BOTTOMS UP: The Hemcher family is prepping for the summer opening of its fourth Great American Pub, this time in Phoenixville. It’s taking up residence in the Columbia House, a 19th-century Victorian-style building on Bridge Street.
SHELF LIFE: Local canning expert Marisa McClellan has garnered quite the following with her Food in Jars blog. Now, her new cookbook, Preserving by the Pint (Running Press, 192 pages), offers recipes for blueberry-maple jam, mustard-rhubarb chutney, sorrel pesto and many more seasonal small batches.
SUGAR RUSH: City of Hope Philadelphia celebrates 10 years of fondant fun with the state’s ultimate wedding cake design competition. The Let Them Eat Cake challenge unfolds April 7 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, featuring 40 professional pastry chefs and student bakers. Celebrity judges include former White House chef John Moeller and Benny Rivera and Marc Matthias, owners
of City Cakes in New York. Visit www.cityofhope.org.
SOUTH-OF-THE-BORDER SEDER: Fort Washington’s Cantina Feliz is reinventing classic dishes with a new Mexican-influenced Passover menu, available April 14-22. Options include red-chili-infused matzo ball soup with avocado and wild King salmon tostadas with jicama. Visit www.cantinafeliz.com.