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Walter Staib
The City Tavern
Philadelphia, PA
Walter Staib, proprietor of the City Tavern, with house brews by The Yards, PA


City Tavern Chef-Proprietor Walter Staib is a believer in beer. As a German-trained chef with more than 40 years experience, he features beer in the kitchen often - especially during Philadelphia's chilly autumn and winter.

Walter Staib began his culinary experience in 1960 as an apprentice at the Hotel Post, a five-star hotel nestled in the Black Forest in Nagold, Germany. All ingredients are grown or raised on the premises, as the hotel has its own orchards, root cellar, gardens, etc.

Walter Staib makes many references to the Hotel Post in the recent City Tavern cookbook, as the same type of freshness of ingredients and preparation applies to the recreation of 18th century dishes at the historic City Tavern in Philadelphia.

His interest in history led him to research George Washington's recipe for "small beer," which became the basis for the Yards Brewery's contract brew for the City Tavern. The 1774 Beer is based on a recipe from Thomas Jefferson, also a homebrewer at Monticello, with the help of a British brewer who visited him twice a year for that purpose.

I first met Staib when he worked with OMNI Hotels as Senior Vice President of Food & Beverage Operations. He supported having a variety of styles of beer represented in OMNI hotel bars at a time when most hotels simply tapped mass-market lagers. By 1989, his entrepreneurial spirit led to the creation of Concepts By Staib, Ltd., a hospitality consulting firm with an emphasis on turnkey restaurant concept development.The City Tavern was the first venture he opened, though Staib continues to consult with other restaurants and hotels.

Among the recipes in the City Tavern Cookbook featuring beer as an ingredient are the Ale-Braised Mallard Duck Sausages and Pork Medallions with Oatmeal Stout. Both are reminiscent of the hearty German fare that Staib grew up with.

City Tavern
138 South 2nd Street
(215) 413-1443


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