Lacroix, the luxe restaurant inside the Rittenhouse Hotel headed by chef Jon Cichon, is celebrating more than just their new spring menu. Cichon and his team will be taking a trip to New York’s famed James Beard House in June, and they’re celebrating at home with a return of their vegetable-focused, outdoor pop-up restaurant, Aubergine.
Lacroix, the longstanding restaurant at Philadelphia’s Rittenhouse Hotel is changing things up. Chef Jon Cichon has announced that the restaurant is going to a single, five-course tasting menu. Dinner at Lacroix will now be locked in at $105 per person plus an optional $85 wine pairing.
The format, which has debuted with this week’s fall menu, offers some choices but other courses are fixed like the grilled Maine Lobster. A tail and claw is poached for this dish and topped with shaved and lightly pickled persimmon, curried persimmon puree and served with a lobster, pumpkin, celery leaf jus atop celery root puree.
• The folks at the Monell Chemical Senses Center, right here in Philly, have figured out why your recycling bin is overflowing with Lacroix cans (coconut flavored, if you’re like me — so good): According to a study, to be published in the journal Plus One, cold carbonated beverages are the ultimate thirst quenchers, scientifically speaking. By the way, word to the wise: You’re pronouncing Lacroix wrong. [Vice]
Just now, my boyfriend was sitting across the kitchen table from me reading the August issue of Bon Appetit (Philly gets a couple of nods in the mag’s Best New Restaurants feature, by the way), when out of nowhere, he asked me, “How do you say ‘LaCroix‘?” I answered, “Uhhhhh, ‘La-qua,’ DUH.” (I am an obnoxious human, especially directly following my first few servings of caffeine for the day.) He answered back, “Wrong.” I slumped down in my chair in shame.
If you have always wanted a taste of what Lacroix is dishing out, but did not want to break the bank, your opportunity has come.
For one night only, Lacroix’s executive chef, Jon Cichon, will be hosting Aubergine, a pop-up restaurant.
On Tuesday, June 21st, the restaurant will open in the outdoor courtyard at The Rittenhouse (yes, the Rittenhouse has a courtyard). At $50 per ticket, you will get a taste of Cichon’s small plates and family style dishes, as well as complementary beer and wine.
The Austrian Wine Marketing Board held a little contest earlier this month that aimed to crown a person with an impressive title: “New York’s Best Sommelier.” About 70 sommeliers were quizzed in a written test and a blind tasting. The top three did a service test for a panel of judges, who acted as diners. Turns out no one in New York was worthy of such a title.
That’s because a guy from Philly won it.
The Rittenhouse Hotel is hosting its first-ever cellar tasting event. On Sunday, January 31st from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., the hotel is opening its wine cellar for a tasting of 50 specially selected wines. And the event is just $55 per person.
The wines have been selected by Wine Director and Advanced Sommelier Justin Timsit. Timsit tells us, “this is an event that brings people together to experience the depth of our award-winning cellar, which we have worked so hard to build over the last several years.” Wines will come from the most historic regions of wine to the most uncharted terroir, from old world to new.
Tickets were sold out but a limited number were just released, so act now.
Raise your hand if you can point to Corsica on a map.
That’s what I thought.
If you’re looking for a fun, free way to celebrate the beginning of allergy season (or what some people call, “spring”), on Saturday, May 2, head down to Center City for the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. There will be a fashion show, beauty booths, live music, and most importantly food demonstrations and cocktail lounges.