What They Are Saying
Organic Eating Can Begin in Your Own Backyard
One taste of organic, home-grown food may have you swearing off supermarket produce forever.
By Mark Nardone, Delaware Today
Concerned about genetically modified foods and vegetables grown with pesticides, Jason Barrowcliff began buying organic produce at the supermarket. But with two acres of land around his Oxford, Pa., home, he soon decided to take the DIY approach. He started with six 3-by-16-foot raised vegetable beds. He added 28 3-by-14-foot plots. Then came a 1,024-square foot space for pumpkins and watermelons. Wife Lauri and their daughters Sarah, 9, and Samantha, 7, pitch in to plant, water and pick. “I just love to dig in the soil, see things grow and then taste it,” Barrowcliff says. As chef de cuisine at Brandywine Prime Seafood and Chops in Chadds Ford, Pa., taste is a major motivator. “I grew broccoli this year, and I’ll never buy supermarket broccoli again,” he vows. Even freshly picked celery tastes better. The chef grew so much produce this year that he sold the surplus to Brandywine Prime, allowing fellow chefs Tim Smith of Twelves in West Grove, Pa., and William Hoffman of The House of William & Merry in Hockessin to benefit from his green thumb, too. Though Barrowcliff might not define himself as one, he is a locavore, a consumer who seeks to primarily eat food grown within 100 miles of home, and more of us are doing it right here in Delaware.
Read the entire article at Delaware Today
Chef Jason and family
has been featured in
"15 Best Things to Do in Chadds Ford"
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May 9, 2018
Hi Michael and Donna, I just wanted to thank you again for making sure my daughter’s baby shower luncheon was a success. Both of you and your staff made it so much easier and as stress free as it could be. The food was delicious and the service was terrific. I went on your site to see where I could post a positive review; not wonderful in the tech world, so I was not successful. You may use the contents of this email if you would like to post with my name. In the meantime, I will share via my social media platforms. Thanks again for an excellent job.
June 27, 2017
Words cannot express how pleased Scott & I were with our wedding event at Brandywine Prime. I feel that I cannot thank you enough for how absolutely wonderful everything was, from the generous venue spaces to the most delicious food to the most attentive service – everything was just perfect. Thank you again for allowing us to use both spaces upstairs – that really made the event flow smoothly. My guests couldn’t say enough about the food, comments like “this is the best steak/chicken I’ve ever had” and “it’s the nicest wedding I’ve ever been to.” We couldn’t be happier with how our day turned out.
We truly enjoyed working with you and I hope you’ll pass along our gratitude to Donna, Mark (our bartender) and the rest of your staff as well. I was genuinely thrilled to see both Donna and Mark on our special day. We had the pleasure of meeting Mark the night we were there with our photographer, and Donna of course was who originally showed us the space. It was like having two additional friends there with us.
Thank you a million times over for making our day so lovely - we’ll have such fond memories. We’ll certainly be back for our normal happy hour/burger nights and plan to celebrate every anniversary at BWP.
Best of luck to you and your staff and the completion of your outdoor patio – can’t wait!
Jenn & Scott
January 8, 2017
I just wanted to say thank you very much for an excellent experience yesterday.
The key to everything overall is your obvious skills and management of your business. All the service processes you have built in, along with quality food and beverage selections and preparation. Please share this with your employees, as this is what success, repeat business, and referrals are made of. Your business is not an easy one to manage and you do it so very well.
The key person that customers/groups get to know is your lead person. Donna was great from the first phone conversation and throughout the entire event. Donna handled every aspect of outstanding service and she even has a warm and personal touch to go with business speed and insight around how to handle guests as well as timing of each part! She is a pleasure and a “keeper” as you must know?!
Thank you! Tom (you did our wedding also)
Great building, rooms, and décor!
October 31, 2016
Just wanted to tell you what an outstanding evening we had on Saturday, thanks to Katie and Matt.
The food was delicious and they were so personable. We've had rave reviews from all our guests.
We had never had an in-home caterer before, and I was a little worried it would make the atmosphere stiff or awkward. But Katie and Matt were perfect -- never obtrusive, but always there when it was appropriate.
It was a real joy for both of us to be able to kick back and relax along with our guests, and know that everybody was enjoying the meal and having a great time. Making the arrangements with Katie was also easy and hassle-free. We won't hesitate to do this again when the occasion arises, and Brandywine will be our first choice for food and service.
Katie and Matt are real assets for your business. Please tell them that we very much appreciate their contribution to the success of our dinner party.
June 13, 2016
I can’t thank you enough for the wonderful job you and your staff did with my daughter-in-law’s baby shower last Saturday! From the very first phone call to the final day of the event, you assured me you would take care of everything and you did. I kept thinking I should be doing more or I should be worried that I missed something, but I didn’t have to since you made it so easy. The room was arranged so nicely for our group, plenty of room for the gifts, and my guests are still talking about the excellent quality of your food – not only tasted great but beautiful presentation.
