Slinging high-quality meats directly into home kitchens for nearly a century, Passanante's Home Food Service?s butchers hand-trim antibiotic- and hormone-free beef, chicken, and pork and deliver the flash-frozen cuts straight to doorsteps. To forge their naturally aged steaks and burgers, they only use meat from grain-fed Angus steers raised without hormones, steroids, preventive antibiotics, or sugary cereals.
Additionally, they sell locally raised pork, which gleans its uniform color and succulence from a farm-fed diet of corn and grain. For their poultry, they enlist the help of farmers in Maryland and Pennsylvania to raise the birds on seeds and grains, unlike factory farms, which fatten up their chickens with insults that undermine their self-esteem.
Since its humble south Philadelphia beginnings in the 1990s, PrimoHoagies has quickly expanded throughout the region and garnered several awards on the strength of its cold-cut sandwiches, made with Thumann's brand of gourmet meats and cheeses. The shop's robust menu features dozens of specialty hoagies, many of which were created in-house rather than underwater, as is the industry norm. Sharp Italian hoagies teem with prosciutto and genoa salami, and pork Diablo hoagies marry Thumann's homestyle roasted pork with a blend of piquant spices.
In 1988, Auntie Anne's founders Anne and Jonas Beiler purchased a Pennsylvania farmers'-market stand, where they experimented with dough until they created a pretzel that seemed to strike the perfect chord with their customers. Today, at their more than 1,350 locations worldwide, the pretzel makers still hand roll the original recipe but have added to the menu with inventive options such as the eight signature dipping sauces. The team constantly explores new uses for the pretzel dough, such as wrapping it around hot dogs and slicing it into bite-size nuggets. To transform the snack into a meal, they accompany it with specialty drinks, including frozen-lemonade desserts.
When not twisting dough, Auntie Anne's team partners with the national charitable organization Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation, which raises funds to fight childhood cancer. Auntie Anne's also reaches out to the community through fundraising opportunities.
Ben's Morrisville Deli's cooks bake fresh breads and desserts, whip up Italian-style entrees and hot sandwiches, and assemble salads, keeping their recipes alive since 1958. Their specials change daily and necessitate repeat visits for diners who wish to try both the pierogis and the Salisbury steak. For large-group dining, they cater occasions with hot and cold eats en masse, fueling board meetings or jury duty reunions with long trays of sandwiches or an à la carte selection of hot entrees.
Therapy in Presence’s certified practitioners custom fit massages for clients depending on individual needs. To ensure an appropriately tailored massage, practitioners ask massage receivers detailed questions about their physical and mental well-being, assign client-specific medical-grade essential oils, and measure muscles with yardsticks during a 30-minute consultation session ($25). During a one-hour massage ($85), skin-rubbing gurus apply techniques from nine massage modalities, focusing on one or more at a time if requested.