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Business Member Profile - Peter Herdic House Restaurant

Liz Miele
Peter Herdic House Restaurant
Williamsport / Lycoming County
PASA Business Member Since 2012

By Lisa Goodale-Brinton

Speaking with PASA member Liz Miele, executive chef of the Peter Herdic House, one is tempted to arrange a special trip to Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The restaurant, located in a mansion built by lumber baron Peter Herdic in 1858, has experienced several transformations in its lifetime. But the most remarkable came in 1984, when it was restored by the Lundy Construction Company with a view to housing a fine dining restaurant. The Miele sisters, Marcia and Gloria, stepped up to run the new establishment, and so (30 years ago this year!) the Peter Herdic House restaurant was born.

The Miele sisters were joined over the years by both their mother Daisy and Gloria's daughter, Liz. Now this three generation family business offers a fine dining experience rarely found in this area, as well as an enchanting Inn right next door for overnight guests. “The Miele Girls," as they are locally known, have a long­standing passion for supporting local food production and businesses—they’ve purchased from some local suppliers for nearly 30 years. But more recently the Peter Herdic House has started a small herb garden on the premises (fed by its own compost) and Chef Liz sources much of her menu from Williamsport’s local Growers’ Market and directly from dozens of local farms—many of them existing PASA members, including Anne and Eric Nordell of Beech Grove Farm, Bill Callahan of Cow-A-Hen Farm, and Kim and Ann Seeley of Milky Way Farm.

Liz preserves plenty of fresh summer produce to use throughout the year, and changes the restaurant’s menu with the seasons. As we spoke, she was collecting rose petals with which to make jam, while weeding and tidying the herb garden. In the growing season, she reports that her walk­-in cooler is jammed with local produce, providing the menu with weekly features, and in the autumn and winter, Liz packs her “wine cellar” with reserves of root vegetables and squashes for the long winter months. The restaurant hosts special seasonal events a few times each month, among them an Oktoberfest weekend, wine tastings and a Roman picnic.

The Peter Herdic House joined PASA for numerous reasons, from networking to education to demonstrating their support for sustainable food. Since joining PASA, Liz reports that her understanding of sustainability has grown—the sustainable food movement is new to many of Williamsport’s diners, and so she also acts, with PASA’s help, as an educator and enthusiast. PASA membership and conferences have enhanced her ability to do this and have brought her in contact with like-minded members of her community. She believes strongly in PASA’s mission and purpose, and wants to continue to support it.

Liz is looking for a source of locally-raised rabbit meat. Hopefully a member reading this profile can accommodate her!

This profile was written by PASA Volunteer - Lisa Goodale-Brinton.

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