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Alison Barshak Coming to Normandy Farm?

Has anyone else seen the new sign outside of Normandy Farm? It reads "She's Coming February 2011" and has the Cowgirl logo that Alison uses.

Can anyone confirm that it's Alison who's coming to Normandy Farm to replace the recently departed Jim Coleman?

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  1. here's what their facebook page says (tho not sure what it means)

    Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center Who saw our new sign on the corner???? Its says, "SHE'S COMING...." with a picture of a beautiful farm girl. Believe the hype!
    December 8, 2010 at 11:43am · Share
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    Tina Lochetto I saw it !!! I live right down the street
    December 8, 2010 at 11:48am ·
    Crystal Taylor I didn't. Who is coming?
    December 8, 2010 at 11:56am ·
    Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center The Farmers Daughter... our new restaurant and bar! The restaurant is getting a face lift and the bar will be about triple the size with a fireplace, club chairs, couches, etc. She's coming!!!!

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    1. re: ilovesummer

      I have to admit, I got a little giddy when I read this thinking she was coming back somewhere close by
      I have always had something of a 'girl crush' on Alison Barshak
      (always enjoyed the food at both of her places and I liked the cool vibe that Alison2 had)

    2. What happened to Coleman?

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      1. re: gfweb1

        After eight years, chef Jim Coleman has left Normandy Farm Hotel & Conference Center in Blue Bell, and its namesake Coleman restaurant, to become exec chef at World Cafe Live in University City and, by next spring, also in Wilmington. But Coleman without Coleman? Normandy Farm is making it over as the Farmer's Daughter. The new operation under chef Corey Fair, currently the property's food and beverage director, will emphasize local ingredients and will have a 2,100-square-foot bar with 90 seats. Though official opening is in February, it is operating during the transition.

        1. re: ilovesummer

          The new Chef at Normandy Farm is Corey Fair. The Farmer's daughter is the name of the redone expanded restaurants.. bigger better.. and no doubt more expensive. Fair was previously Food and Beverage director for Normandy Farm. The she's coming tag line refers to the Farmer's Daughter.. not the chef.

          1. re: ilovesummer

            Wilmington can use something new. Good for us!

        2. Thanks for all of the replies and information. I knew I'd get good information here. I was making a leap and thought the image represented a girl on a horse, a cowgirl, and not a farm girl.

          You guys are the best!

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          1. re: cheesewit

            i was certainly HOPING it was true!!!! Dream on!

            1. re: ilovesummer

              I'd think that any place like Normandy Farms would not want to touch her with a 40 foot pole after her history of skipping out on places in the area.

              1. re: 94Bravo

                She does seem to be a free spirit: which I believe may be a kind description. I know she does most always have good food and a friendly and professional waitstaff. I am not sure of what the real problems were with her other Philadelphia area establishments. We loved Alison's, the small Blue Bell, PA place. Seemed that Alison2 was quite a bit overdone and may have had huge overhead. She did have good success at Stripped Bass as the chef. God only knows what the "heck" that cowboy thing was? If she was just the chef with responsibilities for the food and perhaps the service only; I for one would welcome her.

                Unless the times I had been to Coleman were abnormalities, the place was plain lousy,

                1. re: Bacchus101

                  No, I don't think your experiences were abnormal. I had the misfortune to dine there several times--never good.