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twlaz Jun 7, 2012 09:02 AM

I'm looking to see if I can curate a list of artisans within the area specializing in areas such as cheese, breads, salumi, spices, and distilled products( namely whiskies, liquors, and other spirits).

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    DougRisk Jun 7, 2012 09:35 AM

    Hendricks Farms and Dairy. - Dairy, Fresh and Cured Meats

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      deprofundis Jun 7, 2012 09:46 AM

      Bluecoat gin is made in Philly, correct? DiBruno's and Mancuso's makes some of their own cheeses. There's a zillion bread bakers in the city, but at the top you have Sarcone's.

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        cwdonald Jun 7, 2012 09:54 AM

        Philadelphia distilling makes more than Bluecoat gin. THey also make absynthe, whiskey and vodka. http://philadelphiadistilling.com/.

        Are you confining yourself to Philadelphia city proper or do you want places in the burbs. You should add PorcSalt for great artisan bacon and other charcuterie, and Illig's in Chalfont for housemade german style sausages. Probably should add two places in Port Richmond that make kielbasa.Swiacki's and Czerw's.

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          gaffk Jun 7, 2012 03:12 PM

          Their Penn 1681 vodka (a rye vodka) has been my go-to for a few years now. Yes, part of it is wanting to support local business, but it is a very good vodka. I also have family members who love their Blue Coat gin.

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        Bigley9 Jun 7, 2012 09:53 AM

        Next week the "Local Food Guide" will be released by Fair Food Philly - it is an annual publication of various artisan producers and the restaurants and retailers who support them. Here is a link:
        http://www.fairfoodphilly.org/

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          Bigley9 Jun 7, 2012 09:56 AM

          Also, there was a "Philly Farm Show in April at the convention Center that was all local folks - the participant list from that might be helpful as well.

          1. FrancisdeR Jun 7, 2012 01:36 PM

            If you're including chocolates, there is Eclat in West Chester, which is truly world class. I am also a big fan of Birchrun Farms and Shellbark Hollow here in Chester Co for cheese, but they have to be in the guides cited below.

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              gaffk Jun 7, 2012 03:13 PM

              If you are including chocolates, John & Kira's are exceptional.

            2. CindyJ Jun 7, 2012 01:57 PM

              The Galer Estate -- a relatively new local winery here in southern Chester County that I recently became familiar with. They grow almost all of the grapes they use right on their own property, and the wines I've tasted so far have far exceeded my expectations. Yes, there are other wineries in the area, the Chaddsford Winery probably the most acclaimed among them, but there's a new kid in town, and their approach to winemaking is impressive. http://galerestate.com/

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                barryg Jun 7, 2012 02:13 PM

                GRID magazine just did this, though the online format kind of sucks and the list seems far from inclusive:
                http://www.gridphilly.com/digital-edi...

                Check out page 21.

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