WE LIVE TO EAT WELL

At P.S. & Co., we aim to provide the cleanest, most delicious food that helps you feel incredible. Our nutrient-driven menu is healthy in blueprint and decadent in taste. No multisyllabic additives or peculiar preservatives. We hope you'll find our delicious, plant-strong, gluten-free food and beverages as a gateway to feeling and living your best life. 

 

FAQ

Is your menu 100% vegan?

P.S. & Co.™ is 100% vegan (plant-based, dairy free, meat free, egg-free) made from whole foods.  We do not source or make fake meat products or processed substitutes.

We avoid highly processed, unhealthful forms of soy and pea protein, known as soy-protein or pea protein isolates.  As a result, we do not offer protein powders or popular vegan burgers.  These processed products also contain hard to digest gums and binders.  These ingredients may be vegan, but in our opinion, not the best for your health.

How are you able to source 100% organic?  Seems impossible.

It is not easy.  Our goal is to serve the best product to you.  Produce changes with mother nature and organics is an even smaller slice of the pie, which is why you may see variations among our ingredients.  If we cannot source organically, we will not use a conventional alternative. That menu item may be on hiatus until that particular organic ingredient becomes available again. We will however source from  IPM and sustainable farmers who do not certify their ingredients as organic, but have been vetted to follow such farming practices.

 

We source our organic produce from Baldor Specialty Foods, Zone 7, Summer Wind Farm, Cecil Creek Farm and Lancaster Farm Fresh, to name a few. 

 

Our dry goods are sourced separately from the best vendors we find, which is approximately a list of 20 + vendors.  We prepare all of our menu items daily.  Fresh food has a short shelf life.  As a result, we recommend you consume our to-go items the same or next day at most, otherwise enjoy in our dining space.   We add no preservatives or short-cuts to our preparation.

P.S. & Co.™ stands apart from the rest who promise to be "committed to using organic, seasonal, and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible."  We want to do better for you.  This is why we commit to 100% organic standards.  It keeps us accountable, in order to keep our promise to you.

Does P.S. & Co. have any GMO ingredients?

Zero GMOs.  Just because a label reads "non-gmo" does NOT mean that product is also organic.  Organic is the lack of use of pesticides; non-gmo is referring to genetically modified engineering. 

It is true our menus is 100% gluten-free.  We did use an organic whole wheat for a year when we were unable to source both an organic and gluten-free wrap, but that has all changed!  As of November 30, 2018, we found new vendors who can supply us with tortilla wraps that are both organic/non-GMO and gluten-free.  Our kitchen is once again celiac safe while maintaining 100% organic standards.

P.S. & Co.™ is certified kosher parve, too?

Through the supervision of IKC - Rabbi Zev Schwarz, we are certified kosher parve.

Is P.S. & Co.™ safe for nut allergies or any allergies?

We are not safe for those with nut allergies or any type of allergies.  We offer a few nut free options, but we use organic, raw nuts freely throughout our kitchen.  P.S. & Co.™ is not a nut-free or allergen free environment.

Why do you bottle in glass?

We aim to reduce single-use waste as much as possible.

 

Why do you charge for to-go packaging and basic stuff that everyone else includes? 

In hopes of discouraging single-use packaging, we decided to itemize these costs to reward our guests who do bring their own containers or eschew boxes and bags, while raising funds for animal rescues.  All sales from the purchase of coffee cups, to-go boxes, straws, bags, etc. are donated to a different animal/wildlife cause every month.  Each month - through Instagram - guests help us vote where they would like the funds to be donated.  You can help us decide where your money goes!  We understand the transition is an inconvenience, and thank you for your understanding and support.  Please bring your own containers, resuable utensils, reusable bags, etc. to avoid additional charges.  Together, hopefully, we can transition our disposable culture into one that helps our planet thrive for future generations.  

Do you deliver?

We do not offer delivery at this time or through courier services.  Our aim is to reduce packaging waste and encourage guests to either dine in with us instead for the best experience.

Are you BYOB?

Yes, we are!  As long as we're open, you're welcome to bring alcohol, any time of day.

How about reservations?

We recommend reservations during dinners and weekend brunch as these are popular times! You may book through our site or give us a call at 215.985.1706.  Please let us know if your reservation is for a special event, if there are any dietary allergies, and if your party will include children!

How can we contact someone at P.S. & Co.™?

