Marcie Turney

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As one of Philadelphia's most prominent and ambitious entrepreneurs, Chef Marcie Turney has worked for over a decade alongside partner Valerie Safran to transform the once-desolate 13th Street neighborhood into what has become known as the trendy Midtown Village. Today, the couple's four wildly popular restaurants in the neighborhood, Lolita (106 South 13th Street, 215-546-7100), a modern Mexican bar and restaurant, Barbuzzo (110 South 13th Street, 215-546-9300), a Mediterranean kitchen and bar, Jamonera (105 South 13th Street, 215-922-6061), an Andalusian tapas bar, and Little Nonna's (1234 Locust Street, 215-546-2100), an Italian-American eatery, as well as their gourmet prepared food market, Grocery (101 South 13th Street, 215-922-5252), and two lifestyle boutiques, Open House (107 South 13th Street, 215-922-1415) and Verde (108 South 13th Street, 215-546-8700), are thriving.

Chef Turney's globe-trotting culinary style modernizes and elevates traditional ethnic fare. She focuses on full-flavored dishes that allow the often-unusual ingredients of foreign culinary styles to shine. Her menus bring regional specialties to the forefront, incorporating artisanal local ingredients into both classic and innovative preparations, with results that have critics across Philadelphia and the country taking note, most recently being named a 2014 semi-finalist for 'Outstanding Restaurateur' by the James Beard Foundation.

In addition to her work as executive chef at each of their acclaimed restaurants, Chef Turney has also created her own signature line of chocolates, Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, which are sold online and at their lifestyle boutique, Verde.

Born in Wisconsin, Chef Turney moved to the Poconos at age seven and eventually attended Temple University's Tyler School of Art on a full field hockey scholarship, studying graphic design. Chef Turney later sought out a new career and turned to cooking, attending The Restaurant Scho

As one of Philadelphia's most prominent and ambitious entrepreneurs, Chef Marcie Turney has worked for over a decade alongside partner Valerie Safran to transform the once-desolate 13th Street neighborhood into what has become known as the trendy Midtown Village. Today, the couple's four wildly popular restaurants in the neighborhood, Lolita (106 South 13th Street, 215-546-7100), a modern Mexican bar and restaurant, Barbuzzo (110 South 13th Street, 215-546-9300), a Mediterranean kitchen and bar, Jamonera (105 South 13th Street, 215-922-6061), an Andalusian tapas bar, and Little Nonna's (1234 Locust Street, 215-546-2100), an Italian-American eatery, as well as their gourmet prepared food market, Grocery (101 South 13th Street, 215-922-5252), and two lifestyle boutiques, Open House (107 South 13th Street, 215-922-1415) and Verde (108 South 13th Street, 215-546-8700), are thriving.

Chef Turney's globe-trotting culinary style modernizes and elevates traditional ethnic fare. She focuses on full-flavored dishes that allow the often-unusual ingredients of foreign culinary styles to shine. Her menus bring regional specialties to the forefront, incorporating artisanal local ingredients into both classic and innovative preparations, with results that have critics across Philadelphia and the country taking note, most recently being named a 2014 semi-finalist for 'Outstanding Restaurateur' by the James Beard Foundation.

In addition to her work as executive chef at each of their acclaimed restaurants, Chef Turney has also created her own signature line of chocolates, Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, which are sold online and at their lifestyle boutique, Verde.

Born in Wisconsin, Chef Turney moved to the Poconos at age seven and eventually attended Temple University's Tyler School of Art on a full field hockey scholarship, studying graphic design. Chef Turney later sought out a new career and turned to cooking, attending The Restaurant Scho