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Now Open: Hunger Burger, "Patties with a Purpose"


Our newest merchant, Hunger Burger is now open in the Market's Center Court serving up mouthwatering burgers and sides made from the freshest ingredients and highest quality meat.  A portion of each sale will be donated to hunger relief, both in the United States and abroad.


Hunger Burger has been a six-year dream for husband and wife team George and Kim Mickel (who also own of By George & Mezze), who have a combined 61-years of experience in the restaurant industry.  Their passion for combatting hunger began after they traveled to El Salvador with their church to work alongside King's Castle, supporting feeding programs.  Philanthropic passion together with the desire to offer delicious meals created the perfect avenue for the family to give back.


Some of Hunger Burger's menu highlights include an all-natural Black Angus beef burger, ten different milkshakes made with Bassetts Ice Cream, breakfast burgers, and lobster mac 'n cheese.


The Mickels hope their business model will stimulate generosity in other businesses.  "There is so much opportunity for profitable businesses to incorporate giving back, but few do," George said.  "We're in business because people give us business, so we must give back.  We want to inspire other companies to do the same."

Party for the Market Tonight! Tickets Available for Purchase at the Door!


Saturday, February 21, 7:30-11:30pm

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit


Please note that we will be partying at the Market, even if it snows!  So, put your party clothes on and come to the Market for delicious food, drinks, and more than 700 new friends to make you forget about the winter blues.  You can always hibernate tomorrow!


Join us for the 5th Annual Party for the Market, Philly's most delicious winter part! Enjoy live entertainment and dancing, food from your favorite Market merchants, and open bars featuring beer, wine, & specialty cocktails!  Net proceeds will support the preservation of our historic market and support performing arts and other cultural programming.


Thank you to this year's sponsors:



Premier Sponsors:

CORT Furniture

Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Pepsi Cola


Sustaining Sponsors:

Coca Cola

Iovine Brothers Produce

PPL EnergyPlus



 Supporting Sponsors:

Beneficial Bank

DiNic's Roast Pork & Beef

Elliott-Lewis Corporation

Martin's Quality Meats & Sausage

Albert M. Mezzaroba

Nelbud Services Group

Old City Coffee


Spataro's Cheesteaks & Hoagies



Market Friends:

ABM Security Services

Beck’s Cajun Café

By George/Hunger Burger

Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies & Cheesesteaks

Contessa’s French Linens

Cozen O'Connor

Famous 4th Street Cookie, Co.

Fox Rothschild LLP

Gallery at Market East

Hershel’s East Side Deli

John Yi Fish Market

Larry C. McCrea, Inc.

Metropolitan Bakery


Saul Ewing LLP

Sebastian Properties, Inc.

Shanghai Gourmet

Sirlin, Lesser & Benson, PC

Western Pest Services



 Media Partners:

Grid Magazine

KYW Newsradio

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Reading Terminal Market General Manager Paul Steinke to Depart after 13 Years



Monday, December 8, 2014


This morning, Reading Terminal Market’s Board of Directors announced that, after 13 years of leadership, Paul Steinke, will step down as the Market’s general manager effective December 31, 2014, in order to get ready to run for public office in the new year.

“This will truly be a bittersweet transition,” said Steinke. “Reading Terminal Market has been a passion of mine for a long time, so to walk away for the last time as GM will be really tough. But I believe that I am leaving the Market in a strong position, and I want to see how I can apply my experience to help improve my hometown and the city that I love.”

During Steinke’s tenure as general manager of Reading Terminal Market, he led the effort to get the Market open regularly on Sundays in 2006, and later oversaw the $4 million renovation project which saw the additions of several new and renovated merchants, Rick Nichols Room, a multipurpose event space; and City Kitchen at Reading Terminal Market, a demonstration kitchen for culinary education programs. Steinke also helped to bring back the highly popular Party for the Market gala fundraiser, which has raised more than $200,000 for the Reading Terminal Market Preservation Trust to help fund long-term improvements to the Market and support programming for nutrition education for Philadelphia school children.

