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The Pepper Mill Café at the Penn Museum
September 21, 2010, Volume 57, No. 04

The Pepper Mill Café, offering affordable international cuisine and a fresh variety of healthy, vegetarian, and sustainable food options for breakfast, lunch, and lighter fare, is now open for business at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Restaurant Associates (RA) took over the newly remodeled and newly named Café, at the site of the former Museum Café, with wall-to-wall windows overlooking the Museum’s inner gardens. RA is also the exclusive caterer of the University of Pennsylvania Museum, having started in July of this year.

Penn Museum staff helped to select the name of the new Pepper Mill Café, which has an obvious allusion to fresh cooking, and a less obvious connection with the Museum: William Pepper (1843-1898), an early Provost of the University, was the principal founder of the Museum, and an avid early supporter.

Diners—both Museum visitors and those just coming in for the Café—can experience a wide variety of offerings including soup, a daily vegetarian option, and changing main course items, from sustainable seafood choices such as arctic char with mango papaya slaw as well as comfort food items, and a daily pasta. Hot and cold sandwiches and specialty salads, including a signature mezze plate with hummus, stuffed grape leaves, feta salad, marinated olives, cucumber tomato salad and pita chips, are available. The Shaker Salad station offers more than 26 ingredients for guests to create their own salad. The café atmosphere is casual and contemporary, with most entrees under $7, beer and wine available, and student value meals featured daily.

Executive Chef Will Brown is focusing on creating healthful dishes using the finest ingredients possible with a concerted effort to capitalize on the beautiful produce grown in our region. “I don’t believe in trendy food,” he says.

The Pepper Mill Café is open to the public Monday from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. On the first Wednesday of every month, the Café stays open until 7:30 p.m., with light supper options, food and wine pairings, or a specially selected dish prepared by the chef. All other Wednesdays, the Café is open from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.


Almanac - September 21, 2010, Volume 57, No. 04