Friday, November 27, 2015

The sweeter side of Blackfish's Chip Roman

Pastry chef Fred Ortega is joining him in a candy business called Tradestone Confections.

The sweeter side of Blackfish's Chip Roman

Tradestone Confections founders Chip Roman (left) and Fred Ortega.
Tradestone Confections founders Chip Roman (left) and Fred Ortega. JASON VARNEY

Back when they worked at Le Bec-Fin, pastry chef Fred Ortega and Chip Roman, who worked in the main kitchen, chatted about candymaking.

Now they're in business together in Tradestone Confections.

They're selling their sweet wares online and, come late October, in a storefront next door to Roman's restaurant Blackfish at 115 Fayette St. in Conshohocken.

Roman also owns Chestnut Hill's Mica and Queen Village's Ela.

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The cafe is due to open at the end of October. In addition to candy, it will offer soups, salads and sandwiches in a grab-and-go format.
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