Calling all chefs!

WHYY's 2nd Annual Best of the Chefs is coming back to our Philadelphia studios! If your restaurant, catering company, brewery, etc. would like to get some serious promotion and interact with WHYY's awesome foodie members, email Mandy Dollar at to find out how you can participate in this exciting (and delicious) fundraiser that helps support public media!

Ayala's Herbal Water

Culinary herbs are the natural way to add real flavor and enhance any food or drink. For centuries, they have been prized for their calming, stimulating, and aphrodisiac qualities. Ayala's flavored water harnesses the power of these natural wonders in a delightfully refreshing, mellow, yet complex, aromatic drink. Enjoy a straight-from-the-garden taste of organic herbal extracts and the crisp freshness of artesian water in every sip.

Bar Ferdinand

The desire to build Bar Ferdinand came about as a part of the natural evolution of Owen Kamihira's fifteen year career as a restaurant designer and consultant. Owen envisioned a local gathering place for neighbors to go for great tapas, wine, and conversation; an anchor establishment in the Northern Liberties community he has lived in for the past 28 years. His love for Spanish culture, combined with the right opportunity and timing, turned Bar Ferdinand from concept to reality.

Basset's Ice Cream

A fifth-generation family business and a Philadelphia tradition since 1861, Bassetts Ice Cream Company is a full-service frozen dessert distributor, offering outstanding products and superior service. We deliver our products In the Philadelphia region, and outside of Philadelphia we have distributors in other areas, including New York and Florida, that deliver our products.


There are not many restaurants left where you know that the Chef is always in the kitchen and not just as an expeditor, but making your dinner from beginning to end. This is meant to be an experience. We have a six burner stove and two sets of very talented hands in the kitchen. The food is prepared entirely in house. There are no short cuts. Every component is carefully selected and prepared at Bolete. Dining at Bolete is meant to be an experience, an escape from the hurried world we live in, a comfort. We do not rush what we do and we don't want you to rush through your dining experience at Bolete.

Boxcar Brewing

The idea for Boxcar Brewing Company originated in 2006 at the wedding of two of its chief members Jason and Kristen Kohser. In the mountains gathered a very small group of friends and family including Jason's cousin Kymberly McDermott and her then boyfriend Jamie Robinson, both of West Chester, PA. After an intimate ceremony, the entire group enjoyed a reception complete with homemade guacamole and a tub full of crudely marked "homebrews" prepared by Jason. Together with the other members the idea was hatched to start brewing beer on a larger scale, for the beer lovers in Eastern Pennsylvania. Boxcar Brewing Company, a community oriented brewery relying heavily on the local support of family and friends, became a reality.

City Tavern

There is no other place in the world where you can experience authentic 18th century American culinary history. Why not share that experience with your loved ones? City Tavern offers several ways to share our unique experience with family and friends. City Tavern's primary mission is to interpret and deliver the culinary experience inspired by the customs and foods of the 18th Century Colonial America.

Cricket Catering

Cricket Catering and Special Events has been owned and operated for nearly 20 years by Drew Skinner. Along with his wife and partner Wessam Khalil, they have focused on providing exquisite food, beautifully displayed and elegantly served in a friendly and efficient manner.

Free Will Brewing Company

John Stemler, Brewmaster, and Dominic Capece, Manager, founded Free Will Brewing Company in 2010, and opened to the public in January of 2012. The pair started brewing as a hobby, but were soon brewing every weekend. When friends and family told the duo that their homebrews were so good they should open up their own brewery, they kind of shrugged off the idea. But when people in the beer industry sang their praises, they started to seriously consider it. Currently, Free Will Brewing Company operates out of an 8,600-square-foot facility in Perkasie, brews 11 types of beer and is open to the public for tastings, tours and retail sale.


Kennett Cafe originally opened its doors to the Queen Village neighborhood on July 4, 1924, and served the neighborhood until in 1986. Current owners have reopened as Kennett Restaurant, which features wood-fired pizza and sustainably and locally-sourced food for vegetarians and omnivores, sixteen local craft beers on tap, twenty fine wines by the glass, local musicians on the sound system, and living wages for a family-oriented staff. The owners also hope to make Kennett the city's first bar and restaurant to achieve certification through the Green Restaurant Association. They look forward to being an active participant in the Queen Village community for a long time to come.

Kermit's Bake Shoppe

Imagine if a pizzeria and a bakery had a baby… a place where classic cakes and chocolate-covered everything fill cases alongside pizza pies topped with pepperoni, sausage and veggies. These are the grown-up versions of the recipes we grew up with. We use the finest and freshest ingredients, and we've adapted to healthier times with whole-wheat crusts and gluten-free options. Order it your way through our website, via the Kermit's smartphone app, give us a call or just swing by – we're open seven days a week. Giving mouths goose bumps since 2013.

