Now that the Reading Terminal Market has completed their major renovation project, they are ready to show off their new features. Starting today, the RTM is launching a week full of dedication events to honor the completion. This completion features uprgaded public and support spaces for better customer service, new rest rooms, new vendors space, a demo kitchen, and a new room honoring The Inquirer's former columnist and regional food scene specialist Rick Nichols.
Here is a look at the delicious events on tap for this week, all for free! Events start at 12 noon and 5pm.
Tuesday, June 19th: La Cucina at the Market will be hosting Cooking With Sal, a demo featuring Sal Vetri, the father of one of Philadelphia's premiere chefs Marc Vetri, alongside Brad Spence of Amis Restaurant will take place at 12. In the afternoon, How The Local Food Movement Got its Start will feature the White Dog Cafe's Judy Wicks & other guests in the Rick Nichols room.
Wednesday, June 20th: On Wednesday Market mainstays Bassetts Ice Cream will join the Berley Brothers (Franklin Fountain & Shane Confectionery) for Dipping Into Philly's Ice Cream Roots at 12, and will be followed by a presentation and discussion at 5 from Philly food bloggers Michael Klein of The Insider, Claire Batten of Phillyfoodlovers.com, Kaitlin Lunny of icancookthat.org, and Bob Libkind of robertsmarketreport.blogspot.com.
Thursday, June 21st: Valley Sheperd Creamery, a new edition to the Market, will host What A Friend We Have in Cheeses, presented by owner Eran Wajswol at noon, followed by a demo in the Rick Nichols room at 5 from Wendy Born and James Barrett of Metropolitan Bakery titled Making Serious Dough.
Friday, June 22nd: Fork Restaurant owner Ellen Yin and chef Terrence Feury give some pointers on seafood preparation with Seafood Made Easy at noon, followed by Made In Germany, a German delicacy display from Wursthaus Schmitz & Brauhaus Schmitz owners Doug Hager and Jeremy Nolen at 5pm.
Saturday, June 23rd: The final event of the week is a demo in La Cucina called From the Market Aisles to Your Plate, featuring pasta specialist Aliza Green and La Cucina owner Anna Florio.
Along with all of these events, a number of the new vendors in the Market are definitely worth checking out, especially those German specialties coming from the new Wursthaus and the Valley Sheperd Creamery cheeses. New vendors also include The Head Nut and The Tubby Olive, as well as new expanded and upgraded locations for DiNic's, Spataro's, and the Flying Monkey Bakery.
Parking will be offered for $4 at 12th & Filbert with purchases of $10 and validation from any merchant for up to 2 hours.
This is sure to be a week of fantastic food and atmosphere, as well as a glance at the work and design that has gone into renovating the Reading Terminal Market.