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- Neighborhood: Rittenhouse Square
- 210 West Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia, PA 19103
- Phone: 215-546-9000
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- Cuisine: French
- Price: $$$$
- Accepts Credit Cards: Yes
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Wednesday night, the March of Dimes at the Please Touch Museum Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park held its 17th annual Signature Chefs Auction with delicious cuisine, fine wine, friends and supporters. 30 of Philadelphia’s top chefs including Mike Griffiths of Fork, Kevin Sbraga of Sbraga, chef Jon Cichon of Lacroix, and Ed Konrad and chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel were on hand serving delicious dishes for the nearly 300 guests at a cocktail reception before the ceremony honoring several people this year. Chichon and Elmi were co-chair chefs. Honorary chair was Carolyn Jackson, CEO, St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children.
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Yes, we still have some time before the first episode of the new season of Top Chef, featuring Nick Elmi, Jason Cichonski and a bunch of other people who aren’t from Philly.
But for those of you out there who just can’t wait, we thought it might be nice to offer up a bit of history–a way for you to get a handle on our two hometown chefs and maybe come to understand, once the show starts, why this one is freaking out over his pork chops or why that one is doing that thing to that scallop. To that end, we’ve assembled a Six Pack of places where the two chefs trained, rose to prominence, made names for themselves or, in the case of Jason Cichonski, are still currently cooking (Elmi is unemployed at the moment, but working on opening his first restaurant–Laurel on East Passyunk).
It would make a helluva restaurant crawl. Or maybe something to do on the weekend before Top Chef premiers. But we’re not telling you how to live your life…
The Rittenhouse Hotel was purchased a year ago by the Hersha Hotel chain but only recently have enhancements been visible. Now open is the Library Bar. The new bar is located just off the lobby and contains a carefully curated collection of books and fine art. Open nightly for small bites and cocktail service, the 20-seat Library Bar aims to be Philadelphia’s most sophisticated cocktail destination. Bartender Pablo “Papi” Hurtado has created a list of custom cocktails including The RH, a twist on a whiskey sour dressed up with house-made dried figs.
Lacroix executive chef Jon Cichon has created a bar menu featuring sharable appetizers, salads and desserts plus a pairing menu that marries sweet and savory wine and food pairings. Highlights include: