Each summer for the last seven years, West Chester-native and local chef TJ Mchugh has quietly gathered the area's freshest produce and chopped his way to one of the genuinely great tributes to summer’s bounty. Juicy vine-ripened tomatoes, a bite of onion, chewy balls of, get this - gnocchi. But if you’ve not yet heard of this summer masterpiece, I would not be surprised. It’s the kind of delight that requires you to know a guy.
Earlier this year I asked you what content you would like to see more of and the response was clear - more restaurant content. So this summer, I reached out to West Chester chefs, restaurant owners, and workers and asked them, what they would order for lunch and why? Read on for an inside look at perhaps the borough's most underrated meal, lunch.
And now for the post I originally planned for last week. Despite multiple options, it turns out we needed some political nudging - and one more day. So, let's try this again - Gay Street in downtown West Chester will close on Friday. Yay.
I don’t know if you have been keeping track but there are roughly 27 concerts planned for this summer. I’m kidding, but by my count, there are nine which is still a lot. To keep it all straight here is your month-by-month guide to easy listening.
When I met e-Beach Wagon founder and West Chester resident Mike Mogan he told me the idea for his company came to him after years of struggling to get all the family’s gear to the beach. “Why can’t we have some kind of motorized beach wagon?” he recalls saying to his wife after another day struggling in the sand at Cape May’s Higby Beach. If only it was that easy. Here’s the story of how Mike finally got the gear to the beach - in ease.
Every year on the fourth weekend of April, West Chester hosts its very own international film festival. Started nearly two decades ago by enthusiasts grabbing space and setting up projectors in empty downtown storefronts. Today the West Chester Film Festival has a permanent set up at the Uptown! Knauer Performing Arts Center but the experience is no less dynamic - if anything, it’s more so.