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No Bribing, Just Barbeque

In the proud tradition of those who can’t turning to judging, our resident glutton, Mike Madaio, works the system to win a coveted front-row seat at the state barbeque championship. I rose to my feet, legs wobbly from the weight of the fatigue and pork fat and reeking of smoke. My right hand went up […]

September 19, 2014 | By | Reply More

A Sweeter Year Ahead

With the opening of Tradestone Confections, a gourmet candy shop in Conshohocken, the door to a once exclusive world is being pried open. Consider yourself the carrier of a golden ticket. By Jennifer Hetrick Chip Roman, the do-no-wrong chef and co-owner of the stud restaurants Blackfish in Conshohocken, Mica in Chestnut Hill and Ela in […]

February 21, 2014 | By | Reply More

Schooled by a Butcher

He expected a sermon on the glory of bacon. And a chance to wield a bone saw. Instead, a demonstration on cutting up a pig defined the countless errors of the author’s ways. By Mike Madaio I’ll admit it. I arrived at the Heritage Pig Butchering Class at Wyebrook Farm, in Honey Brook, with visions […]

December 16, 2013 | By | Reply More

Upping the Ante

Cashing in on a chunk of his James Beard cred, Michael Solomonov tackles kosher. But the price of authenticity may be more than even he can cover this time around. By Mike Madaio Wherever the James Beard Award-winning chef Michael Solomonov and restaurateur partner Steven Cook lay claim, critical praise and full stomachs follow in […]

February 1, 2013 | By | Reply More

Everything You Know About Pizza is Going to Change

A new gospel is emerging from two Main Line pizzerias cut from the old-world mold: Less ingredients treated with more care. By Mike Madaio Americans, on average, eat 46 slices of pizza a year. Less than a slice a week feels a little light. Still, there’s no denying pizza’s mass appeal. Some of us eat […]

December 1, 2012 | By | Reply More


Ardmore’s no longer a lost cause for beer drinkers. A craft-minded shop and café are quenching a deep thirst that developed over a far-too-lengthy drought. By Mike Madaio Not too long ago, and certainly more recently than I care to remember, drinking beer at a bar in Ardmore basically boiled down to a single option: […]

September 19, 2012 | By | Reply More