The Arroz de Langosta dish at Jose Garces' Amada, Tacconelli's Pizza and pie at Reading Terminal Market: Delicious from start to finish. (Photos courtesy of Amada, by J. Smith and G. Widman)
For the third installment of our Thanksgiving series, the spotlight’s on: Food, glorious food! Thanksgiving isn’t just about what’s on the dinner tableÂ â€” but boy, are we thankful for it. And we thank our lucky stars that Philadelphia is sheer gustatory paradise.
Two words. Come hungry.
1. The James Beard Foundation has awarded Best Chef honors to Susanna Foo, Georges Perrier, Jose Garces, Marc Vetri, Jean-Marie Lacroix and Guillermo Pernot.
2. Kennett Square, the mushroom capital of the world, produces about 25% of the nationâ€™s entire mushroom crop.
3. Taking advantage of ideal growing conditions, 27 wineries flourish throughout the Philadelphia region.
4. The Italian Market is the worldâ€™s oldest and largest outdoor market.
5. One of the nationâ€™s oldest and finest working farmers’ markets, Reading Terminal Market houses more than 80 merchants, including Amish farmers.
6. Old Cityâ€™s Zahav was named one of the â€œ50 Best New U.S. Restaurants 2009â€ by Travel + Leisure.
7. Diners can eat in the fresh air in Philadelphia, where more than 150 alfresco restaurants serve patrons in the sidewalk seats, courtyards and patios.
9. Girl Scout cookies, bubble gum, licorice and ice cream soda were all created in Philadelphia.
10. Making Philadelphia the largest gluten-free zone in the tri-state area, more than 30 local eateries have completed Gluten-Free Resource Education Awareness Training and offer gluten-free items on their menus.