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GRAB-AND-GO gifts

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New! Burnham Court

Located in Valley Green, the home boasts an updated granite kitchen, 2-story family room & breakfast room that opens to the deck and hot tub, and a finished lower level with recreation space, wet bar, & theatre room. 4 BRs, 2.5 baths. $650,000

Strawntown Farm

This 1800’s stone farmhouse sits on 121 acres overlooking a classic red barn, fenced pastures, indoor and outdoor riding arenas, greenhouse, and a large spring-fed pond. Exercise room with a resistance pool. 4 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. $3,450,000

Black River Road

A long driveway, framed by tall walnut trees, crosses the Black River Creek and leads to a Circa 1850 Pennsylvania farmhouse. A stunning kitchen anchors the main level, accented with white cabinetry and granite island. 5 bedrooms. $725,000

New Construction

Red oak hardwood flooring, spacious rooms, and extraordinary craftsmanship. This European-style home is in the planning stages. Myron Haydt Development, Inc. will work with homeowners to create their dream home. 4 BRs, 4.5 baths, $1,889,000

New! Pine Manor

This meticulously cared for home features 2x6 construction, a three-car garage, efficient geothermal heating and cooling and is just minutes from restaurant and recreational hot spots in Easton and Bethlehem. 5 bedrooms, 3.5 baths. $599,000

Hessian House

c.1800s stone colonial amidst nearly 25 acres of rolling fields & forest with a spring fed pond. Hand-hewn beamed ceilings, renovated kitchen, cathedral ceiling family room. Caretaker’s house, Bank Barn w/studio. 5 BRs, 4.5 baths. $1,295,000

Saddle Ridge Vistas

Nestled prominently atop an acre with stunning valley views, this custom stone and stucco home offers a host of details. An open kitchen design blends aesthetics and functionality, and a breakfast area opening to a rear deck. 4 bedrooms, 3.5+ baths. $659,900

Executive Lots

Meadows & forest embraced by rolling green hills, within minutes of the Saucon Valley Country Club & the vibrant Allentown & Bethlehem downtowns. Lots are designed to accommodate homes over 4,500 sq.ft., 2 to 6 acre lots starting at $300,000

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The c.1790 stone home & PA bank barn rests on 6.56 acres in Bucks Co. Features include oak & pine floors, high ceilings, wood-burning fireplaces, and a magnificent kitchen with a Vulcan gas 6-burner range. 4 bedrooms, 4.5 baths. $799,000

Old World Villa

A blend of 19th century touches & modern luxuries, this sophisticated home is a country retreat you will cherish. Limestone and pine floors throughout, & an AGA range & farmhouse sink in the large eat-in kitchen. 4 beds, 5.5 baths. $1,065,000

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Blending original details & modern amenities, the beautifully converted bank barn features high ceilings & oak floors with 3 levels of living space abundant with natural light. Resting on 3+ acres, minutes from the NJ border. 3 BRs. $625,000

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Kids Quest & Cyber Quest – Gift Cards

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Carlo’s Bakery – Assorted Butter Cookies

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General Store – Home Fragrance without the Flame

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Michael Kors – Designer Purses and more…

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DKNY – Mini Dome Crossbody Purse

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Kay Jewelers – Neil Lane Engagement ring & Matching Band

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CONTENTS

PHOTO BY ALISON CONKLIN

Learn how one local family celebrates Diwali, pg. 50

15 TRENDING NOW

News, Notes & Quotes

20 GET THE GOODS

The Broad Resale Boutique

23 LIVING WELL

Do You Need a Life Coach?

27 ASK THE EXPERT

Finding Joy in Your Job

30 5 THINGS

Grab-and-Go Gifts

33 INSIGHT

Ronnie Nase, Susie Sewell and Paul Walsh

40 HOW WE CELEBRATE 4 Families Share Their Holiday Traditions

62 BEYOND THE MENU Carbonara, Chef Christopher Murray

64 INSIDE DISH

COVER PHOTO

The Flying V Poutinerie

68 DINING GUIDE

Kana and Luka Calderon, photographed by Alison Conklin.

Where to Go to Please Your Palate

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Luxuriously-appointed carriage home located adjacent to the cross country trails of the scenic Lehigh University Athletic Fields. Featuring an open floor plan, 1st & 2nd floor master suites, home office & gym. 3 bedrooms, 3 full/ 1 half bath. $725,000

Luxurious nearly brand-new home on lush grounds, in a unique European-style setting across from Saucon Valley Country Club & Saucon Rail Trail. Condominium ownership, 4 bedrooms, 3 full/ 1 half bath, 2 offices. $1,195,000

The magnificent Shady Nook Farm offers 118 private acres and is convenient to major highways. Pool, in-home theater, private guest house and large barn, perfect for horses or the hobbyist. 5 bedrooms, 5 full/2 half baths. $2,295,000

Experience this sensational, nearly 4000sqft sprawling ranch home situated on beautifully landscaped lawns and gardens, overlooking the 6th hole of the Lehigh Country Club. 4 bedrooms,3 full/1 half baths. 1.5 acres. $1,050,000

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This beautiful 19+ acre lot has undergone preliminary engineering for a 3- or 4-lot subdivision, or create an enviable estate home or gentlemen’s farm with plenty of land for grazing. Just minutes from major commuter routes. 19.33 acres. $399,000

Stunning views of the Delaware River. Easy commute to NYC & NJ. Full time or weekends. Inground pool, tennis court, barn. Large building with 2nd floor loft for cars and yoga/art studio. 4 bedrooms, 3 full baths, 135 acres. $2,500,000

Springwood’s resort-like environment provides the ultimate relaxation or entertainment haven. Top of the line amenities, pool, spa, 2 waterfalls, 5 car garage, 5-hole putting green. 4.6 acres, 4 bedrooms, 5 full/1 half bath. $1,799,000

Setting the standard of modern luxury & design, this gorgeous residence, newly-rebuilt by an esteemed local builder is a rare Saucon Valley jewel. 4 bedrooms & optional 5th bedroom/office, 4 full/1 half bath, 2.75 acres. $1,430,000

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EDITOR’S LETTER

3 THINGS

our publisher, Pam Deller, is looking forward to this month! pdeller@lehighvalleystyle.com

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Marco Calderon loved teaching his son Kana how to make Mexican Buñuelos for the “How We Celebrate” photoshoot.

Risotto balls at Sette Luna? Yes, please!

How We Celebrate This holiday season may look different than in years past, but there are traditions and recipes that will always remain at the forefront. In this edition, we’re sharing what these celebrations look like for four local families, spanning multiple cultural and religious backgrounds. Turn to pg. 40 to learn more about their traditions and to potentially adopt a new holiday dish of your own! Mexican Buñuelos, anyone?

We’re also embracing new beginnings in this issue, whether that’s through the trio that launched a company, Soul Perspective LLC, based on kindness and empathy during the pandemic, pg. 33; through The Flying V’s new brick-and-mortar poutinerie in Bethlehem, pg. 64; or through this month’s Ask the Expert, which explores ways to get out of that workplace rut and find joy in your job. We wish you kindness, joy, empathy and plenty of poutine this holiday season!

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Finding even more joy at work.

Warmly,

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Stopping by Off the Trail when I get off the trail.


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STAFF SPEAKS VOLUME 21, ISSUE 12

President/CEO Paul Prass

FAVORITE GIFTS

Vice President/COO Lisa Prass Publisher Pamela Deller

My weighted blanket from my fiancé! It helps ease anxiety and keeps me warm during the winter months.

One of my

Editor Kristen Rinaldi Art Director Elaine Wyborski

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My husband had my late grandmother’s Pascha bread recipe laser cut into a cutting board. On one side, it is written in her handwriting and on the other side it is legible! It is, by far, the most thoughtful and meaningful gift I have ever received!

Director of Creative Services Erica Montes Graphic Designer Thomas Körp

OK, this is probably not your typical holiday gift that would get one excited, but I got a AAA membership and it has saved me twice since— I was so grateful to have had it!

Advertising Executives Kellie Bartholomew, Denise Lichty, Ronell Martz, Pam Taylor Marketing & Events Manager Kelli Hertzog

Tickets to my first Bruce Springsteen concert—a birthday gift from my dad, who had gotten the tickets from a friend after I was heartbroken being unable to get them on my own.

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AMY UNGER Contributing Writer It’s heartening to know that so many different holiday traditions are alive and well in our region. The four families I spoke with for the “How We Celebrate” feature talked about their special customs with such enthusiasm. Even though the holidays will look and feel a lot different this year for many people, these traditions will be what sustain us in the long run.

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During such an unexpected year, parents have added one more job title to their resumes: teacher. In light of this, preschool teacher and sports coach Courtney Hahn got an idea. “It was my passion for teaching that became the driving force behind my journey to create Fiddlebox & Co.,” says Hahn. “It is my vision to see families grab hold of something they can control.” Fiddlebox & Co. is a monthly subscription box that provides children both fun and curriculumbased activities to prepare for kindergarten. Fiddlebox & Co. costs $49.95 per month with shipping included.

Domaci Design Studio knows a thing or two about turning a house into a home. That’s why owners Warren and Derrick Clark are thrilled to be taking the Domaci brand to the next level. Launching this winter, Domaci Design Studio provides a designated space for design services. “We believe that decorating your home shouldn’t be about following a strict set of rules,” says Warren. “Instead it’s about trusting your instincts.” Domaci Design Studio also offers extended home furnishing selections—be sure to check out their new Emery sofa with four additional trend-right fabric options, as well as their Greenwich Live Edge collection.

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VOICES OF THE VALLEY

Dr. Tina Richardson CHANCELLOR, PENN STATE LEHIGH VALLEY

As a young girl growing up in Maryland, Dr. Tina Richardson knew she wanted to be a psychologist. “I am the ninth of 10 kids,” says Richardson. “I was an observer; I was more of an introvert. I had eight older siblings to watch go through college and establish a career path, which helped shape me.” After receiving her undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, she was accepted into a Ph.D. program, where she earned a master’s and doctorate in counseling psychology.

“My mentor at University of Maryland was a research scholar with an international reputation,” she says. “She saw me as someone who would follow in her footsteps, but I had a slightly different plan for myself.” After working as a staff psychologist at Kansas State University, Richardson was introduced to an entirely different side of higher education. She landed an opportunity to teach in the counseling psychology department at Lehigh University, where she would work for the next 20 years. “Earning a Ph.D. to become a psychologist and then a professor really positioned me to do a host of wonderful things: being a Fulbright Scholar and traveling internationally, chairing a committee on international relations in psychology, chairing a committee at the United Nations and working on interdisciplinary teams to do global and international work,” says Richardson. She brought that passion to Penn State Lehigh Valley in 2015, when she was offered the opportunity to become school chancellor. “I was drawn to Penn State because of how accessible it is,” says Richardson. “We offer an incredible value for a degree that is known and respected worldwide.” As chancellor, Richardson’s notable achievements include her strong growth in total enrollment as well as being the driving force behind the school’s partnership with Lehigh Carbon Community College (LCCC) and the subsequent Collective Impact Scholarship Fund. “The Collective Impact Scholarship Fund benefits students who want to attend college, but have limited means to afford it,” she says. “This fund provides last-dollar support to students who graduate from one of the high schools in the Lehigh Valley and go on to attend LCCC or Penn State Lehigh Valley.” And yet, Richardson’s driving force behind her incredibly successful career in education has always been rooted in her fundamental passion for learning. “I’m a firm believer that education is life changing,” says Richardson. “All students should have the chance to benefit from high-quality education and the inspiration that follows.”

