Sunday, December 27, 2009

Christmas Tree Recycling Day!

The Mt. Airy Business Association in partnership with GRINCH and the Allens Lane Art Center is sponsoring a Christmas Tree Recycling Day.
When: Sunday, January 10, 2010 from 10 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Where: Allens Lane Art Center -- 601 Allens Lane, Philadelphia 19119
We are asking a $5.00 donation to help cover our costs.
Trees will be chipped into a pile which will then be available in the Spring as free mulch!
Why? Because it's the right thing to do. Trees are just like any other trash that gets sent to landfills and becomes pollution. By chipping the trees and re-using the mulch, you are helping to save our precious planet.
Please contact Kim Miller, executive director of the Mt. Airy Business Association at 215-242-0777 or if you have any questions or if you would like to volunteer to help that day.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Pastry Chef Peri and her new baby boy

Peri had a baby!!! Pastry Chef Peri Anderson had her baby, Hayden Kenneth Anderson, the day after Thanksgiving. He is healthy and happy and the family is smitten!
The Night Kitchen is both thrilled and scared by the new pregnancy standard that Peri has set--working up till 2 days before the baby was born!
Congrats to Peri and Brian!!

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Night Kitchen sponsors Weird Waste Day!

GRINCH's (GReenINChestnutHill) huge WEIRD WASTE DAY success in Chestnut Hill last Saturday collected nearly 5 tons of E-Waste! People came from all over the city and suburbs including a couple from South Philly who came in their Philly Car Share car!
The Night Kitchen Bakery sponsored the truck and volunteered during the event.
Proceeds will benefit The Jenks School and GRINCH.
IRN (Institutional Recycling Network) was hired to collect the electronics for responsible reuse and recycling. A big thanks to the Chestnut Hill Parking Foundation for use of the Highland Ave. parking lot!

Friday, October 16, 2009

Night Kitchen creates Wild Things cookies!

Wild Things Screening a Howling Success!

Your support oWild Thing Cookief last night's advance screening of the highly anticipated film, Where the Wild Things Are was a wonderful tribute to the Rosenbach. Thanks to all who attended: it was a fabulous evening we won't soon forget.

Held at the Ritz East, the benefit began with a reception at 6:30 p.m. with catering by Frog Commissary and beautiful Wild Things cookies from the Night Kitchen Bakery. All proceeds from this fundraising event went to support programs and exhibitions at the Rosenbach.

Friday, October 9, 2009

Night Kitchen Bakery featured in 500 Foods To Eat

All of us at The Night Kitchen are excited and proud to be included in this useful and enjoyable book about food across America. You can scroll through the book via the Title link or purchase this at Amazon . One can find us on pages 91 and 92. Note: Our Doylestown location is no longer open.
Bon Appetit!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Reminder--this Saturday at the Mt Airy Valley Green Bank!

Weird Waste Day in Mt. Airy

Mt Airy Business Association & Valley Green Bank Sponsor

Weird Waste Day

As a service to the community the Mt. Airy Business Association in conjunction with Valley Green Bank invite everyone to take advantage of this opportunity to properly dispose of all unwanted electronics, including televisions, computers, printers, hard-drives, monitors, vcrs, radios, video games, transformers, and even batteries! Bring your weird waste to the Valley Green Bank parking lot on Sept 26th between 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. and we’ll make sure that it gets responsibly recycled.

Cost to you is $0.32 per pound.

We have engaged, IRN, a recycling network that helps businesses and institutions find the most responsible, efficient and cost effective way to recycle all materials . All products are hand dismantled and shredded. Each item is directed to the right end market and recycled safely, in full compliance with all environmental regulations.

Seeking Recycling Volunteers!

Student Volunteers for Fall Arts Fest needed!!

This is an official request for student volunteers ages 12 18 who want to help make a less trashy planet while gaining valuable community service hours. There will be 2 shifts to choose from--12-2pm or 2-4pm, Sunday October 4th at the Fall for the Arts Fest in Chestnut Hill. Students will man recycling stations along the festival route. Students will be required to attend a pizza party training session Saturday night (Oct. 3rd-5pm) in Chestnut Hill where they will receive their organic t-shirts and instructions for Sunday.
Those interested should contact Amy Edelman at or (610)505-6282 or Peggy Hendrie at the Chestnut Hill Business Assoc. (215)247-6696.

Monday, August 31, 2009

Why Buy Local?

