We have such great respect for the farmers, purveyors and artisans here in the Lehigh Valley. Many of whom we have the good fortune of working with here at the restaurant, and then some we simply can't get enough of visiting ourselves in our free time.
Brick and Mortar (Easton) -- Chaz and Tom are the greatest! Their gallery recently re-opened in the Silk Mill. They have amazing special events and do super-duper custom design work. have helped us a ton at Mister Lee's Noodles, our sister restaurant,
Allium Design (Bethlehem) -- Sarah Petryk is the Martha Stewart of the Lehigh Valley; she makes everything she touches beautiful. It is not just because this lovely lady is one of our besties that we brag about her. Any time you see something change decor-wise at Bolete or spot a bloom on our patio, it usually has something to do with Sarah. Her true focus is making every bride's wish come true through flowers but she can also help you make your home or business more beautiful. And she saves us on a regular basis.
Refind (Allentown) -- Jon and Ron make home magic happen! I have been following them from South Side Bethlehem to Easton and now in Center City Allentown. The have a little something for everyone. And don't miss their gallery at the Art Walk. So much fun!
WHERE WE EAT
Henry's Salt of the Sea (Allentown) -- An Allentown institution that I just took a little while to catch on to...and now I am obsessed! From the perfectly sized martinis to the salad bar (I LOVE a salad bar), this place feels and tastes like home. The staff is fantastic. We had our staff holiday party there last year for both restaurants, and they treated us like royalty. A must of the Lehigh Valley.
Kome (Center Valley) -- Every Monday the Front and Back of the house teams gather together to "break bread". We probably eat here more than anywhere else...for the exceptional sushi and to see Heather behind the bar. And then we'll race across the street to catch a movie here at the Promenade Shops.
Loan's Vietnamese Bistro (Allentown Farmer's Market) - This husband/wife team is a favorite for the entire Chizmar family. It is as authentic and delicious as it gets. Their Pho is to-die-for, but truly we love it all.
Owowcow (Easton) -- The BEST locally-sourced ingredient ice cream that you can get. They have shops in Ottsville and Lambertville, but the most exciting news is that they just opened in the Silk Mill in Easton. Run, don't walk...Trust!
Top Cut (Center Valley) -- Admittedly, I am an old lady at heart. I love a steak house - LOVE. Top Cut does not disappoint. Lee and I love to sneak to the bar for some apps and stellar cocktails whenever we can. The steaks are amazing, but it’s good to know that their bar menu is too! And the service is perfectly attentive.
Tulum (Bethlehem) -- One of my faves since we moved here...the best burrito hands down! Don't expect your typical ingredients - they use the best veggies and most thoughtful twists on the traditional. And the wings! Whenever we have Staff Meal from here, it always gets an extra enthusiastic thank you. And you can BYOB and sit in their back for the perfect summertime meal.
No Whey Bakery (Allentown) -- New on the scene and this momma is so grateful! Robin has been a vegan customer at Bolete for years and recently started her own vegan bakery. It is the BOMB! Our daughter Cashin has a dairy and soy allergy and this lady has changed the face of parties, treats and cupcakes for us. And I even love them despite them being vegan ;) She also does gluten free. Thank you Robin!
WHO TAKES CARE OF US
Apotheca Salon (Bethlehem) -- These ladies have been keeping me gray-free for years. I was so thrilled when they opened, and Melissa saves my life regularly. Don't miss their great clothes and body care as well. They're as hip as it gets in the LV.
Barreform (Bethlehem) -- I need to exercise to keep my sanity. Nora opening this studio, and then Doug kicking my ass on the megaformer weekly, has been a God-send. They offer yoga and barre classes...and childcare, ladies! Restaurant ownership is no joke and this keeps me standing up straight. And not just me - it's a Bolete family affair. Gotta stay healthy and strong and this does it for sure.
Metta Relaxation (Bethlehem) -- When we are done working and taking care of our physical selves, it is so important to recharge. Float your way to serenity in Bethlehem at this amazing studio. They offer several therapies, and we really love the float. You feel better just walking in.