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That’s a Wrap on the 6th Annual Party for the Market

That’s a Wrap on the 6th Annual Party for the Market

Our 6th Annual Party for the Market was this past Saturday and we wanted to thank all of our sponsors, donors, and attendees for making it the most successful one yet! The event drew around 1,100 guests, each of which will help us maintain the Market as the amazing Philly destination it is.


Spicing up the night were two brand new additions to the party, a silent auction and casino entertainment. The silent auction had an amazing turnout, with one lucky winner taking home our biggest prize; tickets to the American Music Awards and a three night stay in Los Angeles. This item didn’t sell.  Top sellers included a trip to New Orleans, a trip to Panama, a trip to Antigua, an autographed Rocky movie poster, and an autographed Bruce Springsteen Born to Run album.


What we love most about Party for the Market is that it gives guests a chance to explore the Market in a much more intimate and fun setting. We plan all year to ensure that the Market comes alive the night of the event so guests get to see the Market from a whole new angle. You all seem to love it as well!


We had asked everyone attending to follow along on Instagram with #LoveRTM. Everyone looked stunning and there was even an appearance by newly elected Mayor Jim Kenney.  Here are some of our favorites below.


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Guests enjoyed an all-you-can-eat spread from more than 35 of the Market’s most beloved merchants! There were also four open bars which served signature cocktails crafted special for Party for the Market. One was a modern take on the gin & tonic with added cucumber and basil. Yum!


Once again, we’d like to thank all of our merchants for donating all of the food and their time to make the event absolutely unforgettable; and of course our sponsors, who helped make our 6th Annual Party for the Market our best one yet!

Everyone here at the Market is excited for another year of serving the City of Brotherly Love and we hope to see you at next year’s Party for the Market.

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Party for the Market

Party for the Market



When: February 20, 2016 from 7:30pm-11:30pm

Where: Reading Terminal Market

Dress: Dressy Cocktail/Black Tie Optional

Tickets: Available online ( & at the door.


Celebrate your love for Reading Terminal at our 6th Annual Party for the Market! On February 20th, the Market will transform into a magical destination with surprises around every corner.

Join us for an evening of live entertainment and dancing, all-you-can-eat food from your favorite Market merchants and four open bars featuring beer, wine & specialty cocktails. This year we are adding a silent auction to the mix, featuring vacations, golf, autographed collectibles & so much more!

Help make this year the best year yet and purchase your tickets today (! Net proceeds will support the capital improvement program that ensures that our 19th century market can meet the challenges of the 21st century.

A special thank you to this year’s sponsors for their generosity and to the Reading Terminal Market merchants for donating their time, food and services to make the party a success.

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Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching and love is in the Market air! Are you having a hard time deciding what to get that special someone and feel like you are running out of time? Don’t worry, our last minute gift-guide has got you covered with 7 great Valentine’s Day gift ideas from Reading Terminal Market


For the Romantic


Is your Valentine a classic romantic? If so, roses from Market Blooms are the way to go! The tradition of sending roses as a symbol of love dates all the way back to the Romans- doesn’t get much more traditional than that!


For the Chocoholic


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You can never go wrong with chocolate, especially on Valentine’s Day. Show your Valentine how much they mean to you with the best chocolate in the game from Mueller Chocolate Co. Choose from an array of our all-time favorites including their Valentine Chocolate Tower, assorted gourmet truffles or the classic box of chocolates. 


For the Beer Lover


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Got a craft beer lover in your life? You can’t go wrong with a growler from Molly Molloy’s. With 24 beers on tap, there is plenty to choose from. Cheers!


For the Natural Beauty


Treat your Valentine (or yourself) to luxurious natural skincare products from Terralyn- Bath, Body, Spirit. Terralyn offers beautiful, handcrafted soaps, lotions, scrubs & so much more!


For the Love of Coffee


Show your coffee-lover Valentine that you love them a latte with a gift from Old City Coffee. Pick up a special mug or some gourmet, freshly roasted coffee. 


For the Chef


Is your Valentine happiest when in the kitchen? Give them a meaningful gift that they will be sure to use from Amy’s Place, the one stop kitchen basics store. They’ve got it all, from aprons to thermometers and everything in between! 


For the Partygoer


If your Valentine loves to have a good time, we’ve got the perfect gift for you! Give your special someone a night to remember with tickets to our 6th Annual Party for the Market on February 20th. For more information and tickets, visit:

Happy Valentine’s Day from Reading Terminal Market. Spread the love! #LoveRTM

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Celebrate The Chinese New Year at Reading Terminal

Celebrate The Chinese New Year at Reading Terminal

Happy New Year! To welcome the year of the Monkey, we are holding a Chinese New Year celebration in partnership with the Philadelphia Chinatown Development Corporation (PCDC).

Be part of the fun as Center Court comes alive with music, local art merchants and more on Saturday, February 6th, from 10am-4pm! Check out the schedule below:

Friday, February 5th:

11:30am: Chinatown Learning Center’s students sing to kick off the celebration.

Saturday, February 6th:

10 am: Pork and shrimp dumpling demonstration in City Kitchen with Sang Kee.

11 am: Philadelphia Suns perform a traditional Lion Dance through the Market.

12 pm: Traditional foods for Chinese New Year demonstration in City Kitchen with Chef Joseph Poon.

1-3pm: Chinese calligraphy in Center Court

3 pm: Chicken dumpling demonstration in City Kitchen with Shanghai Gourmet.

3 pm: Musician playing Erhu.

All day:

            Tea Sampling at the Tea Leaf

            Chinese crafts

            Chocolate and 5 Spice Whoopie Pies at Flying Monkey Bakery (available for purchase)

            + More!

Hope to see you there!

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“Scrapple Gets Its Biennial Moment in the Market,” by Carolyn Wyman

UPDATE: We apologize, but due to the impending snow storm, ScrappleFest has been canceled.  We are so sorry to disappoint all of our Scrapple-lovers!



Reading Terminal Market gets a lot of love for its cheesesteaks, hoagies and pretzels. But as Philadelphia's premier showcase of local food specialties, the place is also a sea of scrapple. Virtually every Market meat stand and breakfast place sells it.

This Saturday the Market celebrates or, at least, owns up to that fact during its fifth almost-every-other-year ScrappleFest. There will be music, free scrapple samples and a possibly oxymoronic in-house best scrapple dish contest. Past entries have included scrapple pretzel roll, scrapple breakfast pizza, scrapple bread pudding, scrapple sashimi, mahi mahi scrapple hushpuppies and peach Dijon-glazed turkey scrapple meatloaf.

As anyone who has lived in Philly for more than a few minutes probably knows, scrapple is Philadelphia's Spam in being an amalgam of somewhat questionable -- or at least mysterious -- pork "scraps" (along with, in the case of scrapple, grains like cornmeal and buckwheat). And it gets Spam-like giggles from a lot of people. As a result, Market scrapple sellers double as scrapple pushers and/or defenders.

Servers at the Down Home Diner let their T-shirts do the scrapple talking. "Eat more scrapple," urges the front side while the back answers the questions, "What is it?" and "Where are the scraps?" "Nowhere. The name is derived from" panhaskreppel, a Medieval English word for leftovers mixed with meat, is the T-shirts' learned -- though perhaps not sufficiently reassuring -- reply to that second question: Down Home's Jason McDavid says only about 20 percent of breakfast meat eaters at his family's diner give scrapple a try.

Three groups of people buy scrapple at Smucker's sausage stand, says owner Moses Smucker: "People who live here, people who used to live here and can't get it anymore -- they go crazy for it" and "frontiersman" i.e. people who are trying it for the first time. "You really have to acquire a taste for it," he says when asked for the newbies' reaction.

