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Fasnacht Day at Reading Terminal Market

In Pennsylvania Dutch culture, the day before Lent (also known as Fat Tuesday) is known as Fasnacht Day.  Traditionally, the Pennsylvania Dutch made Fasnachts (potato-based donut without a hole) to get rid of ingredients like sugar and butter that people often give up for Lent.  For more information on these sweet treats, click here to read KYW's Steve Tawa's piece on how Beiler's Donuts keeps the Fasnacht tradition alive:

Keith Beiler makes fasnachts at his family’s bakery stand in the Reading Terminal Market. Photo by Steve Tawa.

Keith Beiler makes fasnachts at his family’s bakery stand in the Reading Terminal Market.  Photo by Steve Tawa.

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The 4th Annual Party for the Market was a Huge Success!

Thank you to everyone who made Saturday's Party for the Market a huge success!  We thought we would share a few photos of our guests partying the night away, courtesy of PhillyChitChat and


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Vote for Carmen's Vegan Cheesesteak

The Philadelphia Daily News is hosting the V for Veg/Daily News Vegan Cheesesteak Contest to name the best vegan cheesesteak in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The plan is for the public to write in and nominate their favorite restaurant that sells vegan cheesesteaks and then to vote for the best one. The top three nominated restaurants will face off in a blind taste test in a few weeks, and the winner will be announced on March 20th.

Our own Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies and Cheesesteaks is in the running, so please take the time to vote for them by March 11th. To vote, e-mail the following line to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. : "I vote for Carmen's Reading Terminal for best vegan Cheesesteak."  One submitter will be chosen at random to receive a certificate for dinner for two at New Hope’s vegan Sprig and Vine restaurant.

For more details, click here:


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Recipe for French Onion Soup

It's been the coldest winter in decades, and what better way to warm up than with a hearty bowl of French onion soup! Even better – all of the ingredients are available here at the Market!


½ cup (1 stick) butter (Available at Hatville Deli, L. Halteman Family Country Foods, and Jonathan Best)
2 lbs yellow onions, halved and thinly sliced lengthwise (Available at Fair Food Farmstand, Iovine Brothers Produce, and OK Produce)
1 tsp. Kosher salt + more if desired (Available at The Head Nut)
1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper + more if desired (Available at The Head Nut)
8-10 sprigs fresh thyme leaves, chopped (Available at Fair Food Farmstand, Iovine Brothers Produce, and OK Produce)
6 cups broth (beef is traditional but chicken or vegetable will work too) (Available at Jonathan Best)
1 cup dry white wine (Available at Blue Mountain Vineyards)
1 French Baguette or Italian Ciabatta bread (Available at Market Bakery and Metropolitan Bakery)
3 cups Gruyere cheese, grated (Available at Downtown Cheese, Salumeria, and Valley Shepherd Creamery)

In a large heavy-bottom pot, melt the butter over low heat. Add the sliced onions, thyme leaves, salt, and pepper and continue to cook, stirring occasionally until the onions become a deep golden brown and very soft, about 30 minutes.

Add the white wine and scrape up any dry bits on the bottom of the pan, increasing the heat to a boil for 2 to 3 minutes. Add the broth and simmer for 30 minutes. Season the soup with salt, and pepper to taste.

Preheat the oven to 400F. Slice the bread, arrange on a baking sheet, and toast until crispy.

Pour the soup into 4 to 6 oven-safe crocks or bowls. Top with the toasted bread and a generous amount of grated Gruyere. Place the crocks or bowls under the broiler for 3 to 5 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and begins to brown.

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4th Annual Party for the Market

Saturday, February 22, 7:30-11:30pm

Show your love for the Reading Terminal Market! Join us for an evening of food, drink, dancing, and live entertainment to celebrate Philadelphia's extraordinary public market. Net proceeds will be dedicated to the preservation of the historic Reading Terminal Market, as well as to exciting new programming in performing arts and nutrition education. For more information and to purchase tickets visit

Thank you to this year's sponsors:

Sustaining Sponsors:
Green Mountain Energy
Nelbud Services Group
PPL EnergyPlus LLC
Fisher & Phillips, LLP

Supporting Sponsors:
Albert M. Mezzaroba
Beneficial Bank
Esh Foods
Iovine Brothers Produce
Martin's Quality Meats & Sausages
Old City Coffee

Market Friends:
ABM Security Services
Beck's Cajun Café
By George / Mezze
Carmen's Hoagies and Cheesesteaks
Contessa's French Linens
Cozen O'Connor
Famous 4th Street Cookies
Fox Rothschild LLP
Hershel's East Side Deli
John Yi Fish Market
Larry C. McCrea, Inc.
Metropolitan Bakery
Parkway Corp.
Paul R. Levy & Carrie Rickey
Saul Ewing LLP
Sebastian Properties
Shanghai Gourmet
Sirlin, Lesser & Benson, PC
The Gallery at Market East
Western Pest Services

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