Chef Christian DeLutis greeted us at the door with a special request. Since opening Koda about a year ago, the chef-owner has preferred the Harrisburg restaurant’s dishes to be photographed with staff, to showcase the culinary team alongside their dishes rather than focusing on solo foodie shots.
“It’s a team effort—the dishes don’t represent me alone,” says DeLutis. “There’s no ego. We strive to be good people with integrity, empathy, honesty, and we bring that into our food, cooking with love.” Continue reading Friendly Fare
Brothers Wade and Drew Leedy say opening Fourscore Beer Co. on July 31 was the big payoff.
Five years of dreaming, planning, and clearing hurdles paved the way for the South Washington Street brewpub to open its doors.
While the Leedy family name is synonymous with good pizza in Gettysburg—Drew and Wade’s grandfather opened Tommy’s Pizza in 1973—the family’s newest venture into brewing is history in the making. Continue reading Fourscore Beer Co.
If butchers were rock stars, chef David T. Mills III would have his name in lights.
Smoke & Pickles is half butcher shop, half restaurant, with ambiance supplied by rock music and Mills’ larger-than-life personality playing a starring role. Continue reading Rockin’ Mechanicsburg with Flavor
Tina Weyant has a distinct childhood memory—helping her grandfather, a distiller in Germany, put labels on bottles.
Her grandparents lived on a property encompassing an old monastery with a cellar under the church. It was surrounded by vineyards.
Today, Weyant, 57, has come full circle. For the first time since childhood, she again is surrounded by vineyards. She and husband Jeff own Cumberland County’s first vineyard winery, the Winery at Long Shot Farm. Continue reading Bull’s-Eye in a Bottle
You don’t have to rise at the crack of dawn to run a successful bakery. Amanda Wiles, co-owner of The Cake Bar in downtown Hanover, is living proof of that.
“It’s modeled off big city dessert bars, which are open in the evening when we typically eat dessert,” explains Wiles. “Plus, I hate mornings,” she says with a laugh. Continue reading Hanover’s Sweet Spot
Cumberland County’s craft beer community has beverage lovers covered from A to Z—that’s ale to zymurgy (the chemistry of the fermentation process). The Cumberland Valley Beer Trail, conceptualized in 2016 and launched in 2017 with 15 locations, has grown to 30 locations today.
We visited two of the trail’s crafty Carlisle locations where everything shines—from golden beverages to flashy magic tricks, silver brewery tanks, and gleaming chrome bumpers. Continue reading Crafty Carlisle
Not many people decide to open a restaurant during their retirement years. Cheri Ann Freeman operates Chez Cheri Cafe with a vitality and energy that seem to defy her age of 72. Continue reading Worldly Flavors, Friendly Faces
What do you imagine yourself doing at the age of 68? While retirement is likely at the top of most people’s lists, that’s not the case for Diane Krulac, owner of downtown Mechanicsburg’s popular candy shop Brittle Bark. Instead, she recently launched a new line of unique chocolate truffles and bars called Cocoa Creek Chocolates. Continue reading Mechanicsburg’s Sweet Spot
Gettysburg reminds Lori Korczyk of Epcot.
Just like the Disney park’s microcosm of world cultures, Gettysburg’s downtown streets are dotted with eclectic and ethnic restaurants, from Thai to Mexican, Italian to Irish, plus plenty of American eateries that blend cuisines—like melting pots—with culture and history.
Korczyk saw an opportunity to establish Savor Gettysburg Food Tours (SGFT) six years ago, to appeal to foodies and history lovers alike. Continue reading Taste of History
Nicole Baer’s home-based cupcake business was so popular that her kitchen wall oven was on nearly all day, every day, and she still couldn’t bake enough cupcakes to fill orders.
That all changed when she opened Ann’s Cupcakery on Mechanicsburg’s Main Street last fall.
Continue reading Let Them Eat Little Cakes
Mediterranean and Ukrainian cuisine are married throughout the adventurous, flavor-filled menu at Tatiana’s Restaurant, Mechanicsburg—the perfect symbolism for husband-and-wife owners Tatiana and Ashraf El Seaidy. The restaurant’s namesake, Tatiana, hails from Ukraine, while her husband of 19 years, chef Ash, was born and raised in Egypt. Continue reading A Destination to Love
Health and wellness in the golden years are more important today than ever before. That’s because Americans are approaching a shift in population. By 2030, all baby boomers will be 65 and older.
As more and more of us approach and enter senior status, what can we do to protect our health? Nutrition plays one of the most critical roles, according to area health experts. Continue reading Nourishing and Flourishing
How do you choose the food you eat? It may sound like a simple question, but how often do you truly evaluate your nutritional choices and diet? We talked to a number of Susquehanna Valley residents, including health and wellness professionals, who made significant changes by switching to vegetarian, vegan, or plant-based diets and lifestyles. Their anecdotes and results may surprise you. Continue reading Plant Powered
Jeff Jurkowski says he was probably about 4 years old when he first saw crabs being steamed.
Growing up in Baltimore, an uncle owned and operated a popular crab house that served up 600 bushels of crab weekly. With watermen also in the family, Jurkowski grew up learning about the Chesapeake Bay’s bounty. Seafood just might be in his genes, and now the chef/owner is sharing his flair for adventuresome dishes at Gettysburg’s newest restaurant. Continue reading The Hoof, Fin & Fowl
With a name inspired by nearby eagle sightings and owl calls, the Eagle & The Owl Public House at Liberty Mountain Resort features a menu that’s just as adventuresome. Between the sweeping mountain views of the 400-acre Adams County property and the innovative menu, you just may be swept off your feet. Continue reading Taking Creative Liberties
Self-described foodies who enjoy traveling and visiting the world’s finest restaurants, Donna and Tom Ponessa opened Amorette (“little love”) in May of 2018.
