REBECCA’S DUMPLINGS WILL HOST CHINESE NEW YEAR LUNCHEON TO BENEFIT THE CHESTER COUNTY FOOD BANK

West Chester, PA – Rebecca Li Jordan, the chef behind a new taste sensation sweeping the region, will share her mouthwatering dumplings and other traditional dishes at a Chinese New Year luncheon on Saturday, February 6th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Artisan Exchange in West Chester. Costs range from $7.50 to $20 and proceeds will benefit the Chester County Food Bank. Guests may enjoy lunch on site or take home one or more servings. Registration is not required and walk-ins are welcome.

Jordan, who launched Rebecca’s Dumplings last year, has experienced early acclaim from numerous audiences, including the Food Network. She was born in Nanjing in Eastern China. A family tradition was making dumplings, which took an entire weekend. “We went to the market early in the morning to purchase fresh ingredients and then spent all day Saturday preparing hundreds of pork and vegetable dumplings,” she reminisces. “Everything was made by hand. My job was to flatten the dough.”

Years later, Jordan delighted her husband Jim and two children, Rachael and James with the delicious dumplings. “We used to go on dumpling hunts seeking the best tasting products and quickly discovered that mine were better than anything offered in China Town. For years, I made them for friends and family and decided that it was time to let the world have a taste.”

Early success of the budding business proves she is right. The Chinese New Year Luncheon will introduce even more people to Rebecca’s Dumplings. The products are: Original Pork, Vegetarian, Gluten-Free Pork, Gluten-Free Vegetarian, Breakfast and Cheese Steak. The celebration of the Year of the Monkey menu will also include other family favorites including Chinese ribs, Rebecca’s Dumpling Soup, gluten-free Chinese noodles and various fresh vegetable dishes.

Rebecca’s Dumplings are created by hand at the Artisan Exchange commercial kitchen at 208 Carter Drive in West Chester. To keep up with demand, staff has grown from one to four in just a few months. For more details on products or the Chinese Year New Year Luncheon, visit http://www.rebeccasdumplings.com, Facebook or call 610.570.6487.

Rebecca’s Dumpling Soup – Serves Four

Ingredients

3 Cups pre-cooked beef, pork or chicken stock

½ Shitake mushroom, sliced

1 Cup fresh spinach (You can add more if you prefer.)

8 pieces of Rebecca’s Dumplings of your flavor choice

½ teaspoon salt

Instructions:

Combine the three cups soup stock and three cups water. Heat to a temperature of 180 degrees. Add the mushrooms and cook for two minutes. Stir in the spinach and Rebecca’s Dumplings. Cook for one minute. Add the salt. Turn off the stove. Cool the soup briefly and serve.

Valentine’s Day Cooking Demonstrations At Pottsgrove Manor Saturday, February 13, 2016 From 11:00am To 3:00pm

Pottstown, PA – Visit historic Pottsgrove Manor on Saturday, February 13, 2016 between 11:00 am and 3:00 pm for demonstrations of open-hearth cooking with the program “Valentine’s Day, the Colonial Way.”

In the colonial era, before the invention of the techniques that give chocolate the smooth consistency people know and love today, chocolate was usually consumed as either a hot beverage or as an ingredient in various “made” dishes. In this program, historic cook Connie Unangst will prepare a variety of 18th-century recipes using chocolate. Visitors can stop in the kitchen at any time during the hours of 11:00 am to 3:00 pm to see what’s cooking. Guided tours of the manor will also be offered on the hour throughout the day, and the site’s museum shop will also be open. There is a suggested donation of $2.00 per person for this program.

Visitors can also take a guided tour of Pottsgrove Manor during regular museum hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm and Sunday from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Tours begin on the hour. The last tour of the day begins at 3:00 pm.

Pottsgrove Manor is located at 100 West King Street near the intersection of King Street and Route 100, just off Route 422, in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. Pottsgrove Manor is operated by Montgomery County under the direction of the Parks, Trails, and Historic Sites Division of the Assets and Infrastructure Department. For more information, please call 610-326-4014, or visit the website at http://www.montcopa.org/pottsgrovemanor. Like Pottsgrove Manor on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/pottsgrovemanor.