Moses speaks with pride about being among the first Philadelphia merchants to put scrapple in a breakfast sandwich but with disappointment about having to drop another Penn Dutch pork oddity -- a personal favorite called puddin' -- from his product line due to lack of sales. He says "it's like scrapple without the cornmeal," or scrapple's one sure safe ingredient, which could explain puddin's fate at Smucker's.

Fellow Frank's brand scrapplemonger Justin Hollinger of Hatville Deli says he believes scrapple is actually "growing in popularity," along with many other locally sourced foods, showing up at "trendy places like Sam's Morning Glory Diner [of Bella Vista]. Scrapple is having its moment," Hollinger concludes. While Hatville sells lots more bacon than scrapple, Hollinger says such a comparison "is not fair to scrapple," since it's mainly a breakfast food and bacon is now used in all kinds of dishes.

Interestingly, most of the Market merchants who are rising to the challenge of the ScrappleFest recipe contest do not sell scrapple. That's probably because of that challenge, making a great-tasting dish containing scrapple being much more of a test of culinary skill than making one featuring a food almost everyone likes.

This year Bill Beck of Beck's Cajun Cafe is tweaking a dish that competed in ScrappleFest 4. Based on a French Quarter New Orleans egg-and-ham concoction he once enjoyed, it consists of a pouched egg, grilled cornbread, sautéed spinach, Creole Hollandaise and scrapple he makes himself with fish as well as pork, mainly because "I didn't read the contest rules carefully enough to know I could use a packaged scrapple." Named for Beck's long-suffering wife, his Eggs St. Rita dish will be offered for sale at Beck's on ScrappleFest Saturday as well as on Mardi Gras.

Valley Shepherd Creamery, which won the recipe contest last ScrappleFest with a panzanella salad featuring scrapple in place of the traditional bread, will be defending their title with a new dish, cook and concept.

Stand chef Rebecca Foxman explained the idea behind her 2013 award-winning scrapple dish as accenting "something light and acidic with small amounts of something rich and fried" (i.e. the scrapple). This year's entry, created by stand manager Zeke Ferguson in a little intra-stand rivalry, is "the antithesis of that," Ferguson says: He'll be hollowing out squares of scrapple and filling them with Valley Shepherd's also-rich mac and cheese.

"I'm still the champion," Foxman reminds him after hearing this plan.

Ferguson will be making his dish with scrapple from Leidy's, a company that supplies a number of Reading Terminal merchants and that will be sampling pig shaped bites of its scrapple at ScrappleFest.

Asked what he would say to people who would like to try scrapple but who are feeling a little nervous/squeamish about it, Leidy's sales analyst Travis Knapp answers, "Don't read the ingredient list." After a moment, he adds, "Did you know that people in Scandinavia eat horsemeat?"

Or the scrapple wary might instead just want to try the guaranteed pork-offal-free vegan scrapple that will be sampled by South Philly's Vegan Commissary. Asked how it's made, business owner Steve Laurence says, "You know how regular scrapple is made? Well, we make ours the same way, only instead of pork, we take vegans, grind them up, add cornmeal ..."

Want to find out what it's really made of? Come to ScrappleFest!

ScrappleFest, Sat., Jan. 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Center Court, free. Recipe contest judging at 2:30 p.m.

Carolyn Wyman is the Market's news correspondent and operator of the Reading Terminal's bi-weekly Taste of Philadelphia Food Tour.

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Movies at the Market!

Movies at the Market!

What’s better than food, friends, and a film… having food with friends and watching a film after hours at Reading Terminal Market!

Starting January,27th at 7pm, Reading Terminal Market will be introducing, Movies at the Market, where you can come watch a movie for FREE! To get things started, the market will be showing “Chef,” a critically-acclaimed film about a prestigious chef who quits his high-end restaurant job to open a food-truck with his ex-wife, best friend, and son which leads to reignite his passion for cooking – as well as a zest for life and love.  


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Enjoy dinner, drinks, and snacks from the following merchants before and during the movie: Bassetts Ice Cream, Flying Monkey Bakery, Hershel’s East Side Deli, Jonathan Best, Old City Coffee, Pennsylvania General Store, Spataro’s Cheesesteaks, and The Original Turkey.