“We took the best ideas from all our travels and put them under one roof,” says Donna. Continue reading A Little Love for Foodies
Central PA’s tourism organizations began jumping on the beer trail bandwagon about six years ago, recognizing the opportunity to collectively market area brew pubs to both residents and visitors alike. Brewers seem to embrace and enjoy the team spirit aspect of trails, calling it camaraderie and community, rather than competition. There’s Beer Here! Where to hit the trails for ales, Susquehanna Style, October 2018 Continue reading There’s Beer Here! Where to hit the trails for ales
It’s like shooting a bow and arrows: A Spring Grove couple is taking aim at a delicious new trend in the food industry and hoping to hit the sweet spot right in the middle of the target. Continue reading Dough & Arrows
“We married our family’s two passions together,” says Kevin Knoiuse, business manager at Thirsty Farmer. “Farming–and blending that with a love of craft beer. Thirsty Farmer is centered around agriculture and who we are.” Continue reading Thirsty Farmer Brew Works: An Authentic Adams County Experience
Take a trip off the beaten path to 3 Hogs BBQ in Hanover and you’ll feel as thought you’re discovering the South’s best-kept secret. And we’re not talking “south” as in South Central Pennsylvania; you might actually feel like you’ve been transported somewhere south of Memphis. Continue reading “Hog Wild” for Barbeque at 3 Hogs BBQ
Spring fever has set in and we’re making our bucket list for warmer weather dining destinations. There is nothing like enjoying a stunning outdoor view with a dinner menu to match. From gardens to riverfront views, decks to hillside terraces, urban oases to countryside respites, the region’s top restaurants offer a wide variety of unique outdoor dining backdrops to accompany their exquisite menus. Continue reading 25 Hot Spots to Dine Out(doors)
Against the backdrop of Tuscany, Rynn and David Caputo decided that shortly after their wedding, they would leave their jobs, move to Italy, and attend culinary school together. “I would say our parents were concerned,” recalls David Caputo. Continue reading Caputo Brothers Creamery
The long driveway leading to Allenberry Resort, framed by tall trees, seems to beckon visitors to the longtime Cumberland County resort. “You could travel all over the world and not find as bucolic a location as Allenberry on the Yellow Breeches,” says Mike Kennedy. Continue reading New Frontier
A “roost” is defined as a safe place, a haven, where birds can sit and rest their wings. Step inside one of downtown York’s newest restaurants, Roost Uncommon Kitchen, and you too can “rest your wings,” recharge your batteries, and feel right at home. Continue reading A Place to Rest Your Wings
If the sweeping mountain views aren’t enough to sweep you off your feet, then Eagle & The Owl Public House’s fresh, homemade approach is sure to wow you. Continue reading Eagle & The Owl Public House
Brittle Bark could quite possibly be the happiest place in all of central Pennsylvania—especially during the holiday season. Tucked into a tall corner storefront along Main Street in Mechanicsburg with a brightly decorated seasonal front window, the chocolate and candy shop has earned a sweet reputation over the past 10 years. Continue reading Sweet Break
Gettysburg’s place in history was cemented due to its location—at “the crossroads of America.” During the Civil War era, all major routes running north and south, east and west, met in Gettysburg. Today, just a block from Lincoln Square where those crossroads still collide, a downtown Gettysburg restaurant is gaining a reputation for its creative American fusion menu—bringing traditional American flavors together from the north, south, west and east in fun new ways. Continue reading At the Crossroads of American Fusion
Inspired by family, traditions and Sunday dinners, Chef AnnMarie Nelms has created a warm, welcoming atmosphere at Thea. Tranquil colors, hand-crafted tables and a finetuned menu infused with family heritage all work in gracious harmony—as if Nelms is inviting you directly into her home. Continue reading Like Family
Flour is the foundation of some of our favorite “comfort foods,” including pizza, subs, and pasta. So, how appropriate that Antica Napoli Pizza features more than a dozen unique pizzas, more than three dozen subs plus Stromboli, and a dozen varieties of pasta, all created by Owner Ignazio “Iggy” Farina, whose very name “Farina” is Italian for “flour.” Continue reading Antica Napoli Pizza: Putting Pizazz in Gettysburg’s Pizza
“This 100-year-old building was an incredibly warm space,” says Yianni Barakos. Original brick walls, exposed beams, and thick concrete floors harken back to the restaurant’s former days as Gettysburg Furniture Factory. After a year-and-a-half-long renovation, the father-son duo opened Mason Dixon Distillery’s doors in July of 2016. Now, new spirits are rising from downtown Gettysburg’s industrial past. Continue reading Grit & Grain
It’s all very straightforward and comfortable: a simple and traditional American menu, blended with whiskey and history. Continue reading All-American Spirit
At Tania’s Mexican Restaurant, it’s all about authentic flavors, family, and achieving the American dream. Continue reading An Authentic Taste of Mexico in Adams County
Chef-owner Josh Fidler waits, poised with tongs, until he sees the perfect amount of charring, then flips a piece of octopus on the grill. His eyes, trained by a degree in photography, give him an artistic edge in the kitchen. Continue reading Old School Hospitality and New Age Flavors at Fidler & Co
Craft beer—the art of combining water, malt, yeast, and hops in traditional style with an innovative twist—is a trend growing by leaps and bounds. You could say that Central Pennsylvania is blowing the lid off the craft beer market. Continue reading Brewing Big Business