Chef Jason Hook wins Wilson Iron Chef


Chef Jason Hook of h2o Kitchen earned his second consecutive victory in the Wilson Iron Chef competition on Sunday, beating out Chef David Shefter from the Penn Werner Hotel and Chef Joshua Haines from Beverly Hills Tavern. The three chefs competed to create the best dish using four secret ingredients: skirt steak, avocado, pickles and marshmallow Peeps.

In the People’s Choice competition, nine area restaurants and vendors competed for a chance to make next year’s competition by crafting their best bacon dish. The Crowne Plaza earned top honors with bacon wrapped pork, crab cakes and bacon shooters. The Bernville Eagle Hotel was named runner-up with their maple bacon crunch ice cream. Those two restaurants are invited to compete in next year’s Iron Chef competition.

Crave Cafe opening ice cream stand

Crave Cafe will be opening an ice cream stand later this spring, according to a post on the restaurant’s Facebook page. The ice cream stand will be separate from the cafe in a stand-alone shack across the parking lot. No opening date has been set yet.

Buffalo Wild Wings takes step forward

Wyomissing is one step closer to getting a Buffalo Wild Wings. The new restaurant, which is slated to be built on the parking lot of the Berkshire Mall, has posted its liquor license application on the corner of State Hill and Woodland Roads. The application lists “Blazin’ Wings, Inc.,” the doing business as name for Buffalo Wild Wings, as the applicant. No construction has begun yet.

Fairgrounds Market reopens after fire; Jambalaya J’s still cleaning

Jambalaya J’s is┬ástill cleaning up after a small fire at the stand Thursday night forced the Fairgrounds Farmers Market to close on Friday. The market reopened on Saturday, but Jambalaya J’s remains closed, with hopes to reopen this week, according to a post on the stand’s Facebook page.

Rumba Martini Lounge evicted

Property owners have evicted the Rumba Martini Lounge in Cumru Township, according to an article in the April 1 Reading Eagle. The eviction notice came days after a shooting occurred outside the bar in front of township police, the second such incident in the past 13 months. At least one scheduled event for the lounge was moved to the 724 Lounge on Franklin Street in Reading, according to Rumba’s Facebook page.

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