Wellness Council Of Boyertown Presents The 11th Annual Wellness Fair​

WHEN: SATURDAY MARCH 19, 2016, 10AM – 1PM

WHERE: Boyertown Junior High West, Gym and Cafe

Running of the Bears at 9:30 am and

Senior Walking Bingo at 10:30 am

Vendor Fair and Live Demos

We are so proud to continue to bring this event to our community.  The success of this event relies on our dedicated vendors.  We truly appreciate your participation each year and hope that you find this event beneficial to your business as well as our community as a whole.

Over 750 local community members attend the Annual Wellness Fair.  They are interested in learning about the Products and Services available in the Boyertown Area to help improve and support their individual Wellness goals.  If you are a local provider, you may want to consider being a vendor.  The cost is only $50 per table for Businesses and $25 per table for Non Profit Organizations.  To complete your Vendor Registration online, click here.

For an additional contribution of $100:

–  Your Business will be listed of the Wellness Council of Boyertown website within the Wellness Providers page for one year.

–  Your wellness events and opportunities through the council’s e-mail newsletter received by 500 people. Anytime you have an important event you wish to advertise, please send it to us and we will distribute your information to our community list.

Kid’s Celebrity Chef Cook-Off

Visit the Vendors and Live Demonstrations

 We welcome this great activity back to the wellness fair for 2015. Six elementary finalists from the Kids Celebrity Chef competition will bring their dishes for our panel of judges and the community.  The community tasting and voting will occur from 11:00am to 12:00pm during the fair. Winners will be announced at 12:30pm.

Come out to support our finalists and vote for your favorite!

Senior Bingo Walking

Kick off the Walking Bingo program at the Wellness Fair  from 10:30 to 11:00

Free monthly event encouraging activity and fun!  Grandparents bring your grandkids, kids bring your senior parents,  caregivers bring the seniors you care for.  Bingo cards, prizes, water, and snacks are provided for Seniors.  We encourage multigenerational activity for fun & fitness!

What may you ask is “BINGO Walking”?
When you arrive, each Senior will receive a BINGO card.  For each half lap you walk around the track, 10 BINGO numbers will be pulled. Mark your BINGO cards with pulled numbers.  Each 5 in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal), you get to choose a prize from our Prize Table including household goods & healthy living items.

Berks County Resident Starts Nonprofit To “Pay It Forward” By Helping The Homeless And Underemployed With Job Training In The Food Industry

Nom ProphetsWhat do you do when you have worked your way out homelessness and turned your life around? You help others achieve the same goal, of course.  And if you are Julia Zion, you start Nom Prophets.

Nom Prophets was formed in November of this year and is a 501c3 nonprofit organization.  Nom Prophets has a 6-person Board of Directors who work with Julia towards this goal.

Julia wants to give back for all the help she received along the way.  Being homeless and lacking job skills is a vicious cycle.  Unless someone takes a chance on hiring you, many doors are closed.  Without a job, you cannot afford basic necessities like food and shelter.  Without a permanent residence, it is hard to get a job.

As Julia pointed out in our interview, there are jobs in the food industry and with some training and experience those jobs can be had.

This new venture is an extension of what Julia has been doing for the last several years serving meals to the poor/homeless and helping in shelters.  Julia’s ultimate goal is to expand on those kinds of services through the use of food in the general area of food and food services.  Pottstown residents may remember the meals at Washington Street Park, for example.

The short-range goal is to buy a food truck through fundraising.  It would either be new or a retrofitted truck, depending on the results of the fundraising.  Zion hopes they can get a food truck operational by the summer.

By going out and using the food truck she hopes to fund the nonprofit.  The food truck will also enable Nom Prophets serve the poor in parks, churches and or shelters.  Food trucks are certified and inspected kitchens which guarantee food safety and permit issues (in many cases).

