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Valente’s Italian Specialties to open soon in Haddonfield

Margaret Atwood famously said, “Potential has a shelf life.’’

Marcello De Feo has internalized that notion perhaps a bit more acutely than many of us.

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A senior web developer, husband, dad, classical guitarist and music writer, the Haddonfield resident has no shortage of dreams, but has known for years he may not have decades to accomplish them.

De Feo, 39, has Peutz–Jeghers syndrome, a genetic disorder that affects the gastrointestinal tract and carries a strong risk of causing cancer in other organs.

The Haddonfield resident lost his mom, Santa Bianca Valente, to the disease in her 50s.

De Feo grew up surrounded by the tastes, textures and aromas of Italian cooking by both his mother and his grandmother, Paola, who had moved to America from the Abruzzo region of Italy with her husband when their son and daughter were young.  

When he opens the door to Valente’s Italian Specialties, a market in Kings Court, Haddonfield, in late June or early July, it will be as if his beloved mom and nonna are standing behind him, sleeves rolled up and hands dusted in flour, rolling pins at the ready.

“I was lucky enough to have both of them around me every day and along with them came amazing food,’’ De Feo writes on his website. “The stove was constantly on and we were spoiled from day one with amazing food, whether it was a chicken cutlet sandwich for your school lunch, maccheroni alla chitarra for dinner, or ‘square soup’ (Quadretti in brodo) on a sick day. My dad’s clients were fed an endless stream of chicken cutlets and our friends were always in a food coma from eating so much gnocchi.’’

 

De Feo was raised not just with a passion for eating these foods prepared from recipes lovingly transported from Southern Italy to the family’s new home in South Philly, but also an innate desire of his ancestors to share those foods with others.

“I was not born with a silver spoon in my mouth but it sure did feel like I was born twirling bucatini around a fork,’’ he writes. “Since I lost the matriarchs of our family, I have not stopped trying to get that feeling back.’’

While De Feo did not cook in the family kitchen, he did gain practical experience at a variety of restaurant jobs.

He began his kitchen stints at 11 or 12, working at two shore restaurants near his family’s summer home in Wildwood Crest. The nautically themed Captain’s Table “was very campy’’ and “it was the worst!’’

“I had to wear these really short shorts and a red and white sailor’s shirt and it was awful,’’ he recalls.

A few blocks away, it was also trial by fire, as he was hired by a diner to basically help keep the place clean, but wound up doing the bulk of the cooking and customer service, he says, as a college-age co-worker would cut out to hang out with his fruit truck-driving girlfriend on the beach.

“He would leave an hour after we opened,’’ De Feo recalls with a grin, adding that at age 12 he was somehow practically running the place by himself.

Something about flipping all those burgers and pancakes stuck, however. He’d go on to work at Monzo’s, an upscale Wildwood Crest Italian restaurant where he would stay for a dozen summers, doing everything from washing dishes to food prep to eventually making much of the fresh pasta. Ninety-hour weeks, he recalls, did not faze him.

“Over the years, I worked at different places, bakeries, restaurants, Italian delis and specialty food markets,’’ he says. While most of those experiences helped him learn and fed a desire to own his own restaurant one day, it was not without its humiliations.

He recalls with a shudder being asked to filet a fish tableside for Philadelphia 76ers president Pat Croce and his family at an upscale Philadelphia restaurant. Without proper training, he risked butchering the fish.

“That was the worst restaurant experience that I had, but (Croce) was so nice and his mother-in-law was so nice. … I freaked out and panicked and they talked me through the whole thing.’’

He had dreams of attending Johnson Wales in Rhode Island, but his mom held fast to the dream of her eldest becoming the first in the family to go to college, he says.

“When I was 13 or 14 years old, I had set out plans for my own restaurant. I had a logo, I had a menu, I had a layout of where all the tables were going to be, everything. It’s always been my goal to go back to that.’’

De Feo is a graduate of St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where he got dual bachelor’s degrees in English and fine arts. “I was just two credits short of a philosophy degree, which would be the trifeca of unemployment,’’ he laughs.

