Who We Are
“My temples throb, my pulses boil,
I’m sick of song, and ode, and ballad–
So, Thyrsis, take the midnight oil,
And pour it on a lobster salad.”
— Thomas Hood
Peachtree & Ward was founded in 1985 when owners Jon and Lori Weinrott, chef-trained in France and working in restaurants in Philadelphia, drove by a corner grocery store on Pechin Street in Roxborough and saw a For Sale sign. The building was charming with its old butcher blocks and canning cupboards, a detached barn/smokehouse, and a wooden walk-in which, back in the day, was cooled with huge blocks of ice.
Peach Street Caterers grew to become Peachtree & Ward when the company merged with Wendy Ward Catering in 1992. They moved commissary and offices, including Peachtree Kosher, to East Falls in 2010. At the same time, they renovated a 19th century textile mill to create Peche (from the original Pechin Street), their first event venue. POMME, a renovated clubhouse set in a woodland in Radnor, followed close behind in 2012. When Peche closed in December 2013, they opened a second venue on the breathtaking grounds of Ridley Creek State Park, home to PARQUE at Hunting Hill Mansion.
After so many years catering in the field, Peachtree enjoys the luxury of having its own base of operations from which to venture forth in the exciting world that is off-premise catering. Still family-owned and operated, Peachtree retains the flavor of its origins in its love of anything French anything with character and age (most of all fine wines!) and in all things boutique, homespun and personal. They still own the canning cupboards, and can peaches and applesauce every summer and fall.