Nom Prophets sauce 2Nom Prophets sauce 1There are several ways Nom Prophets is trying to raise money.  They are selling homemade salsa, which you can buy at iCreate Café, 130 King Street, Pottstown and Daniel’s Produce and Dairy at 219 High Street, Pottstown.  They also hope to have gift baskets available in the near future.

Nom Prophets is scouting other locations, in the Berks County area, to sell their salsa and gift baskets.  If your business or organization would like to stock these items, you can contact Nom Prophets.  They would be glad to work with you!

Having experienced homelessness herself, Julia feels people need compassion, stability and a self-esteem boost.  Being poor, disadvantaged and/or homeless is demoralizing.  The shelter system is temporary and there is no sense of stability.  This causes anxiety and low self-esteem.

Julia found a new sense of self-worth and happiness once she was gainfully employed and had her own place to live.  She wants to help others find their way out of homelessness and poverty so they can lead full, productive and happy lives.  After all, we are talking about human beings.  Human beings deserve to be treated with dignity and respect.

The common misconception is that people in these circumstances do not want to work and are lazy.  The problem is without job skills, and in many cases experience, you are unemployable.  You cannot be self-supporting on minimum wage.  Without skills you cannot get a better paying job.

Another employment barrier is the cost of obtaining a Safe Serve certification.  Having this certification helps you land a job and command more money in the food industry.  However, it can cost several hundred dollars.

For many, this may not seem like much money.  But if you have no money, it might as well be a million dollars.  Nom Prophets wants to help people get this certification along with teaching them knife skills and giving them experience in a professional kitchen so they can apply for a get a job in the food industry that pays a living wage.

The long-range goal would be to eventually have a brick and mortar location with a professional kitchen, restaurant and housing for those in the program while they train.

You can contact Nom Prophets on Facebook if you would like to buy their products, sell their products, donate or see if there is any way you can help out by clicking https://www.facebook.com/NomProphets/

More Unique Holiday Gift Ideas

If you are looking for something unique, check out Nom Prophets: Helping people through food.  Nom Prophets is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedicated to helping people in need through food. They provide meals, job training and self confidence.

This company is based in Kutztown, Berks County and sells food products you can use for gifts.  With Christmas just 13 days away, we thought you might enjoy something inexpensive and unique for those special people in your life.

Nom Prophets: Helping people through food will be selling their Red Hot Cayenne Pepper sauce at iCreate Cafe, in Pottstown (130 King Street) AND Daniel’s Produce in Pottstown (219 E. High Street). It’s $7 per 16 ounce jar and all the proceeds go towards the non profit. Owner Ashraf Khalil has generously donated shelf space.   They will be stocking a second flavor, Tangy Tomatillo, after next Friday.

I don’t know about you, but I have people in my life who LOVE, LOVE, LOVE hot sauce!  We are buying some!  Buy local and help others.  What could be better!!

Nom Prophets sauce 2

Nom Prophets sauce 1

The Holiday Spirit Comes To iCreate Cafe, Pottstown

iCreate Christmas

Exterior, iCreate Cafe

With the Holiday Season upon us, many folks are busy preparing for Hanukkah, Christmas and Kwanza. If you live in the Tri-County area or are adventurous and don’t mind making a trip, iCreate Cafe, located at 130 King Street, in historic Pottstown, is open to serve your holiday needs.

Whether you need a break from shopping and want a healthy meal alternative; if you are looking for a great gift to give the people you care most about or if you are looking for a place to gather with friends to celebrate the season, iCreate Cafe can fill all your needs.

Gift certificates are available and you select the amount.  Nothing says, “I love you” like the gift of great food!  Take the worry out of your holiday shopping!

iCreate Cafe, Vegan Heaven

iCreate Cafe, Vegan Heaven

If you are looking for a unique space to gather with friends, look no further.  The spa-like atmosphere and amazing vegan cuisine are a winning combination.  The food is filling as well as healthy.  The prices are reasonable and the portions are generous.  The new iMenu 5 food menu has been expanded, the drink menu has been expanded and more dessert options are available to please the most discriminating palate.