His career would take him from Philadelphia to Colorado and back again, with stints as a freelance music writer for the Daily News in Philadelphia and another newspaper in Colorado, and as a bartender, a computer teacher, a volunteer with AmeriCorps. He also founded an eCommerce apparel business; serves as an adviser to Untied, a pop culture magazine, and Pattison Ave., a Philadelphia sports website; and contributes tech stories to Geekadelphia.

The plan was to go to culinary school but it remained a dream deferred as something always disrupted that plan.

At one point, De Feo and his wife planned to sell their home and move to Providence, Rhode Island, so he could study at Johnson Wales, but the recession hit, and they were stuck.

And then there was the devastating loss of his mom, far too young.

 The screenings and surgeries De Feo must undergo for his hereditary condition are reminders that none of us have forever to accomplish the dreams we hold closest to our hearts.

When his nonna, who moved back to Italy after her daughter died, also passed away, the loss jolted De Feo into moving forward and not looking back.

With the support of his family –- including his wife Carrie De Feo ; daughter Liliana, 10, and Nino 8, as well as his father, a retired accountant who now lives in Cherry Hill, and siblings —  De Feo launched Valente’s Italian Specialties a year and a half ago at area farmers markets.

His creations – fresh pasta, rustic breads, chicken cutlets, Sunday gravy – have been well received by regulars of Haddon Heights, Haddonfield and Palmyra and other markets, and at catered events. It got him rethinking his restaurant dream.

“I started improvising on my idea,’’ he says, looking around his small market space awaiting the arrival of contractors. “The idea is to offer amazing Italian goods but restaurant-quality meals without the high risk of owning a restaurant.’’

His grandma passed in November 2016, and “we registered the business (in January), and started reaching out to farmers markets. We did seven different markets a week to get our name out there and really work on our products. The whole time we were looking for a space.’’

By now, Haddonfield was home, and De Feo wanted to set up shop there.

 “I wanted to be close to my kids, so after school they can walk here and roll the meatballs,’’ he says with a smile.

Valente’s Italian Specialties is a tiny space that faces out onto the brick walkway and gazebo of Kings Court. It will serve as both specialty market and commissary for the growing business.

When the doors open, De Feo will offer both fresh and imported cheeses, various sauces including marinara and Bolognese, and four types of meatballs, including the traditional veal and pork variety, bison, as well as lightly breaded chicken meatballs made with fresh ricotta and pan fried.

Desserts will include rich dishes such as lacy pizzelle, rich budino or a panna cotta, prepared with local honey and fresh fruit procured from vendors De Feo has befriended at farmers markets. If you arrive at the right time, you might find fresh figs stuffed with mascarpone and drizzled with orange honey. When those go to the market, they sell out before people get out of their cars.

Shelves will offer imported Italian products —  San Marzano tomatoes,  tinned anchovies, bags of biscotti and bottles of finishing oils. A large refrigerator will house fresh cheeses, while the freezer will hold house-made pasta.

The core of the business will be the grab-and-go freshly prepared meals meant to feed busy families in the area.

“In a way, we are our own clientele,’’ says De Feo, whose wife is a nurse who works overnight on the oncology and hematology floor of the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. “We are a busy family with young kids here in town, dropping them off at karate and soccer. So we will have different prepared meals ready, as well as staple items like Chicken Parmesan, or spaghetti and meatballs … We will try to do as much seasonal, locally sourced stuff as possible, and rotate on a weekly basis, depending on what’s around.’’

A cheese expert is teaching De Feo to expand his repertoire, experimenting with fresh cheeses such as burrata, and also will also curate monthly cheeses so the community can be introduced to something new. If all goes according to plan, De Feo would like to expand at a second location where he could begin curing meats such as prosciutto and aging cheeses locally.

Customers will be able to find items not always available elsewhere, such as nduja, a spreadable salami, or mostarda, a condiment of candied fruit and mustard syrup. Another goal is to offer to customers some kitchen accessories such as traditional ravioli stamps.

For now, De Feo plans to keep his day job as a senior developer at a pharmaceutical company that builds co-pay programs and allows him to work remotely.

Whether he is overseeing the work of a kitchen contractor, rolling all those meatballs, waiting for dough to rise for another loaf of ciabatta or learning to make stracchino, a briny soft cheese, De Feo knows his mom and his nonna are close at hand.