I would highly recommend Brandywine Prime to anyone interested in a great place and location (very easy to find from any direction), excellent food and worry-free execution!
March 22, 2016
Dan, I just wanted to send a sincere thank you note to you, Mark, Stephanie, and Tony for making our day FABULOUS in every way. You all just knock it out of the park, and I appreciate all the hard work and love you put into our event! Everything was wonderful…the food, the service, the attention, and the smiles from our servers…always willing to accommodate!
Thank you again for EVERYTHING!! You all are a joy to work with!
Have a very Happy Easter!!
February 19, 2016
Tonight we celebrated my husbands 50 plus 8 birthday. A last minute decision as our son went off to a social event.
From the start you made us feel special. A romantic corner table, an awesome waiter and perfect culinary food! I felt funny using gift cards but in this day an age, our special night was possible because of our gift cards. Somehow I feel you get cheated...so I had to make sure you knew how much we love BWP and we come for many occasions or... just because. We always know we will see you and have a great dining experience.
We had to run as our son ended his night much earlier than expected and you were busy. So good night, don't work too hard and know WE appreciate everything it takes to keep meeting and exceeding our expectations.
Thanks for a special night! And make sure that our waiter knows he was just what we needed on this Friday night. I apologize as I have no memory of his name even though I specifically asked him before I left again. Ugh.
Much love for all! See you again soon.
February 16, 2016
Michael, thank you so much for your help last night. We were the group whose limo broke down. Without your gracious hospitality our night might have been ruined. We got there with help from you, the Galer winery owner, and 2 complete strangers who were in the winery and overheard our dilemma. Strange but great memories! Dinner was awesome! Thanks again. Joe
November 10, 2015
On Sunday, my sister-in-law had a baby shower at your restaurant. The food was exceptional but even more than that was our server. He said his name was Keegan ... I have to say he was truly exceptional. He not only was attentive but very pleasant. I've been to thousands of restaurants over the years and would definitely say he was the best server I've had, hands down.
I just wanted to bring to your attention what a great job he is doing and I will most definitely be back in the future.
October 19, 2015
David and I just want to say thank you for a perfect rehearsal dinner last Thursday night. The food was, as usual, delicious, the ambiance was conducive, and the service was topnotch. Believe it or not, none of the dinner guests had ever been in your establishment before, but after their experience last week, I know that several of them will be back. I even heard some of the out of town guests saying they would make a special trip to our area just to eat at Brandywine Prime. Thank you so much for making the entire affair so easy and pleasurable. I know you will be seeing us often in the future.
Vicki and David
September 21, 2015
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you again helping me arrange such a wonderful event on Sunday. My sister had a great time and all of her guests did as well. I have heard so many compliments attributed to the delicious lunch and mojito bar that was prepared for us all. Furthermore, you and your staff were exceptional - very accommodating, sincere and efficient. You have assembled a fantastic team and I will be sure to recommend Brandywine Prime as a first choice to anyone holding an event, such as a bridal shower.
Thank you again!
May 24, 2015
Hi Michael and Katie,
I just wanted to say thank you for all you did to help make Rachel and Jim's wedding a wonderful success! I have had many comments on the delicious food! Everything was great, ran smoothly, and could not have been any better.
I know how hard Katie worked behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly, and we are so appreciative for all she and her wonderful crew did.
If you need us for a reference in the future, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.
You will definitely see us in the restaurant.
Thanks again for everything!
Debi and Mark
April 8, 2015
This is more than a little overdue, but I want to send a huge thanks to you and your entire staff for putting on such a wonderful birthday event for my Mother last month. The food was terrific. I was amazed that your team was able to prepare the food to order for such a large group. Even the steaks were cooked to perfection, and all the food was served hot.
More importantly, you and your staff (particularly Katie!) went out of their way to make sure everyone felt welcome, and having a good time.
During one of our conversations, you had mentioned you didn’t know of a good photographer. You may still not, because Iredia is a great photographer. I thought I would pass along his contact information. He did an outstanding job, the photos he took are of extremely high quality, and all of the guests really enjoyed having him as a part of the group. I wouldn’t hesitate to suggest you put his name forward to a group, the next time someone asks.
I hope business is going well for you, and to be able to drop in the next time I’m in town.
November 12, 2014
Just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for the stellar food and service for the Media VIP event on Monday night. My client was extremely pleased with the food selections and presentation as well as the courteous nature of your staff and how they interacted with the attendees. Everyone was raving – of course – about the food! Looking forward to working with you again in the future – thanks again.
