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Sweet options to celebrate love

Area businesses are stepping up to provide a wide array of options for a covid-safe celebration of Valentine’s Day. Restaurants are operating below capacity for safe dining and many have upped their take-out options for those preferring to savor a decadent meal at home. Area wineries have both in-person and take-out options and sweet treats abound at area bakeries ...

 
 

Chocolate, cheese and cheer brighten the season

Éclat Chocolate and Birchrun Hills Farm teamed up to host a virtual event pairing chocolate and cheese on Dec. 13. Participants for the sold-out event were provided with curated boxes containing the necessary chocolate and cheese for the pairing. "The residual sugars in dessert wine and beer pair well with chocolate," said Chef Christopher Curtin of Éclat, "It's the ...

 

Thanksgiving To-Go

Adapting to the changes for the 2020 holiday season, many customers are turning to the area restaurants and caterers for an easy, stress-free feast. "This is our tenth year offering Thanksgiving takeaway meals," said Sandra Morris, co-owner of Portabellos of Kennett Square. Their price fixe three-course dinner includes salad and dessert with main course choices of ...

 

Mighty Writers awarded Longwood grant

Mighty Writers, dedicated to teaching children to think clearly and write with clarity, was awarded a $75,000 grant from the Longwood Foundation of Chester County. The money will be used to fund education as well as distribute food and goods to families in need. "Because you can't think clearly when you are hungry," said Naomi Levecchia, Mighty Writers' Director of ...

 

Fundraising goes virtual for rare disease

"Pampered Chef cares about making things easier for families," said Erin Stuckey, the party consultant for the Pampered Chef Fundraiser. The company makes quality kitchen products and now hosts parties online. "They want to get people around the table preparing food together." Stuckey is donating her full commission to NF2 Biosolutions Her introduction to NF2, ...

 

Halloween 2020 adapts to COVID-19

Change is downright scary this Halloween, but area residents are adapting the holiday to the times. People are adapting door to door trick-or-treating or changing to outdoor celebrations and virtual events. "I'm planning to let the candy sit a few days before eating it," said Pocopson resident Nicole Henwood about her trick or treat plans with her children, "or I'm ...

 

Le Cav elevates tradition with a modern flair

Le Cavalier at the Green Room opened on Sept 1 with a new look, a new menu and a new chef, Tyler Akin. Patrons with family histories of celebrating special events at The Green Room will find Akin has put a new spin on a venerable tradition with an upbeat menu combining standards with innovative new dishes influenced by North Africa and Provence. "It's a high energy ...

 

A virtual run preserves icon of Kennett’s culture

"We've been here for 80 years and want to be here for another 80 years," said the Kennett Symphony's race director Cathy Williams as she explained this year's Beat Beethoven Virtual 5K. Like the previous seven years, the goal is for participants to finish the 3.1-mile run before the final notes of the symphony play, in about 34 minutes. "This year's run is virtual. ...

 

SIW produce stars at Field to Fork

This week's Field to Fork dinner at SIW Vegetables features Chefs Gerald Allen and Khoran Horn. The two chefs created a dinner menu featuring SIW produce for the Wednesday, Sept. 23 event in H. G. Haskell’s SIW historic Pennsbury Township barn. "We bring local chefs together with local produce so that people can taste and experience the produce," said Mike ...

 

Newly sanitized salons are open for business

"The first day we opened was busy, with our regular customers coming in," said Nita Say, co-owner of Nailish, a nail salon in downtown Kennett Square. Her voice is a bit muffled through her mask. Hygienic practices have been stepped up in response to COVID-19 and include a mask policy for all, clear Plexiglas shields between the technician and the customer, ...

 

Longwood Garden members return to their beloved gardens

In another step toward a new normal, Longwood Gardens re-opened to members on Friday, June 26. In deference to health guidelines because of the COVID-19 pandemic, changes have been made to keep both guests and staff safe. The crowd size was kept to 35 percent of capacity to allow the staff to get used to new procedures, like contactless entry and ordering in the beer ...