The owner and vegan chef, Ashraf Khalil (you can call him Ash) has created one of the most unique dining experiences in the Philadelphia region. The food is made from scratch, made with love and beautifully presented.  A feast for the eye as well as the mouth!

The cafe, located at 130 King Street in Pottstown, is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 11:00 am until 7:00 pm.  Friday and Saturday the cafe is open from 11:00 am until 9:00 pm.  You can view the menu online at http://www.icreatecafe.com.  You can also check out reviews of the cafe on Yelp, Trip Advisor and Happy Cow.  If you want to inquire about gift certificates or make reservations you may call the cafe at (484) 312-0404 during business hours.

HOOVER FINANCIAL ADVISORS MEETS FALL FUNDS FOR FOOD GOAL

Malvern, PA – Each year, Hoover Financial Advisors, PC, conducts a Fall Funds for Food campaign to benefit Chester County Food Bank. Last year, HFA set a goal to raise $10,000 and actually brought in $12, 500. This year, the financial planning firm presented $15,000 to the local food bank. “With generous help from our clients, staff, vendors and colleagues, we reached our 2015 goal,” says Pete Hoover, CFP®, HFA president. “With each dollar contributed, the food bank can provide four meals or five pounds of non-perishable food.”

Chester County Food Bank stores and distributes food to more than 30 area food cupboards and 60 other meal sites and agencies at no charge. Since its inception in 2009, it has provided the equivalent of 1.7 million meals. In addition to raising money for the food bank, HFA provides sweat equity. Earlier this year, staff members worked in the kitchen at its Exton headquarters and at Charlestown Farm in Phoenixville. Last year HFA packed produce boxes and in past years, it pulled weeds and filled backpacks.

“It has been an interesting year,” notes Hoover. “Employment is up, always a good sign. Yet, there are over 70,000 households in Chester County Food Bank’s reach that do not have enough to feed their families. We are committed to helping these people, particularly as the holiday season approaches. It felt good to make our fundraising goal.”

HFA, which is headquartered on Moores Road in Malvern, was launched in 2005 by Hoover, who has been an independent financial advisor for more than 30 years. Since its inception, HFA has quadrupled in size. Employees include client relationship managers, financial planners, insurance and tax specialists, investment analyst and an information services manager. HFA selected as 2012 Small Business of the Year by Chester County Chamber of Business & Industry. For more information, visit its website at petehoover.com or call 610.651.2777. To learn about Chester County Food Bank, call 610.873.6000 or go to http://www.chestercountyfoodbank.org.

PENNSYLVANIA SINFONIA ORCHESTRA Presents: Not-Just-Art Auction

Friday, Oct. 23, 2015
Brookside Country Club
901 Willow Lane
Macungie, PA 18062

ALL ARE WELCOME.
Collectible pieces by Gallucci, Monk, Maniscalco & more.
Lots of affordable treasures.

7 PM Art Preview & Reception
Pasta Station, Butlered Hors D’oeuvres, Soft Drinks, Cash Bar
8 PM Silent Auction begins
Following, Dessert and Coffee

Music by Maplewood Trio
Kristin Erle, violin ~ Victoria Reichelderfer, viola ~ Mardochee Dade, cello

Catherine Keys, Auctioneer • TOM HALL AUCTIONS

Tickets $45 (610-434-7811)
Click here to order tickets online
Reservations recommended

Turning Leaf Fall Festival (Boyertown PA)

BOYERTOWN PA – Boyertown’s annual celebration of the arrival of fall, its Turning Leaf Fall Festival, is planned for Oct. 17 (2015; Saturday) at Boyertown Community Park, 417 Madison St. Plans are currently under way “for an exciting new twist that will make this event the place to be,” according to the borough newsletter.

“Music, hayrides, scarecrows, pumpkins and lots of food will be plentiful, in a setting that will satisfy all the senses,” it added.