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As a small-business owner always on the go, Allison Guido was tired of ordering takeout. So, she decided to open Off the Trail. “Being a girl on the go, sometimes liquid lunch is all you have time for,” she says. “I always thought a smoothie shop would do well in town.” In 2019, she turned her idea into a reality when she opened Off the Trail, a smoothie and sandwich joint in the heart of Hellertown. But just as Guido’s dreams seemed to come to fruition, the pandemic had other plans. “It felt like the world halted,” she says. “It made me seriously reconsider if the universe was telling me that this was not a great idea. I am so happy that I decided to push forward.” By providing a relaxed counter service atmosphere and plenty of outdoor seating, Off the Trail has succeeded in becoming the new go-to lunch spot in town. “Obviously, my favorite part of Off the Trail is our smoothies, but we also have some basic açaí bowls and avocado toast,” says Guido. “Off the Trail really prides itself on buying from local vendors, suppliers and local farmers.” 650 Main St., Hellertown | 484.851.3173 | offthetrail.net

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What initially inspired you to open The Broad Resale Boutique? The inspiration for the store came from looking at my own closet, actually. I was in the process of moving and realized just how much clothing and accessories I owned and was not wearing or had worn once or twice—many with tags. And then there was a section that I was saving for that mythical day I would wake up and be three sizes smaller. In speaking to other women about this, I found many similar stories. Coincidentally, my new apartment was above a retail space that became vacant a few months later. It was then that I started to think of a solution that would help us declutter and also help a nonprofit


that I'm passionate about. The idea evolved from there, and with a lot of encouragement, help, support and great ideas from friends and family, The Broad opened on November 9, 2019. What’s the overall vibe at the store like? Describe the shopping experience! The store has an overall cozy feel with eclectic décor. It was so much fun finding fixtures and display pieces on a very small budget. The shopping experience is a bit unique in that we are able to offer so many brands and sizes—and because the store is small, we know the inventory well. It's so great to be able to make recommendations that fit a woman's own style and to suggest one or two pieces that she wouldn't typically be drawn to. Tell us about the variety of merchandise available. The Broad carries clothing, shoes, jewelry, handbags and accessories for women up to plus sizes. It's dependent on the dontions we receive, but some brands a customer would always find are Banana Republic, Loft, Gap, Michael Kors and Forever 21. We often have Coach, UGGs, Sperry, Aéropostale and Levi’s. Our athleisure section is popular as well—especially the authentic graphic tees.

Talk a little bit about your partnership with NAMI Lehigh Valley and your desire to support mental health education and awareness. I have had the most amazing experiences during the four years that I've been involved with NAMI Lehigh Valley. Teaching educational courses and sharing my own struggles with past depression in the community has been invaluable to my mental health. The resources that are available through the organization are so valuable and all classes and support groups are offered free of charge to those living with a diagnosis and their loved ones. Any amount I can donate makes me feel good knowing how much it can help another.

Mental health is top of mind right now. Talk a little bit about that. As we are all trying to navigate the uncertainty and enormous changes brought about by this pandemic, mental health is more relevant than ever. I'm hearing from so many members of our community that are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression for the first time in their lives. Fortunately, there is a wealth of information regarding coping skills available these days. And though we have a long way to go, stigma loses a bit of power every time someone seeks help. Explain the importance of shopping responsibly. Adding thrift shopping as an option when purchasing clothing is the most effective and easiest way to shop sustainably. The items have already been produced and require no additional resources. Gently worn clothing shopping can also be lots of fun. I've had several customers who have found that perfect piece of clothing that they haven't

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Life coaches are now offering remote services, in private social-media groups, virtual classrooms, Zoom calls and traditional phone calls.

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Life Coach? Life transitions have a way of shaking things up, and this past year has been no exception: from figuring out how to remain “socially distant,” to teaching our children while working from home (and still getting dinner on the table every night), to thinking twice about what makes for an acceptable Zoom meeting wardrobe, 2020 has kept us on our toes. For many of us, sheltering in place has given us a chance to think about making some changes, and while navigating through life’s transitions can be overwhelming, it doesn’t need to be. Whether you’re thinking about turning that passion project into a business, making changes to get healthier or finally ditching the negative thought patterns that keep you

from using your time and talents to their fullest potential, a life coach can help you overcome stumbling blocks and achieve the goals you’ve set for yourself once and for all.

THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN COACHING AND THERAPY

Recognizing the difference between coaching and therapy can help determine the best course of action for your needs. While psychotherapy focuses on treating mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and other illnesses, coaching focuses on accountability, formulating plans of action for setting and achieving goals and working with clients to overcome the limiting beliefs

LIVING WELL

that may be holding them back. And while both coaches and therapists may offer “deep dives” into what those limiting beliefs might be, coaching takes a more forward-centered approach to deal with those beliefs rather than delving into things like childhood trauma. If you find yourself consistently starting new projects but being unable to complete them, have trouble setting boundaries or if you often feel “stuck” when trying to move forward with a new idea, coaching is the way to go. According to Barbara Berger, PCC, (Professionally Certified Coach) of Live Your Genuine: Coaching for Career & Life, in Allentown, coaching can amplify and champion one’s higher purpose by offering “an infusion of energy, LEHIGHVALLE YST YLE.COM : DECEMBER 2020

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LIVING WELL compassion, empathy, honesty, motivation and accountability. A coach acts as a mirror-holder, reflecting back your words, actions [and] insights so that you can achieve a fully expressed, fully realized, fully integrated version of yourself.”

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Coaching services run the gamut, from focusing on health to careers, from accountability to decluttering, and the vastly popular mindset and manifestation. (Think “seeing” yourself in your mind’s eye having already met your goal or “receiving” gifts from the universe that you desire before they come to fruition. That’s manifesting.) Since the pandemic began, Berger says that clients have been using their downtime to reevaluate what is important in terms of their work life. “While you can’t think your way to creating the life you want,” she says, “mindset coaching is the magical puzzle piece that elevates both career and life to new heights.” Using a blend of proprietary and time-tested coaching exercises, Berger helps clients foster new awareness and creates opportunities for them to unearth those answers for themselves. Erin Miller, a personal development mentor (also located in Allentown), works primarily with mothers who are overwhelmed and dealing with anxiety through “reframing limiting beliefs and learning how to support the mind, body and soul with holistic awareness,” which she says allows her clients to be empowered. (Miller also holds a master’s degree in counseling psychology.) Miller notes that the pandemic has shined light on issues that may have already been there but are now seemingly unavoidable. “In our pre-pandemic world, we became quite crafty in avoiding our needs,” she says. “The avoidance is no longer sustainable.” Both coaches offer virtual services, with Berger also providing individual coaching at her Allentown office. Miller coaches in private social-media groups as well as via virtual classroom instruction, Zoom calls and traditional phone calls.

COACHING COSTS

Rather than asking yourself if coaching is in your budget, the bigger consideration may be how much you’re willing to invest in yourself, in terms of both time and money. Depending on your needs, group coaching, or a Mastermind, may be a good starting point. For example, if you’re looking to launch a podcast or turn a hobby into a business, being in a group with like-minded individuals working toward similar goals can prove both


inspirational and beneficial. When you’re ready to bring your business to the next level (and are making some money doing it) you could consider investing in one-on-one coaching for a more laser-focused approach later on. Most coaches offer a 15- or 30-minute “discovery call” during which you get to briefly discuss your goals with the coach and the coach explains how he or she works. This way, you can see if you’re a good fit for each other before making an investment. “Have a few conversations and choose a coach where the chemistry and the credibility are a match for your goals," says Berger. Miller notes that most coaching programs range from about six weeks to several months, with a price point of a few hundred dollars per month. To this end, a program could end up costing several thousand dollars, which can seem daunting to the average person. “It is a 100 percent guarantee that if you show up and do the work [in a coaching program], you will walk away an even more authentic version of yourself,” Miller affirms. “You will change for the better.” Miller, who has been coached herself, likens the investment to paying for a college course, except, in this case, “the course is yourself,” she says. “And everyone is worth it.”

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Before you even start your commute, set yourself up for the day. “I personally started going to the gym at 5:30 a.m. to have a better start to my day,” Cooper says. “I know that will make me feel good.” This might seem herculean to some, but the point is not to be amazing at the crack of dawn. Each of us charges our battery differently. “It has to be what your heart desires,” Cooper says. Forget the oncoming workday and ask: “What would you do to take care of yourself?” Make time in the morning for what boosts your positive energy, and you’ll be better able to stave off any negative energy encountered at work.

PERSONAL AND PASSIONATE

Ideally, work is about connecting our gifts with their purposes to serve a greater goal. Business isn’t personal, but the joy of doing something well, creating something and connecting with others can be deeply personal and rightly so. But even if we’re not in our dream job at the top of our game, this spirit is available to us. “Every job that we do is in the human services field,” Cooper reminds us. “Every job is connected to human services because it helps better someone’s life.” So, whether you’re taking IT calls, grooming dogs or making executive decisions, your work is valuable and important. Embracing your positive impact can give meaning, purpose and pride to whatever you’re doing.

STAY OUT OF AUTOPILOT

While you’re basking in the beauty of that purposeful moment, keep an eye peeled for complacency. “Sometimes when we get comfortable in a workplace, we just exist,” Cooper says. It’s important to give yourself scope to grow and evolve. “Every week I write my goals and intentions for the week,” Cooper says. It’s part of the time she sets aside for herself to reflect and recharge. Quarterly or biannual check-ins are also useful to make sure you’re not going to look back and ask: “Where did that time go?” A therapist or accountability partner can help you make these appointments with yourself and talk through whether you’re setting and meeting the goals that suit you.


SERENE SOCIAL SCENE

Work friends are a great source of happiness. What some might call cliques, Cooper calls cohorts, natural groupings of people who connect well. Her advice for navigating the social world at work: Accept how people sort themselves into relationships, and respect others’ differences. Work is often a place where we’re thrown together with people from various walks of life, and it’s an opportunity to learn and broaden your lens. Friction can also be a fact of the workplace, and if there’s a person or situation adding dread to your day, try Cooper’s simple and contained approach. “Set a tone for good intentions,” she says. “You can’t go wrong.” Making an honest effort to communicate with a desire for resolution is doing all you can. You can rest in that, even if the other party might not be ready to meet you there.

MOVE ON MINDFULLY

If you feel like you’ve done all that you can to find passion and a sense of direction in your current employment, you can set a new course. “It’s OK to be in tune with a sense of being stuck and realign yourself with something else that might give you more excitement or fulfillment,” Cooper says. To tangle with a tough choice, reach out to your circle who are also mindful and motivated about their directions in life. Whether it’s work friends, a Facebook group or your accountability buds, find people you can connect with to hash out whether it’s time for your journey to take you elsewhere.

WORK WELL FROM HOME

If walking into a workplace isn’t your problem, chances are it’s setting boundaries. COVIDincurred telecommuting is blurring the lines between household chores, parenting, schoolwork and our actual jobs. “It may be a chore in itself,” Cooper says, “but blocking time for work, personal time and school time is so important.” School and work time might be incorporated together, just as long as you know what you’re doing and when. “And if there’s a place you can designate for work in the house, that’s even better.” theconsultingfirmllc.com

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Take a minute to conjure up the must-have kicks from your childhood days. Were they the classic canvas Chuck Taylors—blisters and all? Perhaps it was the Reebok Pump sneaker that topped your early 1990s wish list. Or maybe you appreciated the chic vintage vibe of slip-on Vans or suede Pumas. Whatever your go-to sneakers were, and whatever they added to your athletic or style game, chances are they couldn’t compete with the transformative possibilities of Simeon Bleeker’s red high-tops.

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release date. “It’s been a mad dash,” says Walsh of the journey to transform Simeon from an abstract idea into a children’s book character whom they hope will resonate with his young audience. But let’s rewind to pre-pandemic times in early 2019. Authoring a children’s book wasn’t on anyone’s to-do list. Walsh had a full plate as the artistic director of literary arts at Lehigh Valley Charter High School for the Arts, Sewell was staying busy juggling freelance graphic design work with her job as a bartender at Zest in Bethlehem and Nase, the self-described “man of a million jobs,” was working as a regional director for peer support services provider Peerstar LLC. In March of that year, Walsh and Nase had a casual conversation about a rough idea Nase was kicking around for a children’s story; it involved a boy who could gain insight into different experiences and livelihoods by slipping on a special pair of sneakers. “That was it, and then we didn’t talk about it for a year,” says Walsh. But then in March of this year, Walsh was working with local writer, editor and publisher Jennifer Bright, founder and CEO of Bright Communications LLC and Momosa Publishing LLC, on a workshop for his school. He brought up the concept for the book, and Bright was all in. Suddenly Simeon, as their central character would come to be named (the Hebrew meaning translates to “listener”), was off the back burner. But talking about a children’s book and making that book a reality are two very different things. “It was definitely overwhelming at the start,” says Nase. Luckily Walsh did have some experience in this world. He self-published a novel, Lemonade, via Barnes & Noble last year. And Nase, who is one of seven children (“I’ve pretty much been raising kids my entire life,” he says with a laugh), had spent many years working with kids in a variety of capacities. So, wordsmith? Check. Kid expert? Check. “The only problem now is, neither one of us draws,” Walsh says. Enter illustrator Sewell, who studied fine arts and graphic design at Temple University’s Tyler School of Art and at Northampton Community College, respectively. While Walsh and Nase hammered out the storyline, she started coming up with some sketches to bring Simeon to life. “It was exactly what Ronnie and I were thinking in our heads,” says Walsh. The style they agreed upon favors characters with heads that are a bit larger than life, and backgrounds that are intentionally a little blurred. “We really wanted to focus on the emotions of the faces,” Sewell explains.


