Momma Turney: An Empire-Building Chef

Edible Philly, Fall 2018

Momma Turney: An Empire-Building Chef

Ask chef Marcie Turney to choose from among her five flourishing restaurants, a group that includes longtime hotspots Lolita and Barbuzzo, and she’ll demur. “It’s like, ‘Who’s your favorite kid?’” she says. In addition to the restaurants, Turney, together with partner Valerie Safran, owns gift shops Open House and Verde, Grocery gourmet market, Marcie Blaine Artisanal Chocolates, and He Said, She Said, a wholesale gift line. Recently, after 16 years in business, the couple has given their operation a name: Safran Turney Hospitality…

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