KIND Healthy Snacks

KIND is a brand of all natural whole nut and fruit bars made from ingredients you can see and pronounce and it's also a movement that gives new purpose to snacking.

KIND was founded on the principle of holistic kindness, and we pride ourselves on creating new paths that avoid false compromises. Instead of "Or" we say "And". We choose healthy and tasty, convenient and wholesome, economically sustainable and socially impactful.


Crafted and established Philadelphia 2010. 25 Taps - Locally sourced food - Take Out Growlers - honed and ready for service,

La Colombe Coffee Roasters

Enter any La Colombe cafe and one immediately notices what is missing – the merchandising and clutter of CDs, coffee mugs, home coffee machines and lunch foods; all items that distract from the coffee experience and slow quality service.

Kuzina by Sofia

From the personal greeting at the door, to the careful explanation of our menu, at Kuzina by Sofia we strive to create a wonderfully unique experience with a heartfelt dedication to hospitality. Here at Kuzina (simply "kitchen" when translated to English), we utilize only the freshest local ingredients to create innovative and traditional Greek cuisine. Our comfortable cafe & restaurant offers the ideal setting to savor wonderfully healthful food, attentive hospitality and true Greek ambiance.

La Esperanza

La Esperanza Restaurant is a family own and operated business. We are proud to Bring you a taste of Mexican home cooked meals as well as other Latin American Specialties. It is our family's First business venture and after years of hard work it is finally a reality and is why it bares the name of HOPE, LA ESPERANZA. Shortly after the first year anniversary La Esperanza has received an incredible positive feedback from our customers. La Esperanza was the proud winner of Philadelphia magazine's Best of Philly - Mexican Restaurants 2003. Plus we have many positive reviews from other local newspapers. Make sure you read the News page to find out what the media is saying about THE MOST AUTHENTIC MEXICAN Restaurant in south Jersey.


Since the launching of the Moshulu (pronounced Mo-shoe'-loo) in 1904, she has had a long and exciting career on the seas working the ports of Europe, South America, Australia, America and Africa. She was confiscated by the Americans in one war and by the Germans in the next. She has traveled around Cape Horn 54 times. She has hauled coal and coke, copper ore and nitrate, lumber and grain. In lesser days, she has served as a floating warehouse. In grander days, she won the last great grain race in 1939. Today, the Moshulu is the world's largest four-masted sailing ship still afloat.


Mugshots is committed to making a positive contribution to our community by being mindful of the environment and our neighbors, both local and global, in all our actions. We use only fair & sustainable, organic coffee & tea, and support organic agriculture and local farmers whenever possible. By doing so, we not only support our local economy, but also reduce fuel use associated with shipping. We use 100% wind energy through Clean Currents. Mugshots is a founding member of B-Corp, "setting the new corporate standard for social and environmental performance."

Philadelphia Brewing Company

Philadelphia Brewing Company was originally built in 1885 by the Weisbrod & Hess Oriental Brewing Company. Weisbrod & Hess operated on the site until 1939, and brewing of beer ceased at the facility until PBC purchased the property in 2001. Years of extensive renovations have resulted in a beautifully restored 19th-century brewing facility. Visit the brewery Tuesday - Friday 10-6 p.m. and Saturdays 11-5 p.m.; free tours on Saturdays from noon to 3 p.m.

Pretzel Crisps

Pretzel Crisps are a modern twist on an old favorite. They combine the best part of the pretzel - all the flavor and crunch - but lighter, crispier and more versatile than ever before. Since 2004, Pretzel Crisps have reinvented the pretzel category winning over the hearts and taste buds of snackers everywhere as the world's first spreadable pretzel-shaped cracker. With its thin, crunchy, high-quality ingredients and sweet and savory flavors, it's no wonder Pretzel Crisps are the go-to, better-for-you snack choice.

Yards Brewing Company

The year was 1988, and like many College students, Tom Kehoe and Jon Bovit, enjoyed their beer, but didn't enjoy paying for it. Tom and Jon decided to take action and began brewing it themselves. As they homebrewed their way through Western Maryland College, they experimented with malt, hops and yeast, formulating new recipes and sharing their creations with friends. It wasn't long until they had more friends than beer. To gain some hands-on experience in a professional brewery, Kehoe and Bovit apprenticed at the British Brewing Company, a pioneering English-style brewery in Glen Burnie, Md. The early days were spent cleaning kegs and their first paycheck was in the form of a Happy Meal. No joke...quarter pounder, fries, and a coke. In 1994, they emptied their savings accounts, maxed out their credit cards, and took the plunge by founding Yards Brewing Company in a 900-squarefoot garage in the Manayunk section of Philadelphia. The Yards story is now in its 18th year. There were a few stops along the way.