--- a joint venture of a runner and a pastry chef
Food and entertaining has always
played a central role in our lives. We always shared a passion for
baking & cooking. Our oldest son practically grew up in
a commercial restaurant kitchen and enjoys cooking to this day. I
have been Linda's biggest fan, and it eventually caught up to
me (tipping the scale at over 250 pounds). When Linda's father passed
away after being diagnosed with lung cancer, we realized that
to take better care of our health, so we can be around for our
children. We introduced fitness into our lives and I became very
passionate about running. Since then we have lost 130 pounds
together and family fun consists of hiking on the trail and
enjoying s'mores around the bon fire, rather than dinner and a movie.
||Stephan Weiss, Race director
Stephan used to be
an overweight smoker, as well as an overworked stressed out father of 3
children. In 2005 he stopped smoking, lost 75 pounds in 06/07 and
started running in 07 at the age of 37 to train for the Philadelphia
Marathon as his first road race ever. He has been hooked on running
ever since. Stephan is a volunteer race director for the Blues Cruise
50k trail race and a member of the Pagoda Pacers. Being married to a
pastry chef leaves him only 2 options: Having extreme will power to
resist the temptations in the kitchen or to become a hard core runner
for the rest of his live, to burn off the calories.
Weiss, Pastry Chef
Linda grew up in a restaurant
kitchen. She knew early on, that she wanted to become a pastry chef.
She studied pastry arts at Johnson and Wales University and
worked in a pastry shop in Stuttgart, Germany. Back
quickly made a name for herself as the pastry chef of the Old Brauhaus
and the co-owner of the Strudelhaus cafe and pastry shop. She has been
featured in the Philadelphia Inquirer and also in the Ophra movie
"Beloved". In 2006 Linda moved with her family to Berks
county to raise her children.
||Walter Grund, Executive Chef
Walter also grew up working in
the Old Brauhaus, Philadelphia. He
studied culinary arts in Germany and worked at a resort in
Switzerland. He was the executive chef at the Brauhaus
for about 20 years .
These days Walter enjoys teaching culinary arts at the Philadelphia
Institute of culinary arts.
|Thekla Grund, Senior Exec. Chef
Thekla & her late
husband Walter owned and operated the Old Brauhaus in Philadelphia for
42 years. The Old Brauhaus became a destination for German food lovers.
Thekla's specialty are sauces and homemade soups made fresh from
snapper soup is still considered by many to be the best in the
||Sebastian & Florian,
Chief Fun Officers
These 2 are the main reason, why
we decided to have a change in life style. In 2006 we moved
from Philadelphia to Berks county to raise our kids in a more rural
setting. Sebastian likes cooking, playing restaurant, biking and
Florian likes making jokes, drawing and prides himself
faster than most 2nd graders. Both can be seen helping out at races and
handing out freezer pops.