EAT & DRINK: New eats, new beers and some ‘Forbidden Flavors’


Congratulations to The Farm at Doe Run in Coatesville, which won “Best in Show” for the fourth year in a row at the Pennsylvania Farm Show’s recent cheese competition. Individual category winners included Yellow Springs Farm in Chester Springs, Birchrun Hills Farm, also in Chester Springs, and Valley Milkhouse in Oley.

From new awards to new arrivals… The wait is over. Whole Foods Market debuts in Exton Thursday, Jan. 18.

Love Nectar in Berwyn? Check out the team’s Danlu restaurant in Philadelphia, featuring “upscale Taiwanese night-market food and 20 rotating beers.”

And King of Prussia Town Center will welcome California-based Vitality Bowls Superfood Café in late spring/early summer.


The end of an era… Stella Blu in Conshohocken closed two weeks earlier than expected due to burst pipe. “We are heartbroken to have to close Stella Blu this way,” said owner Kim Strengari. “We hope to be able to say goodbye to our old Stella friends at Gypsy Saloon in the coming weeks.”

In other food news

Round Guys Brewing Company in Lansdale launches two new beers: Buddha of Suburbia, “a foreign extra stout brewed with molasses,” and Double Dry Hopped Alien, a “medium-bodied beer now with twice as much Simcoe, Centennial, and Bravo hops.”

Plus, Sly Fox Brewing Company in Pottstown issues a wake-up call with Mudlust Coffee Porter, featuring freshly roasted espresso beans from South Philadelphia’s Herman’s Coffee. “The result is a smooth, inviting brew that will have you hooked after just one sip.” Check

Out and about

It’s a Winter Wine-derland at Chaddsford Winery Saturday, Jan. 13 through Monday, Jan. 15. Enjoy ice-carving demonstrations, food trucks, live music and wine tastings from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

The Berks County Wine Trail’s annual Winter Warmer wine-tasting weekend also happens Jan. 13 and 14 from 12 to 5 p.m. Sample freebies like homemade chocolate cake paired with Winter Warmth wine at Manatawny Creek Winery in Douglassville.

Every Saturday and Sunday this month, Penns Woods Winery in Chadds Ford offers a sit-down tasting of five premium wines with local cheeses and artisanal honey, $28 per person. Reservations required.

The 16th annual Taste of Phoenixville celebrates great food for a great cause Thursday, Jan. 18 from 6 to 10 p.m. at the Phoenixville Foundry. Individual tickets cost $100 and support the Good Samaritan Shelter.

On Friday, Jan. 19, Yangming in Bryn Mawr hosts The Forbidden Flavors of China Annual Wine-Pairing Banquet with a champagne reception at 6:30 p.m. followed by a five-course meal, $115.

On Friday, Jan. 26: another Phoenixville fundraiser - the 11th Annual Robert Burns Memorial Whisky Tasting. Tickets cost $125 and benefit the nonprofit Association for the Colonial Theatre.

And finally, from Jan. 29 to Feb. 5 head to the Ambler area for the biannual Restaurant Week. Offerings will include specials and prix-fixe menus. Some venues are BYOB. For more details, check

— With DFM staff reports