And it’s those emotions, after all, that are at the heart of five-year-old Simeon’s adventures. His magical sneakers allow him to spend some time in someone else’s shoes; in his case, it’s in the shoes of another child whose experiences are unfamiliar to him. In this first offering, Simeon gets to know Madelyn, a kindergarten classmate who is autistic. Nase says she’s based on a girl he met while working in an autism support unit in the East Penn School District. “It was the first name that came to mind,” he says. “I remember thinking how special she was.” The goal of distilling the enduring idiom of walking a mile in someone else’s shoes for the kindergarten set is to teach tolerance and empathy, two values that are of paramount importance to all three team members. For Walsh, it’s something that speaks to him as an educator and as the father of a toddler son. “I don’t think parents or teachers can ever have enough resources to show kids how to be good people,” he says. Nase sees the book as an important gateway to essential discussions about issues that can divide us if they’re not addressed early and often. “We need to look at things like racism, sexism, discrimination against a group of any kind,” he explains. And Sewell adds that it’s not just children who need to be reminded of these lessons. “We hope the parents just as much as the kids find value in it,” she says. They hope to send Simeon on many more journeys with his magical sneakers. It’s possible that down the road he might graduate to higher grade levels and to the more advanced social challenges that come with them. “What we’re doing is to use this as a tool to basically have a character who is introduced to a generation and grows up with them so that from a young age they are learning what it means to have empathy,” Nase says. “It’s really just the beginning,” adds Walsh. “I really see this book series as having the potential to impact kids in such a positive and impactful way.” It’s no secret that best friends don’t always make the best business partners, but the Soul Collective three say their professional

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collaboration has been a positive experience so far. Walsh and Sewell have known each other since middle school, starting when Walsh moved onto Sewell’s street in Bethlehem. Nase came into the fold a few years later when he was Walsh’s roommate at Kutztown University. “The three of us have a really good rapport and we consider each other family,” Sewell says. That’s not to say the process hasn’t had its challenges, particularly when it comes to the non-creative demands of nurturing a fledgling company. “We really quickly had to become business people, when we’re not business people,” Walsh says. Cracks Sewell: “The most unlikely trio to start a business, started a business.” They make it work, they say, by making sure their friendship stays at the forefront. “We can meet and we can talk about business, but if something else is going on, we can talk about that, too,” says Nase. “It’s not something we have to sweep under the rug. Being friends makes the business part better because we all care about each other.”

“I’ve always been a writer, a reader, a teacher, but this gave me the opportunity to teach on a whole different level.” Bringing Simeon to life has also been uniquely energizing for the team for a myriad of reasons. Nase says it’s reminded him of his affinity for working with children: “It’s definitely where my passion lies.” Sewell says she, too, relished the opportunity to rekindle her creative side. “It was nice to take a second and get back to what I love doing.” And Walsh says the book has helped him up his game professionally. “I’ve always been a writer, a reader, a teacher,” he says, “but this gave me the opportunity to teach on a whole different level.” The creative process of putting the book together also proved to be a bright spot for the team during a time when the COVID-19 pandemic was sparking uneasiness and anxiety around the globe, and exacerbating long-simmering socioeconomic inequalities. “It created a really joyful experience for us in the middle of March, which was something we were not expecting,” Walsh says. And now they hope Simeon can do the same for anyone who tags along as he laces up those magical sneakers. soulperspectivellc.com

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Top: Bob Burkholder, President. Above: The Burkholder’s Heating & Air Conditioning Team

In 1960, Carl Burkholder opened Burkholder’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. with a simple philosophy: “Treat your customers the way you would like to be treated, deliver quality products and service at a fair price and your business will prosper.” With Carl’s son, Bob, now at the company’s helm, Burkholder’s HVAC continues the family tradition of delivering quality products and personal service to the thousands of residential and commercial customers who have come to rely on them. With his father’s founding principles driving the heartbeat of the mission, his appointed leadership has served as a catalyst for the family-owned and -operated business’s steady and smart growth. Since taking over as president in 2000, Bob Burkholder has taken the company to new heights with a focus on providing customers with the most advanced technology while ensuring system efficiency. The company provides HVAC system installations, 24/7 emergency repairs, inspections and maintenance, radiant floor heating, indoor air quality solutions, whole home generators and more. Under Bob’s management, Burkholder’s HVAC has grown to service thousands of homes each year and constructed the heating and air conditioning systems that support businesses of all sizes throughout eastern Pennsylvania. Bob also managed the company’s move to its current 12,000-square-foot facility in Emmaus. While the company has evolved, nurturing a familyoriented culture has remained a core tenet of the business. Burkholder’s HVAC employs more than 80 Lehigh Valley residents with many having dedicated decades of their careers to the company. Remaining true to founder Carl Burkholder’s philosophy, the company has been able to maintain an employee longevity that just isn’t seen in the industry. A proud supporter of countless nonprofit organizations, Burkholder’s HVAC most recently partnered with the Lehigh Valley Community Foundation to launch a fundraising campaign supporting the newly founded LVCF COVID-19 Response Fund. The campaign raised over $7,000 in donations, dedicated to assisting local nonprofits in the Lehigh Valley support individuals and families who have been adversely affected by the global outbreak. For more than 60 years, Burkholder’s HVAC has ensured comfortable indoor environments for countless families, as well as for many of the incredible restaurants, attractions and businesses the Lehigh Valley has to offer. As the Lehigh Valley continues to grow, the opportunity to ensure the comfortability of its residents energizes the family at Burkholder’s HVAC. Burkholder’s Heating & Air Conditioning, Inc. 383 Minor St., Emmaus 610.965.9736 | burkholders-hvac.com

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how we

celebrate 4 families SHARE THEIR

holiday traditions BY AMY UNGER | PHOTOGRAPHY BY ALISON CONKLIN

While holiday celebrations may look a little different this year, important traditions still remain intact. Four local families are sharing their favorite parts of their cultural and religious celebrations, along with the recipes that are meaningful to them. Read on, and you may want to incorporate something into your own festivities.

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Once the calendar turns to November, there’s no shortage of holiday customs to look forward to for Marco Calderon, his wife, Eveily Freeman, and their two sons, Kana, 8, and Luka, 5, of Allentown. “It feels like a steady progression from the day after Thanksgiving,” says Freeman. That’s when the family of four heads out together to select and cut down a Christmas tree for their home. Freeman says it’s among her favorite traditions: “I love bringing the outside in and having that be part of our winter.” Her husband and sons, she says, might select something else as their favorite festivity; after all, they have plenty to pick from.

CHILDREN LEAVE OUT A SHOE IN HOPES OF FINDING SOME TREATS INSIDE IT THE NEXT MORNING. Next up on the agenda is St. Nicholas Day in early December, a Christian holiday with European roots in which children leave out a shoe in hopes of finding some treats

inside it the next morning. That’s followed by Las Posadas, a tradition observed in Calderon’s native Mexico that leads up to Christmas Eve; participants reenact the biblical story of Mary and Joseph traveling from one place to the next, trying to find a safe haven to bring the baby Jesus into the world. The Calderon-Freeman family observes this ritual with a community of friends who they’ve become close with over the years. “In many ways, it’s like a chosen family,” Freeman says. Christmas itself is spent either with Freeman’s family in the United States, or with Calderon’s family in Mexico. Then the new year brings Three Kings Day, the last major stop on the family’s Holiday Express. They and their community celebrate with the traditional Mexican Rosca de Reyes, a pastry with a baby Jesus figure (or figures) baked inside. Freeman says whoever collects the most figures will buy the tamales for everyone to celebrate Dia de la Candelaria in February. Like the other holidays, it’s a blend of family traditions, cultural customs and their own personal touch. “We’ve really hybridized it and made it work for us,” says Freeman.

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lesavoy family There was a time when Allentown attorney Buddy Lesavoy’s family didn’t have to travel far to get together for the holidays. “I grew up with 17 family members living on one street,” recalls his daughter, Haley Zimring. Over the years, some family members have put down roots outside the Lehigh Valley, but coming home for the holidays is still a high priority. This year, Buddy and his wife, Laurie, have invited 22 family members to celebrate Hannukah at their home. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced them to rethink some of the seating arrangements, but one thing remains the same: “We don’t lack for food,” says Buddy.

“IT’S VERY IMPORTANT FOR US TO HAVE THE WHOLE FAMILY TOGETHER.” For years the family has feasted on traditional Jewish favorites like brisket, coleslaw and kugel. The latke recipe they rely on can be traced back to Laurie’s grandmother, who is lovingly remembered as “Mommom Hannah.” And don’t

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forget the applesauce—that’s another recipe that has been passed down through several generations. The secret to success lies in the type of apples used. “It needs to be the reddest apples we can find so [the applesauce] is pink,” Haley says. “The apples aren’t peeled.” Buddy says in recent years they’ve added some healthy alternatives to the table, like broccoli dishes and kugel made from cauliflower. But while the culinary staples may make mouths water, the act of breaking bread under one roof is what’s truly important to the family. “It’s the show-and-tell aspect of it,” says Buddy. “You can try to teach tradition, but we show it. We’ve got four generations here that have gotten together for the past five years.” Echoes his mother-in-law, Manya Stein: “It’s very important for us to have the whole family together.” This time, the family will be missing its beloved patriarch—Laurie’s father, Dr. Stanley Stein, passed away last year; the family was with him on the last night of Hannukah and lit candles around his hospital bed. “He is always missed but especially at all the holidays and celebrations, so especially in his honor and memory it’s more important than ever to carry our ancestral traditions forward,” Buddy says.


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Christmas has always been a day to catch up with friends and family from near and far for fashion designer Kapinga Bashala. “Thirty people, 40 people come to have dinner with you,” she says. Raised in Congo, Africa, this CEO of Kapy Bash Mode, founder of the Kapy Bash Foundation and mother of eight has called the Lehigh Valley

home since 2003. She still relishes the chance to reconnect with her crew every December, who (in pre-pandemic times) come from different parts of the U.S. and Canada to celebrate with her. “Most of the time we haven’t seen each other for a year,” says Bashala.

“...THANKSGIVING IS EVERY DAY... EVERY DAY YOU WAKE UP IS THANKSGIVING.” For the Christmas feast, it’s customary for attendees to come bearing a prepared dish. Fried plantains are a popular choice, and so is fufu, which is made of

starchy foods that have been boiled, pounded and rounded into balls. The centerpiece is usually roasted goat, another African tradition, and also goat meat stew, which Bashala says in Africa was always prepared by her mother and her aunts. Worship, gift exchanges and decorating are also on the agenda; Bashala’s personal twist on the holiday is to keep the family’s (artificial) tree up until Valentine’s Day. It’s adorned with pink and red lights to celebrate what Bashala refers to as “the holiday of love.” While Christmas is a big deal in her household, Thanksgiving is not a holiday that has ever loomed large on Bashala’s social calendar. “In our faith, Thanksgiving is every day,” she explains. “Every day you wake up is Thanksgiving.”