Also, don’t forget to come early and enjoy happy hour at Molly Malloy’s from 6pm-7pm!

Can’t make the first movie? It’s totally okay! Here is the full schedule:

            February 11th - “An Affair to Remember”

            March 17th  – “Little Shop of Horrors”

            April 14th  – “National Treasure”

            May 12th  – “Burnt”

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Let's Get Ready to Scrapple!

Let's Get Ready to Scrapple!

We’ve never been this excited for breakfast. That’s because Saturday, January 23rd from 10am to 4pm, Reading Terminal Market will be hosting another wonderful ScrappleFest! This quintessential Pennsylvania breakfast treasure tends to be a little polarizing. We get it. But that’s why we want to share with you some wonderfully delicious ways to enjoy our favorite breakfast treat! 


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Fried Scrapple and Egg Sandwich

You can’t go wrong with a solid breakfast sandwich, and some fried scrapple is only going to make it better. This recipe is a good place to start, but you can always spruce it up by buying some of the ingredients right here in the market! 


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Griddled Polenta Scrapple

Have you ever wanted to enjoy scrapple with a variation of the Italian kind? Try this recipe! This super savory treat is the kind of breakfast meal (or dinner party appetizer) that simply makes you smile. Have yourselves a nice sophisticated Pennsylvania treat!


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Scrapple Burger with Waldorf Salad and Maple Mustard

Want to have breakfast for lunch? Then enjoy something new, a mouth-watering scrapple burger. Take Pennsylvania’s traditional breakfast to the grill and enjoy it with a nice, fresh Waldorf sald, all the ingredients you can snag at Iovine Bros and other market stores!

Every day is a great day for scrapple, but January 23rd is as great as it gets. Be sure to grab some scrapple in the market, along with all of your other ingredients! You can buy scrapple at Smucker’s Quality Meats and Grill, Hatville Deli, or you can sit down for a good southern-style scrapple breakfast at Down Home Diner.

Happy ScrappleFest!

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Ring in 2016 with these Wow-Worthy Appetizers!

Ring in 2016 with these Wow-Worthy Appetizers!

As another year quickly comes to an end (is it really almost 2016?!), finish it on a high-note! Whether you’re entertaining for a big group or simply bringing in the New Year with a few friends, appetizers are an important part of that celebration. So with that being said, start your New Year’s shindig off right with these five memorable, no-fail appetizers.

Shrimp and Crab Dip Stuffed Tomatoes


These shrimp and crab stuffed tomatoes from JoCooks are impressively delicious and great for parties since they are so easy to serve. The recipe calls for shrimp and crab, which we have plenty of here at the Market. Fresh shellfish makes all the difference, so be sure to stop by Golden Fish Market, John Yi Fish Market or Wan’s Seafood for the best.

Goat Cheese Grape Balls


Instead of a cheese tray this year, try these Goat Cheese Grape Balls from Eat Well 101. This simple, sweet and salty dish is super easy to throw together, making it the ideal appetizer for any last minute plans. For fresh goat cheese swing by Downtown Cheese, Fair Food Farmstand, Salumeria, The Riehl Deli and Cheese Shop, or Valley Shepherd Creamery.

Roasted Balsamic Cranberry and Brie Crostini


Crostini are a classic appetizer to add your party menu, so why not try these cranberry and brie crostini by Neighbor Food Blog. The cranberries, brie and other festive ingredients fill each bite with lots of flavor. To make these finger foods even better, stop by The Tubby Olive for a variety of flavored and traditional Balsamic vinegars.

Mac and Cheese Muffins


We can’t forget about the kids in the appetizer mix. These individual sized mac and cheese muffins from Hip Foodie Mom will please even the pickiest eaters- oh and the adults will love them, too! Pick up some cheddar cheese on your next trip to the Market from any of our lovely cheese mongers mentioned above.

