Tidbits: June 5, 2012

The Pineville Tavern is now open for Sunday brunch from 10:30 am to 2:30 pm. The menu looks wonderful but what really has me excited is that the Pineville has gone local to source much of it. This includes mixed greens from Blue Moon Acres, just down the road on Rt. 413 in Buckingham; smoked salmon from Max Hansen in Gardensville; cheddar cheese for the signature brunch burger from Birchwood Farms in Newtown, as well as their delicious fresh squeezed Valencia orange juice; Canadian bacon and sausage from Ely Farm in Upper Makefield; Great Harvest Bread Co’s bread for their toast; eggs from Milk House Farm Market in Upper Makefield; ice cream from oWowCow Creamery in Wrightstown and Ottsville; and herbs and lettuces from the Pineville’s own garden. Executive chef Drew Abruzzese drives around to these farms, picking up his staples as well as anything else that looks good. So one week, Brenda Slack from the Milk House Farm had enough strawberries that the restaurant did a special waffle for brunch – Brenda’s strawberries with oWowCow Sweet Honey ice cream on top. The menu includes brunch favorites like eggs benedict, omelettes, Belgian waffles, steak and eggs, and biscuits and gravy. But you’ll find also some interesting items like Salad Nicoise, a brunch burger, chicken salad and fried oysters, smoked salmon benedict, the Pineville’s signature “Bawlmer” crab cake on a brioche bun with jalapeño remoulade, and of course, the Pineville’s famous handmade ravioli. All this and a fun cocktail menu, including eight kinds of Bloody Marys. To see the full menu, click here.

Construction continues at the “Wycombe Inn.” Joe Wade, who owns the Jamison Pour House has taken ownership of the landmark and is giving it a much needed facelift as well as some renovation inside. We don’t know when they’ll be open – hopefully within the next month – but I’ll keep you posted. The new name will be the Wycombe Publick House. The chef will be Brendan Gillespie, who is also planning on sourcing from local farmers and wineries. We stopped by the Jamison Pour House last month and were impressed not only by the large selection of draft and bottled craft beers, but by the friendly atmosphere at the bar. If Wade can do what he’s done at the Pour House here in Wycombe, we’ll be very happy campers.

Tastings and Tours, the winery and brewery tour operator, has opened two new routes, one in the Lehigh/Berks County area and one in Cape May, New Jersey. You may be familiar with their Bucks County winery tours; now it’s time to branch out and try some wineries in other locales. All tours are $99 per person and include lunch at a good restaurant. For more information, see their website.

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