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LV brewers team up with local Habitat chapter

The House That Beer Built fundraiser is a coupon book that is redeemable at several area breweries.

Habitat of the Lehigh Valley has partnered with Lehigh Valley Brewers Guild f…

New restaurant in the works for duo behind Tapas, Mesa Modern

Urbano, a Mexican taqueria, is slated to open later this summer.

The duo behind Bethlehem’s Tapas on Main and Easton’s Mesa Modern Mexican have a new taqueria in the works f…

Fixated on Food

Do you love to post or even look at pictures of food online? Turns out, some of those social snapshots may be doing a lot more than just tantalizing your taste buds. Experts say social media may be fueling a new health concern known as Orthorexia Nervosa or “ON.” A 2017 study looked at adults who use social media to examine healthy eating. Newswatch 16’s Ryan Leckey tackled this recent research with Dr. Jessica Bachman, an assistant professor at the University […]

Emeril Lagasse got cooking at the Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Fest (PHOTOS)

Emeril Lagasse charmed a Bethlehem crowd with his cooking demo.

At the outset of his cooking demonstration at the 8th annual Lehigh Valley Food & Wine Festival, Emeril Lagas…

Feeding The Poor In Honor of Al Boscov

WILKES-BARRE — Instead of helping customers at the cash register, Boscov’s employees were helping feed the less fortunate at saint Vincent De Paul`s kitchen on East Jackson Street in Wilkes-Barre. There was a long line of people getting a full meal and Boscov’s employees were ready to help. “It`s one of the most important things in our own community and it`s a serious need in Wilkes-Barre and Scranton and every community,” said Irene Kelly of Boscov’s. It was all part […]

Local restaurant named one of America’s 100 best brunch spots

The French restaurant in Emmaus is known for its crepes.

The Lehigh Valley’s culinary scene is once again gaining national recognition. 
187 Rue Principale, the French rest…

This Weyerbacher beer was just named one of the nation’s best brews

Despite its name, the beer isn’t just for one day of the week.

The Lehigh Valley‘s formidable craft beer scene is no secret. But if you needed more evidence that the area’s brews are special, a popular magazine just added another trophy to the collection. 

Men’s Journal released on Wednesday its list of the 101 best beers in the country, highlighting a Weyerbacher brew as one of the two picks for Pennsylvania.

The Easton brewery’s Sunday Morning Stout was selected among fierce competition from the more than 200 Pennsylvania breweries. The beer, aged in bourbon barrels, was first introduced in March 2015 as a robust, high-alcohol breakfast brew.

The beer, Men’s Journal wrote, “strikes just the right balance between coffee and bourbon.”

Since debuting at 11.3 percent alcohol by volume, the beer has crept up to 12.7 percent as of this year. According to Weyerbacher’s site, Sunday Morning Stout pairs well with bacon & eggs, breakfast sausage, coffee rubbed steak, rich roasts, short ribs and any dessert with chocolate, coffee or bourbon in it. 

Sunday Morning Stout was previously named the Best Barrel Aged Beer at the Philly Beer Scene Awards in 2015. 

The other Pennsylvania beer picked for the list was Downingtown-based Victory Brewing’s Prima Pils. The magazine called it “an absolute classic that will never die.”

Weyerbacher, which celebrated its 21st birthday last year, is located at 905 Line St. in Easton. The brewery’s tap room is open Monday through Thursday from noon to 7 p.m., Friday and Saturday from noon to 8 p.m., and Sunday from noonto 5 p.m. 

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Easton Public Market is a year old. Here’s how to celebrate with taste

The market is honoring its first year as the city’s foodie hub.

The Easton Public Market is turning one year old. And its birthday party sounds delicious.

To celebrate its first year, the market at 325 Northampton St. has a series of tasty events scheduled this week.

The festivities kick off Thursday with “Taste of the Market,” a chance to try every one of the vendors in one evening. From 6 to 8 p.m., a $25 ticket gives you a “generous sample” from each of the market’s vendors. The offerings include both regular menu items and special treats for the event. 

The party continues Friday with an 80s Dance Party with DJ Brad. The free shindig lasts from 6 to 9 p.m. 

The celebration culminates Saturday with a full day of special culinary demos, prize giveaways and activities for kids. 

A year after opening, the market has begun to establish itself as an anchor of Easton’s Downtown revitalization and a hub for local foodies. It first opened April 15, 2016, following years of eager anticipation and repeated delays from setbacks (including a neighboring building’s partial collapse.)

The public seems to think the wait was worth it: Roughly 16,000 people visited the market on its opening weekend, and it now draws about 5,000 visitors weekly, according to Easton Market District Director Megan McBride. 

The market also saw a surprisingly busy winter season, which McBride believes was buoyed by the (mostly) amiable weather, a strong holiday season and the attention drawn to the market by Downtown Easton’s events like Garlic Fest and Bacon Fest. 

“Much to our pleasure, people came back,” she said. “We’ve developed a lot more regulars. We see people working on laptops during the day, and business people meeting here. We want it to be a community hub.” 

The biggest challenge in the first year was figuring out the staffing needed to keep the market running smoothly. After running a farmers’ market that ran four hours once a week, McBride said the Greater Easton Development Partnership initially underestimated the task at hand. 

Today, the market’s list of vendors looks much like it did when it opened. In its first year, the market saw just one stand change hands. Debbie’s Pie in the Sky closed in August, and Barred and Broody Bakeshop opened in its place in October. The Debbie’s closure was reportedly for personal reasons on the owner’s part, not a lack of customers. 

The offerings boast some heavy-hitters: Chocodiem was named one of North America’s top 10 chocolatiers; Mr. Lee’s Noodles is the second venture from Lee and Erin Chizmar, the owners of the widely lauded fine dining restaurant Bolete. The ability to serve alcohol at the Tolino Vineyards stand and the pizza kitchen Scratch has been a boon for events held at the market.  

“We chose kind of each one as a piece of the puzzle,” McBride said. “I think everyone’s done a really good job creating an experience that people want to come back to.” 

McBride is proud of the support that the market has provided for the area’s growers and food producers. At Highmark Farmstand, for example, 53 percent of the products are hyperlocal. The market has also created 75 jobs, she said. 

Looking head, McBride said the market plans to expand its outdoor seating and focus on outdoor events like pop-up beer gardens. 

Easton Public Market intends to team up more with the Easton Farmers Market, so that festivals can continue into the night within the public market. The team is also exploring the possibility of building a local food distribution hub somewhere in Easton.

Andrew Doerfler may be reached at Follow him on Twitter @adoerfler or on Facebook.

11 Lehigh Valley bars cited for alleged liquor law violations

One Bethlehem site since 1983 allegedly never declared the sale of alcohol to be its primary business.

The Pennsylvania State Police Bureau of Liquor Control Enforcemen…

2nd location of The Bayou could be coming to this prime Easton spot

A big vacancy in Centre Square might not last for long.

One of Easton’s most prominent restaurant vacancies could be getting new life from the team behind some local favorites….