Smoked Salmon Dip


This simple smoked salmon dip from Self Proclaimed Foodie is a simple appetizer ideal for entertaining. Serve alongside sliced baguette or crackers and watch it disappear. Since the salmon is the star here, trust our seafood merchants for the freshest, best-quality fish around.

Market Tip: The Smoked Salmon dip is also great the next morning on an everything bagel. Yum!

Now that the appetizers are taken care of, put your party hats on and let’s ring in the New Year. As always, thank you so much to all of our readers and customers, we appreciate your lively spirit and support tremendously. 2015 has surely been a year to remember and we wish you all a very happy and healthy 2016. #LoveRTM

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Five Nontraditional Cookie Recipes Santa Will Love!

Five Nontraditional Cookie Recipes Santa Will Love!

Baking cookies during the holiday season is a long-standing ritual for many. Some recipes have been in families for generations, while others are new to the table. At the Market, we think traditions are great, but sometimes trying something new can be ever better. Traditions have to start somewhere, you know! Create new memories with your loved ones by making something different this year. These delicious, nontraditional cookie recipes deserve a chance, so let’s get baking!

Bacon Fat Gingersnaps: A contemporary take on a classic

It’s cookie makeover time! This recipe from Epicurious has an old-new take on a classic gingersnap cookie. We know the concept of adding bacon-fat to a Christmas cookie may seem odd, but once again bacon has proven itself as the universal food. The bacon complements the ginger adding a smoky, hearty undertone that is simply irresistible.

Market Tip: Good bacon makes this recipe even better, stop by Giunta’s Prime Shop and L. Halteman Family Meats, La Divisa Giunta’s, Martin’s and Smuckers for the best.

Almond Shortbread: The cookie you can rely on


These soft and buttery almond shortbread cookies from The Food Network are great to have on hand this holiday season because they are so versatile, satisfying and they even store well. Enjoy them with a cup of tea from Tea Leaf or with a scoop of Bassett’s Ice Cream!

Peppermint Snickerdoodles: Oh what fun!


Get the kids in the kitchen with this easy, five ingredient recipe from Taste and Tell. Pick up peppermint from Sweet as Fudge Candy Shoppe and put the little ones to work. The more the merrier!

Chocolate Pretzels: Because even Santa gets tired of cookies


Are you suffering from a cookie overload? Don’t worry, this chocolate pretzel recipe from The Faux Martha is here to save the day! Us Philadelphians love our pretzels and these sweet and salty twists will not disappoint.

Glitter Ball Cookies: ‘Tis the season for sparkly things


These cookies from Martha Stewart are almost too pretty to eat! Edible glitter is available in every color imaginable, but this recipe uses shades of blue and silver which are perfect for Hanukkah or New Years Celebrations. Regardless of the occasion, these cookies will add a fun sparkle to any celebration!

We will always have a big place in our heart’s (and our stomach’s) for a simple sugar cookie, but sometimes it’s nice to switch things up a bit. We hope these unique cookie recipes have inspired you to get creative in the kitchen this holiday season. As always, we love learning new recipes, please #share your favorite holiday treats with us!

Happy cookie season! With Love, Reading Terminal Market.

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Learn to Cook Cajun with Chef Bill Beck and Mayor-elect Jim Kenney!

Learn to Cook Cajun with Chef Bill Beck and Mayor-elect Jim Kenney!

Can ya dig it?

This Saturday, December 5th at City Kitchen, if your taste buds are aching for some serious flavor, you better stop by City Kitchen for a LIVE demonstration by Chef Bill Beck and Mayor-elect Jim Kenney where they’ll make one of their favorite Cajun-inspired dishes, Turkey, Andouille and Oyster Gumbo! They'll prepare some delicious Pecan Pie to finish things off!

If you’re a gumbo fan, or gumbo-curious (as you should be), then stop by City Kitchen between 12pm-1pm to watch the demo and sample this heart-warming, tummy-smiling, homemade meal.

Can't make it in person? Don't worry! Highlights from the demonstration will be live streamed on Periscope via our Twitter!


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