“What’s New in the Market in the New Year (Part 2), By Carolyn Wyman”
- Published: Thursday, February 20, 2014
- Written by Sarah Levitsky
This month we continue our list of new things planned for the Market and Market stands in this new year. They include:
New attractions at this Saturday’s Party for the Market fundraiser, such as a doughnut stuffing and stacking competition at Beiler’s with celebrity contestants Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams, Deputy Mayor for Economic Development & Director of Commerce Alan Greenberger, CBS3 consumer reporter Jim Donovan, PHL17 host Jennifer Lewis-Hall, FOX 29 medical contributor Dr. Mike Cirigliani and City Councilman Mark Squilla. The Fair Food Farmstand will be guiding “adventure tastings” of exotic produce and cheese, and baristas from Old City Coffee will be showing off their latte art skills (essentially, foam– and milk-drawing on espresso). And tickets to the event are still available at www.partyticketsonline.com.
The Market’s website has just been redesigned with smartphones in mind. Merchant listings now include photos and links to their social media pages. And the site’s search box works for both stand names and food ingredients (i.e. if you can’t remember which stands in the Market serve ribs, just search on the word “ribs”). And event listings are now on the Google Calendar platform.
A major stand redesign and menu revamp (to include sopas and arepas and other “more authentic” Mexican fare) coming to 12th Street Cantina as soon as March.
Giunta’s Prime Shop will also be freshening up their look with new refrigerator cases sometime this spring.
Iovine Brothers Produce is planning a major foray into cold-pressed fruit and vegetable juices and juice blends (like broccoli, apple and ginger) sometime this year and will relocate their current north aisle offerings to display them. These aren’t conventional drinks in the manner of the fresh-squeezed orange juice they already sell but more like “nutritious meals in liquid form,” says stand operations manager Butch Dougherty.
Little girls’ dresses and little boy’s shirts made from the same colorful cloth used to make the tablecloths are now back in stock at Contessa’s French Linens.
The e-version of Metropolitan Bakery’s 20 for 20: Twenty Recipes Commemorating 20 Years of Metropolitan Bakery cookbook will be out in late March or early April. In the meantime, you can get a $25 hard copy (including recipes for making their signature cannele, panna cotta and chocolate stout cake) at the stand.
The Cookbook Stall’s snazzy and informative new website, www.thecookbookstall.com. Stall owner Jill Ross is also tweeting @cookbookstall.
The Market Bakery is now showcasing offerings from three local bakers (LeBus, Four Worlds and Baker Street) and baking muffins and baguettes in-store (the latter, every half-hour).
The Mastrads line of French kitchen products, including a silicone steam cooker and a chips maker (for making fat-free fruit and vegetable chips in the microwave) will be at Amy’s Place by early March.
Beck’s Cajun Cafe’s line of all-natural Beck’s Kitchen Pantry condiments and spices are now being sold in area Whole Foods as well as at the stand. The traditional New Orleans’ king cakes will also be back for Mardi Gras (March 4).
The Tea Leaf has brought in two new green-tea-based lines from Sencha Naturals: Mints made with green tea designed to “fight dragon breath,” and drink mixes with fruit and herb extracts and 300 percent RDA of Vitamin C.
Hats, scarves and tie sets made of colorful kente cloth, popular during this Black History Month, are now at De’Village. The stand also has a new line of unisex sleeveless cotten long coats in small to medium sizes.
The Original Turkey has new cabinets, signs and menu boards and two new menu items: a smaller, more portable version of their hot turkey dinner called the Hot Turkey Lunch Bowl and the Turkey Roaster sandwich, featuring roasted peppers along with stuffing, cheese and gravy.
Bento boxes and curry-soup combo specials at Tokyo Sushi.
Apple grape, and strawberry pineapple juice blends at Lancaster County Dairy.
All-Philly-made gift baskets (including John & Kira’s chocolates, Melrose Diner cookies and Philly Fair Trade Roasters Aztec Hot Chocolate) and Pandora-compatible City Charms, including a cheesesteak, the Liberty Bell, the LOVE statute and a Reading Railroad car at the Pennsylvania General Store.
Bassetts Ice Cream has three new specialty shakes: Peanut Butter Dream (peanut butter ice cream with crushed peanut butter cups), Chocolate Overload (dark chocolate ice cream and brownie batter) and Oreo Madness (cookies and cream ice cream with crushed Oreos).
Carolyn Wyman is the Market’s news correspondent and operator of the Reading Terminal’s bi-weekly Taste of Philadelphia Food Tour.