Recently my husband and I were invited to a friends house for a Vermont cheese and wine tasting. It was a perfect summer evening for backyard dining and the setting was a foodie's fantasy. Surrounded by a bamboo grove, 12 hardcore Slow Food devotees, bowls of heirloom tomatoes, wines including mead and cheese, glorious cheese--my favorite food group. The variety and quality of the nearly local Vermont fromages rivaled anything I have eaten in Europe giving new meaning to "Made in America" and "Locally Grown". These are becoming the mantras in dealing with the challenges of fossil fuel dependency and Global Warming. And it begins with food.
Locally Grown is the new organic. Not that there is anything wrong with organic which is defined as fruits and veggies grown without chemical pesticides and insecticides. In the meat world hormone free, free range and grass fed are the equivalent and in the sea world wild caught fish trumps farm raised. After all, Organic is the way all food was raised and grown before the 20th century. While organic has become increasingly popular in the past decade, some of the standards have veered away from its original ideals. In addition, organic labeling is an expense many small farmers cannot afford. Some local Lancaster farmers employ organic methods but market their products as pesticide free. The wildly popular Saturday morning Winston Rd. Farmers Market has such farmers. They are often available to answer questions about their farming methods. Customers like the fact that they are supporting local businesses, getting a fresh products and helping to reduce the energy consumption involved in shipping.
Energy consumption is something to consider as well as a country's farming standards. A crate of tomatoes shipped from Holland consumes a tremendous amount of energy to get here. Asparagus grown in Central America? If I am warned not to drink the water in a particular country, why would I eat the veggies that were drinking that very water?
Locally grown has become extremely popular as people consider their food source more thoughtfully. And it's much easier to do this in the summer in the Northeast when produce is so abundant. Last week, on our way to Maine, we stopped at farm stands and quaint little towns from Kennebunkport to Cambridge and Salem to Portland. "Buy Local" was the common theme in promoting these communities and they appeared to be thriving. Supporting local businesses, particularly independently owned that craft their own products, results in more money kept in the local economy. Good for the community and good for the earth-win win.

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Please vote for us!

We have been nominated again for Best Bakery on the Fox Philly HotList!
You can vote for us at

We will adore you even more.

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Shelter From The Storm

Here at the Night Kitchen Bakery Amy Edelman and I (John Millard) have been working diligently to Green Up our shop. Global Warming has gotten many people thinking about their impact on the environment both present and future. Amy and I have been giving it a fair amount of thought as well. So far we have made changes to our bakery which awarded us a Green Certification, started a composting system and an organic garden. One of our most recent completed plans is the Rain Barrel. Amy went to a seminar given by the Water Dept. and received a free Rain Barrel. You can purchase Rain Barrels from various sources readily found via Google.

The significance of the Rain Barrel is to lessen peak runoff water during a major rain event. Since parking lots, buildings and other paved areas of our City shed water to sewers that can overflow. Excess rain runoff burdens streams here and collectively burdens rivers and bays downstream. The water brings with it pollutants like excess fertilizers from lawns, trash from the streets, oils from the roads and much more.

How can one barrel of rain really help? This is a good point. Also, if the barrel fills up then it no longer holds back excess rain but spills over as if there was no barrel at all. For this concept to work many homes, businesses and public gathering places with a roof could help to collectively reduce the pollutants that go into our estuaries thus helping aquatic wildlife and generally keeping our water system cleaner. The more barrels the better. Second point is keeping the barrel empty enough to be beneficial during a rain. I have heard that runoff from your roof might not be good for watering your organic garden since shingles do let loose particles into your barrel at times. At present our plan is to water our flower pots in front of our store as well as offer our water to neighbors for similar purposes.

I love the idea of having a rain barrel. Amy and I would also love to have a green roof, solar panels, a windmill, a larger garden with a nice sitting area in the back of the store. Like most things in life all of this takes, time, money and much effort. For now I will be happy with our rain barrel and look to future plans to brighten our lives and that of our family, friends and customers. Feel free to make any comments or suggestions since we strive to know and appreciate more and not to stop learning.

Here are a few photos of our rain barrel. Our rain barrel was installed (gutter work and overflow drain placement is necessary usually) by Handyman and Painting Wizards. If you are interested you can call them at 215-242-4092 or email them at They have done a couple of jobs for us and we recommend them without reservation. Good luck and hope you have fun with your rain barrel project.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Patti LaBelle Birthday Cake

The Night Kitchen is proud to present Patti LaBelle's Birthday Cake. Our very own Peri Anderson did a wonderful job on this special cake. Jen Low created the Shoe Topper and acted as photographer for the photos in this post as well as supervised the delicate delivery process. We are very proud of both Peri and Jen.

Monday, May 18, 2009

We have arrived

Check out the Green issue of Arrive magazine's March/April issue. Amy is interviewed in an article about being an environmentally conscious business owner. Arrive magazine is available on Amtrak trains on the Northeast corridor.

