Thursday, October 23, 2008

Chestnut Hill's Fall For The Arts Festival

On Sunday October 12, 2008 The businesses of Chestnut Hill set up shop on the Hill to celebrate the rich heritage and life that is Chestnut Hill. The weather was fantastic as well as the turnout. Many residents and visitors came out to enjoy the food, the art, the crafts and the people. We at The Night Kitchen set up right in front of the Cat Clinic which we love since we take our cats there.

There were restaurants, bakeries, wood workers, crafts people, and many others celebrating all that is Chestnut Hill. We sold scones, muffins, sticky buns, cookies, cake and the always popular bottled water for the stroll up and down the Hill.

Having worked as chefs ourselves for many years Amy and I (John) were pleased to see Jan Wilson (a former employer(of John's) and friend) celebrating her 16th year in business with Cafette
The Food Service Industry is not kind to new entrepreneurs so we know how amazing this accomplishment is.

Cheers to Jan!

We at the Night Kitchen love Cafette and eat there as often as we can, usually for Fried Chicken Friday. Jan said that she is running a special which gets school children free food during the week for dinner. For further details (and clarification) on how to get some of this wonderful food skillfully designed and fabricated by Executive Chef John McGlaughlin call and inquire at 215-242-4220.

The grilled sausage sandwich from Cafette was fantastic btw.

From All the business owners and us here at The Night Kitchen Bakery we thank you for turning out and sharing the afternoon with us. We love Chestnut Hill as well as Mt Airy, Germantown and all of our neighbors and we are pleased to be a part of this wonderful community. I will finish up with a few photos of the festival. See you at the bakery.

This is looking up the avenue from
our stand.

Peri takes a break after a fine job of
setting up the stand. We are displaying the reusable Green Shopping Bags which can be found at most any shop in Chestnut Hill.

A Gymnastics group performed for the crowd which was amazing to see and a live reminder of the beauty of youth and all things new.

No Fall For The Arts Festival
would be complete without live music.
Sorry for not getting the bands name.
Maybe a poster can fill us in on that
one and I can edit this later.

This train
runs at every
Festival and
is a hit for
Children of all

John and Mansura bid everyone Peace and Good Day from The Fall For The Arts Festival in Chestnut Hill.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Freedom Garden at The Night Kitchen

Amy and I decided that we wanted to work on making the bakery more environmentally friendly. We do not believe we will save the world per se but we do see a benefit in the appreciation of life in general from the learning that this “Green” project will bring.

We bought some plastic pots for our first foray into our backyard flora project. We purchased some organic composted soil and some plants from the local farmers market down the street and set about planting.

Our staff helped us water and tend to the plants as the season progressed. Sarah Milici and Aires Thode were diligent gardeners and instrumental in nurturing the project along.Time passed and we found our potential bounty flourishing.

After starting on June 5 and finding burgeoning bounty by July 17th we started harvesting our crop according to the schedule of the ripening vegetables. Amy used peppers, tomatoes and herbs in her soups. Alex Kujawa used the mint to make Ganache with essence of chocolate mint. John used the tomatoes, peppers, herbs and nasturtium flowers on his daily pizzas. We were all having fun with the discovery of what our labor was reaping. All through August and well into September we harvested. We let the cilantro go to seed and experimented with crushed green coriander seeds for soups, finely chopped nasturtium flowers and herbs (fleck) for pizza as well as red and white tomatoes for sandwiches.

We are very pleased with our first ever Night Kitchen garden and we will most definitely do another one next year. Hopefully we will have some beds built and demote the plastic containers to use for flowers and some aggressively invasive herbs like the mint (boy does it spread). We are already talking about beets, potatoes, turnips and many other possibilities. Problem is we are natural veggie lovers and our appetite will quickly monopolize our limited space. So, until next year we hope you all have fun with your own backyard gardens.

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Amy Prepares Flourless Chocolate Cake

Here is a site with Amy demonstrating how to make our Flourless Chocolate Cake.

It is at the Keller's Creamery website. Click on the title of this post to go to the site. Then just click on the link for the streaming video and when it is finished checking the download speed and buffering you will be able to watch Amy explain the process we use for making our luscious cake.

The recipe for our Flourless Chocolate Cake as well as for our Russian Tea Cookies can be found here.


Monday, October 6, 2008

Fall For The Arts Festival in Chestnut Hill

Sunday, October 12, 2008
11:00am - 5:00pm
Chestnut Hill-Northwest Philadelphia
8000-8700 Germantown Avenue
Philadelphia, PA

Come Join us at the festival for good food, fun and hopefully wonderful weather.
Thanks to Kate O'Neill for providing the pertinent information on the Event page on Facebook (linked to by the title of this post)

Saturday, October 4, 2008

Sarah Milici Starring in "The Do's And Don'ts Of Time Travel"

The Night Kitchen's Sarah Milici will be performing in The Do's And Don'ts of Time Travel
at The Playground at the Adrienne.

Sarah has been the Morning Manager at The Night Kitchen for two years. She is a favorite with our customers as well as staff. Amy and I think the world of Sarah and we wish her well. We know she will do a wonderful job since we already saw her perform in other plays including The Importance of Being Ernest.

You can find information about the run of this play here:

We wish Sarah the best and hope that all who read this enjoy the pleasure of this wonderful performance both by Sarah as well as by her fellow players.

Bears On Parade In Chestnut Hill

Live Animals visit Zoo2!
Sat., Oct. 4th - 11am-1pm

3000 BC spa front 2

The Bears of Chestnut Hill's New Public Art Project Zoo2 welcome live animals from the Elmwood Zoo. Learn about the animals and artifacts from the zoo's docents who will be on hand to abzoolutly answer questions. FREE.
Visit the Tent outside
O'Doodle's, 8335 Germantown Ave
11am - 1pm
Don't forget to VOTE for your Favorite Bear!

Go Green Window Contest

Go GREEN Window Contest! mayorbag
October 4th through October 12th
Chestnut Hill Businesses will be featuring the New Chestnut Hill Green Tote in their Windows.
Vote for you favorite window and you will be entered to win a $100 Chestnut Hill Goodie Bag!!!
Experience Chestnut Hill's "Walkability"
Mayor Nutter with Tote!