ICYMI: Out-of-town love for hometown heroes

Photographer: Via (left to right) PhillyVoice.com; Esquire; Bon Appétit; & Washington Post

As the publisher of a music, entertainment, drinking and dining magazine and website, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the FLY staff reads a good number of other music, entertainment, drinking and dining magazines and websites as well. And we’re happy to report that some of those books have very recently shown some love to people and places from our general neck of the woods. So, in the event your Facebook newsfeed hasn’t been blowing up with these stories already, allow us to fill you in…

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PhillyVoice.com posted an homage to the first women of the state’s craft beer scene. At the top of the list is Carol Stoudt, owner of Stoudts Brewery in Adamstown and a veritable O.G. in Pennsylvania’s microbrewing community:

Of course, the biggest change Stoudt has seen in her three decades in beer is the product itself.

“When I started, no one knew what the word ‘craft’ was,” she said. “No one knew what fresh beer was. They didn’t know about hops or malt. Beer was basically what brand you were drinking.” 

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If you have a friend living in Philly, there’s a solid chance they shared yesterday’s post from Bon Appétit magazine declaring pizzas made at Fishtown’s Pizzeria Beddia as the best pies in America. What they got right: Pizzeria Beddia does boast some fantastic pizza. What they missed: Owner Joe Beddia is a native of Lancaster County. What they also missed: Pizzeria Beddia makes some delicious bagels on Sunday morning. What you can assume: The bagels are also made in extremely limited batches.

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With July fast-approaching, it’s time to speak frankly. The seventh month of year, after all, carries the distinct honor of being National Hot Dog Month. Though its unclear if the editors at Esquire were aware of this impending tubesteak milestone, what is clear is that they take the ol’ frankfurter seriously. This is exhibited in “The United Hot Dogs of America” – a state-by-state listing of regionally-inspired weeners. What’s waiting atop the Pennsylvania Dog? Cheese whiz. Duh.

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Washington Post travel writer Melanie D.G. Kaplan highlights downtown York’s fledgling Healthy World Cafe as part of a story looking into a new wave of community cafes that allow diners to pay what you want, volunteer time in the kitchen in exchange for a meal or even work to pay off someone else’s lunch. Her reporting took her into the kitchen, volunteering her time to prepare food during a 3-hour shift:

I donned a name tag and ballcap, clipped my hair above the nape of my neck (per health code) and started my first job: weighing 1 1/2 -ounce balls of dough and rolling them out for chapatis (a flatbread cousin of pita and naan). The man I’d met that morning — Tony, who I’d learned had been unemployed and homeless — came in and played the piano, which he does daily to earn his lunch.

Behind the counter, the scene was part camp kitchen, part speedy cooking class. Our volunteer crew wasn’t the most orderly, but we managed to prepare and serve meals with a lot of laughs in between. I began flipping bread on the 500-degree grill (after re-separating all my rolled-out dough that had stuck together); a physical therapist served orders such as a salad with lentils, chickpeas and wheatberries; a tattooed man bused tables; and a graphic designer (and cafe board member) ran the register. At one point, a 90-something man walked in and began playing the harmonica with Tony.

 

Have you seen hometown heroes in the out-of-town press? Tell us about it below.


 

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