Monday, April 6, 2009

Top Wedding Professional from The Knot


You have been chosen as a top wedding professional in The Knot Best of Weddings 2009!

What sets this honor apart from others is that it's not just your colleagues (or even The Knot) bestowing this award on your business—the recognition comes from real brides who were thrilled with the level of service you brought to their wedding day.

From All of Us here at the Night Kitchen We would like to most appreciatively Thank our customers and All Brides and Grooms who put their faith in our abilities for events both large and small. It is a Pleasure for use to serve our customers and we hope to continue for many years.
Thank You So Much For Your Patronage
We have the Best Customers anywhere.

A Special Thanks to our Staff Who Make What We Do Possible

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Passover and Easter Order Deadlines

The order Deadline for Passover is Saturday and Easter deadline is Tuesday! Please visit our website holiday menu page and call to place your order. (215)248-9235

We are celebrating Earth Day for the month of April with our Savor the Earth iced cookies for only $2!
10% of the cookies sales will go the Natural Resources Defense Council (
Bridal Event at Cobblestones in Chestnut Hill
Sunday April 19th from 11am-4pm
8433 Germantown Ave

Night Kitchen Bakery is partnering with Anne Hopkin Flowers for this event.
Visit our table and enjoy yummy cake samples!

Pre-register by calling 215-247-3180 and your name will be entered to win an Annieglass Platter

This is a FREE event!

Recycling Ambassadors

Calling all student volunteers!
Hey kids--want to get community service hours while roving the Garden Fest with your BFF collecting recycling? The Chestnut Hill Business Association is seeking students ages 12-20 to be our Recycling Ambassadors at the Garden Festival Sunday May 3rd from 12-2pm or 2-4pm. You will get a cool organic t-shirt with a recycling symbol from and the comfort of knowing you are part of the solution!
The t-shirts are being provided by Odoodles, 3000BC, Night Kitchen Bakery, Bredenbecks Bakery, Robertsons Flowers, McNallys, The Apothecary Garden, The Chesnut Hill Cheese Shop and Bowman Properties.
We need volunteers to call by Friday April 10th. Please contact Peggy Miller at (215)247-6696 or or Amy Edelman at chefamybeth@
Get your Green on! (GRINCH)

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Mother Hubbard's Cupboard

I found this on a blog. It is a food bank which distributes food to the needy in Bloomington. (Still have not found which Bloomington). I got to this page from a blogger who grows vegetables in a home garden and she donates the surplus to this food bank. I thought it a great idea. I figured I would post this link since this site seems to explain the concept pretty well. These Food Bank's should be all over the country imo.

Green Initiative In Chestnut Hill

Please check out a new blog for sustainability and many things green in Chestnut Hill. Here is a synopsis.

"Welcome to the new Chestnut Hill Green Space. The Green Initiative in Chestnut Hill, aka GRINCH, is a new group interested in furthering sustainable practices in the beautiful Chestnut Hill area of Philadelphia. We are hoping that this will become a forum for all things green happening in our area and also, to join forces, share information and promote our efforts."

Jenny Reed created the blog and will be posting pertinent information along with our ChefAmy.
We hope that this new blog will be a helpful addition to others for networking in Chestnut Hill.

Monday, March 16, 2009

A Little Farm in the Big City, 170 Years Young

I found this using Google Reader. It is on The Atlantic blog.

I think this is inspiring for those working diligently trying to establish farming in urban areas. The closer we are to our healthy organic food the more efficient and rich our lives.

For one local attempt at reclaiming unused urban land as well as other environmentally responsible projects feel free to take a look at Green Village Philadelphia

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Sustainabilty Seminar Thursday Feb 5th-6:30-8:30

The Mt. Airy Business Association in partnership with the Chestnut Hill Business Association Presents: An Introduction to Sustainability

Thursday, February 5th

6:30 to 8:30 pm

Roller’s Restaurant at the Flying Fish

8142 Germantown Avenue


What is all this talk about “sustainable” and “green” and why should I care?

Come and find out at this informative community event. Professor Rob Fleming will help us unravel the facts from the fray and set us straight toward a path of understanding and action.

Professor Rob Fleming's thesis project, The Seeds of Sustainability set the stage for a lifelong research pursuit dedicated to better understanding, promoting and visualizing a sustainable future. In 2006, Professor Fleming assumed the role of program director for the Master of Science in Sustainable Design. The program, one of a handful in the country, began in 2007. We are lucky to have him in our community. Please take advantage of this fantastic opportunity. All business and community members are welcome! To make sure that we have enough chairs and refreshments, please RSVP to