Kathleen Cary (left) and Beth Alexander and a sign with the whimsical name of their business, which they say gives everyone a chuckle when they first see it.
The Post kitchen is now open to the public and a hive of activity under the direction of two seasoned cooks and longtime friends. Kathleen Cary and Beth Alexander are the proprietors of the recently formed business, "Not Your Skinny Cooks.”
Although not professionally trained, both women have years of cooking experience.
Kathleen’s love of cooking for others is evident. She has worked at St. Anthony’s Social Club and the Coffee Cup, both in Downingtown. For some 17 years, she has tended bar at the Post. She has a lifetime of experience but as any cook knows, a recipe tweak to an old favorite can make a big difference -- Kathleen says if you like manicotti, you’ll love hers!
No stranger to cooking for large groups, Beth ran the kitchen of the Thorndale Fire Hall, among other restaurant-related positions. She also handles all the food prep for her family’s large, annual summer picnic. She has a full-time job but is making room in her busy schedule for this new business enterprise. We asked about one menu item that’s a bit unusual, the empanada. These fried meat-filled turnovers are from Spanish and Latin American cuisine and Beth is proud of her beef empanadas as well as the chicken ones. She says, "Even picky-eaters love them.”
The menu offers favorites like cheesesteaks, burgers and salads and there are weekly dinner specials which can be found on the Post’s Facebook page and on the whiteboard in the Post dining area. They have included such comfort foods as roast beef, fried flounder, and meatloaf and mashed. Kathleen especially likes that some of members come for these tried-and-true favorites since they don’t cook them at home.
They have noticed a significant increase of patrons and dining customers since the Post went non-smoking. On a recent afternoon, chicken fingers and fries put smiles on the faces of some children at the tables.
The women are assembling their workforce, with friends and family pitching in as kitchen helpers. They plan some catering options in the future once they have a fulltime staff in place.
Both have the same vision for the business and the Post – tables full of happy diners, families with kids who, in the summer, can play outside on the lawn after a casual meal, more people making the Post a regular lunch/dinner stop. Both empty nesters, these women see "Not Your Skinny Cooks” helping them achieve retirement goals while satisfying loyal Post customers as well as all the new patrons they hope this latest venture will attract.