FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CHEF WALTER STAIB CELEBRATES 20 YEARS AT CITY TAVERN RESTAURANT
PHILADELPHIA – June 10, 2014 – It is with great pride and honor that we announce that Chef Staib celebrates his 20th anniversary as proprietor of City Tavern restaurant in Old City Philadelphia. A landmark and part of the Independence National Historical Park, City Tavern is the most authentic 18th century dining experience in America.
City Tavern, named “one of the most iconic restaurants in America” by Zagat, the restaurant rating company, consistently wins the award of excellence from TripAdvisor, the travelers’ review site.
Not only a destination restaurant for Philadelphians and visitors, City Tavern plays an important role in educational trips. Thousands of school children visit the restaurant annually and experience a meal as the founding fathers did, while learning about the Colonial Era of America.
Staib’s dive into operating City Tavern led to many extraordinary things. His historical research for the menu led to a passion to preserve American culinary heritage through a cookbook of City Tavern’s most popular traditional recipes. Chef Staib is now the author of six cookbooks.
Dining guests, who loved the stories behind the 18th-century recipes, inspired Chef Staib’s PBS cooking show A Taste of History, which has won four Emmy Awards and a James Beard nomination.
“City Tavern led me on a journey I never could have dreamed I would be on, and I’m incredibly grateful to have operated it for 20 years,” Staib said.
As a business owner in Philadelphia, employer of hundreds of people and mentor in the food and beverage industry, Chef Staib maintains his love for this special restaurant. When Staib took over operations in 1994, he wanted to exemplify 18th century customs by bringing back farm-to-table cuisine, baking bread daily and offering ingredients that are traditionally local to the area. He renovated the kitchens, added a pastry and bake shop, recreated the wine cellars and larders, and began serving authentic to the era of the building cuisine.
“I poured all my resources into researching menus, recreating the parts of the building not already complete and making this as magnificent as it was when it originally opened,” Staib said.
City Tavern first opened its doors in 1773, when Philadelphia was the largest, most cosmopolitan city in British North America. In 1774, members of the First Continental Congress used it as a gathering place. Thirteen years later, the Constitutional Convention held its closing banquet here. George Washington, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson and others whose names have become an integral part of history enjoyed its hospitality. John Adams once called it “the most genteel tavern in America.”
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