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Here’s To Our Lehigh Valley Community

For the first time in American history, 2016 marked remarkable shift of epicurean preferences in our country. That was the year that we began spending more money dining out at bars and restaurants than we did at the supermarket.

Why do we go out to eat?

Perhaps it’s because women, often the executive chefs of households in the past, now represent 47 percent of the workforce. Perhaps it’s because, depending on the recipe, the bill of a grocery cart full of ingredients can often rival the cost of casual dinner out. Perhaps it’s because we’re busier. Perhaps it’s because the locally-owned restaurants that are featured in this book create incredible food. These things are all true.

But perhaps it’s also because we are in search of more than a meal. We’re all looking for an authentic experience. To experience a connection. To be taken care of. 

As you look through the restaurants featured in this book—maybe recognizing your favorites, being reminded of ones you’ve been meaning to try, and finding somewhere new to make a reservation—you’ll notice that we have woven a human element into the photography this year. The final squeeze of a lemon, the precise drizzling of a sauce, the finishing garnishes
being placed.

That’s because hospitality that truly resonates with us—hospitality that keeps us coming back, and hospitality that makes us feel at home—can only come from the heart of another person. A person who is inspired by a guest’s smile, by helping them have a memorable birthday or anniversary, and by simply making their day a little bit better than it was before they came in.

When I interviewed the restaurateurs, chefs, and managers that represent the restaurants within these pages and I asked them to tell me about their restaurant, time and time again, I heard the words, “Well, we’re kind of like Cheers.

At first, it seemed like an insincere cliché, but the more I heard it, the more I began to understand. The fact that the steak was perfectly cooked, the scallops were beautifully seared, and the drink was expertly mixed was just icing on the cake.

We go out to eat to be part of a community. Here’s to ours.

Here’s To Our Lehigh Valley Community

For the first time in American history, 2016 marked remarkable shift of epicurean preferences in our country. That was the year that we began spending more money dining out at bars and restaurants than we did at the supermarket.

Why do we go out to eat?

Perhaps it’s because women, often the executive chefs of households in the past, now represent 47 percent of the workforce. Perhaps it’s because, depending on the recipe, the bill of a grocery cart full of ingredients can often rival the cost of casual dinner out. Perhaps it’s because we’re busier. Perhaps it’s because the locally-owned restaurants that are featured in this book create incredible food. These things are all true.

But perhaps it’s also because we are in search of more than a meal. We’re all looking for an authentic experience. To experience a connection. To be taken care of. 

When I interviewed the restaurateurs, chefs, and managers that represent the restaurants within these pages and I asked them to tell me about their restaurant, time and time again, I heard the words, “Well, we’re kind of like Cheers.

At first, it seemed like an insincere cliché, but the more I heard it, the more I began to understand. The fact that the steak was perfectly cooked, the scallops were beautifully seared, and the drink was expertly mixed was just icing on the cake.

We go out to eat to be part of a community. Here’s to ours.

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