State College Stories
Changing the Way We Eat
Local Food Brings Healthy Eating Home
In 1992, as the world got used to calling the USSR “Russia” again and Penn State played its last season before joining the Big Ten, I sat in the back of a pick-up truck shucking corn. We bought it from an Amish farm just a few miles from our house – all 80 dozen – and were spending the day shucking it, “creaming it” and putting it in the freezer. The weather is hot when corn is harvested, and I can still smell the sticky sweet smell of corn kernels flecked up and down my arms and hear yellow jackets buzzing around my head.
Any Night Can Be Barbecue Night
With slow-smoked meats and signature sauces, local barbecue pits are bringing the flavors of Texas brisket, Carolina pulled pork and Memphis barbecue together in a uniquely Happy Valley way. With both franchise restaurants and local mom-and-pop barbecue pits joining the list this year, the chance to find the perfect ribs, pulled chicken and beef brisket just got more fun. We’ve looked for the best spots so you don’t have to, so read on to find the best places for quick snacks, family dinners and tailgate parties!
Top Picks in Catering! - Get Hometown Service and World‑Class Food
You can have the best of both worlds when you choose a caterer in Happy Valley – world class menus and presentation as well as hometown locally-sourced foods and venues personally recommended by our friends and neighbors. No matter how large or small your event, there is a local caterer that is the perfect fit for your event! We’ve compiled the recommendations and awards to make choosing even easier.
Kelly’s Steak and Seafood Blends Pacific Northwest Tastes with Local Goodness
Kelly’s Steak and Seafood offers some of the highest-quality, best
tasting food in the Happy Valley area, all with a Pacific Northwest
flair. Their philosophy is simple: A wonderful, family friendly dining
experience with quality food at a great value. They’ve been true to
that since opening in 2004.
At Kelly’s they take their quality of food and freshness seriously. Really seriously. Executive Chef Sean Kelly and Chef Tien Kelly make sure the menu stays as fresh as the food they serve.
Rotelli - An Italian Dining Favorite
Looking for a bite in State College but can’t quite decide where to
calm those hunger pains? We’ve all been there before, and luckily
for us, Rotelli is always around to answer the call.
Located at 250 E. Calder Way, Rotelli State College is THE place in town for mouth-watering Italian fare. After opening its doors in July 2006, it has taken home the title for best Italian restaurant in State College the last six years running! With unforgettable appetizers like bruchetta, antipasto and crab cakes and main courses ranging from gourmet pasta and pizza to salads, seafood and veal, Rotelli understands the importance of a homemade meal and executes it to perfection. Pairing that meal with a drink or two is also part of the fantastic dining experience awaiting you at Rotelli.
Harrison’s Wine Grill & Catering
Local chef sources locally & seasonally for globally‑inspired menus
There’s a surprising discovery in this college town and you don’t want to miss it. Harrison’s Wine Grill – a modern, chef-centric restaurant unexpectedly located inside the Hilton Garden Inn on East College Avenue is a casual favorite for local foodies.
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