Mela Kitchen is located in the brand new Jack’s Hard Cider production facility located in Gettysburg, PA.
Taking it’s name from the Italian word for apple, Mela, will take a clean, fresh and rustic approach to food. Making use of the great local ingredients and products available, Mela’s menu will consist of brick oven pizzas, Italian inspired small plates and family style offerings. Our mission is to offer a thoughtful, comforting menu in a social atmosphere.
Our bar program will feature Jack’s Hard Ciders on draft as well as PA craft beer. Flights will be available to sample. New wines under the Atomic Dog label will be on the menu, as will cider-based cocktails and traditional cocktails.
The chefs at Mela take a simple approach to food. Lots of local foods prepared in a effortless way. Our goal is to create a space that is comforting while providing food that makes the soul happy.
We look forward to sharing our philosophy
— Eat Well, Drink Well, Be Well —
with our community.
Josh Fidler’s love of food was developed early in life, influenced by the cooking of his parents and grandparents. Josh started in the restaurant industry at age 15, washing dishes and assembling sandwiches at a downtown deli in his hometown of Gettysburg, PA. He continued working in restaurants while pursuing a degree in digital imaging in California, and after graduating Josh worked as a freelance photographer and designer. He continued to dabble in the food scene before deciding to make it his full time career in 2009. He has worked for many favorite local establishments, as well as his own and beloved restaurant, Fidler & Co. After the closing of Fidler, he spent a year working at and refining the menu at Gearhouse Brewing Co., before starting on the Mela/Jacks hard cider project at the start of 2020. He is excited to be back in his hometown and have the opportunity to work with all of the great local products the county has to offer.
Chef Brent Golding grew up in the Gettysburg area but most of his cooking career has been spent elsewhere. Early on, his time at the Sheppard Mansion in Hanover under Chef Andrew Little awarded him with the opportunity to go south to continue their work at Josephine in Nashville. His desire to work with pristine ingredients then led him to Husk Nashville, under the care of James Beard award-winning chef Sean Brock. Re- turning to Pennsylvania, he landed in notable kitchens around Philadelphia and Lan- caster, molding and shaping his ingredient driven focus with a simple and seasonal ap- proach, which he looks to continue to explore through the rich offerings of Adams Coun- ty.
Growing up in Adams County, Maria has always had an interest in the area’s agriculture and food production. While pursuing a degree in fine art, she worked at several area restaurants, and continued in the industry after graduation. She eventually found a home at Fidler & Co., which allowed her to further explore her combined interests in restaurants and farming. It was at this time she developed a relationship with Amazing Heart Farm, and learned to plant, harvest and maintain local produce varieties. Maria is excited to continue her relationship with local farms while working at Mela Kitchen and Jack’s Hard Cider.