Month: December 2015

Best Philadelphia cafes for lounging

December 21st, 2015

Written By: Grace Dickinson | Philadelphia Voice

Front Street Cafe was recently included in the Philadelphia Voice article for “Best Philadelphia Cafes for lounging (or working) all Day Long”

Philadelphia is steeped in coffee shops. Even though the city’s filled to the brim, new ones still pop up seemingly every month. The cafés that survive do so for a reason: They serve a purpose unique to their own neighborhood. We’ve rounded up a few across the city that persist as perfect spots for plugging away all day at some work or simply indulging in a good book.

Fishtown’s new farm-to-table café brings plenty of room to stretch out and hang. On the top floor, you’ll find a quiet, bright space filled with wooden tables adorned with plants and a couch that overlooks a bookshelf filled with reading material. Grab a coffee, draft kombucha, “Pina Kaleada” or a nourishing juice before settling in. Then, when you’re ready for a bite to eat, consider wandering downstairs to hit up the main dining room. If flying solo, grab a seat at the sleek, ash-colored concrete bar and choose from a menu filled with healthy, yet comfort-styled food options. There are plenty of choices for all dietary preferences, including vegan eggs benedict with smoky mushroom bacon, gluten-free bagels and cornbread muffins and meatier selections like the apple cider braised chicken.

Full article here.

Riverwards Produce: Front Street Cafe’s Answer to Fresh Ingredients

December 20th, 2015

Written By Danielle Nick | FSC

“Fresh + Friendly + Philadelphia” defines the very ­­essence of Front Street Cafe. This slogan is displayed in the center of our website’s home page because it is something we are proud of. To us, these words are a way of life – a motto describing our commitment to healthy living and sustainability. This entails providing our guests with a beautiful dining experience, where nutritious tastes delicious. In order to accomplish our mission, we partnered up with another sustainable-minded company, Riverwards Produce.

Vincent Finazzo and John Fasano founded Riverwards Produce in July. Their idea was simple – to create a way to connect local farmers to talented chefs in the Philadelphia area. In September, Melissa Komar from the Star, visited Finazzo and Fasano to uncover how the duo accomplishes their mission.

During her visit, Komar learned about Finazzo and Fasano’s demanding work schedule. The partners begin their days at 3:30 a.m. and do not stop until around noon. They are busy organizing their orders, purchasing local produce, and making deliveries to various restaurants and bars.

Currently, Riverwards is based out of one truck, but Finazzo and Fasano hope their business will expand.

“Ultimately, Finazzo and Fasano would like to see the business continue to grow and secure a location reminiscent of an Italian Market food stand, enabling them to sell produce quickly and inexpensively,” Komar said.

Komar even had the chance to speak with Front Street Cafe’s very own Sous Chef, Chris Rubinstein. Since the kitchen has opened, Rubinstein has enjoyed working with Riverwards.

“It’s really a standard produce company,” Rubinstein said, “but what’s cool about [Riverwards] is they’re working with a lot of local farmers and purveyors and they let me know what the farmers have. If I have any issues, I can text them directly.”

Everyone at the Cafe is thrilled to be working with Riverwards Produce, a company that shares the same core values as us. Finazzo and Fasano believe in a farm-to-table dining experience, and because of their commitment and innovation, Front Street Cafe is able to provide Philadelphians just that.

For more information please visit, http://riverwardsproduce.com/ or call 267-603-8596. To see all of the fresh produce that Finazzo and Fasano purchase, please follow them on Instagram @riverwardsproduce.

To read Melissa Komar’s article please visit, http://www.starnewsphilly.com/2015/sep/29/harvesting-hucksters/#.VoVkXZMrLYK.

A Sustainable Business

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Front Street Cafe is the perfect example of a small locally owned business that supports sustainability in every aspect of its operations.

From initial design, concept development, to daily management, Front Street Cafe maintains these principles with the highest intention. The Cafe purchases all of their produce from a small local distributor in the neighborhood (Riverwards Produce) who sources as much as possible from local and organic farms. All fresh squeezed juices and teas are 100% organic and non-GMO while the coffee is sustainably harvested, Fair Trade Certified, and organic as well. All of the raw artisan cheeses are sourced from small family owned dairies here in the United States.

Front Street Cafe supports the local community through job creation and 90% of employees live within 1 mile of the Cafe and 100% live in Philadelphia. Almost all employees including owners walk, bike or take public transportation to work.

When the Cafe was being constructed, green design was in mind. LEED elements were considered in all aspects of construction with over 80% of the building materials being reclaimed, recycled and repurposed from other old buildings in Philadelphia that were being demolished. Continue reading “A Sustainable Business”

Why organic fresh squeezed juice is one the best things you can do for your body

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Did you know that 95% of the vitamins and enzymes our bodies need are found in the juice of raw fruits and vegetables?  Drinking juice allows highly concentrated vitamins, minerals and enzymes to rapidly enter the bloodstream, where our body can absorb all of the nutritional benefits of the fruits and vegetables.  This easy absorption gives your digestive organs a much-needed rest and replenishes them at the same time.

Continue reading “Why organic fresh squeezed juice is one the best things you can do for your body”