In the Kitchen with

If you’ve lived here long enough, you know Bolete. Maybe you’re lucky enough to have dined at this elegantly rustic space with a farm-to-table, scratch-made approach. You may have experienced the warm hospitality, a tone that’s been set by Erin S... more

Feb 26, 2016 10:02 AM Recipes

Admittedly, it’s a total cliché that so many chefs have larger-than-life personalities, but it’s certainly true with Shawn Doyle of the Savory Grille. more

Dec 29, 2015 9:47 AM Recipes

In Joe Grisafi’s kitchen aspirations, all burners are set on “high.” This supercharged restaurateur wants to change the way you think about dining and entertainment in the Lehigh Valley. Grisafi, 35, is the mastermind behind Corked, which burs... more

Nov 25, 2015 7:19 AM Recipes

Chef Steve Kershner has worked in restaurants his entire life and he can’t imagine doing anything else. For him, it’s not really work at all. Like many successful entrepreneurs, he started early. As a teen, he logged 40 hours a week in the kit... more

Sep 29, 2015 7:55 AM Recipes

Chef John Pukanecz is a renowned figure on the Lehigh Valley dining scene. He’s won awards, respect from his peers and has a loyal following at his West End Allentown restaurant, Grille 3501. A local celebrity, for sure, but he’d rather you ju... more

Jul 29, 2015 10:39 AM Recipes

Chef Michael Joyce is excited. His spinach has arrived, delivered to the restaurant’s back door by the farmer who picked it just hours ago. “Go ahead and taste these,” he says. Four leaves of bright green spinach sit on a white plate. They are... more

May 27, 2015 1:51 PM Recipes

With a name like 29 Cooks, you would imagine the kitchen of this Emmaus culinary center gets pretty crowded, yet there’s just one woman behind the name. One dynamic lady with the energy and creativity of 29 cooks, and her name is Cindie Feldman. ... more

Mar 27, 2015 7:39 AM Recipes

Michael Adams is anxious to get started. As the new executive chef for the Hotel Bethlehem, he has high hopes of making an impact on the hotel’s kitchen. “I don’t want to make mediocre dishes,” he says. “I want to make them great.” While his f... more

Oct 28, 2014 8:06 AM Recipes

Imagine you’re in charge of catering Zoellner Art Center’s biggest fundraiser of the year. At any minute more than 400 well-dressed patrons of the arts will stream through the doors and your hors d’oeuvres have gone AWOL. This was Chad Licsko’s ... more

Aug 27, 2014 7:53 AM Recipes

Chef Jason Hook turns food upside down and inside out. He takes it apart and then puts it back together, a rearranged puzzle, playfully plating the familiar and the surprising. It’s not uncommon to hear diners ask “what is that???” after sampling... more

Jun 27, 2014 7:50 AM Recipes

Gail Lehman, proprietor and foodie behind the newest little eatery on the corner of East Broad and Center Streets, Back Door Bakeshop, is the first to admit that her road to a career in the kitchen wasn’t the most clearly defined. more

Aug 27, 2013 11:01 AM Recipes

A trip to Wegmans usually goes far beyond grabbing a few grocery list essentials. Ask anyone and they’re bound to gush over the prepared foods section that makes weeknight dinners possible, satisfies cravings and inevitably adds a few unexp... more

Jun 28, 2013 9:08 AM Recipes

In today’s fast-paced, super-sized, big-brand world it can be refreshing to dine at a place like Jumbars. Chef/Owner Paul Hoffert and his daughter, Emily, claim, “there’s no place quite like it,” and we would have to agree with them on that... more

Apr 17, 2013 10:37 AM Recipes

The phrase “word of mouth” has never had more meaning than when referring to the way clients come to Laurin Fegley. more

Feb 18, 2013 4:32 PM Recipes

Sure, Jamie Smith could tell you that her job titles include cook, baker, mom, wife, small business owner and all of that would be true. But Smith is more likely to tell you that her job is to make people happy—and that usually is a piece o... more

Dec 3, 2012 12:28 PM Recipes

Unless you live along the bustling, tree-lined streets of Downtown Bethlehem you may not know that an artisanal bakery sits on an inconspicuous narrow alleyway connecting Broad and Market Streets. more

Sep 21, 2012 10:12 AM Recipes

The concept is simple, really. A woman travels the world, sampling and learning about the cuisine of her favorite countries then returns home, eager to share her findings with her Lehigh Valley neighbors. more

Jul 17, 2012 10:39 AM Recipes

To describe David Joachim as a grill master would only be scratching the surface of his talents. He’s a man who loves cooking with fire and will seize every chance he can to take command of the 10 grills he keeps in his backyard. From patio to ki... more

May 25, 2012 11:53 AM Recipes

The name Rodale is synonymous with healthy living—staying active, fit and perhaps most importantly, eating well. Rodale, Inc.’s founder, J.I. Rodale, touted the benefits of organic growing and eating long before the term was understood and ... more

Mar 16, 2012 11:32 AM Tastemaker Profiles