“The whole driving force behind this is really my family, and honoring the legacy of my mom and my grandmother, and all of Abruzzi cuisine,’’ he says. “I grew up eating this wonderful food, and was fortunate enough to spend a lot of time in Italy and eat it there, and I want to bring a little bit of it over here.

“I want to start making the recipes my family made for us when we were kids and really bring that out,’’ he continues. “As much as I have wanted to be in a food business and have my own place, this is really about my family and about my kids, building something they can take over some day.”

If potential has a shelf life, De Feo’s shelves are piled high with things he loves best, things he is so passionate to share.

“I’ve had to live with a sense of my own mortality for so long, knowing that my mom couldn’t be here to be the nonna for my children. The question is, ‘Am I going to be here in 20 years?’ I want to build something that will last.’’  

If you go 

Valente’s Italian Specialties, 7 Kings Court, Haddonfield. Visit www.valentes.us/ or facebook.com/ValentesNJ/ or call (844) 41-NONNA

 

 

 

 

 

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Global Stainless Steel Cookware Market 2018 by Manufacturers – ZWILLING, Fissler, WMF, Newell, Cuisinart, Vinod …

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Hitman 2 gameplay trailer a frying pan, quick PUBG, sue them

Agent 47’s latest gameplay trailer has a peculiar thing going on in it – a frying pan. Seeing as how PUBG claims ownership of global game-representation rights of this oh-so-unique piece of cookware, we already see a lawsuit coming.


Just kidding of course, PUBG ain’t suing anyone. Yet. Agent 47 on the other hand, won’t be waiting around for that, as he’ll be busy swinging around with his sniper, scissors and the aforementioned frying pans to keep erasing his targets.


From the looks of it though, Agent 47 has a much bigger throwing arsenal, such as peculiarly shaped smack-fish, robotic arms, wrenches and even pastry. Seriously though, if a pastry hits that hard, IO Interactive may wanna consider buying bread elsewhere.


Hitman 2’s new trailer kicks off where the announcement trailer left us, in the middle of a racing event, where Agent 47 undoes an unfortunate driver and what seems to be her unfortunate manager. As you can see, our bald stealth assassin tailors him a new suit, with those handy scissors that just happened to lay around there.


Towards the end of the trailer, you can see Agent 47 exchanging a bunch of disguises, at least we hope they are. If they turn out to be micro-transaction items that are pay-to-progress in nature, I’m literally never writing about Hitman again.


On the positive side though, Hitman 2 seems to be back the way it was meant to be played – the same ol’ stealth recipe at a grander scale. It won’t be episodic either, which was one of the main concerns for many fans of the once epic franchise. Episodic content was widely regarded as a sleazy money-grab that nobody ended up fully satisfied with, but those days are gone. 


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IO Interactive have got an underlying mystery going as well, with the story following an “elusive Shadow Client”. Agent 47 ultimately catches up to him, or her, but the truth about his, or her, past “changes everything”.


Hitman 2 is on track for 13 November 2018 launch and you can already preorder it on Steam.


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Ryan Hamilton Is More Than Just a Happy Face

Ryan Hamilton remembers one night when someone shouted “You look really happy,” and the joke went from there. Now, Happy Face is the name of his first Netflix special. “It’s almost like the audience created the joke more than I did,” he says.

With appearances on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Conan, and The Late Late Show under his belt, Hamilton will set up shop at Improv Houston from Thursday, June 14 to Sunday, June 17 to dish out his brand of observational humor (presumably with a smile). Houstonia chatted with Hamilton ahead of his visit about his iron skillets, trying to give up sugar, and the bittersweet experience of meeting your fans.

People have compared you to Jerry Seinfeld, and you’ve joked that you’re something like “the illegitimate son of Jerry and Elaine.” Now you’ve been opening for Jerry at certain shows. How’s that going?

It’s been a new relationship, and it’s been a lot of fun to be able to open for someone who has been an influence on my entire comedy life. It’s been amazing just to get to watch him work—that has really inspired me. And it’s something I never thought I had the opportunity to do. I’m from a small town in Idaho, and I’m living in New York now, and it’s just been great to have this opportunity to work with a master like this. 

In terms of material on your special, you talk about some wild experiences—going on hot air balloons, skydiving. Do you do these things for your comedy, or do they just happen to you? 

