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From the Desk of Executive Chef and General Manager Zachary Michael Pelliccio:  

Wishing you warmest greetings as you gather to celebrate the upcoming Holiday season. My first year at Flow as Executive Chef has been amazing and I would like to start by thanking everyone, including my friends and family, who have visited Flow this year. I would also like to extend special thanks to the small family farms that have supplied Flow so well this year.

FLOW: Buy Fresh, Buy LocalI have made a lot of great friends and contacts that will last a lifetime.  Moving from Philadelphia to the Jim Thorpe area was a big step in my life and my career, all of you have made me feel very happy in this decision.  The restaurant staff is the happiest and most helpful group of people I have ever worked with, and their hard work is key to  the restaurant’s success.

Joan Morykin, co-owner of Flow, has helped me with every detail each step of the way, and her contributions are immeasurable.  Victor Stabin,  has helped design every inch of the building and provided the unreal setting.  Along with his artwork, it completes the perfect ambience of the restaurant.  Without their full support, advice, and friendship none of this would have been possible for me and Flow would not have had the popularity, the critic acclaim, and the overall success we achieved this year.

So to give a gift of sorts and to thank everyone for their support, I am extending an invitation to you to join us for a dining experience like no other in the area: a 10 Course Chef’s Tasting Menu for our New Year’s 2012 celebration.  Main entree options include Short Ribs (beef), Quail (game), Halibut (fish), or a Vegetarian option for only $85 per person.

I wanted to design a menu that let you experience some classics and also some items you may never get to taste again.  There will also be a recommended, chef selected wine and beer pairing for the Chef’s Tasting Menu.  There are four seatings: Friday, December 30, at 5 pm and 8 pm and Saturday, December 31, at 5 pm and 8 pm, to allow for a maximum amount of availability.  Our full bar will be open both nights, featuring over 50 hand selected microbrews.

If you would like to reserve your tickets please e-mail us at jmorykin@verizon.net or call 570-325-8200 for availability, and to purchase tickets.  Please call as soon as possible to be guaranteed your optimal time. It is a first come, first serve basis. Reserve your seats today.

I would love for everyone to experience this event!

Ciao

Executive Chef Zachary Pelliccio

About Chef Zachary Pelliccio

Raised on a farm in Lancaster, PA, Chef Pelliccio’s parents taught him about hard work and farm fresh food.  He started his culinary career apprenticing under chef Anthony DiStefano.  Later, he attended The International Culinary School at The Art Institute of Philadelphia, and started his Philadelphia culinary career at Patou Restaurant working with Exec Chef Patrice Rames.

Pelliccio followed chef Colin Thompson to the famous farm-to-table restaurant Farmacia, where he worked with other renowned chefs such as Jesse Fellows and Kevin von Klause.  Pelliccio’s career continued to other Philadelphia institutions such as Barclay Prime and Public House at Logan Square, where he reunited with DiStefano.

Chef Pelliccio has remained loyal to supporting small, local farms and his inventive, bold yet simplistic style has brought a wonderful renaissance to Flow’s menus.

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By Victor Stabin – proprietor of Flow Restaurant and owner of Stabin/Morykin Gallery in Jim Thorpe

reposted from http://www.victorstabinprints.com/2011/09/29/nea-art-is-education/

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) was looking to provide grants to artists from previously unfunded regions.  In March 2011, the Allentown Museum of Art contacted me as they had received funding from the NEA and were looking for a regional artist for a teaching residency at a local High School. 

They asked me to teach 10 three-hour sessions at Panther Valley High School in Northeastern PA, located in the heart of Pennsylvania’s once-seminal coal region, the first anthracite coal mining in the country.

These descendants of the coal miners have become blue-collar workers; the ones I am lucky to know are highly skilled craftsman, masons, woodworkers and welders. It seems it is outside their experience to consider becoming an artist as a profession.

Historically, the region does not support the arts in that way and there are very few professional artists. The ones that wind up there are quite the anomaly. Thus, there is a very limited instructor base of career artists available to teach art as a professional path.

Courtesy of Victor StabinI introduced my work to the student body in the auditorium. I decided to show my “Turtle Series” paintings and my book “Daedal Doodle” an ABC book for word lovers as well as highlights from my 20-year career as an illustrator. 