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jajodia family Shweta Jajodia remembers the excitement of celebrating Diwali with her family in her native India. “It was equivalent to what Christmas is now,” she says. Schools would close, stores and markets would be bursting with goods and decorations, and her home would welcome a parade of people bearing treats to munch on. “The snacks would last you a few weeks,” Jajodia

explains, “because the friends and family would keep coming.” Diwali is a five-day festival of lights marked by Hindus, Sikhs and Jains around the globe. “Mostly, it is symbolic of the victory of good versus evil,” Jajodia says. It usually falls in late October or early November and coincides with harvest and new year celebrations. People observe the holiday by decorating their homes, setting off fireworks, worshipping at

THE ART OF RANGOLI... USES POWDERED MATERIALS TO PAINSTAKINGLY FASHION INTRICATE & SYMBOLIC PATTERNS.

temple and getting together to exchange gifts and foods—often treats, such as sandesh, a sweet, lightly flavored cheese fudge. The decorations may include lamps and candles, as well as the art of rangoli, which uses powdered materials to painstakingly fashion intricate and symbolic patterns. Jajodia, owner of SJ Interiors, came to the U.S. in 2002, and now strives to recreate the magic of Diwali with her own family, albeit on a smaller scale. She lives in the Allentown area with her husband, Lokesh Gandhi, and daughters Reva, 15, and Veda, 10. Jajodia says it’s important to her to pass on these cultural traditions to her daughters, especially since Diwali isn’t as prevalent here as it is in India. “I’m happy to say they’re very much into it,” she says. “They look forward to all the things we do every year. I hope they are able to continue this and carry it through.”

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mexican

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bunuelos THE CALDERON-FREEMAN FAMILY

INGREDIENTS

2 cups whole milk, room temperature 2 cups all-purpose flour 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract 1 pinch salt (1/8 tsp.) 2 eggs 2 Tbsp. ground cinnamon 2 ½ cups granulated sugar Vegetable oil

DIRECTIONS

Whisk together milk, flour, vanilla, salt and eggs in a large bowl. Run through a fine-mesh sieve into another large bowl. Cover and set aside for 10 minutes. The batter should be thin and runny, resembling pancake batter.

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Combine cinnamon and sugar in a large shallow plate and set aside. Heat approximately 1-inch depth of oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Dip rosette mold or buñuelera in oil, making sure mold is evenly covered by hot oil. Working quickly, dip hot-oiled mold into the batter, covering the bottom of mold and sides, do not cover the top of the mold. Dip in hot oil, carefully shaking mold up and down until batter unsticks into the hot oil. Fry for 10 seconds or until browned lightly. Turn using a wooden skewer, fry for 10 seconds more. Transfer buñuelo to a paper-towel-lined plate to absorb excess oil. Place in the shallow plate with cinnamon-sugar mixture and cover lightly with mixture on both sides using a spoon. Place on a large tray and repeat until all batter has been used.


recipes INGREDIENTS

MOMMOM

hannah’s

potato latkes THE LESAVOY FAMILY

5 large potatoes 1 large onion 3 eggs 1 /3 cup flour 1 tsp. salt ¼ tsp. pepper 2 tsp. baking powder ¾ cup oil

Each latke (potato mixture) should be the size of a little pancake.

DIRECTIONS

TO FREEZE:

Grate or puree the potatoes and onion. Put into a bowl and then add other ingredients and mix everything together—except for the oil, which is used for frying. Heat the frying pan with the oil on medium to high heat and, when it is hot (and sizzling!), drop the potato mixture into the frying pan with a tablespoon.

Fry on one side until brown then turn and fry on the other side. Serve them fresh out of the frying pan with sour cream or applesauce.

Place the fried latkes on a cookie sheet and cover with plastic wrap and then tinfoil.

TO SERVE AFTER FREEZING: Remove from freezer for a half hour, then place in a preheated oven at 350 degrees for approximately a half hour or until sizzling, and serve. Makes about 25–30 latkes

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goat meat +goat stew THE BASHALA FAMILY

INGREDIENTS

DIRECTIONS

FOR THE MEAT:

TO COOK THE MEAT:

1 ½ lbs. goat meat 1 garlic clove 1 tsp. thyme 1 tsp. curry powder 1 tsp. dry pepper powder 1 small onion Salt Bouillon to taste

Pour the meat and seasonings into a cooking pot and let to cook in its own juices. Once the juices are dry, add some water and taste for seasonings. Then let the meat cook until soft.

FOR THE STEW: 2 bell peppers 1 habanero 1 ½ onion 4 beef tomatoes 1 cup of cooking oil A pinch of thyme (optional) 2 cups of meat stock Salt to taste Bouillon to taste

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Alternatively, pour water into the pot with the seasonings and meat and let it cook until soft. Drain the meat from the stock and fry or place in an oven to grill until golden brown.

FOR THE STEW: Roughly or smoothly blend peppers, onion and tomatoes. Pour into a pot and let it cook until the liquid is dry and the mix has formed a paste.

Heat the oil, add some onion and fry until translucent. Add a pinch of thyme to give the oil some flavor. After a minute, add tomato mix to the oil. Add the meat stock and cook, making sure you stir occasionally to prevent burning, until the oil has floated to the top. Add the goat meat and taste for seasonings. Leave to cook for another minute, then turn the heat off and let the goat meat soak in the stew. Enjoy with plantains, fufu, rice or couscous.


sandesh THE JAJODIA FAMILY

recipes INGREDIENTS

3 ½ cups of whole milk 2–3 Tbsp. of lemon juice 2 ½ Tbsp. of powdered sugar ¼ tsp. cardamom powder Few drops of rose water or vanilla (optional) 2 Tbsp. of chopped pistachios to garnish

DIRECTIONS

Take a heavy-bottom pan and heat milk till it comes to complete boil. Turn the heat off and start adding the lemon juice 1 Tbsp. at a time. The milk will curdle. (Note: if the milk does not curdle, add more lemon juice.) Let the milk sit for 5–7 minutes, until the milk curdles completely. You will notice the whey separating. Meanwhile line a strainer with a cheesecloth and keep it ready. Pour the curdled milk over the lined strainer. Use cold water to wash the chena (the milk whey that had accumulated in the cheesecloth). Washing is important to get rid of the lemony taste.

After the chena is washed properly, bring the ends of the cheesecloth together to squeeze as much water as you can. Let it drain for 15 minutes. After 15 minutes remove the chena from the cheesecloth and transfer it to a plate. Crumble it and knead for 4–5 minutes until It is smooth and soft. Now add powdered sugar to the chena and mix using a spoon. Put on a nonstick pan and keep on low heat. Transfer the chena-sugar mixture to the pan. Keep stirring continuously for 4–5 minutes. It will thicken and start to leave the sides of the pan. Do not overcook otherwise it will start to crumble. Transfer onto a plate and let it cool down for few minutes, add cardamom powder and rose water. Mix well. Make small balls (about 1 ½ inches or size of a golf ball) out of the mixture and roll between your palms to make it round. Press down a pistachio piece in the center. You can decorate with chocolate chips or fresh fruits like strawberry, mango, pineapple, etc. Keep refrigerated.

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If you had to refer a family member or friend to another dentist for care, whom among your colleagues would you recommend? This is the question that was posed to area dentists to determine who deserves the distinction of Select Dentist status. Dentists and specialists were asked to consider reputation within the community and among colleagues and peers, quality of services provided, experience, educational background and continuing education, and utilization of best-practice procedures and techniques. For 2020, the Select Dentists survey was once again conducted by the Harrisburg-based FieldGoals.US, a Certified Women’s Business Enterprise (WBENC) providing superior qualitative and quantitative research services for a wide variety of businesses and entities, both in Central Pennsylvania and throughout the United States. Naturally, there are many outstanding dentists who are not included in this listing, which is based on the judgments of their fellow dentists as a peer review. Questions or comments? Contact us at askus@selectdentistspa.org

DR. MICHAEL J. PARSONS, DR. JACQULINE R. OWENS & DR. ERIC M. CLARK Bethlehem Smiles Partners Dr. Michael J. Parsons and Dr. Jacquline R. Owens have continued to maintain the legacy started by Dr. Ian M. Carlis over 40 years ago. Dr. Eric M. Clark joined the practice in 2019 and quickly became part of the Bethlehem Smiles family. Centered in the heart of the Lehigh Valley, nestled within the Muhlenberg Hospital campus, Drs. Parsons, Owens and Clark have remained “a smile ahead” of the competition by offering state-of-the-art dental technologies in a warm, inviting environment. Some of the general services offered include routine check-ups, toothcolored fillings, same-day crowns and implant-retained dentures. Cosmetic services are also a large part of the Bethlehem Smiles repertoire which includes Zoom! teeth whitening, veneers, Invisalign and naturallooking implant crowns. Drs. Parsons, Owens and Clark pride themselves on the dental artistry they provide, making sure each procedure they perform is completed to the highest possible caliber. Their new esthetic line, Glow at Bethlehem Smiles, spearheaded by Dr. Owens, also offers Botox, which can be used to enhance the amazing smile someone’s always dreamed of. Visit their website to request an appointment or call their office today to start that new smile journey! 2597 Schoenersville Rd. Suites 301A & 301B, Bethlehem 610.866.6663 bethlehemsmiles.com

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Louis J. Tencza, DDS, graduated from the University of Maryland School of Dentistry and has been practicing dentistry in the Lehigh Valley area since 1996. He believes that every patient is unique with unique needs. He is sensitive to their needs and he ensures that each patient receives personalized care. Dr. Tencza takes pride in his work and provides each patient with the extra care and attention they deserve. Eric Pugliese, DMD, graduated from Temple University School of Dentistry. He joined Tencza Dental in 2018 and has already proven himself to be an exceptional dentist to all his patients and colleagues. He always wanted to be a dentist and loves his work. Dr. Pugliese believes that compassion and commitment to his patients, and his love of dentistry is what makes patients smile after their visits.

Understanding that many people are hesitant to go to the dentist, the doctors and the entire team at Tencza Dental provide care in a calming and friendly environment. Their understanding, exceptional care and good communication allow patients to develop the confidence they need and the long-lasting relationships in order to return to the dentist. With constant advancements in dentistry, there are always new treatments and technologies. Tencza Dental invests in the latest dental technologies to ensure the highest quality results and continued education for constant learning as the field of dentistry changes. Dr. Tencza and Dr. Pugliese participate in courses conducted by some of the country’s leading dental experts. They belong to various organizations, including the American Dental Association (ADA), the American

Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (AACD) and the Academy of General Dentistry (AGD), as well as some of the Lehigh Valley’s dental organizations. In addition to general dentistry, Tencza Dental offers a variety of cosmetic options to create healthy beautiful smiles—including whitening, teeth replacements and TMJ therapy to name a few.

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DR. RONALD T. HERSH, JR. Advanced Prosthodontics

Ronald T. Hersh, Jr., DMD, is a Lehigh Valley native who uses his skills, expertise and passion to deliver quality prosthodontic care for his patients. Prosthodontists are the dental specialists recognized by the American Dental Association as specialists in dental implant restoration, crowns, fixed bridges, dentures and full mouth rehabilitation. Dr. Hersh is a graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School, Juniata College, Temple University School of Dentistry and the Medical College of Georgia Advanced Prosthodontic Program. He is very proud to have earned the rank of Eagle Scout, and continues to be active in Scouting today. His Mission Statement: “To provide quality prosthodontic care, utilizing proven and time-tested technologies, in a safe and comfortable environment for patients and staff. To help make our patients their very best, and become their partner for a lifetime of oral health.” Dr. Hersh’s practice, Advanced Prosthodontics, opened in 1997. It is conveniently located with easy access to Route 22, in a peaceful wooded setting. Patients enjoy the large window views of the surrounding woodland and wildlife. The caring and friendly staff creates a welcoming environment for all patients. They are currently accepting new patients. 3005 Brodhead Rd. Suite 180, Bethlehem 610.865.4222 advancedprosthodontics.com

DR. BRIAN P. LOFTUS

Easton Orthodontic Associates A beautiful smile goes a long way, even under a mask. Brian P. Loftus, DMD, MSD, and his incredibly experienced team at Easton Orthodontic Associates treat patients of all ages like members of their family. For 20 years, Dr. Loftus has been performing orthodontics in an energizing, fun and friendly environment. While delivery of orthodontic care may appear a little different now, due to the pandemic, his philosophy continues to be that it’s not only important for his patients to achieve an incredible smile, but also enjoy every step of the journey. As a board certified orthodontist, Dr. Loftus and his team offer a variety of orthodontic solutions for complex malocclusions, including braces, clear aligners, dentofacial orthopedics, 3D digital imaging and impressionless 3D digital models. Dr. Loftus also believes in giving back to the community. As a regular blood donor at Miller-Keystone Blood Center, Dr. Loftus has surpassed the 35-gallon donation mark. Also, his practice has partnered with CureSearch to raise money for pediatric cancer research. Easton Orthodontics makes custom mouthguards and donates the entire fee to CureSearch. The team at Easton Orthodontic Associates cares deeply about the community as well as their patients. Their goal is not only to make patients feel comfortable in their office, but also to exceed their expectations. Easton Orthodontics is where great smiles happen! 3311 Nazareth Rd., Easton 610.252.5224 eastonortho.com

