STORY WRITTEN BY BRIAN BINGAMAN
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The timing is exactly right.
A sample of Montgomery County’s many and varied dining options will be exposed to hungry delegates in the area for the Democratic National Convention, thanks to a brand-new, twice-a-year dining guide publication from The Valley Forge Tourism & Convention Board. It’s called “Crave,” and there’s an online version with bonus content at www.cravemontco.com.
VFTCB vice-president of marketing and communications Ed Harris commented that with more than 500 restaurants countywide, Montco has “any type of food you can imagine.”
“We’ve got the big name chain restaurants and we have a lot of mom-and-pop restaurants, and everything in between,” he said.
According to Harris, Crave can be found right now at 74 hotels throughout the county, as well as in traveling Crave kiosks. Harris reported that the general public has taken notice. Entries are already being posted for a Crave Instagram contest that has a prize of $300 in restaurant gift cards. All you have to do to enter is share a photo of your Montgomery County restaurant meal, with the hashtag #cravemontco, through Sept. 1.
The inaugural 32-page dining guide is divided up into locales — Ardmore, Conshohocken, Fort Washington, Lansdale, Oaks, Pottstown, Willow Grove, Valley Forge and “A Short Drive” (meaning Phoenixville, Wayne, Malvern, Exton, Sellersville, etc.). There’s an interview with Luke Palladino, whose LP Steak restaurant is in the Valley Forge Casino Resort. “Top Ten” lists that punctuate Crave, and are sure to start an argument, spotlight the best places for sushi, ice cream and brunch. “We have big plans to double the size (of the next edition) in January,” Harris said, adding that chef video interviews are coming to the website in August.
From the sound of it, there will be no shortage of stuff to write about. The new Valley Forge Town Center on Main Street in Upper Merion is going to have a whopping 10 new restaurants, Harris said. Among them are Fogo de Chão (pronounced fo-go dee shown) Brazilian Steakhouse, which just opened July 21; Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse (www.davios.com), which opens Aug. 22; B. Good, and Honeygrow.
In a press release, Fogo de Chão CEO Larry Johnson said: “We’re very excited to open a second Fogo de Chão in the Philadelphia-area, and to be joining the King of Prussia Town Center family. We’ve kept an eye on the evolution of King of Prussia, and are thrilled to establish Fogo as a regular destination for residents and tourists alike.”