Fall 2017 Issue

Photography By Dominic Episcopo | Last Updated September 14, 2017
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Edible Philly Fall 2017



We all have our happy places—moments when everything seems right with the world and life is especially sweet.

Well, here’s mine: the first jackets-and-scarves-cold fall day, a rainy afternoon, and I’m inside a neighborhood coffee shop, where I’m sipping a soy latte, clacking away at my laptop and watching the wet city sidewalk gleam silver.

I know it may not be your version of paradise, but for me that is heaven.

In this issue, I share my highly personal guide to East Passyunk Avenue in our Road Trip column (page 42). Naturally, it begins with a coffee shop, Black & Brew. That’s not the only caffeine in this issue: associate editor Katherine Rapin examines why Function Coffee Labs in Bella Vista is finding success on a corner where six other coffee shops have failed in her How to Succeed in (Coffee) Business feature (page 24).

Is coffee not your cup of tea? Don’t worry, we’ve got tea covered as well. This is our beverage issue, after all. Estelle Tracy profiles Kennett Square-based Health & Tea (page 20).

In the mood for something stronger? Turn to page 28, where Sarah Maiellano takes you to a few distilleries around Philly that are creating some very interesting and unusual spirits.

Even though Marisa McClellan serves her holiday gravy in a pitcher, we’re not going to consider it a beverage. Her essay about her family recipe for turkey gravy (page 18) falls firmly on the food side of this issue. Ditto Kristin Donnelly’s dollars-and-cents story of how one local baker made her business dream a reality with New Hope’s Factory Girl Bake Shop (page 38). Given those rich, crumbly scones, I’m sure Factory Girl is a very happy place for more than a few of its regulars.

Why don’t you hang out with us on Instagram @EdiblePhilly and share a picture of your own happy place this fall? Use the hashtag ediblehappyplace so we can find you.

Joy Manning

Joy Manning

Fall 2017 Checklist

Jacobs Raw Kraut
Philly is home to artisans who uphold traditions and innovators who follow no rules. This list includes our favorite seasonal comestibles, both brand-spanking-new and tried and true.

The FedNuts Story

Federal Donuts
If you’re new to Philadelphia, maybe you thought Federal Donuts was one of those Philly institutions that have been around forever

Dine out to Support Clean Air

Want to do something easy to help support sustainable initiatives in Pennsylvania?

For (Local) Bread Lovers

Local Bread
This has a deeply flavorful, chewy crumb that won’t turn rock-hard after a day on the counter.

Back to Basics: Riverwards Produce Market

Riverwards Produce Market
Among the abundant pour over-coffee shops, craft-beer bars, and chef-driven restaurants popping up in Fishtown and Kensington, something essential was missing...

Beets: Four Ways

Greens   When you buy a bundle of beets at a farmers' market, they are very likely to be topped with fresh, crisp greens. Don't throw...

Heirloom Turkey Gravy

Marisa McClellan with her pitcher of turkey gravy
A holiday sauce so good, it’s made by the pitcher

Tea for Two

Liz Wang and Alain Boczkowski, co-owners of Health and Tea, at the Upper Merion Farmers’ Market
A local couple sells Taiwanese leaves with a French flair

How to Succeed in (Coffee) Business

Function Coffee Labs co-owners Ross Nickerson and Megan McCusker
Function Coffee Labs takes over a seemingly doomed location in Bella Vista

Creative Spirits

Andrew Auwerda preparing a classic absinthe cocktail with Philadelphia Distilling’s Vieux Carré
Philly’s craft distillers shake up the cocktail scene

Setting the Local Table

A pile of bowls made by local artisans, Felt and Fat
Philly artists are doing for our tableware what local farmers have done for our crisper drawers

Baking Up a Dream

How New Hope’s pastry maven got the dough to open her shop

Chloe Grigri

Chloe Grigri
Artichokes have always had a special place in Chloe Grigri’s heart.

East Passyunk

Black & Brew cafe’s mosaic-clad entrance
A bite of the new South Philly

Fante’S Boy Scout Troop

In this 1940s-era snapshot, Dominic Fante (second from the left) poses with members of his neighborhood Boy Scout troop in front of his...
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