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THE ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY TEAM at St. Luke’s OMS

St. Luke’s OMS takes pride in giving patients their smile back. With offices in five locations and the largest range of oral surgery services in the Lehigh Valley, they are able to reach anyone in need of oral surgery. Dr. Wayne Saunders founded the practice in 2002 to offer high quality and affordable oral surgery care locally. The one-man practice he first started has since grown to 10 oral surgeons. St. Luke’s OMS is especially proud to be the first and only oral surgery practice in the Lehigh Valley with three female oral surgeons: Dr. Veronica Barreto, Dr. Assabi Isaac and Dr. Rhonda Rohloff. St. Luke’s OMS offers normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday–Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday and some Saturday hours from 8 a.m. to noon. With multiple office locations in Allentown, Easton, Bethlehem and Stroudsburg, patients can have the surgeons they trust, where and when they want. At St. Luke’s OMS, the doctors practice a full range of oral and facial procedures, including Trefoil and All-On-Four hybrid surgeries, dental implants,

wisdom teeth removal, bone and gum grafting, TMJ, jaw surgery and sleep apnea. The doctors are also on staff and on call for facial trauma needs at St. Luke’s University Health Network. The St. Luke’s OMS team is proud to offer the fixed denture treatment concept (All-On-Four Hybrid), providing a full smile in just one day. Patients attain a full-arch permanent denture with as few as four implants on the day of surgery. A patient is able to achieve complete satisfaction by maintaining full speech, gaining perfect aesthetics and self-esteem. St. Luke’s OMS has become the go-to surgical practice for this surgery. Staying true to their mission to offer patients the latest technology and care, St. Luke’s OMS was the first practice in the country to complete and offer the Trefoil Hybrid surgery, which allows a patient to attain a completely new smile in an even more efficient way. The mission at St. Luke’s OMS is to provide patients with affordable, high quality, state-of-the-art care in a gentle, safe and secure environment. The practice was able to grow and start relationships with local dentists and other specialists by living

true to this mission and maintaining a positive reputation. St. Luke’s OMS prides itself on always being available to patients and referring doctors. Along with their professional staff, the doctors are committed to establishing a partnership of good health with ease of access and flexibility for scheduling needs. For more information, or to make an appointment with one of the surgeons at St. Luke’s OMS, please call 610.865.8077 or visit stlukesoms.com.

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DR. HUGH E. FRIEL Friel Ortho

Hugh Friel, DDS, and his staff at Friel Ortho are honored to once again be selected by their colleagues as a Select Dentist™ in the Lehigh Valley. For Dr. Friel, this year marks 20 years of providing orthodontic services for patients, young and old. While the word “celebrate” doesn’t quite fit well with 2020, Dr. Friel is humbled by this career milestone. “To be able to look back on practicing in my hometown for 20 years is an honor in and of itself. It’s crazy to think that I’m now treating the sons and daughters of patients I treated at the start of my career. In some ways, that makes me feel ‘old’ but for the most part, it gives me immense pride.” Dr. Friel is proud to provide orthodontic services to all patients during these trying times and beyond. “It’s been a tough year for all dental professionals, but I feel our training has prepared us well to provide safe and essential care during this difficult time. Our patients have returned in full force and have been very appreciative of the extra precautions we’ve taken to make everyone safe.” As for the twentieth anniversary celebration? “It will be awesome but I guess we’re going to have to wait until 2021.”

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THE ORAL SURGERY TEAM at Valley Oral Surgery

When a painful tooth leaves no choice but extraction, there is a choice of where to have it done. For nearly four decades, thousands of Lehigh Valley residents have put their trust in the skilled doctors of Valley Oral Surgery. Surgeons there provide a full scope of oral and maxillofacial services, including wisdom tooth extractions, tooth extractions, dental implants and bone grafting. They also perform corrective jaw surgery and repair traumatic facial injuries. This year, the practice expanded to a fourth location in Quakertown. This office has been thoroughly remodeled and outfitted with state-ofthe-art technology and equipment. Along with their offices in Allentown, Bethlehem and Lehighton, help is truly just a short drive away, no matter where someone lives in the region. Of course, COVID-19 has changed everyone’s life and Valley Oral Surgery has responded to the challenge in a variety of ways, including screening

of all patients, enhanced cleaning of the offices and a reduction in touchable surfaces. Beyond that, all Valley Oral Surgery offices are now protected with UV-light-powered HVAC systems that help keep the air cleaner and safer. With increased ionized hydro-peroxide output and an enhanced catalyst with zinc, the system purifies every cubic inch of air that the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system reaches. It is effective against all three categories of indoor air pollutants: particulates, microbials and gases. The system has been thoroughly tested to safely remove the risks of airborne and surface bacteria, mold spores and viruses, such as MRSA, E. coli and Norwalk, to name a few. During these difficult times, the practice continues to remain focused on ensuring patients of all ages receive prompt attention to their needs. “Access to care is something we truly believe in; we strive to see emergency patients the same day

whenever possible,” said Dr. Robert Laski. From children having their wisdom teeth removed to seniors who need a gentler touch, the caring staff goes to great lengths to put patients and their families at ease. It also helps to have doctors who listen to patient concerns, because no one looks forward to oral surgery. At Valley Oral Surgery, an excellent result means little or no pain from a procedure. When excellence matters, think Valley Oral Surgery.

1275 Cedar Crest Blvd. Suite 1, Allentown 1321 N. New St., Bethlehem 5666 Interchange Rd., Lehighton 1402 W. Broad St., Quakertown 610.437.1727 valleyoralsurgery.com

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DR. MARSHA ADLER GORDON & DR. WANDA J. JANIK Gordon & Janik Pediatric Associates

Dr. Marsha Gordon, Dr. Wanda Janik, Dr. Megan Magargal and Dr. Mara Teplitsky specialize in providing the highestquality dental care to all patients from infancy through teenage years as well as those with special needs. Every team member strives to provide a safe, nurturing environment tailored to each individual’s unique dental, behavioral and developmental needs. They have created an atmosphere that is compassionate, kid-friendly and fun to ensure that every child has the best possible dental experience. In cases that a medical, physical or behavioral condition prevents the dentists from safely and effectively treating a patient in the office, they have alternative treatment options available. Drs. Gordon, Janik, Magargal and Teplitsky have privileges at the Children’s Surgical Center of Lehigh Valley Hospital and can provide comprehensive dental care under general anesthesia. COVID has presented many challenges to the dental profession. The dentists feel that they have met these challenges with entire office filtration changes, individual room air purification, temperature checks, additional cleaning and infection control measures to ensure their patients’ comfort and, most importantly, their safety. The entire team looks forward to providing children with a strong foundation for a lifelong healthy smile. They welcome all to join them on that journey.

ARI R. FORGOSH, DMD

1525 Hausman Rd., Allentown | 610.433.5111 | gordonjanikpediatricdentistry.com | allentownpediatricdentists.com

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Jason A. Pellegrino, DMD, PC

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Ankur Johri, DDS, MD, FACS

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ORAL & MAXILLOFACIAL SURGERY

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JOSEPH JUDE ARNONE, DMD

St. Luke’s OMS – The Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Bethlehem

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Julie Hong, DMD The Office of Julie Hong LLC Emmaus

Sophia C. Kladias, DMD

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ERIC SCOTT PUGLIESE, DMD Tenczca Dental Easton

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S. JOHN SALIVONCHIK, DMD, PC

Sophia C. Kladias, DMD Cosmetic and Family Dentistry Allentown

The Office of Dr. S. John Salivonchik DMD, PC Coplay

Martin L. Leymeister, DMD

Elizabeth Skelly, DMD, PC

Leymeister Family Denistry Bethlehem

Elizabeth Skelly, DMD PC Easton

Lucas E. Mantilla, DMD

LOUIS J. TENCZA, DDS

Gentle Family Dentistry Bethlehem

Tencza Dental Easton

Eric J. Marsh, DMD

Brandon M. Walsh, DMD

Eric J. Marsh, DMD & Michele A. Pisano-Marsh, DMD Dentistry Allentown

Elizabeth Matthews, DDS

Brandon M. Walsh, DMD General and Cosmetic Dentistry Allentown

Linda T. Warren, DDS

Broad Street Dental Associates Bethlehem

Allen Valley Dental Allentown

JACQULINE R. OWENS, DMD, MBE

John C. Worsley, DMD

Bethlehem Smiles Bethlehem

MICHAEL PARSONS, DMD Bethlehem Smiles Bethlehem

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John C. Worsley, Jr., DMD Bethlehem

Timothy L. Wright, DMD Wright in Emmaus Emmaus

St. Luke’s OMS – The Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Bethlehem

David M. Bender, DMD Lehigh Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Allentown

JAIME M. CERNANSKY, DMD, MD Valley Oral Surgery PC Allentown

Ahmad Chaudhry, DMD, MD Lehigh Valley Oral Surgery & Implant Center Bethlehem

Christopher T. DiLeo, DMD DiLeo Oral Surgery Allentown

Gregory W. Dimmich, DMD Lehigh Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Allentown

BRETT M. GELLER, DMD St. Luke’s OMS – The Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Bethlehem

ASSABI A. ISAAC, DDS St. Luke’s OMS – The Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Bethlehem

Richard T. Kingston Jr., DDS

DANIEL S. LADER, DMD

ROBERT LASKI, DMD Valley Oral Surgery PC Allentown

Fredric C. Mazza, DMD Dr. Carl J. Milano, DMD & Dr. Fredric C. Mazza, DMD Easton

NIRAL PARIKH, DDS BDS Valley Oral Surgery PC Allentown

DOMINIC P. RACHIELE, DMD St. Luke’s OMS – The Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Bethlehem

MIHAI RADULESCU, DMD St. Luke’s OMS – The Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Bethlehem

RHONDA R. ROHLOFF, DMD St. Luke’s OMS – The Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Bethlehem

WAYNE J. SAUNDERS, DMD St. Luke’s OMS – The Center for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery Bethlehem


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DR. AEJAAZ A. ISSA Ai Orthodontics

Aejaaz A. Issa, DMD, and his team would like to express their appreciation to all for making Ai Orthodontics a part of the Lehigh Valley community and, more importantly, a part of their lives. With busy lifestyles and hectic schedules in today’s digital world, it is getting harder to make valuable personal connections. But with the community’s help and warm smiles, Ai Orthodontics continues to strive to make the neighborhood a friendlier place. The Ai Orthodontics team wants to build personal connections, and the time they spend with people in the community makes it so much more enjoyable to come to work. Ai Orthodontics works hard to be a positive change in the world. Their community outreach includes sponsoring school programs and children’s sports teams, supporting pediatric cancer research and autism awareness, donating to the Emmaus food bank and caring for the environment with an annual Earth Day Clean-Up. The team is driven by kindness and sincerity and goes the extra mile to give back to the wonderful community of which they are a part. Dr. Issa and his team continue to offer the very best in orthodontic care, and support all the good work done in the Lehigh Valley. Colleagues, patients and community are the driving force behind every endeavor they take. 550 Harrison St., Emmaus 610.965.6898 aiortho.com

Aejaaz A. Issa, DMD, (center) and the Ai Orthodontics team.

