‘Taste the love’ at Cask Bistro & Tap

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Staff member Caitlin Milotte and Head Chef Phil Dersch are ready to greet and serve guests at Cask Bistro & Tap in the Concordville Town Centre.

According to Phil Dersch, “You can taste the love.”

Dersch is the head chef at Cask Bistro & Tap in the Concordville Town Centre in Concord Township. The restaurant, across the driveway from the Acme, opened in February amid little to no fanfare. Dersch joined the team two months ago.

Dersch — who has a background in fine dining — said what makes Cask different from other restaurants in the area is that most of the others are chains and the local staff — including chefs — aren’t free to explore, experiment, or change things around without an OK from corporate. But he can at Cask.

The fare is what he called “American continental pub fare,” with some Mediterranean and French thrown in.

“It gives us the freedom to do Asian and Moroccan. I like that freedom. We’re definitely not the mold,” he said. “It shows more love and passion.”

He said everything is made from scratch on the premises. There are nightly specials and du jour items.

“As far as creativity and freedom with what we’re doing, that really sets us apart from the [chain restaurants],” he said. “It’s not a factory on the kitchen…You can taste the love that’s put in the food.”

Dersch spent time as a private chef as well as working as the executive chef at the General Warren Inn in Malvern and running the Green Room at The Hotel DuPont in Wilmington.

The restaurant hours are 4 to 11 p.m. on Monday, then 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. the rest of the week. The kitchen closes at 10 p.m., but the bar stays open until 11.

Dersch said nothing on the menu costs more than $26.


About Rich Schwartzman

Rich Schwartzman has been reporting on events in the greater Chadds Ford area since September 2001 when he became the founding editor of The Chadds Ford Post. In April 2009 he became managing editor of ChaddsFordLive. He is also an award-winning photographer.

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