish sauce, to the goulash-dripping Hungarian and the Lyoner (which is basically just a fried baloney sandwich with a passport)—feels like something wholly and completely new.
Pork roll has its place, but Pennsylvania is for scrapple lovers. The state is even in the shape of it! So celebrate your love for our hometown mystery meat at Reading Terminal Market’s annual Scrapplefest, happening this Saturday, November 2nd from 10:00 to 4:00pm. Deitz & Watson, Hatfield Quality Meats, Godshall’s, Habbersett, Leidy’s and (my personal favorite) Stryker Farms, will each be offering samples of their scrapple, griddled to perfection. Then at 2:00 a panel of judges including the inimitable Drew Lazor, Where magazine’s Laura Burkhardt, and writer-emeritus Rick Nichols of the Inquirer will taste dishes prepared by Reading Terminal Market vendors to determine the winner of a 3D pig plaque.
Rumor has it that entries are heavily of the scrapple-egg-and-cheese variety, but you might also see scrapple panzanella or mahi mahi scrapple hushpuppies. Let’s hope that they come with ketchup AND maple syrup.
Reading Terminal Market general manager Paul Steinke is seriously considering a run for City Council in 2015. Steinke has been the GM of the Reading Terminal for twelve years. Before that, Steinke was executive director of the University City District, and earlier, director of finance and administration for the Center City District.
Last night, a source told me that Paul Steinke was seriously considering a run for City Council in 2015. This morning, when I called the 49-year-old Steinke, who’s been general manager of Reading Terminal Market since 2001, he confirmed the rumor.
Ye olde Reading Terminal Market has launched a ye new social media campaign to reward home cooks who shop the market for ingredients. Interested? You have until Friday at noon to submit a recipe and picture of the dish to RTM’s Facebook page, along with a list of primary ingredients sourced there and a reference guide to exactly what shops sell them. Name the dish, supply a cute story about it and you could become the next Reading Terminal Chef, as voted on by the public next week.
What does this get you besides bragging rights? First place winner receives a $75 RTM gift card and runner up gets a $25 card, plus probably a fair amount of gratitude from your favorite vendors.
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.
On Wednesday, July 24th Philly Chocolate Tours founder Valerie Beck is coming out of “tourguide retirement” to lead a special Best of Philly Chocolate tour for Philadelphia magazine readers. The tour will go behind the scenes at some Best of Philly winning chocolate shops from over the 40 years that the magazine has been doing Best of Philly.
The tour costs $40 and includes samples at each stop, plus a Philadelphia Chocolate Tours goody bag. Purchase tickets online and enter “PhillyMag40” at checkout, or phone Philly Chocolate Tours at 215-833-0044.
And on Saturday, July 27th and Wednesday, July 31st take a Best of Philly Tour at the Reading Terminal Market. The two-hour events will cover the fascinating history and culture of Reading Terminal (a Best of Philly winner for Best Market) aand enjoy bite-size tastes of winning foods at eight Best of Philly-winning Market merchants before retreating to the Market’s Rick Nichols Room for sampling of additional Best of Philly award-winning dishes. Tickets are just $19 online.
Tonight, the Border Springs Lamb Farm stand at the Reading Terminal Market is hosting a free Industry night. Owner (shepherd), Craig Rogers will be on hand to show off his lamb and will be providing complimentary lamb and beer.
The event runs from 10 p.m. to midnight. Will ewe be there?
A marriage of awesome outdoor grilling and delicious ice cream is taking place over at Reading Terminal Market this Saturday, July 13th. You’re invited to celebrate both National Hot Dog Month and National Ice Cream Month with a bevy of summer staples–$1 hot dogs, turkey legs, kabobs, shrimp skewers, grilled pizza, hamburgers, Amish sausages, Bavarian pork sandwiches, as well as a variety of ice cream treats. Live music, games, and children’s arts and crafts will round out the event. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.