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.

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!!

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Beginning November 29th, 2015 Take Pottstown Area Rapid Transit, Give Back

In the spirit of the holiday season, Pottstown Area Rapid Transit (PART) is pleased to announce our “Take PART, Give Back” Campaign!

Beginning November 29, 2015 PART will be collecting donations to benefit the Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities and Operation Backpack. PART is pleased to partner with these organizations to help build the supply of food and goods available to those in need in our local community.

How can you PARTicipate?

By riding on one of PART’s Special Sunday Shopper Days! Every Sunday beginning November 29th, 2015 through December 20th 2015 from 12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., bring your donation on board a PART Transit Bus and ride for $1.00! *Applies to Adult Base Fare ONLY

During the Tri County Area Chamber of Commerce Holiday Mixer & Business to Business Expo on Tuesday, December 8, 2015 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. at Norco Fire Company, 144 W. Schuylkill Road, Pottstown, PA 19465. Bring your donation to the event and receive a PART Holiday ornament!

The Pottstown Cluster of Religious Communities is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization providing a multitude of programs related to food security, clothing and housing assistance, and other supportive services. Activities are intended to “address the basic human needs of persons within the Greater Pottstown community, while assisting with their spiritual and social needs.”

The Cluster is currently in need of dry goods including laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaners, paper towels, and toiletries. Canned goods including fruits, vegetables, soups, tuna fish, and tomato products are also in high demand.

Operation Backpack is a 501 c3 nonprofit organization, providing food to students in the greater Pottstown community who would go without over the weekend.  The organization works to “help homeless and hungry students succeed by addressing the issue of childhood hunger.” The organization works with individuals and organizations to gather ready to eat items to fill backpacks distributed to participating schools at the end of each week.  Operation Backpack is currently in need of prepackaged tuna, macaroni and cheese, soups, pasta, cereal, granola, breakfast bars, crackers, juice, and water.

As a public service, PART takes great pride in providing safe, affordable, and reliable quality transportation to the Borough of Pottstown, Lower, West, and Upper Pottsgrove Townships, Limerick Township, and North Coventry Township.

Please help PART Give Back! Questions? Contact Erica Batdorf at 610-970-6515 or ebatdorf@pottstown.org

Or visit our website at http://www.pottstownarearapidtransit.com

ReadingFilmFest (Reading PA)

Reading skylineREADING PA – A film festival will be held on November 13, 14, 15 at the Goggleworks Center for the Arts, 201 Washington Street, Reading, PA. If you are a film fan, click here for all the details! In addition to films, there will be parties, panels, tours and networking opportunities.

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.

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/ 

Althouse Arboretum Grand Opening And Community Picnic! Saturday, September 26th

Come out and join us for a celebration!  We will officially open the Arboretum at 10:30 AM with a very brief ceremony followed by a community picnic.  There will be free food (donations always accepted :), an art exhibit and sale, a silent auction, and other great organizations that will be joining us as we have fun and thank all who helped create this amazing place called the Althouse Arboretum.  Take the opportunity to relax, meet with neighbors, enjoy some walks along our trails and find out what the Arboretum is all about.  Parking will be at the Hillside Aquatic club on Moyer Road.  Shuttle service is available.

We’re having a silent auction at the picnic to raise money for the Arboretum. We already have several beautiful gift baskets donated. If you’d like to donate an item for the auction contact Nancy. A great way to advertise your business and support for the Arboretum!

Sprogel’s Run 5K Race & Walk

Saturday, September 26th, opens at 9am
Cost: $20 for 3 mile run   $10 for Fun Run and Walk
A 5k run along Sprogel’s Run Trail.  Or join other community members in a 1 or 2 mile (your choice after the half-way point!) WALK or FUN RUN. Ending at the beautiful Althouse Arboretum where we will be celebrating our GRAND OPENING with a short ceremony and community picnic!
Details, Maps and Registration info here.

33rd Annual Dinner Northeast Chapter Of The Pennsylvania Sports Hall Of Fame

The 33rd annual dinner of the Northeast Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame will be held on Sunday, October 4th in the DeNaples Center of the University of Scranton, 800 Mulberry Street beginning at 5:00 pm.  This year the Northeast Chapter will induct 10 local athletes.

Tickets are $40.00 per person and $25.00 for children 10 years and up, and may be obtained by contacting Bob Walsh (570) 346-2228 or Alice Foley (570) 346-5796.

The Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame is a non-profit organization.

Kids Day A FREE Community Event Hosted By Olivet Boys & Girls Club

The Olivet Boys & Girls Club is hosting a free event at their Pottstown Unit, the Richard J. Ricketts Center, located at 658 Beach Street in Pottstown, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, September 26. The purpose is to strengthen relationships between the Club, partners and the Pottstown community, in addition to celebrating and supporting our kids. The best way to do that is to invite the community into the Club. The event will include food, games and entertainment. Pottstown School District staff, students and parents, along with community members and community partners, will be invited.

The 8th Annual Oktoberfest – Building A Better Boyertown, September 18th & 19th

The 8th Annual Oktoberfest is a fundraising event for Building a Better Boyertown. Oktoberfest includes local food vendors, a beer garden, live music, raffle, craft vendors, local businesses and organizations, and a lot of fun!

 
Boyertown kicks off it’s annual Oktoberfest, a regional fund raising event for the Building a Better Boyertown. The annual event kicks off around the same time as the world famous Oktoberfest in Germany.

 
The Boyertown area and its residents boast strong heritage ties to Germany and thus their couldn’t be a more appropriate place to host such an event. In the Oktoberfest style, the event features some of the regions best local food, beer, and wine vendors. Other festival highlights include live music, traditional German dances, crafters and other local businesses and organizations.

 
The event will start Friday night, September 18th, 2015 at 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm and run throughout the day on Saturday, September 19th, 2015 at 11:00 am – 9:00 pm. The mayor will kick off the celebration with the tapping of the keg ceremony at 11:00 am.

 
However, the fun doesn’t stop then. Many of Boyertown’s local businesses feature music and brews well into the evening hours!

 
PARKING INFORMATION
During Oktoberfest parking is available on Philadelphia and Reading Avenues, the lot of the Boyertown Museum of Historic Vehicles S. Reading Avenue, and the lots of National Penn Bank, and Good Shepherd Church, St. Johns Church. North Reading Avenue, second street and Walnut Street.

Steel River Playhouse – Annual Gala – September 12, 2015

Picture 577Steel River Playhouse cordially invites you to our 2015 Annual Gala! Sounds wonderful, doesn’t it? Steel River Playhouse invites you to join us for our first ever formal Gala to kick-off our 2015-2016 season with “An Evening In Paris.” Come with us and enjoy a night of amazing food, great people and a sneak peek at some of the entertainment this upcoming season. For more information, CLICK HERE.