DR. J. BRIAN STRAKA

J. Brian Straka, DMD, Periodontics & Implants The periodontal office of J. Brian Straka, DMD, prides itself on focusing on the needs and details of each patient. This allows the experience to be friendly, efficient, timely and, most of all, comforting. The staff has great patience and empathy for those patients with dental anxiety. The office is located in Bethlehem Township near Route 22 with easy access from Routes 191 and 512 and situated in a wooded area with calming outdoor scenery. Dr. Straka’s continuing education, 20 years of experience and commitment to excellence contribute to making his patients feel assured they are receiving the best periodontal care possible. Dr. Straka’s dedication to the profession extends to many leadership positions in the local dental community, including past president of Lehigh Valley Dental Society and delegate to the Pennsylvania Dental Association. He contributes to the community by donating time and staff to the MOM-n-PA dental clinic and joining SPEAR, which involves case studies with other local dentists and specialists to assure patients receive the best possible results. Dr. Straka continues to make improvements to the office and keeps up with the newest technology to create the best treatment plan for each patient. Dr. Straka and his staff do their utmost to be an extension of the patient’s general dental office. Communication is key to keeping their patients happy and healthy. Setting a new standard in periodontal health is the goal of the office. 3005 Brodhead Rd., Bethlehem 610.814.6277 strakaperiodontics.com

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DR. SCOTT ALAN GRADWELL

The Office of Scott A. Gradwell, DMD, FAGD, PC Scott Alan Gradwell, DMD, FAGD, PC, is a periodontist who specializes in the treatment of gum disease and dental implants. The care he provides and the beautiful smiles he creates are truly life-changing for many patients. His extraordinary attention to detail and commitment to excellence affords every patient the highest quality dental care in a relaxed and comfortable environment. He has been providing conscious sedation (“sleep dentistry”) for anxious patients for the past 22 years. A leader in his field, Dr. Gradwell’s priority is to remain at the forefront of technology and he has pioneered many innovative implant techniques since opening his practice in 1990. Dental implants are the most reliable and aesthetically pleasing treatment for long-term tooth replacement. Implants are the next best thing to the look, feel and function of natural teeth. With 31 years of experience, Dr. Gradwell has built strong relationships with many of the Lehigh Valley’s finest restorative dentists who deliver outstanding results for their patients. He is deeply committed to mission work and has travelled yearly with dental teams to Malawi and Honduras. He is also committed to the advancement of dental knowledge in his profession, hosting continuing education programs for area dentists. Dr. Gradwell is a four-time recipient of the Teacher of the Year award from the dental residency program at Lehigh Valley Hospital. To learn more about Dr. Gradwell, please visit lehighvalleyperiodontist.com. 1251 S. Cedar Crest Blvd. Suite 305, Allentown 610.770.1050 lehighvalleyperiodontist.com

ORTHODONTICS Luis J. Alvarez, DDS, PC Alvarez Orthodontics Bethlehem

Robert K. Bryan, DDS, MS Dr. Bob Bryan Orthodontics Allentown

Stephen D. Ely, DMD, MMSC Orthodontics of the Lehigh Valley Bethlehem

Gregg T. Frey, DDS FreySmiles Orthodontics Allentown

HUGH E. FRIEL, DDS, MDS, PC Friel Ortho Whitehall

Jason M. Hartman DMD, MS Spark Orthodontics Bethlehem

AEJAAZ A. ISSA, DMD Ai Orthodontics Emmaus

Audra R. Kiefer, DMD Kiefer Family Orthodontics Allentown

BRIAN P. LOFTUS, DMD, MSD Easton Orthodontic Associates Easton

Jean S. McGill DDS, MS, PC McGill Orthodontics Easton

Philip L. Tighe, DMD Tighe Orthodontics Allentown

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Joseph M. Viechnicki, DDS, MSD Viechnicki Orthodontics Bethlehem

PEDIATRIC DENTISTRY MARSHA A. GORDON, DDS The Pediatric Dental Office of Marsha A. Gordon, DDS and Wanda J. Janik, DMD Allentown

WANDA J. JANIK, DMD The Pediatric Dental Office of Marsha A. Gordon, DDS and Wanda J. Janik, DMD Allentown

Amith K. Majumdar, DMD Lehigh Valley Pediatric Dentistry Bethlehem

Eugene J. McGuire, DDS Dental Office of Eugene McGuire DDS Allentown

SCOTT A. GRADWELL, DMD, FAGD, PC The Office of Scott A. Gradwell, DMD, FAGD, PC Allentown

Brian J. Miller, DMD Valley Implants and Periodontics Bethlehem

John L. Potter, DMD John L. Potter, DMD Periodontics, Implantology and Laser Treatment Center Allentown

Elliot S. Shear, DDS Bethlehem Periodontics & Dental Implants Bethlehem

J. BRIAN STRAKA, DMD J. Brian Straka, DMD, LLC Periodontics and Dental Implants Bethlehem

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PERIODONTICS Ann Kearney Astolfi, DMD The Office of Ann Kearney Astolfi, DMD Bethlehem

Joel M. Brooks, DDS Easton Periodontal Associates Easton

DISCLAIMER: The Select Dentists information presented in Lehigh Valley Style is not medical advice, nor is Select Dentists a medical referral service. We strive to maintain a high degree of accuracy in the information provided, but make no warrant, claim, promise or guarantee about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in this magazine or linked to lehighvalleystyle.com or selectdentistspa.org sites, and hereby disclaim any liability to any person for any loss or damage caused by errors or omissions herein whether such errors or omissions result from negligence, accident or any other cause. Selecting a dentist is an important decision that should not be solely based upon advertising or the listings in this magazine. No representation is made that the quality of dental services performed by the persons listed in this magazine or associated sites will be greater than that of other licensed dental professionals. Select Dentists is a division of Innovative Designs & Publishing, Inc., an independent magazine publisher that has contracted the market research firm of FieldGoals.us of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania to conduct the research. Select Dentists is not affiliated with any state or regulatory body and its listings do not certify or designate a dental professional as a specialist. For more information, email askus@selectdentistspa.org or visit us at selectdentistspa.org. This listing, or parts thereof, must not be reproduced in any form without express written permission. ©2020 Select Dentists. All rights reserved.

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DR. ARI FORGOSH

Green Hills Family & Cosmetic Dentistry Dr. Ari Forgosh graduated with honors from the University of Pennsylvania School of Dental Medicine and was selected by its faculty to be a member of dentistry’s most distinguished honor society, Omicron Kappa Upsilon. In 2005, Dr. Forgosh brought his commitment to excellence back to his hometown in the Lehigh Valley, and opened Green Hills Family & Cosmetic Dentistry based on a vision of complete dentistry. While he enjoys seeing his patients for their routine checkups, his belief that “Form Follows Function” has driven his approach to solving his patients’ complex dental problems, giving them relief from headaches and jaw pain. Dr. Forgosh serves as The Dawson Academy’s New York City Study Club leader, a prestigious organization recognized for training the world’s best dentists in occlusal disease, aesthetic dentistry, and solving complex dental problems. He also has the distinct honor of being the immediate past president of The Dawson Academy Alumni Association. Beyond his clinical skills and extensive experience, Dr. Forgosh and his entire team are exceptionally gentle, patient and caring. Their patients feel at home with the confidence of knowing they are in great hands. 1150 Glenlivet Dr. Suite C38, Allentown 610.395.0980 ghdentistry.com

DR. S. JOHN SALIVONCHIK The Office of S. John Salivonchik, DMD, PC

Dr. Salivonchik provides the latest dental solutions to help his patients feel great about their teeth. He utilizes advancements in materials and technology like the CEREC system for same-day crowns as well as dental lasers to handle challenging dental problems comfortably and more easily for patients. Providing safe, comfortable care is the passion of Dr. Salivonchik and his team— complemented by the relaxing atmosphere of his new office. Dr. Salivonchik is a native of Whitehall. He received his BS from Muhlenberg College, and graduated summa cum laude from Temple Dental School. He is a member of the American Dental Association, the Pennsylvania Dental Association, the Academy of General Dentistry, the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry and the American Academy of Implant Dentistry. He is also certified by the Academy of Laser Dentistry and the World Clinical Laser Institute. In 2000, Dr. Salivonchik began a charity donating the fees from teeth whitening to the Children’s Cancer Research Fund at the University of Minnesota and to local families. His charity also donates to Brenton’s Hope, which helps local families affected by childhood cancer. He lives in Nazareth, with his wife and four children.

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Carbonara with Chef Christopher Murray

Tag @lvstylemag and #livelvstyle when you make it at home!

Chef Christopher Murray will tell you hard work pays off, and looking back over his career, you can see that it has shaped his path. A dishwashing job while he attended Easton High School eventually led him to his current position as executive chef of The Bayou in Easton. If you would have asked him as a teenager what he wanted to pursue as a career, he would have answered law enforcement—but the encouragement from his peers and the adrenaline of a busy night on the line called his name. Murray has worked under some prominent and talented chefs in the Lehigh Valley, getting inspired and learning from them as he went along. Murray started at The Bayou in Easton right before the pandemic hit. “It was certainly an unprecedented time, but The Bayou stayed open for takeout from the very start and we are now busier than ever,” he says. The dish that he is sharing here takes at-home comfort food to the next level. “Everyone always has bacon, parmesan cheese and eggs in their fridge and pasta in their pantry,” he says, “and that’s what makes this dish my go-to favorite.” Murray loves the creativity that comes with being in the kitchen— crafting something delicious out of fresh ingredients. He prides himself on his strong relationships with local farmers and suppliers, but it is truly the satisfaction that comes along with making his customers happy and the reward of them loving his food that drives him. 64 Centre Sq., Easton 610.829.1700 | datbayoulv.com

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INGREDIENTS 1lb. dried bucatini pasta (he recommends the brand Vicidomini) 1lb. sliced bacon 1 large Spanish onion, diced 10 eggs 2 cups parmesan, grated 2 cups Pecorino Romano, grated Fresh cracked pepper, coarsely ground

INSTRUCTIONS Start by boiling your water for the pasta—the amount of water should be at least four times the amount of pasta you have, so for one quart of pasta you would want at least four quarts of water. For best results, your water should never stop boiling until you shut it off. Next, begin cutting the bacon into half-inch pieces. If you cut it a little too big, that’s OK—the bacon will shrink up when you render the fat. Transfer the cut bacon to a large sauté pan, adding a little oil so it doesn’t stick, and cook on medium-high heat. Remember to continually stir and move the bacon so it doesn’t stick or burn. Time to separate the eggs. Six yolks are needed in the beginning for the sauce (the other four will be for plating). Begin to dice the onion into quarterinch pieces. While you are doing this, your bacon should be about 75 percent of the way done and the pasta water should be boiling. When that happens, it is time to add the onions to your pan, with bacon moving around ever so slightly. Drop your pasta into the boiling pot of water, stirring and moving immediately every minute or so until al dente (firm to the tooth). Remove from heat but do not drain.

Now, it’s time to build your sauce. Start by taking 6 ounces of the water used to cook the pasta and add to the bacon and onion mixture. This will cool the pan off enough to emulsify your six egg yolks into it, which means to cook without scrambling (tempered). Once yolks are added, add in one cup of the grated parmesan and one cup of the Pecorino Romano. At this point, the bacon-onion mixture should be an almost creamy consistency—and make sure you did not scramble the eggs. Start to pull the pasta out of the water and add into the bacon-onion mixture—just ever so slightly bringing a little water with it. Once all the pasta is in, toss in a half cup of both cheeses, mixing thoroughly. At this point, the pasta should be coated in the sauce but not dripping off. Plate in four separate bowls, leaving a cavity in the tops. Separate the remaining four eggs placing a yolk in each cavity. Garnish each dish with the remaining cheeses and fresh cracked pepper.


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The Flying V Poutinerie CULINARY CURIOSITY MEETS CANADIAN HOMESICKNESS

The Flying V's “stick length” delivery caught the attention of the NHL.

Montreal Smoked Meat Poutine

Montreal smoked meat topped on fries, cheese and gravy with dijon mustard and dill pickles

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Timing, as they say, is everything. Two weeks before COVID-19 shut everything down in March, Matt and Christie Vymazal had just signed the lease for their new brick-and-mortar location for The Flying V, which had been primarily a very successful food-truck business, one that had landed them at the New York City Wine & Food Festival in the early days of their business. “It was scary,” says Christie. (She means the timing of the lease. Not Wine & Food Fest. Although that may have been a different kind of scary.) Regardless, Matt and Christie don’t scare easily—this is a duo whose genesis can be attributed to making poutine in their food truck, driving around to different brewery owners and saying: “Try this. If you like it, can you let us park in your parking lot and sell it?” That’s how Matt describes the start of their food truck biz.


