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Kids in the Kitchen

Kids in the Kitchen

"Cooking with kids is not just about ingredients, recipes and cooking. It’s about harnessing imagination, empowerment and creativity." — Guy Fieri


Some of us remember helping in the kitchen as a kid. We remember the messes and the smells and the tastes– and the love.

Others may not have such experiences. The kitchen may bring flashbacks of worried warnings: “beware of this and don’t touch that!”

Regardless of our backgrounds, we all hope to instill our children with important life skills. Nothing could be as important as fostering a love and respect for food.

Real life prevents us from including our kids in every meal. Sometimes we just need to get the chicken in. the. oven.

City Kitchen is running a series of Sunday cooking classes for kids. This is the perfect opportunity to encourage childhood independence and enrich the entire family’s passion for food– while making the mess in someone else’s kitchen…

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“And the Winner Is: The Market's New Evening Movie Series,” By Carolyn Wyman

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Since January, people-watching has had some competition for the title of "Most Entertaining Thing to Do at Reading Terminal Market." That's when the monthly Movies at the Market dinner-and-a-screening series began. And what better time to report on this new and different way to experience the Market than Oscar week?

The series was inspired, in part, by the successful summer outdoor movie series Market manager Anuj Gupta started in his previous job as head of Mt. Airy USA. The hope, says Market marketing director Sarah Levitsky, is to attract people who can't get to the Market during the usual daytime hours or who need the added attraction of a film to get them in the door. "Plus we thought it would be fun," Levitsky said.

The inaugural schedule of five movies includes the food-focused Chef and Burnt, one movie partly shot in Reading Terminal (April 14's National Treasure) and the seasonally themed An Affair to Remember and Little Shop of Horrors (to coincide with Valentine's Day and the Flower Show, respectively).

Movies at the Market begins as the regular Market day ends at 6 p.m., when two big movie screens are set up at opposite ends of Center Court, with facing tables and chairs. About a dozen merchants remain open with abbreviated menus of sandwiches and snacks (including two kinds of popcorn). Merchants not located on Center Court -- such as Old City Coffee, Bassetts Ice Cream and the Pennsylvania General Store -- set up temporary stands on it.

Admission is free, and though event-goers are asked to sign up online ahead of time, walk-ins are also welcome. Entrance and check-in is by the Welcome Desk, just inside the 12th and Filbert corner of the Market.

Those entering at 6:15 p.m. for the second Movies at the Market event last Thursday found a comfortable, casual vibe, with music playing and people ordering food (small or no lines!), and people who already had their food eating, drinking and chatting with friends.

Karen Beeman and Megan Farley of South Philly were among about 150 people who ventured there on that frigid evening. Market first-timers, the couple came because featured film An Affair to Remember, starring Cary Grant and Deborah Kerr, "happens to be my favorite classic movie of all time," Beeman said before diving into her Molly Malloy's burger.

Fellow millennial Felicia Ramos invited friend Christina Russo to join her at Movies at the Market after learning about it from her husband. Ramos said she usually patronizes the Amish stands when she's in the Market. But with the Amish not open, both she and Russo were enjoying Hershel's sandwiches. "It's nice to try something new," Ramos said.

Russo liked the chill vibe. "Normally when I come to the Market, I'm bumping into people."

The event also attracted several tourists. Tommy Poole and his grandson, Ryan Chisholm, were eating cheesesteaks and doughnuts before heading down Filbert to catch a bus to Cleveland. Like them, Jane (who declined to give her second name) of Colorado found out about the movie while visiting the Market earlier in the day. Had she not, "I probably would have eaten at an expensive restaurant and watched TV," she said, between bites of a big chicken salad.

Nurses Nora Brennan, Andrea Blount and Maureen Bonnell made the event the locus of a long-delayed Christmas/birthday get-together. Explained Brennan: "It's was close to where we work, a unique event ..."

"Don't forget the food," Blount chimed in, to loud assents from her friends.

Meanwhile, several rows away, Market regular Carol Ruddick sat waiting for husband Jim to get back from the Down Home Diner with their sandwiches. She praised "the new manager for trying to bring really fun activities into the space. We also love the Kitchen. We went to one event there featuring Vedge. And we're coming to a chocolate one there this weekend."

And then, after a brief greeting from the just-lauded Gupta, the lights lowered and An Affair to Remember lit up the two screens.

For many in attendance, that title would also apply to their Movies at the Market evening.

The next Movies at the Market is on March 17 and features Little Shop of Horrors. It will be followed by National Treasure on April 14 and Burnt on May 12. Screenings start at 7 p.m. though you should get their earlier if you'd like to eat, drink and socialize before the lights go down. Food is pay-as-you-go and screenings are free, though pre-registration (at is encouraged.

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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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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