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Village Eatinghouse Marketplace & Café to open soon in Pleasant Gap

by on July 19, 2012 9:46 AM

PLEASANT GAP — It won’t be long before the aroma of freshly-baked fare fills their café.

South Main Street in Pleasant Gap is the site for Clay and Melanie Phillips’ new Village Eatinghouse Marketplace & Café. The deli and café portion of the establishment will offer homemade foods and produce from local farmers. The marketplace will feature artwork, crafts and food from various Central Pennsylvania vendors and artisans, including sculptures, jewelry, books, furniture, music, body products, photography and paintings.

“Clay and I will be making the food and cooking it using locally-produced cheeses and meats,” Melanie Phillips said.

Although its official grand opening isn’t scheduled until Sept. 7 and 8, doors will open to the public at the end of July.

With the exception of deli items, “we expect all other aspects of the business to be in full swing by July 26, which happens to be the date of the Pleasant Gap parade and carnival,” Melanie Phillips said.

Village Eatinghouse was born out of the Phillips’ love of cooking, grilling, baking, serving and enjoying food with family and friends, said Melanie Phillips.

The couple, who live in Pleasant Gap, have more than 20 years of experience in the catering, restaurant and specialty food production industries, they said.

“Folks appreciate (us) for (our) kielbasa corn chowder, amazing cheesecake and … sweet and sour Italian dressing and marinade – a must-have for every serious foodie,” Melanie Phillips said.

By promoting the marketplace as part of their establishment, the Phillips’ hope to showcase the “abundant talent central Pennsylvania has to offer,” they said.

“Artisans, musicians, authors, craftspeople and specialty food producers find success at local farm markets, fairs and festivals,” Melanie Phillips said. “(We’re) bringing them to you in the marketplace (by) showcasing (their) painting, photography, sculpture, woodworking, fiber arts, jewelry and much more.”

The Phillips’ said, through their new business, they are dedicated to “sharing the bounty of Central Pennsylvania” through entertainment and education.

“Expect weekly events to socialize,” they said.

Melanie and Clay also said they plan to waste less by using environmentally-friendly methods for serving, cleaning, composting and recycling.

“Thank you to all of those friends, family and community supporters that have already sent well wishes, spent hours helping to making this happen, and are as excited as we are to bring this to you,” they said.

The Phillips’ are currently looking for marketplace artisans. For more information call (814) 280-2259 or email villageeatinghouse@gmail.com.



Staff Writer at The Centre County Gazette
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