Thursday, July 2, 2015

Where will Oprah get her mac and cheese?

The Delilah's locations in Reading Terminal Market and 30th Street Station are closed.

Where will Oprah get her mac and cheese?

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Restaurateur and author Delilah Winder finds non-salt options for bringing out flavor, as much as possible. "I like to use a lot of garlic. I like to use a lot of onions. I like to use a lot of thyme," she says. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)
Restaurateur and author Delilah Winder finds non-salt options for bringing out flavor, as much as possible. "I like to use a lot of garlic. I like to use a lot of onions. I like to use a lot of thyme," she says. (David Maialetti / Staff Photographer)

The Delilah's locations in Reading Terminal Market and 30th Street Station are closed, and it's not entirely clear why - other than it appears to be related to the soul fooder's bankruptcy filings in New Jersey.

The Reading Terminal stand, on the prime aisle facing 12th Street since 1985, was the site of a Bobby Flay mac-and-cheese "Throwdown." Though Flay won, that didn't matter. Oprah Winfrey in 2003 raved about Winder's mac and cheese, sending her business soaring.

Reading Terminal Market manager Paul Steinke called Winder "one of the icons of the market. When you talk about merchants who have brought positive attention to the market, Delilah is right up there. We're pulling for her to make the most of a negative situation."

Winder's bio says she left a career as a business analyst to open the Terminal stand. At one point, she had six stands and a restaurant called Bluezette at 246 Market in Old City.

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