Prior to joining Reading Terminal Market in 2001, Steinke served as the first executive director of University City District, where he initiated maintenance and public safety programs which resulted in a cleaner public environment and a 33 percent decline in crime in less than three years. Before that, he served as the Director of Finance and Administration for Center City District for seven years.

An avid supporter of community issues, Steinke is a member of the Greater Philadelphia Steering Committee for the Human Rights Campaign and serves on the board of several nonprofits, including the Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau, Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, Preservation Pennsylvania and the William Way LGBT Community Center.

Reading Terminal Market Officially Launches Delivery Service with Instacart


We are thrilled to announce that we are now delivering produce and grocery items through a partnership with Instacart ( Currently, customers can order from 32 of the Market’s merchants, with many more merchants to be added soon.

“Since announcing the partnership with Instacart in September, we have received a tremendous response from our merchants and customers who are interested in participating in this remarkable service,” said Paul Steinke, General Manager of Reading Terminal Market. “We believe this service will be a time-saving tool for many shoppers who, due to their busy schedule, geographic location, lack of transportation or other circumstances, may not be able to get to Reading Terminal Market as often as they wish. We are excited to finally launch the delivery service in time for the busy holiday shopping season.”

During the first phase of the program, offerings will be limited to shelf stable and non-customized, refrigerated products such as pre-packaged grocery items, fresh produce and bakery goods. A second phase of the program to be launched at a later time will include customized food products, such as cooked foods and sandwiches. Among the participants for phase one are:

*12th Street Cantina

Amy’s Place

Bassetts Ice Cream

Bee Natural

Border Springs Farm Lamb

*By George! Pizza, Pasta & Cheesesteaks

Chocolate By Mueller

Downtown Cheese

Fair Food Farmstand

Famous 4th Street Cookie Company

Flying Monkey Bakery

Giunta’s Prime Shop

Godshall’s Poultry

Golden Fish Market


*Hershel’s East Side Deli

Iovine Brothers Produce

John Yi Fish Market

Jonathan Best Gourmet Grocer

Market Bakery

Metropolitan Bakery

*Nanee’s Kitchen

Old City Coffee

Pennsylvania General Store


Tea Leaf

Termini Brothers Bakery

Terralyn – Bath, Body, Spirit

The Tubby Olive

Valley Shepherd Creamery

Wan’s Seafood

*Wursthaus Schmitz

*Excluding customized, cooked foods

“We’re looking forward to getting started, and are thrilled that so many merchants have decided to participate in the first phase of this roll out,” said Instacart Philadelphia City Manager George Shotz. “Reading Terminal Market is the place to go in Philadelphia for the freshest variety of products – we’re happy to now be able to bring the Market right to our customers’ front door.”

Reading Terminal Market customers interested in using Instacart must be located in the company’s designated Philadelphia Zone, which includes most of the city proper and also reaches far into the Main Line, Upper Darby, and part of Montgomery County.

Originally launched in San Francisco and since expanded into many other major cities, Instacart has disrupted the traditional grocery delivery space with its crowd sourced labor force dubbed "Personal Shoppers" who shop for and deliver grocery orders providing their own transportation in as little as one hour. This eliminates the need for costly infrastructure such as inventory, warehouses, trucks and full-time drivers.

Any customer can open an account at; for a limited time, customers can use the code RTM10 and get $10 off and free delivery on their first order of $35 or more. For frequent customers, Instacart offers an Amazon-Prime like service called Instacart Express – an annual membership that eliminates delivery fees for all orders of $35 or more. The cost is just $99. Customers can sign up for a free two-week trial at

OysterFest is Only a Few Weeks Away! Purchase Your Tickets Before they Sell Out!


2nd Annual OysterFest

Friday, November 7, 6:30-8:30pm


We are thrilled to announce that OysterFest is back by popular demand!  Sample a dozen varieties of oysters, each paired with a local craft beer.  Our merchant partners include Molly Malloy's Bar & Grill, Pearl's Oyster Bar and Fair Food Farmstand.  Additional support is provided by Rutgers Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences.  Net proceeds will benefit the Reading Terminal Market's nutrition education programming for Philadelphia school children.


Last year's event was a sell out, so don't delay - purchase your tickets today!

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