After giving the presentation to about 300 students, serendipitously 26 elected to take the class.  There are 26 letters in the alphabet, 26 characters in an ABC book, and 26 students in the class.

Then with complete certitude, I knew I wanted the class to make their own version of my ABC book. Over a three year period, I had read 8000 pages of dictionaries including a 2000-page Merriam Webster that my dad brought home when I was four; parts of the OED, and my favorite, the Chambers Concise Dictionary culling obtuse words for my book’s alliterations.

Courtesy of Victor StabinTherefore, the lesson plan mimicked the process I went through to create “Daedal Doodle.”  Each student was assigned a letter of the alphabet and that section of the dictionary and encouraged to peruse every word.

While doing so, they were asked to make a list of cool sounding, unfamiliar nouns and adjectives or any word they were inspired by to create alliterations they could see illustrating.

My job was to demonstrate a process that could easily be understood, that would encourage students to come up with something completely new to them that they could call Art and at the same time imagine that art as their own stand-alone product.

The kids were completely open to what looked more like fun than work.  I was amazed to see them inspired and involved with the assignment, very much as I had been. A few students remarked that it was the first time they had ever just read the dictionary.

In degrees, my fondness for the dictionary has episodically changed my life. Language skills allow you to communicate with self-confidence while sharing ideas. The dictionary simultaneously involves the basics of vocabulary while seeding visual imagination. The kids could not read these words without seeing images.

Courtesy of Victor StabinSeeing a room full of students simultaneously reading the dictionary was the beginning of my “Aha!” moment.

To me, the success of this “accidental” curriculum reminds me of the accidental invention of Teflon. It seems there was some kind an odorless substance at the bottom of a can that could not be washed, burnt, or chemically dissolved away, a strange byproduct of a previous experiment.

After examination by a young chemist, Roy J. Plunkett, Teflon went on to become a gigantic industry for decades and decades.  Plunkett often told student audiences, his mind was prepared by education and training to “recognize novelty.”
I recognize the novelty that reading the dictionary to source words for drawing can be an important process to bridge art and language, and once and for all, end the idea of separating the Arts from basic education.  Each student I taught proudly came up with nothing short of some dizzying kind of new pictorial word invention.

The required tools are a dictionary, pencil and a pad. The byproduct is the world of knowledge and the imagination.

Reading scores for high school students taking the SAT this year were the lowest on record in the 30-year-history of the exam. It is not uncommon to hear about cutbacks in educational funding, primarily in the arts. More than ever, there is a greater responsibility to create a direct connection between the arts and education.

In my experience, they are one and the same.

As an adult, people often ask me where I received my art training, I always respond with pride, “I went to New York’s High School of Art  & Design.”

After  40 years, the bell rings two names: my favorite teachers were my English Teacher Sandra Nobel and my Art Teacher Irwin Greenberg.

Art is Education.

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Flow Restaurant Jim ThorpeWe’ve noticed lots happening at Flow Restaurant these days.

First of all, there is the new Executive Chef, Zach Pelliccio, who has turned the establishment into a gastro-pub style restaurant featuring an extensive selection of great microbrews and a food menu on which all of the food is purchased from local, organic farms.

Their new menu items include fall-off-the-bone Short Ribs, Sea Scallops, Vegetarian Pot Pie as well as numerous other lunch items, appetizers and entrees.
Flow Restaurant Jim Thorpe, PA

They still feature their popular tapas-style dining on Sunday nights, which includes $8 small plate versions of our regular menu entrees. They’ve also made available private rooms for special occasions and parties.

A big addition to the atmosphere is due to the fact they feature entertainment on a weekly basis. Every Wednesday night brings the talented John McLaughlin (not that one) singing and playing acoustic guitar from 8 to 11. Entertainment every Friday night is accompanied by drink specials and the acts range from talented local musicians, including Phil Stahl each Friday of every month, to Comedy Night, featuring nationally touring comedians, on the last Friday of each month. Flow Restaurant Jim Thorpe, PA

You may be aware of the adjacent Stabin-Morykin Gallery run by artist Victor Stabin with his wife Joan Morykin. His book Daedal Doodle, containing 26 alliterations and matching illustrations one for each letter of the alphabet, has now been published and is available for purchase at Flow and online.

Have a look at www.flowjt.com and for reservations call (570) 325-8200. For more about Mr. Stabin’s artwork and Daedal Doodle visit www.victorstabinprints.com.

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