Philadelphia is recognized as a significant food destination not only because of its culinary diversity, but also for talented chefs, restaurateurs and entrepreneurs who call the city their home. A group of women chefs and business owners – including Ellen Yin, owner and co-founder of High Street Hospitality Group, chefs Jennifer Carroll and Ange Branca and Tess Hart, CEO of Triple Bottom Brewing – have teamed up to create The team of sisterly love, a support network for sharing ideas, resources and experiences. This alliance holds food fairs, tastings and events, fostering collaboration between these small business owners.

PHLCVB spoke with several members of this team to learn about their specialties and why they decided to open their restaurants in Philadelphia.

Nicole Marquis

“Philadelphia has a unique combination of cherished traditions and creative, progressive thinking, and this is reflected in the restaurant industry.”

“Philadelphia restaurateurs and entrepreneurs are not afraid to try new approaches, and eateries give them space and a receptive audience for it,” says Nicole Marquis. The Philadelphia native runs several herbal restaurants, including HipCityVeg, offering vegetarian dishes inspired by fast food, made from GMO-free organic soy ingredients sourced locally. The cult favorite of Crispy Hip City Ranch is a 100% plant-based sandwich, which, according to the Marquis, “opens up the possibility of plant nutrition.” Applauding the “excitement and diversity of a big city” such as Philadelphia, Nicole also appreciates the “charm and courtesy” of a small city. “I love drinking coffee on the street, strolling through home stores and unique small businesses that fill our tree-lined streets such as pine and spruce.”

Crispy Hip City Ranch from HipCityVeg is a 100% creamy, spicy and, of course, crunchy plant-based sandwich. Photo courtesy of HipCityVeg.

Tanesha Tripet

Family business, Coffee shop “Bratski Grub”., owned and operated by Tanesha Tripet, a native of Philadelphia, stemmed from the southern roots of the chef’s family and love of food in her hometown. The leader of the seller is a smoked beef brisket, inspired by Tanesha’s family reunions in Georgia. “We choose high-quality premium meat with the right amount of marble, and each brisket is covered with our branded dry coffin – a mixture of firewood that creates a sweet, spicy taste – and is slowly cooked in our smokehouse for up to 15 hours. The end result is rich in aroma, moist, tender and melts in your mouth. Tripet owes his accomplishments to working with some of the most talented chefs in the industry in Philadelphia. “It’s only right that I give back to society and to the people who have contributed to my success.”

Cheesecake with brisket in the Brotherly Grub cafe gives the local classic a southern spirit. Photo courtesy of Brotherly Grub Cafe.

Sophia Deleon

Founded by Sophia Deleon in 2018, El Mercury serves Guatemalan, El Salvador and Honduran food from scratch. Not to be missed – the toast with the chicken hilacha – combines two very traditional dishes as well as churros made to order. The Guatemalan native has taken root in Philadelphia because of what she calls “sisterly love from the beginning. I’ve lived in many cities … none of them as hospitable as Philadelphia. After 5 years of being here, I wouldn’t want to be here, ”referring to Philadelphia’s sense of neighborhood and incredible diversity. “You can find everything from fine African dishes in West Philae to the best Mexican cuisine of Puebla in South Philae.”

Photo by N. Santos for El Merkury.

Jezebel Correaga

Jezebel moved with Miami to Philadelphia to open her first restaurant in 2010. The Argentine demonstrates the tastes of his native country Argentine bakery Jezabel’s & BYO with modern versions of traditional items such as alphahores, tender sandwiches with cream cookies, filled with dulce de leche and decorated with coconut. “I grew up cooking them with my mother from the age of five. It’s such a peculiar Argentine delicacy, and I still use the same recipe ”. Jezebel is amazed by the pedestrian area and the size of Philadelphia. “Philadelphia is a large, growing city with incredible diversity. It is manageable and affordable. You can live well. ”

Photo by Alfajores courtesy of Ezabel Correaga.

Jill Weber

Inspired by her global travels and work as a professional archaeologist, Jill Weber discovered Jet Wine Bar in 2010 on South Street, showcasing wines from less typical regions and less common grapes. “Our wines of the Ancient World from regions that were the first in the world – such as the Republic of Georgia, Armenia and Turkey – have tamed and fermented grapes.” Founder’s Accommodation Philly also valid Rex 1516 with southern cuisine, Cafe Ynez, which offers flavors of Mexico, and Sor Ynéz, which will soon open. For Weber, Philadelphia “feels at home. It is diverse and different, which means it is so affordable. Murals, intricate street art, restaurants, people … Philly has a tolerance I’ve never met anywhere else. ”

The crayfish pie has been on the menu since the opening of Rex 1516 in 2012 and remains a favorite of guests with etufi with crayfish, 3 cheeses, a little jalapeno and a golden crust for the pie. Photo courtesy of Sojourn Philly.

Julie Wernicke

When Julie and Greg Believers decided to open their own restaurant, their first choice was to return to Greg’s roots in Philadelphia. Food and drink Vernick launched in 2012 with a menu that evolves with each season, including “honest, simple new American” cuisine. Specialties include wood-fried chicken, which is on the menu from the beginning. У Believer Fish at Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia, crudo and sardines on sourdough toast – a popular delicacy. The believer believes the strong restaurant community in Philadelphia is for the city to shine as a national restaurant. “Philadelphia – a big city with a sense of a small city – is very cooperative, supportive and friendly.”

Vernick Fish is a version of the American oyster bar Greg and Julie Wernik. Photo courtesy of Believer Philly.

The photo on the cover is provided by the Argentine bakery Jezabel’s & BYO.

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