August 10, 2014
I just wanted to let you know we were very, very pleased with everything yesterday.
Patrick was very helpful, as were the other waitstaff, the room was set up perfectly and looked great, and everyone thought the food
and drinks were delicious!
You were also great to work with - very accommodating - and always followed up to my emails.
I can't say enough about how smoothly everything went. Thanks again so much.
We would - and will - highly recommend Brandywine Prime to others!
July 21, 2014
I am writing to say, "thank you", for all that you and your staff did to make my sister's shower on Saturday, July 19th a wonderful event. Everything was excellent. The food was delicious and there was plenty of it. Anthony and your staff were courteous, helpful, kind, and seemed to enjoy their job.
I also want to thank you for how easy you are to work with. You were always helpful and polite and were prompt in returning phone calls and emails. Thank you so much. You made the entire process relaxed, stress-free, and fun.
Thanks again to you and everyone at Brandywine Prime! I will definitely recommend you to my friends and family.
July 9, 2014
Michael, our dinner on June 28 was just perfect. The room looked great, the food was delicious, and the staff served drinks and food quickly.
Many thanks to you and your staff for everything!
Beth Alois, Realtor
Accredited Luxury Home Specialist
The Jim DeFrank Sales Team
BERKSHIRE HATHAWAY HomeServices
Fox & Roach, Realtors
1598 Baltimore Pike
Chadds Ford, PA 19317
July 1, 2014
Just wanted to take a moment to THANK YOU AND YOUR STAFF for a wonderful rehearsal dinner on Friday night in the Mill Room.
Your staff was superb!! They were extremely attentive! They kept the beverage glasses full and were attentive to each guest. Even the 5 children's needs and wants were attended to with grace.
The food was WONDERFUL!! Usually when we attend a large group dinner, the food is cold, not tasty, and certainly not special! But the food on Friday night was SUPERB!! Our guests were impressed with the site and the quality of the food and service!!! And this group is difficult to please!!!
In this day and age most people send complaints, but my husband and I are sending OUR HIGHEST COMPLIMENTS TO YOU AND YOUR STAFF!!!! WE COULD NOT HAVE BEEN MORE PLEASED!!!!
Thank you again for EVERYTING!! We also appreciate that you allowed my sister and I to enter early to decorate the Mill Room. That meant a LOT to us. Please share these comments with your entire staff!!! You have a GREAT TEAM!!!
WE WILL HIGHLY RECOMMEND YOUR RESTAURANT TO OUR FRIENDS!
January 19, 2014
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU! Your restaurant is wonderful, the room was perfect for us, the food was excellent, and the service was outstanding. The birthday cake was so good! and the mushroom tarts a really nice surprise. I can't thank you enough.
As I had told you, Cheryl Grono at Pennsbury Inn highly recommended Brandywine Prime, and I let her know when we got back here after dinner that she had suggested a terrific place. She was pleased that we had had such a great experience there, because she thinks very highly of you and your staff.
Between Cheryl and Chip at Pennsbury Inn and you and your staff at Brandwine Prime, my husband has had an outstanding birthday weekend and we're a very happy family :-) . Thanks again.
November 17, 2013
I wanted to say Thank you, Thank you, Thank you. You and your staff made this day so very special. I was so impressed with your staff and the attention that was paid to me and my guests. It is such a comfort to know that there are people out there who actually still know what customer service and the pleasant dining experience really mean.
I want to personally thank all the staff for their attention to detail. It was a beautiful day and you and your staff only made it better. Thanks again.
July 28, 2013
Our event today was excellent and many thanks to you, our serving team and your chef! We had a very fun time. The setting and the menu were just perfect. Our guests were very complimentary about the food and especially the desserts.
I look forward to having our next event at Brandywine.
July 1, 2013
Just a short note to thank you for a "job" well done. The menu and the set up worked out very well. The food was very delicious!! The guys were attentive and a lot of fun. I appreciate your patience and your help.
You are on the top of our list of people to call to cater my daughter's wedding next year if interested.
June 23, 2013
Just wanted to tell you how pleased we were with dinner last week. The food and service were excellent. You have a great staff.All of our guests said how much they enjoyed themselves. Thank you for all your help.
With appreciation, Julie
Michael- In 2011 I hosted my daughter's baby shower at BP and it was a lovely event. Recently I was sent the gift certificate for brunch for 6 as a thank you. This past weekend I traveled from upstate NY and had your wonderful brunch with my daughter, her husband, their best friend couple and of course baby Jack joined us...he really liked the Pumpkin soup. I wanted to tell you that we all thought this was such a wonderful marketing tool on your part and truly appreiciated the offer. Thank you again and indeed, we will return.
