» Fake it, don’t make it: No time to whip up a fabulous batch of holiday cookies? Not to worry. Phoenixville’s Handcrafted Cookie Company (thehandcraftedcookiecompany.com) offers decadent cookies and pre-made dough in unique flavors like lavender vanilla, chocolate jalapeno, mint chocolate chip and chocolate cherry—all of it preservative free.
» Let them eat fish: If you love the Feast of Seven Fishes but hate the prep and clean up, head to Narberth, where chef Clark Gilbert will be serving up his own interpretation at Gemelli’s (232 Woodbine Ave., 610-660-0160) throughout the month of December: seven courses for $50.
» No flies on him: Main Liner Marty Grims has further expanded his restaurant empire with Chew Man, Chu, which opened at the Symphony House on Broad Street in Center City. The menu offers moderately priced, freshly interpreted dumplings, noodles and other classic Asian fare.
» Also expanding: Manayunk-based Feastivities Catering launched its floral décor branch, Offshoots!, in early November with lots of fanfare—and flowers.
» The I’s have it: Foodies are thrilled with the addition of Nonna’s: A Giunta Tradition and Indian Thai Spice Bistro to downtown West Chester’s global offerings. Now, what about a fondue place?