However, this husband and wife team who met at Kutztown University put everything they needed into place leading up to this unforeseen pandemic we’re all dealing with, and so they rolled with it because that’s what you have to do. You find a way. And they very quickly showed equal parts compassion and cleverness, moves that further engaged them with their customers—and which also caught the attention of the National Hockey League (more on that in a minute). For example, to enable customers to achieve their poutine fix, they did a few things. They instituted a pay-what-you-can poutine, in an acknowledgment that people might not have as much cash to go around during a pandemic; it started at $1 minimum. They stuck to their schedule despite the odds, opened during the first week of August and stayed open, developed an even brisker following on Instagram, and even put together a video to let people know the best way to reheat poutine. Because when you’re buying a few servings of poutine to stock up for

The NAFTA

Buffalo chicken or ground beef and chorizo, pickled red cabbage, pickled jalapeños, fries, cheese, gravy, fresh salsa and lime crema

several days, as some customers did, knowing the most optimal way to reheat it becomes mission critical. (A cast iron pan, on the stovetop, just about edged out the oven. For so many reasons, please don’t even think about the microwave.) They also called their curbside delivery “stick length” and would dangle bags of takeout food on the end of a hockey stick, which happens to provide the magical mandatory distance of six feet. The move caught the attention of the NHL Instagram account, which recirculated The Flying V’s post. Matt’s in the kitchen, having worked as a chef locally, and Christie has the marketing acumen and the Canadian heritage (she’s from Ontario), so she’s an important arbiter of authenticity at The Flying V. (Their last name is partly why they’re named The Flying V: Canada geese also fly in a V formation.) The business was born of frustration, as many new and wonderful things often are. They personally had a need that could not be filled—for good poutine and items with peameal (we'll get to that). They did not understand why more people

MATT & CHRISTIE VYMAZAL

didn’t know about it, cook it right and/or offer it. So, like one often does in these situations, they took matters into their own hands, after trying it whenever they could and being disappointed. (“We have eaten a lot of poutine,” she says, laughing.) “I would make it over and over and she would taste it and say, ‘No, not yet,’” explains Matt. So, what qualifies as real poutine? There are a few criteria. First, let’s start with the gravy, since that takes the longest and is the first place people cut corners in any kind of culinary endeavor. No exceptions; it has to be made from scratch. “Sometimes, you can just taste the packet,” says Matt, referring to just-add-water versions of sauces. There are no freeze-dried packet

add-ins going on at The Flying V; they cook up 40 gallons of it twice a week, at 10 hours a clip. So, gravy: check. Thick enough to be pourable, but not too thick. Flavorful and rich, made from beef and chicken. Then there’s the matter of cheese. Poutine is made with fresh cheese curds, which come from Wisconsin. Matt says some people would come to the food truck wondering what cheese curds were; it’s not the most familiar cheese item for most people. But these tender baby bits of cheddar come with specific requirements for freshness. “They should squeak when they hit your teeth, and then melt,” Christie explains.

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Fresh cut fries, cheddar cheese curds, housemade signature gravy topped with peameal bacon, a fried egg and scallions

In other words, the curds are warm and melt just enough, but still squeak. When your fork breaks into them, there’s no impossibly gooey cheese pull going on: We’re eating poutine, not nachos. Finally, we need to address the fries. “The fries on the bottom need to be crispy even if they have gravy on them,” she says. “Soggy fries, that’s a huge thing. That kills it,” says Matt. What’s the solution? They take the best Idaho potatoes, hand cut them and fry them twice in peanut oil, which helps create an extra-crispy fry that can withstand layers of gravy and cheese. The Flying V truck still gets around, but as Christie explains, “We wanted to have a place where people could find us regularly, and to expand our menu.” Read: More Canadian fare you didn’t know you needed to eat, such as the Flat Iron—a.k.a. a peameal bacon sandwich, comprised of bacon that’s brined for several days in a proprietary mix of spices and then cured and rolled in cornmeal. It’s then fried up and served in what can loosely be described as Canada’s answer to a pork roll sandwich: It’s piled on a kaiser roll with pickles and mustard. (Fun fact: It’s called peameal because the bacon used to be rolled in ground yellow peas, but that changed after a pea shortage forced the ingenuity of cornmeal.) Another Canadian specialty worth making room for in your stomach is the Montreal smoked meat poutine. Loosely speaking, it’s beef brisket but more along the lines of, say, pastrami than anything that might come to mind when you

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think of brisket. It’s dry-cured and smoked low and slow, and then served overtop the fries and gravy with the most exquisite drizzle of Dijon mustard. It more than works. Other iterations include breakfast poutine (egg included, yes), Buffalo chicken and a veggie poutine made with a shiitake-based gravy. Expanding their offerings also means brunch is coming and it’s going to include, among other things, a variant on chicken and waffles that involves something

called a potato waffle. (“It’s basically a large hash brown!” says Matt.) There will be no gluten in this item. In fact, all of their poutine is gluten-free and everything else is too, with the exception of the sandwiches and the burrito (the latter is stuffed with poutine). The appeal of poutine exemplifies that old adage that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. There may be a couple of other places that started cooking poutine around here before The Flying V (Two Rivers Brewing Company, we’re looking at your short-rib version), but the Vymazals are the first to specialize in it exclusively. They pretty much own poutine for at least a 100-mile radius, probably greater. It seems to be something that strikes a nerve, because folks from further afield are finding them too, from New York and Philly, for example. Perhaps it’s equal parts culinary curiosity and Canadian homesickness. Wherever they come from, those people are loving it. It’s novel but also familiar, and the creativity on display instills a desire to come back and try new versions. “It’s really funny. All these sneaky Canadians in the Lehigh Valley are coming out of the woodwork, kind of in disbelief that we’re offering poutine,” says Christie. Believe it.


The Flying V Poutinerie 201 E. 3rd St., Bethlehem 610.419.2530 | flyingvpoutinerie.com

*Please check their website and/or social media for current operating hours and procedures. Hours Thurs.: noon–9 p.m.; Fri. & Sat.: noon–midnight; Sun.: noon–5 p.m.

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What to Order Start with the classic to get a foundational understanding of the balance of flavors that go into poutine. On your next visit—or with an adventurous friend who’s had it already, try the Montreal Poutine, which is truly unique. It’s almost like pastrami, but it’s not like pastrami because it’s, well, poutine. Try the NAFTA; if you’re old enough, you’ll get the joke. It’s a poutine meets burrito, but it’s more than just that.

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the Lafayette Room “TUCKED AWAY OVERLOOKING MAIN ST, THE INTIMATE DIMLY-LIT SPACE TAKES YOU BACK TO A TIME WHEN FINE DINING WAS AN EXPERIENCE TO BE SAVORED”

Style Award Winner

Live Entertainment

Gluten-Free Options

Outdoor Seating

Vegetarian Options

Entrée Price Range:

Wheelchair Accessible

$ under $15 $$ $15-$25 $$$ $25+

Serves Alcohol

FRIDAYS

RSVP

SATURDAYS

BYOB

532 main st. bethlehem pa 18108

To our loyal patrons near and far, we raise our glass and say

Thank You

Berks 340 Old Rte. 22, Kutztown, 484.452.3633, folinoestate.com

Italian restaurant making homemade pasta, sauces, desserts and more! Serving lunch and dinner Wed.–Sun. and brunch 10 a.m.– 1 p.m. on Sun. Brunch, lunch & dinner.

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THE GRILLE AT BEAR CREEK

101 Doe Mountain Ln., Macungie, 610.641.7149, bcmountainresort.com

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1660 Blue Mountain Dr., Palmerton, 610.824.1557, skibluemt.com

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$$$

Upscale, yet unpretentious. Fine fusion cuisine. Extensive martini, wine and beer menus. Lunch & dinner.

HOPS FOGELSVILLE $$

7921 Main St., Fogelsville, 610.395.3999, hopslehighvalley.com

Historic pub serving up all American classics with weekly specials to make mouths water. Lunch, dinner & late night.

$$

1945 W. Columbia St., Allentown, 610.437.3911, hopslehighvalley.com

Come to eat, drink and have fun! Friendly, food-oriented sports bar with cold brews! Lunch, dinner & late night.

HOUSE & BARN

$$

149 Chestnut St., Emmaus, 610.421.6666, houseandbarn.net

Lehigh ALADDIN RESTAURANT

$$$

GLASBERN INN

2141 Packhouse Rd., Fogelsville, 610.285.2942, glasbern.com/dining.html

HOPS AT THE PADDOCK

Offers indoor dining in addition to their ever-popular outdoor dining! Guests will enjoy delicious food, tasty drinks and unforgettable scenic views all year round. Lunch & dinner.

651 Union Blvd., Allentown, 610.437.4023, aladdinlv.com

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Gio Italian Grill offers old world charm with a progressive twist. Centering around their woodstone open flame hearth, Gio uses only imported ingredients to produce mouth-watering flavors. Take-out and private parties available. Lunch & dinner.

GRILLE 3501

SLOPESIDE PUB & GRILL

FOGELSVILLE: 610.395.3999 • ALLENTOWN: 610.437.3911

GIO ITALIAN GRILL

6465 Village Ln., Macungie, 610.966.9446, gioitaliangrill.com

3501 Broadway, Allentown, 610.706.0100, grille3501.com

Offering a dining room, martini lounge and bar in a beautifully restored inn from the 1700s. Monthly featured wines and brews from their own Red Lion Brewery. Also offering a complementary door-to-door and hotel shuttle service within a five-mile radius of the restaurant to bar and restaurant patrons, as well as private events at McCoole’s Arts & Events Place. Brunch, lunch & dinner.

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Enjoy pasture-to-plate dining at its best, with food that is locally sourced on their 150-acre farm. Dinner.

4 S. Main St., Quakertown, 215.538.1776, mccoolesredlioninn.com

PPY & HE ALT HY HO

Copperhead Grille is a place where handcrafted recipes and sports merge to form the ultimate sports dining experience. Lunch, dinner & late night.

Bringing Latin-inspired food to local communities. Lunch & dinner.

$$

MCCOOLE’S AT THE HISTORIC RED LION INN $-$$$

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COPPERHEAD GRILLE 1731 Airport Rd., Allentown, 610.403.4600, copperheadgrille.com

DON JUAN MEX GRILL

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Mexican restaurant and bar specializing in authentic, time-tested recipes and award winning margaritas. Lunch & dinner.

7751 Glenlivet Dr., West Fogelsville 1328 Chestnut St. Emmaus, 610.438.5661, donjuanmexgrill.com

Features modern American cuisine, a full-service bar, scenic views and award-winning outdoor dining. Dinner & late night.

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CASA TORO MEXICAN GRILL

*We recommend checking each individual restaurant’s website and/or social media to confirm whether it is open and accessible during these unprecedented times.

FOLINO ESTATE VINEYARD & WINERY

Allentown hot spot featuring juicy burgers and Pennsylvania craft beers. Lunch, dinner & late night.

7001 Rte. 309, Coopersburg, 610.282.8888, casatoromexgrill.com

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BELL HALL

612 W. Hamilton Blvd., Allentown, 610.437.1825, bellhallallentown.com

Two distinctly different restaurants, one spectacular setting, entirely re-imagined. Brunch, lunch & dinner.

$$

Family owned and operated for over 30 years. Serving a variety of authentic Middle Eastern cuisine from homemade grape leaves to delicious shish kabobs. Lunch & dinner.

KEYSTONE PUB

$

1410 Grape St., Whitehall, 610.434.7600, keystonepub.com

Demand better beer! Lunch, dinner & late night.


KOMÉ FINE JAPANESE CUISINE AND HIBACHI $$ The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 610.798.9888, komerestaurant.com

A contemporary Japanese cuisine and hibachi. Extraordinary sushi, non-sushi dishes served in a contemporary, yet sensual atmosphere. Lunch & dinner.

MADELINE’S

$$$

1250 Turnstone Dr., Fogelsville, 484.277.2250, madelinesfogelsville.com

Casual fine dining with a creative gourmet flair. Madeline’s, where friends gather. Brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

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MATEY’S FAMOUS STEAKS & PIZZA 1305 Broadway, Bethlehem, 610.866.6022, mateysfamous.com

Casual, family-friendly dining featuring cheesesteaks, pizza, salads, wraps and milkshakes. Lunch & dinner.

MELT

$$$

a cut above the rest

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 610.798.9000, meltgrill.com

Offering a sumptuous menu of contemporary Italian fare in its breathtaking 350-seat restaurant, with spacious and customizable rooms for private events. Lunch, dinner & late night.

$$

THE MINT GASTROPUB 1223 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, 610.419.3810, bethlehemmint.com

An American Gastropub focused on reinventing the “Table” in Comfortable. Brunch, dinner & late night.

