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Chef ToqueMany local farmers’ markets invite local chefs to cook and demonstrate. This weekend, Wrightstown Farmers’ Market will have Denis Chiappa from Carlow Cookery demonstrating how to make some great summer dishes, starting at 10:30 am.

At the Linden Hill Farmers’ Market, Chef David Zuckerman of Earl’s Bucks County (formerly Earl’s Prime) will be preparing market items on the grill. Darlene Kaminsky of Chestnut Hill Farm Gourmet Foods will be teaching how to can and preserve. Both will be doing demos at 4:30 & 6:30 pm.

Local Harvest Restaurant Week continues through Sunday, July 26th. SEE, a Lambertville-based community organization, is sponsoring the event in Lambertville and New Hope to raise awareness about sustainability – in our society, environment and economy (SEE). With cooperation from local restaurants, farms, food producers, and Zone 7  (a local foods distribution business), SEE is bringing the best of the region’s local harvest to local restaurant tables. If you eat at one of the participating restaurants, you’ll be able to enjoy dishes specially prepared for the event using the finest local ingredients. Check out SEE’s website for more information about their mission, more details about the restaurant week, and a list of participating restaurants (which includes practically all of the good ones in Lambertville).

The Farm-to-Table Dinner benefiting  The Heritage Conservancy is coming up soon, on Saturday, August 1st so buy your tickets soon. The catering will be done by Soup to Nuts Caterers and Earl’s Restaurant in Peddler’s Village, which recently changed its menu and concept to focus on local, farm-fresh ingredients. Price will be $45 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Heritage Conservancy, a land conservation organization here in Bucks County. It will be held at the historic Lindsay Farm in Warminster.

Here’s the run-down for the weekend. Check out our online calendar, Food Events in Bucks County for more details on any of the events below. Have a peachy-keen weekend.

Friday, July 24th:

  • 25th Anniversary Marathon @ Dilly’s Corner, 12 am – 12 am, Centre Bridge/New Hope.
  • Linden Hill Farmers’ Market, 3:30 – 7:30 pm, Ottsville.
  • Wine Concert Series @ Shady Brook Farm,  7 – 9 pm, Yardley. Weather permitting. Free admission. Dan Kauffman is the musical entertainment.
  • Local Harvest Restaurant Week by SEE, 5 – 10 pm, Lambertville & New Hope.
  • Hot Wines from Hot Climates, 7 – 9 pm, Carlow Cookery, Doylestown.
  • Outdoor Summer Music Series @ Crossing Vineyards and Winery, 7 – 10 pm, Washington Crossing. Karen Rodriguez Latin Jazz Ensemble is the musical entertainment.

Saturday, July 25th:

Sunday, July 26th:

 Monday, July 27th:

  • Foods & Moods with Nutritionist Ellen Book-O’Neill, Cornerstone Health & Fitness, 11 am – 12 pm, Furlong.
  • The Sushi Bar, 6:30 – 8:30 pm, Carlow Cookery, Doylestown.

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Farm-fresh cocktailIf all the lovely veggies now showing up at local farmers’ markets don’t do it for you (??), here’s a Philadelphia Daily News article that highlights some delectable drinks you can make with local ingredients. That should motivate you to get out to the farmers’ market.

Here’s a couple of items that caught my eye on how to use the ingredients, particularly herbs. Recipes are included in the article.

Bistro St. Tropez chef/owner Patrice Rames is crazy about peaches right now … After blanching the fruit for two minutes to remove the skin, Rames dips it in ice water to stop the cooking process. Then he roasts the fruit, sprinkled with raw sugar, lemon thyme or mint and a little butter, in a 350-degree oven for 10 minutes. “I use the peach for a dessert with caramel or vanilla ice cream, but I also puree it for cocktails,” he said.

At Noble, the new restaurant on Sansom Street from Todd Rodgers and Bruno Pouget, the focus is on seasonality … Rodgers … creates a long list of cocktails using fresh ingredients, house-brewed ginger beer and cider and even homemade tonic. His two best sellers are the French 75, a mix of gin, citrus and champagne, and the Ti Jean, made with ginger beer, rye, lemon juice and mint. “The secret to getting added oomph from your mint is to smack it in the palm of your hand before you put it in the drink. That releases its natural oils,” he said.

 Guess we’ve got some research to do this weekend.