Apparently you made my tour group extremely happy last night. I got to hear how much the group loved it, especially the crab cakes. Could you send some to DC?
Really, thanks a heap!
I want to thank you for making our day just perfect. Your staff was wonderful and extremely accommodating. Katie was on the ball as was the wait staff. Since I had never had the pleasure of coming to Brandywine Prime, it was uncharted territory for me. I was so impressed. You out did my expectations. The room looked beautiful, the room on the side with the drinks and hors d'oeuvres was a nice place to mingle with the guests. The food was perfectly prepared, very good and the portions were reasonable. I have had so many e-mails and messages from people who attended remarking about Brandywine Prime and how much they enjoyed the shower. They just raved about Brandywine Prime. These people did not have to do this, so I think they were impressed. I am going to pass the word about Brandywine Prime and what a wonderful experience it was from start to finish, I could not have had asked for more.
Thank you again, and please thank everyone who helped make this day special!
"Before the 1777 Battle of Brandywine, Colonial troops frequented the tavern on the estate of John Chads (who gave Chadds Ford its name). Today, the historic building is an upscale steak house called Brandywine Prime, which serves prime sirloin and filet mignon, and delicious truffle fries."
Read the entire "A Weekend in: Brandywine Valley" article in American Way.
My girlfriend and I had our New Years Eve dinner at the Brandywine Prime and i wanted to tell how great the meal and experience was... I have to tell you from the bread, salad, appetizers to the lemon pepper chicken and dessert, it kept getting better and better... everything was fresh and delicious and i'd have a hard time choosing my favorite.. the service was also great.. the other thing i wanted to ask you (for my girlfriend), is if it is possible to get your lava cake recipe ? we absolutely loved it and was wondering if you could send it too me ?
Thank You Very Much!
Thank you so much Michael for all you did for our surprise party my sister and I threw for my parents last Saturday. I received rave reviews on the food, service, and drinks; overall it was a very successful night! Your team did an amazing job, I will refer Brandywine Prime to anyone I know that needs a beautiful, professional atmosphere with great food!
I just wanted to say thank you again for the amazing job you did with my friend's bridal shower this past weekend. Everything was exactly as we had hoped it would be! The servers were extremely friendly, attentive and accommodating (especially Paul), and the food and drinks were excellent. It was so easy planning it with you - you really took care of everything we asked for and we are so appreciative.
Thanks so much - we will definitely be back.
Thank you and your employees for a wonderful lunch experience.
The food was extraordinary, and the service was seamless.
Cross Country Coach provided our transportation, and they had never been to your restaurant before. They would like to plan Brandywine Prime into future tours.
Also, we'd all like to thank you for the recommendation of Brandywine River Museum. What a great art show!!
I hope you stay in business for a long, long time so that we can visit again.
The lunch was awesome and so was the service!!!!
Thank you. We will be back again.
- Tour Operator
Hello Michael, Just wanted to let you know that the Birthday Party for my son yesterday went great ! Alex & the staff provided courteous professional service & they truly are assets to your restaurant. My wife & I look forward to returning to enjoy meals & your great service!
My group had a fantastic time at your restaurant last night. They said the food was delicious and the services was Awesome! Thank you for taking good care of them. Those guys were the Big Bosses. It’s true, you took care of the big guys and I was very happy to hear in our meeting this morning that they enjoyed themselves. My boss is a food and restaurant critic. When he says something is good, it’s good!
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful everything was on Saturday. Everyone, and I mean every single guest, told me they loved the food and the atmosphere and the service. We couldn't have asked for a better day. Most importantly, my Mom had a terrific time and has suggested we come back for dinner some time.
I am the family event planner because I have that experience in my professional life and I have never experienced such an easy process of planning an event like I did with all of you. From beginning to end it was flawless! Thanks and kudos to you and the entire staff that helped make this day so special!
Thank you so much for the wonderful rehearsal dinner on Friday. Everyone had a great time, the food was great. I have had many great steaks at Brandywine Prime and so I tried the lemon pepper chicken and scalloped potatoes – excellent. I have another dish to come and enjoy. Everyone complemented the food. I also want to complement the wait staff – they were absolutely great. I appreciate that under the trying circumstances of that memorable weather induced flooding and traffic, everyone was very patient with us even though the event started and ended later than planned. I didn’t feel rushed at all. I am sure I will see you when I come for a regular night out. Thanks again.
Just in from Zagat
"tasty" steaks, a "decadent Sunday brunch" and more backed by "zinger drinks" and a "sensible" wine program at the "upscale casual" meatery in the "beautifully restored" Chadds Ford Inn; the "down to earth" setting captures the Brandywine/Wyeth area", while the service is "friendly" and "professional"; P.S. regulars recommend the weeknight "low-cost specials" in the bar. Read more...