A Crumbling Empire or Merely a Weak Link?

Earlier this week, several factions of the foodie brigade reported on the mysterious late-night exodus of Kildare’s (Granite Run Mall) furniture and employees. A moving crew was spotted mid-hoist (not heist), prompting questions about Kildare’s future. No stranger to controversy, owner Dave Magrogan pointed to bad blood between him and Granite Run’s operator, then spiced the chatter up by revealing plans to open a location this summer at the University of Delaware.

The Beer Fest Continues
The Brewers Association just released its annual list of the top 50 brewing companies, which includes both a Top 50 Craft Brewing Companies and Top 50 Overall Brewing Companies list. Downingtown’s Victory Brewing Company and Pottsville’s Yuengling made the list. Victory ranked 35th among Craft Brewers and 50th among all brewers. Yuengling nabbed the sixth spot among all brewers. Statistics are based on sales in 2007.

Blackboard Specials
Culinary to-dos and deals for insatiable epicureans …

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TONIGHT! For the intellectual chocoholic, Carlino’s Market (West Chester location only) is offering a workshop (what I like to call a “taste study”) on the finer points of this legal drug, from the different percentages of chocolate to how cocoa beans are processed, to the secrets of tempering, dipping and truffle-making. Reservations are required, so call Angela at (610) 696-3788, or stop in the store. 7:30-9:30 p.m. $55. Carlino’s Market, 128 W. Market St., West Chester.

Wine-Down Wednesdays at Cosimo in Malvern. Every Wednesday, 6-8 p.m. Features eight wines and a selection of hors d’oeuvres for $25, plus attendees receive 15 percent off that evening’s dinner.

Half-Price Happy Hour at Bistro Cassis. Tuesday-Friday, 5-7 p.m. Drop the work worries for a couple hours as you enjoy complimentary hors d’oeuvres and a myriad of half-price wines by the glass. Other spirits on sale include Miller Lite and Yuengling (bottles), Cosmos and Sidecars. There are plenty of noshes to keep you on your feet (and your bar stool): shrimp spring rolls, Buffalo wings and steamed mussels, along with more chichi offerings like duck pâté, raw oysters, and grilled chorizo and olives.

Chef’s Table at Iron Hill Brewery April 16 and April 30 at 7 p.m. Belly up to the coveted Community Table for a four-course Chef’s Tasting Menu prepared by Executive Chef Dan Bethard. Limited to 20 guests. $40/person, including beer and wine. West Chester only. R.S.V.P.: clintw@ironhillbrewery.com or (610) 738-9600.

Our Best of the Main Line Elimination Ballot is open through February 22!