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Cranberry Cocktail on the Rocks with an Orange SliceIt’s hot and humid as I write this. I guess summer is finally here. No more squeaking by with this lovely San Diego-type weather we’ve been enjoying. I’ve been telling everyone that it will continue to be a cooler summer, and we are taking credit for it. Why? Because we recently installed two new air conditioners in our “mid-century modern” home (the original two got fried by a power surge). See? If y’all chip in, we’ll buy a snow blower to guarantee a light winter.

The other way I know summer is really here is that I’ve noticed the number of calendar events has decreased – or maybe I’m not working hard enough to find them. Either way, it’s a sign that things are slowing down.

But there are still some interesting things going on. This week, from Tuesday, July 21st through Sunday, July 26th, SEE, a Lambertville-based community organization, is sponsoring the Local Harvest Restaurant Week in Lambertville and New Hope. The purpose of the event is to raise awareness about sustainability – in our society, environment and economy (SEE) – while eating great local food!

Fruits and veggiesWith cooperation from local restaurants, farms, food producers, and Zone 7  (a local foods distribution business), SEE is bringing the best of the region’s local harvest to local restaurant tables. If you eat at one of the participating restaurants, you’ll be able to enjoy dishes specially prepared for the event using the finest local ingredients. Check out SEE’s website for more information about their mission, more details about the restaurant week, and a list of participating restaurants (which includes practically all of the good ones in Lambertville).

And I’ve got a “Save The Date” for your calendars. The Heritage Conservancy is hosting a Farm-to-Table Dinner on Saturday, August 1st. I’ll give you more details as we get closer but the catering will be done by Soup to Nuts Caterers and Earl’s Restaurant in Peddler’s Village, which recently changed its menu and concept to focus on local, farm-fresh ingredients. Price will be $45 per person, with proceeds benefiting the Heritage Conservancy, a land conservation organization here in Bucks County. It will be held at the historic Lindsay Farm in Warminster.

Here’s the run-down for the weekend. Check out our online calendar, Food Events in Bucks County for more details on any of the events below. Have a sweet, cool weekend.

Friday, July 17th:

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Finally! A good weekend forecast. Or should I not jinx it?

SummerAs usual, lots of good things happening this weekend. I think the Linden Hill Farmers’ Market, which just opened at the end of May, has had the most rainy days. So, please, go check them out, Fridays from 3:30 to 7:30 pm in Ottsville.

Crossing Vineyards and Winery is continuing their outdoor music series with the brass ensemble, Nassau Brass. General admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the gate. Wine and cheese, or a home-style buffet is available from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm ($25 per person + tax, includes V.I.P. reserved seating). Also, Sangria Sundays continues at the Chaddsford Winery and Tasting Room in Lahaska (Peddlers Village).

The Indian Valley Farmers’ Market  will be hosting the 2009 Field to Table Festival from 10 am to 3 pm in Telford. This year the festival will feature a “Berried” Treasure berry contest.  Bring your best Berry Creation to be judged the winner.

Check out our online calendar, Food Events in Bucks County for more details on any of the events below. Have a lovely weekend.

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By guest blogger Emily Trostle
 
Reasonably priced food? Beer that is brewed on-site to complement the menu? I’m there. And the Porterhouse Restaurant and Brew Pub in Lahaska fits the bill.
 
BeerThe beer vats are the first thing you see as you step into this cozy restaurant. Coming around the corner into the dining area, the comfortable bar beckons. Everything about the place feels welcoming, and that’s just the way Gabe Bond, the general manager, wants it to be. He wants patrons new and old to feel welcomed in this microbrewery restaurant with a neighborhood feel.
 
Frequented by suits-and-ties, young families and couples, the Porterhouse caters to those with a desire for great food that won’t break the bank. The ambiance is relaxing but not too dark. Most of the employees are Philly sports fans so there’s a good chance one of the multiple flat-screen TVs will be tuned to the evening’s game. Don’t worry, though, if you’re not a fan. The volume is kept low to prevent the sports bar vibe.

The best time to go is evenings in the middle of the week. You can mingle with the regulars and get one-on-one service from the wait staff and bartender. It’s also the best time for more intimate dinners. But if you plan on going on a Friday or Saturday evening, go early or call ahead for reservations.

Roasted Pork Tenderloin SandwichBeing fresh out of college, I still try to eat good food for cheap. I typically choose from the sandwich and appetizer menus. The Porterhouse’s roasted pork tenderloin sandwich is my favorite. Upgrade to the sweet potato fries and it’s meal-time heaven for less than $10. The Reuben sandwich is delightful, and the Black and Bleu Burgers are a favorite among my friends. For a light dinner that’s bursting with intense flavor, the Porterhouse salad is just the thing. In short, I’ve yet to taste anything mediocre here.