Well sometimes—I will be honest—I think I don’t really want to do this, but maybe I’ll get a joke out of it. I don’t plan my life around trying to have experiences to get material, but it does seem to happen sometimes. But I don’t know, something strikes me in the moment as I am just living life, and I think there’s something there. And it’s not funny in that moment yet really. It is just an idea that has potential to be funny or a concept or a story. I just jot that down on my phone, and I think about it then I come back, and I do some free writing about it. Then I have a couple of beats I think will get laughs hopefully, and then I take it to the stage, and I try to get to those beats, and sometimes there’s a laugh with those beats, sometimes there are no laughs. You just take what works and keep it and move on. But every joke is a little different. They all have their own life.

I heard you were trying to give up on sugar, after trying to quit your gym membership. How is that going?

I can’t do it. I watched one of these documentaries. You know how documentaries become like gospel now? Sometimes I get halfway through one documentary and go that’s the new me, and there’s no consideration. It’s like I have concerns about this and now they’ve confirmed them all. That’s what happened with sugar. But it’s just too hard! People say that they do it, but it’s really difficult. Twenty years from now, we will be talking about sugar the way we talk about smoking right now. We’ll be going, “I was eating a candy bar on an airplane. It was crazy.” Or, “There was no age limit on ice cream, children were just licking cones on the street. We had something called ice cream cake.” It’ll seem then that we were crazy. I think that’s how it will turn out. 

That’s great. But other than our brighter, sugar-free future, what’s something you’re obsessed with right now?

I got into cast iron skillets not too long ago, which is a funny one.

That’s really random.

Well, the thing about the information age we live in is that it’s too easy to get sucked down these rabbit holes. There’s too much information available about cast iron. I’m holding it in my hand as I’m walking around the house right now. My prized cast iron skillet! It was made in an old manufacturing process that they don’t do anymore because it’s too expensive, but it makes it lighter weight than cast iron skillets we have today. I just seem to get into these things, so I’ve accumulated knowledge that will hopefully be helpful in the future somehow.

Here’s hoping! But skillets aside, these past couple years have been big for you with your Netflix special, your tour, being on The Late Show. How does it feel to be recognized and have some sold-out shows considering you came from a small town? 

It’s kind of funny. Recently I was out and everybody was shouting out my comedy friends’ names and someone finally goes “Ryan Hamilton!” That’s when I think I’m going to show my famous friends that I have some fans too, but then the dude comes over and says, “I know you from Google!” Which is, to be honest, a little deflating. I should have let it alone, but I asked, “What do you mean from Google?” He says, “My name is also Ryan Hamilton, and every time I Google my name, your face pops up.” And it wasn’t even that he was a fan, he just knew who I was because we share a name and he googled it. I asked if he’d ever seen what I’ve done, and he says no. Then I realize and said, “Are you the wedding photographer from Sacramento?” And he is! I also knew him from Google, but I knew his stuff. I thought he owed me one.

Ryan Hamilton, June 14–17. Tickets from $20. Improv Houston, 7620 Katy Fwy. 713-333-8800. More info and tickets at improvhouston.com.

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HomeGoods is opening its Twin Falls store in a couple of weeks

TWIN FALLS — HomeGoods, an off-price home décor store, has announced that its Twin Falls store will open in Canyon Park East later this month.

The 18,211 square-foot store will be in the former Old Navy building at 2030 Bridgeview Blvd. Its doors open at 8 a.m. June 24.

HomeGoods expects to fill approximately 65 full- and part-time positions in Twin Falls, the company said in a statement.

“Our amazing values, brand names, and vast assortment make HomeGoods an exciting destination for shoppers,” said John Ricciuti, President of HomeGoods. “With a large variety of special merchandise from around the world, customers will always find something thrilling in our treasure hunt environment at great values. We are happy to provide Twin Falls with a local HomeGoods.”

The merchandise departments include furniture, rugs, lighting, decorative accessories, kitchen and dining, bedding, bath, childrens décor and toys, pet accessories, storage, workspace, outdoor, gourmet food, wellness products and more.

The grand opening takes place from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 24. After that, regular hours will be 9:30 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday.

HomeGoods has more than 650 stores in the U.S. It’s a division of The TJX Companies Inc., which also operates T.J.Maxx.

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