Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58 Page 59 Page 60 Page 61 Page 62 Page 63 Page 64 Page 65 Page 66 Page 67 Page 68 Page 69 Page 70 Page 71 Page 72 Page 73 Page 74 Page 75 Page 76 Page 77 Page 78 Page 79 Page 80 Page 81 Page 82 Page 83 Page 84 Page 85 Page 86 Page 87 Page 88 Page 89 Page 90 Page 91 Page 92 Page 93 Page 94 Page 95 Page 96 Page 97 Page 98 Page 99 Page 100 Page 101 Page 102 Page 103 Page 104 Page 105 Page 106 Page 107 Page 108 Page 109 Page 110 Page 111 Page 112 Page 113 Page 114 Page 115 Page 116 Page 117 Page 118 Page 119 Page 120 Page 121 Page 122 Page 123 Page 124 Page 125 Page 126 Page 127 Page 128 Page 129 Page 130 Page 131 Page 132 Page 133 Page 134 Page 135 Page 136 Page 137 Page 138 Page 139 Page 140 Page 141 Page 142 Page 143 Page 144 Page 145 Page 146 Page 147 Page 14898 Chester County Life / CHESTERCOUNTY-LIFE.COM D I N I N G help in the kitchen,” he reminisces. “What made me decide to be a chef was a clam rev- elation. I was amazed and thrilled that what appeared to be hard little rocks had tasty food inside.” Banes earned a culinary degree from The Art institute of Philadelphia. Before joining Spence on High Street, he refined his craft at the Ship Inn and Duling-Kurtz House & Country Inn. The secrets to his mouthwater- ing dishes are surprisingly simple. “Cook- ing is a feeling that flows through the heart and shines in the food,” he eloquently ex- plains. “It’s not complicated. I don’t over-do. I use the best and freshest ingredients and let them speak for themselves. My Southern buttermilk biscuits have been honed over the years, and now they are perfect. The Ricot- ta cheese brunch doughnuts, which receive wow reviews, are derived from a recipe that I adapted to distinction. My stocks simmer overnight, and the 30 different cheesecakes we offer are all made from scratch. Chester County has its own cookery style, and this is what we specialize in every day.” As Banes returns to the kitchen and I enjoy my lunch, I realize the setting adds to the experience. Tiny twinkling lights en- twine a wrought iron fence and entry doors, while attractive Roman blinds dramatize windows. The walls, painted in soft apricot, accentuate the warmth of the restaurant and present a pristine backdrop for paintings by West Chester artist James Lee Burk. A table by a cozy fireplace is a romantic set- ting for special occasions. Before leaving, I stroll outside to another dining area. The brick patio, which is heated three seasons of the year, is beautified by hibiscus and a circa 1880 Spence sign. It is secluded space for up to 60 people. Spence on High Street is a splendid venue for dinner, Sunday brunch, and New Year’s Eve and is open for lunch in spring and sum- mer. To celebrate the beginning of 2017 in style, the restaurant will serve a special din- ner and feature live music. Up to 70 guests can be accommodated in the main dining room and upstairs. Private space is available for 30. If you’re not having a party, consider gift certificates for friends, family, and busi- ness colleagues. This is one of the best ways to show you care. The food says it all. CCL Spence on High Street 312 S. High St. West Chester, PA 19380 610.738.8844 For 68 years, Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community has offered superior retirement living and extraordinary health care. The unmistakable Quarryville Difference is our desire to deliver a Christ-centered retirement experience. From apartment-style living to spacious new cottage homes, our campus is brimming with possibility. The Commons building is another example of Quarryville meeting and exceeding the needs of our residents. Featuring an indoor pool, walking track, fitness center, bistro, and terrace with an outdoor fireplace and pizza oven, the Commons is a place where our residents can meet, eat, exercise and relax. at Quarryville Presbyterian Retirement Community 625 Robert Fulton Highway, Quarryville, PA 17566 888-786-7331 RETIRE the ORDINARY. ! the R HOLIDAY LARGESSE Spence on High Street is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but Kassimi will still serve food. His goal for the holiday season is to prepare 100 fresh meals with all the trimmings to give to those less fortunate. He invites readers of Chester County Life to suggest charities he can consider supporting. Visit the Spence on High Street website for details as the holidays draw near.