As for beer, there’s a brew for everyone. The Porterhouse’s brewer, Dean Browne, uses a 10 barrel Pub Brewing system to create unique cask conditioned brews onsite. The restaurant also serves four guest brews on draught and creations from other craft breweries in bottles. (The Web site  lists what’s currently featured.) “Light” beers, bocks, lagers, and ales are usually all available. For the adventurous, fruit-flavored beers are made during the summer months. They also have multiple selections from the Philadelphia Brewing Co. on tap.

Gabe is often found mingling, greeting, and serving dinners so he knows why people are there. Even though the restaurant business is feeling the effects of the poor economy, Gabe sees a different picture at the Porterhouse. “We have our regulars and our menu is consistent, the portion sizes are good and the prices are modest. That’s why people keep coming back.” And when asked to pick his favorite item from the lunch menu? He considers all his options, debates with himself, then comes back to announce, “The buffalo chicken sandwich.”

Whether you’re looking for a good lunch or sit-down family dinner, a lively, fun atmosphere, on a budget or going all-out. I always enjoy bringing new people to the Porterhouse and sharing my little secret with them.

The Porterhouse Restaurant and Brew Pub
5775 Lower York Rd. Lahaska, PA 18931
(on Rt. 202, near the intersection of Rts. 202 & 263)
Phone: 215-794-9373
Web site: www.porterhousepub.com
Hours: 11:30am Tuesday thru Sunday, Closed Mondays
Patrons: Families, couples, loyal regulars
Wi-Fi: Available

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There was a persistent brightness in the sky today. I think it’s called “sun.” And there is brightness in the forecast for this weekend, although with some clouds and occasional thunderstorms. Be not intimidated. Go forth, eat and drink, and enjoy the bounty of Bucks County.

Lots of stuff going on, more than we can possibly get to and continue to see friends, family and our little sailboat too. So be sure and write to us, or add comments to posts, to let us know where you’ve been eating in Bucks.

PicnicWe plan to go to the Slow Food Picnic starting right after the Linden Hill Farmers’ Market on Friday evening. Maybe we’ll see you there. Saturday evening we are going to the Cafe Blue Moose, an organization of young chefs (kids) who prepare dinners and events a couple of times a month here in Bucks. Look for our post about it in the coming days.

The first segment in our video series of Jay and Wes Goddard making their delicious burgers at Basically Burgers in Doylestown will be posted soon. Look for…The Taco Burger.

BarbecueWe’ve posted our first online poll too. Check it out on the sidebar. With July 4th coming, the focus is on meat (apologies to our vegan and vegetarian friends), so we’re asking folks to vote on their favorite place to buy meat.

Since we’re coming into the holiday weekend, I’ve listed events through Thursday, July 2nd. Check out our online calendar, Food Events in Bucks County for more details on any of the events below.

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Dad at the grillEven more tedious than the constant rain is talking about the constant rain. So, with a typical summer forecast for this weekend – chance of thunderstorms – let’s move on.

Time to take Dad out for some fun this weekend – and food and wine. There are three venues doing wine-related events this weekend. On Friday night, both Crossing Vineyards in Washington Crossing and Shady Brook Farm in Yardley are pairing music and wine, while Chaddsford Winery is pampering Dads the whole weekend at its tasting room in Peddler’s Village.

Also in Peddlers Village, Earl’s (formerly Earl’s Prime) has changed its concept, incorporating locally-produced and -grown food into their new contemporary cuisine menu. On Sunday, Father’s Day, they’re offering Dads a complimentary brunch or dinner. What a deal! See their web site for the coupon and their new menu.

Some fun community events include the Joyful Noise Music Festival in Haycock with all proceeds going to the Quakertown Food Pantry, as well as two firehouse breakfasts – one in Riegelsville and one in Plumsteadville. Shady Brook Farm is also doing a Father’s Day BBQ on Sunday if Dad is not in the mood to clean the grill.

If you haven’t a chance to yet, be sure to watch our video of the Wrightstown Farmers’ Market, where you’ll hear vendors describing their products – then you can meet them in person on Saturday at the market, or at some of the other farmers’ markets throughout the county.

Check out our online calendar, Food Events in Bucks County for more details on any of the events below.

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