ArtFusion Partners With Community Music School

Community-Music-School-LogoArtFusion-color600POTTSTOWN, PA – ArtFusion 19464 is excited to begin a collaboration with the Community Music School in Trappe (www.cmsmusic.org). Since 1991, Community Music School has proudly served the region by providing music education and performance experiences for people of all ages, abilities and economic circumstances. CMS has a long-standing tradition of enhancing their musical performances with the visual arts.

Starting in the fall of 2015, ArtFusion will begin curating art exhibits in the CMS facility. ArtFusion is excited about this opportunity to bring their artists to a wider audience and spread the word about their mission. The first show was a student faculty show that ran during September. The second show, opening October 10, features the art of Richardson Comly. The show’s reception will be held in conjunction with CMS’s first Little Night Music concert series of 2015. Guests can view the art and enjoy refreshments from 6:30-7:30pm. Tickets are still available for the concert, which starts immediately following the reception. For ticket information, please call CMS at 610-489-3676.

The two organizations are also working on creating educational opportunities, both at the CMS facility and at ArtFusion in Pottstown. New for fall 2015 is a music and art program for preschoolers and homeschoolers. The class will be held at CMS in the fall and will be held at ArtFusion the following spring. The class for preschoolers runs 9:30am-11am each Monday for 6 weeks and begins November 2. The other class is geared towards elementary age students who are being homeschooled. That class begins November 3. Class runs from 2-4:30pm every Tuesday for 6 weeks. For complete class descriptions, please visit artfusion19464.org/classes.

ArtFusion 19464 is a 501(c)3 non-profit community art center located at 254 E. High St. in downtown Pottstown. The school offers day, evening and weekend classes to all ages. The goal of these classes is to help students develop their creative skills through self-expression and independence. ArtFusion’s gallery hosts rotating shows featuring local artists. The gallery also sells handcrafted, one-of-a-kind gift items.  The gallery is open Tuesday through Friday from 10am-5pm and Saturday 10am-3pm. The gallery is closed Sunday and Monday.

Community Music School is a non-profit 501c(3) organization where music education is at the core of our programming. Since 1991 CMS has proudly served the region by providing music education and performance experiences for people of all ages, abilities and background. The school’s main campus at 775 W. Main Street in Trappe holds 20 teaching studios and a 200-seat performance hall. New this year, the school is proud to offer lessons at its first satellite location at the Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Pottstown. With more than 500 students participating in our music programs each week, Community Music School has become the region’s premiere resource for the highest quality music education.

Oktoberfest Presented By Yuengling

OCTOBER 2-4 AND 9-11

Fridays: 5-10pm
Saturdays: noon-10pm
Sundays: noon-8pm

Experience a free, authentic German Oktoberfest with a special Pennsylvania flair. Highlighting the event is the giant Yuengling Festhalle tent at PNC Plaza: 645 E. First Street, Bethlehem, PA 18015, featuring German food, beer and polka, rock and party bands.

 

Website: http://www.steelstacks.org/festivals/oktoberfest/ 

Catch ‘Jurassic World’ Drive-In Movie Screening On Oct. 10 at MCCC

Blue Bell, Pa.—Oct. 10 is the rescheduled date for the “Jurassic World” drive-in movie screening, presented by Montgomery County Community College (MCCC) and Whitpain Township’s Department of Parks and Recreation. Heavy rains caused the screening to be moved from its original date of Sept. 17.

The film will begin at dusk on Oct. 10 in the Morris Road parking lot at MCCC’s Central Campus, 340 DeKalb Pike, Blue Bell. Admission is $10 per car for the general public and is $5 with a valid MCCC student/faculty/staff ID. Concessions will be available for purchase.

The fourth installment in the Jurassic series, “Jurassic World” is set 22 years after the events of “Jurassic Park” on the same fictional island of Isla Nublar, where a fully-functioning dinosaur theme park has operated for 10 years. The park plunges into chaos when a genetically modified dinosaur breaks loose and runs rampant across the island.

The film is directed by Colin Trevorrow and stars Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D’Onofrio, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, Omar Sy, B.D. Wong and Irrfan Khan. “Jurassic World” is rated PG-13 and runs two hours, four minutes.

For more information, visit http://www.whitpainrec.com.