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Chef Kim Alvarez: A Dinner to Remember [Blog: Truly Amazing Women]

Blog entry by Hope Katz Gibbs
Truly Amazing Women
Sept. 19, 2008

Entrepreneur and chef Kim Alvarez was featured today (Sept. 19) with her husband Edgar in a front-page article in the Philadelphia Business Journal.

Entitled, “To market, to market, to buy a dinner to remember,” reporter Adam Stone focused on how the two young entrepreneurs manage their gourmet shop and catering company in a dicey economy.

“As business plans go, the one for the Delaware Market House is perhaps not the most sophisticated. But it sure is straightforward,” Stone wrote. “Kim and Edgar Alvarez [pictured right] have a catering business to run, they’ve got a retail shop to manage, and they have ambitions for growth. Their strategy: Make the best food they can.”

If you are a fan of tasty international fare, they accomplished their mission. The menu — developed Philadelphia native Kim and Guatemalan-born Edgar — features hors d’oeuvres including chicken satay, spanakopita and vegetarian potstickers. Entrees range from orange ginger sesame chicken to short ribs to cranberry almond-crusted salmon.

The menu also reflects the couple’s experience working in some of the best kitchens in Philadelphia. They met more than a decade ago working at the four-star Philadelphia hotspot the Striped Bass (which was the backdrop to the anniversary scene in movie, The Sixth Sense) and married in 1999. Prior to that, Kim worked at Brad Ogden’s One Market in San Francisco and the Lark Creek Inn in Larkspur, CA. She also worked as a chef at several gourmet markets in Philadelphia, including Gerard’s and Patina. Edgar has been chef at such notable Philadelphia bistros as Phillippe Chin, Dock Street and the Black Sheep Pub.

“At those establishments we learned not only how to prepare four-star meals, and lead other chefs so they enjoy coming to work each day,” Kim adds. “We also came to master what it means to truly take care of your guests, Edgar and I have brought our passion and skills to the Delaware Market House, and this experience has been a highlight of our careers.”

Another highlight is sharing their passion for cooking with their children, Emma and Alejandro.

“I clearly remember the day my mom enrolled me in a cooking class at Bloomingdales in Jenkintown, PA,” Kim recalls. “I was 7 and it was Thanksgiving time, so our first assignment was to make homemade stuffing. My cousin Brandi was also in the class, and she also liked all the tearing of the bread and combining it with the wet ingredients using her fingers. But I loved it.”

Every Thanksgiving, she still whips up the recipe for the family—with a little help from her kids who look forward to tearing the bread and helping her sauté vegetables and mix it all together with their hands. Kim concludes: “Good cooking is about bringing joy to family and friends through combining the best ingredients with some skill and a little magic.”

Read the entire Philadelphia Business Journal article.

About the Delaware Market House

Originally built in the early 1900s, the Delaware Market House has long been a go-to-spot for great food and good conversation in Gladwyne, PA. When award-winning Philadelphia Chefs Kim and Edgar Alvarez bought the Market in 2004, they continued the tradition. Not only is the store a gathering spot, but the chefs daily cook up gourmet lunch and dinner selections and offer only the freshest produce, meats, and bread. They also provide customers with all the supermarket necessities of life—from cartons of fresh milk and bread to laundry detergent and diapers. For details call 610-642-7120 or visit www.delawaremarket.com.

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