For immediate assistance, please call us at 215.985.1706.  For all general inquiries and all press inquiries, please email info@puresweets.com.  

Will P.S. & Co.™ provide any nutritional information?

Due to the changing nature of our menu, we are unable to create nutritional profiles with each new dish.  We just don't have the people power to do so. 

We do not believe in counting calories or fat.  By eating whole, plant-based ingredients, you'll never have to count another calorie.  P.S. & Co.™ has thoughtfully created a menu in which plates and beverages are at a greater ratio of protein, healthy fats and nutrients than complex carbohydrates, sugars, salt and anti-inflammatory oils.  We do have ingredient lists of our staple menu items which we can share anytime.

Who designed P.S. & Co.™?

  • David Fierabend of Groundswell Design designed the interiors.

  • Roots Landscape designs our front window area and the secret garden annually.

  • Joe Malseed of Philadelphia Woodcraft Company handmade our tables from reclaimed wood.

  • Ian Chapin created our Hobart mixing bowl lamps and milk bottle chandeliers. 

  • Our shelves and marble counter tops are all made from reclaimed joists from Philadelphia scrap yards.

  • The red-ish wood floors are original to the 100+ year old building.

 

How is P.S. & Co.™ making efforts towards sustainability?

  • We pay American Power and Gas for wind power as our source of electricity. 

  • We are moving away from plastic packaging and plan to have zero plastic to-go packaging or disposable coffee cups by 2019.  Our packaging will be non-coated paper packaging.  We'll also start a rewards program for those who bring their own reusable packaging for take-out orders.

  • We provide and source our paper straws from Aardvark.  We still have plastic straws for those with disabilities.

  • We compost our food scraps with Circle Compost.  The majority of our waste is composted or recycled.

  • We source our 100% organic vegetables and fruit from local farms through Zone 7 and Lancaster Farm Fresh.  If unavailable locally, we source our organic produce from Baldor Specialty Foods.

  • We're always eager to reduce waste and reuse.  If you have any suggestions, we are looking forward to learning more.

HOW WE DO BUSINESS

 At P.S. & Co., we take great pride in providing 100% organic, plant-based, gluten-free, kosher parve, scratch-made, and healthful products to our treasured guests.

 

One of our missions is making sure our small business sustainably produces specialty food and desserts of the highest quality. Every recipe is house-made using the highest quality ingredients, executed by our skilled team whose livelihoods we value.  We want to share how we strive to do better for you and our employees. 

 

Every item on our menu is labor-intensive.  We make just about every item from scratch. This is not always the case for pastry shops or restaurants as there are ready-to-use mixes and ready-to-use ingredients on the market, which requires less labor and less time to produce. It requires a great deal of trial and error, patience and determination for our savory and pastry team to create our unique organic, plant-based, gluten-free recipes. 

 

As an example, a traditional pastry shop would use heavy cream, conventional white sugar and flours, and an affordable chocolate for a chocolate ganache recipe.  At P.S.& Co., our chocolate ganache is made with organic coconut oil, organic fair trade cocoa powder, organic dark chocolate sweetened with organic coconut sugar and organic maple syrup.  Every item we use is in a completely different price category, as well as being labor intensive.

 

The high quality products that we use are organic and certified gluten-free, which means they’re more expensive and more difficult to source reliably. If our vendor is out of stock, we will be at Mom’s Organic or WholeFoods buying up the retail version, in order to maintain our commitment.  We will never swap out an ingredient for convenience or cost’s sake. In most cases, an organic item is twice the price of its conventional counterpart! 

 

Lastly, the restaurant industry (and it’s menu prices) has historically been built upon low wages, little to no benefits, and erratic or unreliable hours. We have made it a point to pay above industry standard (especially for jobs such as dishwasher), create set schedules that allow our team members stability, and since 2019 have been able to afford benefits, such as health insurance, paid time off, and availability of a 401k program. Personally, it was a goal of mine not to take a paycheck until we could afford benefits for our amazing employees.  Only then, would I know the true cost of doing business.

 

Hopefully this provides an inside peek of how we work and how we determine our prices. As we grow and develop, we are driven to continue to push boundaries and discover innovative ways to bring you the cleanest, healthiest ways to enjoy organic, plant-based, gluten-free, kosher food. From all of us at P.S. & Co., we thank you for continuing on this journey with us!

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