MORGAN’S

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Thank you for your continued support! We wouldn’t be here without you, and we look forward to seeing you soon!

3079 Willow St., Allentown, 610.769.4100, morgansrest.net

Great cuisine in a beautiful setting. Owner Blake Morgan serves breakfast, lunch and dinner to meet all dining needs. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

Wine Dinners are back! Call for reservations. Casual Indoor Dining • Takeout • Private Parties • Catering

NOTCH MODERN KITCHEN & BAR $$$

DELIVERY AVAILABLE VIA DOORDASH, GRUBHUB & UBER EATS

5036 Hamilton Blvd., 610.351.8222, notchmknb.com

325 Stoke Park Rd., Bethlehem 610.882.4070 primestkhouse.com

Modern American with an Asian Twist. Lunch & dinner.

$$

RINGERS ROOST

1801 W. Liberty St., Allentown, 610.437.4941, ringersroost1801.com

Family-friendly restaurant. Lots of parking. Friendly faces. Excellent food, from seafood to cheesesteaks. Great beer selection. Lunch, dinner & late night.

SAVORY GRILLE

$$$

2934 Seisholtzville Rd., Macungie, 610.845.2010, savorygrille.com

A culinary gem housed in the historic Seisholtzville Hotel, Savory Grille takes gives back to a time when fine dining was an experience to be savored. Dinner.

TOP CUT STEAKHOUSE

$$$

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 610.841.7100, topcutsteak.com

Classically inspired cocktails, exquisite wines and USDA prime steaks in a 1940s style rooftop atmosphere. Dinner & late night.

TOPGOLF SWING SUITE AT THE SWEET SPOT $$$ 2805 Lehigh St., Allentown, 610.813.2536, thesweetspot.golf

American bistro cuisine featuring indoor sports and entertainment. Lunch & dinner.

TORRE

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The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 610.841.9399, torrerestaurant.com

Classic Mexican cuisine with a modern twist in a fun, familyfriendly atmosphere. Enjoy Happy Hour gathered around the three-story tequila tower. Brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

$$$

THE TRAPP DOOR GASTROPUB 4226 Chestnut St., Emmaus, 610.965.5225, thetrappdoorgastropub.com

Upscale food in a fun, relaxed atmosphere with an extensive craft beer list. Brunch, dinner & late night.

UNION AND FINCH

$$

1528 W. Union St., Allentown, 610.432.1522, unionandfinch.com

A casual American bistro serving lunch and dinner six days a week and brunch on weekends. Brunch, lunch & dinner.

WHITE ORCHIDS THAI CUISINE

$$

The Promenade Shops at Saucon Valley, 610.841.7499, whiteorchidsthaicuisine.com

Authentic Thai cuisine in a contemporary and relaxed dining atmosphere. Signature seafood dishes, house specialties and classic Thai entrées. New bar and lounge area. Lunch & dinner.

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4330 Lehigh Dr., Walnutport, 610.760.3207, acamiapa.com

The Perfect Pick for the Holidays

Unique, homemade, Italian cuisine made with fresh flavorful ingredients; served in a family-friendly atmosphere. Lunch & dinner.

AMAN’S ARTISAN INDIAN CUISINE $$$ 336 Northampton St., Easton, 484.298.0400, amanseaston.com

Aman’s elevates Indian dining with an upscale ambiance and an award-winning menu to match. Lunch & dinner.

$$$

AMERICAN LOBSTER

1420 Jacobsburg Rd., Wind Gap , 610.881.4031, american-lobster.com

The mission at American Lobster is to bring the best steaks and seafood to the area. Lunch & dinner.

$$$

APOLLO GRILL

85 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, 610.865.9600, apollogrill.com

Bistro-style restaurant encouraging a grazing dining experience. Comfortable, friendly, sophisticated and lively. Lunch, dinner & late night.

BLUE GRILLHOUSE & EVENT CENTER

$$$

4431 Easton Ave., Bethlehem, 610.691.8400, bluegrillhouse.com

Gourmet Pickles, Imported & Hand-Stuffed Olives, Home-Made Spreads, Salsas, Barrel-Cured Sauerkraut and more!

SPREAD SOME HOLIDAY CHEER WITH A GIFT CARD!

Located in the Historic Allentown Fairgrounds Farmers Market

The Shoppes at Hellertown

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From a party of four on the covered outdoor patio to a party of 400 in the newly renovated event center ballroom, blue delivers with prime steaks and seafood, a sprawling wine list and impeccable service. Brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

BUDDY V’S RISTORANTE

$$$

77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem, 877.726.3777, windcreekbethlehem.com

The menu offers twists on Italian-American favorites like Sunday Gravy and Steak Pizzaiola. Lunch & dinner.

BURGERS AND MORE BY EMERIL $$

77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem, 877.726.3777, windcreekbethlehem.com

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Chef Emeril Lagasse uses only the freshest and finest ingredients to create a mouth-watering burger customers will never forget. Lunch & dinner.

$$$

COPPERHEAD GRILLE 5737 Rte. 378, Bethlehem, 610.282.4600, copperheadgrille.com

Copperhead Grille is a place where handcrafted recipes and sports merge to form the ultimate sports dining experience. Lunch, dinner & late night.

DIMAIO’S ITALIAN RISTORANTE $$ & PIZZERIA 27 Main St. Shoppes at Hellertown, 610.838.8004, dimaios.net

Family owned since 1985. Serving southern Italian Cuisine. Known for home-made bread, Chicken Francese, DiMaio’s Creamy Clam sauce and NY style pizza. Lunch & dinner.

DINER 248

$

3701 Easton-Nazareth Hwy., Easton, 610.252.4300, diner248.com

Fine diner-ing at its best. Handmade, fresh food, craft beer, libations and desserts. Call ahead seating available. Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

DON JUAN MEX GRILL

$

5540 Crawford Dr., Bethlehem 2600 William Penn Hwy., Easton 300 N. 3rd St., Easton, 610.438.5661, donjuanmexgrill.com

Bringing Latin-inspired food to local communities. Lunch & dinner.

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EASTON TACO & ROTISSERIE 1054 Northampton St., 917.379.4159, eastontaco.com

Authentic Latin food in a warm environment. Lunch & dinner.

EDGE RESTAURANT

$$$

74 W. Broad St., Bethlehem, 610.814.0100, edgerestaurant.net

An all-scratch kitchen “combined with a fun, relaxed atmosphere, you get edge.” Lunch, dinner & late night.

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EMERIL’S CHOP HOUSE

$$$

77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem, 877.726.3777, windcreekbethlehem.com

Indulge in a variety of irresistible dishes featuring tender steak cuts, mouth-watering prime rib and so much more. Dinner.


EMERIL’S FISH HOUSE

$$$

77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem, 877.726.3777, windcreekbethlehem.com

Discover an exciting new menu featuring notable additions including Grilled Octopus, a raw bar and so much more. Dinner.

Give the Gift of Notch This Holiday!

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GREEN VIDA CO.

1800 Sullivan Trl. Suite 330, Easton, greenvidacompany.com

Café and cold-pressed juice bar, using local and organic ingredients. Breakfast, brunch & lunch.

GIF T C ARDS AVAIL ABLE F O R D I N E-I N O R TA K EO U T

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JENNY’S KUALI

102 E. 4th St., Bethlehem, 610.758.8088, jennyskuali.com

M U LT I P L E P R I VAT E D I N I N G R O O M S F O R H O L I DAY G AT H E R I N G S

Offering Malaysian cuisine, vegetarian entrees and noodle dishes freshly prepared in house every day. Lunch & dinner.

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KEYSTONE PUB

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G I F T C A R D S AVA I L A B L E F O R S T O C K I N G S T U F F E R S!

3259 Easton Ave., Bethlehem, 610.814.0400, keystonepub.com

Demand better beer! Lunch, dinner & late night.

THE MARKET GOURMET EXPRESS

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77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem, 877.726.3777, windcreekbethlehem.com

All the classic favorites in one place. Nathan’s hot dogs, burgers, pizza, salad, sushi, ice cream and coffee. Lunch, dinner & late night. OUR EXCLUSIVE

McCARTHY’S RED STAG PUB

CHEF’S TA BL E E XPERIENCE

$$$

534 Main St., Bethlehem, 610.861.7631, redstagpub.com

Experience the flavor of the Irish and British Isles! Over 200 scotch/whiskies, homemade breads and baked goods and from-scratch cooking! Breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

PRIME STEAK HOUSE

$$

325 Stoke Park Rd., Bethlehem, 610.882.4070, primestkhouse.com

Serving Premium Black Angus steaks, fresh seafood, chicken and pasta. Extended wine list. Lunch & dinner.

THE SLATE PUB

I S B AC K F O R P R I VAT E PA R T I E S A SIS T ER RE S TAUR A N T TO WHITE ORCHIDS

5036 Hamilton Blvd., Allentown 610.841.4610 notchmknb.com notchmknb Reserve your table on resy.com

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509 E. Main St., Pen Argyl, 610.881.4700, slatepub.com

Hometown pub known for its award-winning wings, cheese-steaks, original Belly Busters, nightly dinner specials, vegan and gluten-free choices. Enjoy an extensive cocktail and beer selection. Weekends include karaoke, DJs and live entertainment. Lunch, dinner & late night.

SOCIAL STILL

$$$

530 E. 3rd St., Bethlehem, 610.625.4585, socialstill.com

Full plate American-fusion restaurant, craft distillery, craft beers, local wine and tasting room. Lunch & dinner.

STEELWORKS BUFFET & GRILL

$$

77 Wind Creek Blvd., Bethlehem, 610.419.5555, steelworksbuffetandgrill.com

Experience a variety of fresh culinary dishes from around the world at Steelworks Buffet & Grill. Featuring live action cooking and a fully stocked bar, guests will enjoy a variety of fresh international culinary dishes at the all-you-can-eat buffet or choose their favorites from the a la carte menu, including artisan pizza, a pasta station, fresh-carved meats and more. Breakfast, lunch & dinner.

TRY OUR NEW FAMILY-FRIENDLY WINTER MENU

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THE VIEW AT MORGAN HILL 100 Clubhouse Dr., Easton, 610.923.8480, morganhillgc.com

Upscale casual dining with the best view in the Lehigh Valley. Brunch, lunch, dinner & late night.

ZEST BAR+GRILLE

LIVE MUSIC EVERY WEEKEND

$$$

The Rooftop at 306 S. New St., Bethlehem, 610.419.4320, zestbethlehem.com

A culinary and social experience offering a progressive menu that highlights the best of New American cuisine. Lunch & dinner.

DAILY SPECIALS

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EAT THIS

BY KRISTEN RINALDI | PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHELBIE PLETZ

Risotto Balls SETTE LUNA

The dish is served in a pool of pomodoro sauce with a drizzle of pesto and topped with two dollops of fresh ricotta cheese.

As we all adjust to this “new normal” we find ourselves living in, one part of it that’s certainly worth embracing is that Sette Luna’s risotto balls are now available year-round. “They had been a seasonal offering, Thanksgiving to Easter,” says Josh Palmer, owner. “But since it’s a whole new world, we decided to keep them on due to their huge popularity, and now they’re a menu mainstay.” Palmer says the risotto balls are a top-three menu item. “Our customers can’t get enough.” Why are they so good? The risotto base is made with shallots, fresh thyme and chicken stock and then blended with eggs and

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parmesan cheese. They form that into half of the ball, make a divot and fill it with Sette Luna’s Bolognese sauce and a ball of fresh mozzarella. It’s sealed up with the other half of the risotto ball and then breaded with seasoned bread crumbs and fried in extravirgin olive oil. To finish it off, they’re put in the wood-fired pizza oven. The dish is served in a pool of pomodoro sauce with a drizzle of pesto and topped with two dollops of fresh ricotta cheese. They’re big enough for two to share as an appetizer, and Palmer says they pair perfectly with a quartino of red wine.

When asked what the Sette Luna team is excited about this winter, Palmer shares: “We’re looking forward to our veal medallions with a porcini mushroom and local sour cherry glaze. And our heirloom squash caponata with Gaeta olives, toasted pine nuts and roasted fennel.” 219 Ferry St., Easton 610.253.8888 | setteluna.com

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