Main Line Restaurant News: Carmine’s Creole Cafe Opens in Narberth

PLUS: Daddy Mims’ becomes Dominic’s Ristorante Italiano, the General Lafayette Inn reopens as beer-heavy Barren Hill and more.

Garden Fresh

The annual Brandywine Health Foundation Garden Party returns May 22, featuring the popular Battle of the Berries at Brandywine, which puts Chester County pastry chefs and their fruit-infused desserts on the competitive pedestal. Proceeds benefit the foundation’s work with the Coatesville Youth Initiative and the Health Care Safety Net. Visit

Chef Shuffles

John Mims has returned to his former Narberth location to debut Carmine’s Creole Cafe. Meanwhile, back in Phoenixville, he and partner Dominic Tammaro have transformed his former Bridge Street eatery, Daddy Mims’, into Dominic’s Ristorante Italiano, a pasta house with the look of an ancient church.

Brand New Brews

In summer 2013, fresh life will come to the former General Lafayette Inn of Lafayette Hill. Backed by the crew behind South Philadelphia’s Devil’s Den and Manayunk’s Old Eagle Tavern, Barren Hill will offer 30 beer varieties on tap—six brewed in-house. Devil’s Den’s chef Paul Trowbridge will head up the kitchen.

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Prep School

West Chester-based cooking classes with the Laos-bred, France-raised Ketmala Phoumalavong are selling out quickly. Her Ketmala’s Kitchen courses run twice a month through 2013, featuring hands-on themes like Thai curries and spring rolls. Visit  

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