Fenice Creolo Serves Beer, Unique Italian-Cajun Flair

PLUS: Chestnut Hill Hotel becomes Bardea, Corey Fair's King of Prussia-based Butcher & Baker, and more.



By the Bottle

It’s time to plot a new stop for your regular beer run. Christopher Lamarra and Tom Mastronardo have transformed the former Epicurean space in Phoenixville into Fenice Creolo, a unique Italian-Cajun mash-up with its own microbrew-centric take-out wing and plenty of beer-geek draw, including craft-your-own packs and 20-ounce bottles.

Reserve a Seat

Come early spring, the Chestnut Hill Hotel will become Bardea, an affordable Italian-American haunt with James Beard Best Chef Award nominee Jay Caputo in the kitchen. Expect sophisticated takes on wood-fired pizza, a salumi bar, fresh pasta, and prime outdoor dining in-season.

Dress the Part

Former Simon Pearce general manager Corey Fair is on a quest to satisfy active foodies and chefs with his own lifestyle brand. An online shop based out of King of Prussia, Butcher & Baker celebrates fine craftsmanship with a high-quality lineup of butcher aprons, chef’s knives, from-scratch salt blends and bitters, even cheeky, food-focused T-shirts. 

Work it Out

Refocus and stay fluid at Victory Brewing Company’s 9:30 a.m. “Beer and Yoga” workshop at its Downingtown headquarters on Jan. 12. A light, mindful appetizer and beer pairing will follow the mid-morning stretch session. Visit victorybeer.com for more info. 

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