Lacroix Goes Straight Prix-Fixe

Lacroix-940Lacroix, 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.

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The Checkup: Philly Study Validates Your Outrageous Lacroix Addiction

• 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]

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You’ve Been Pronouncing “LaCroix” All Wrong

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.

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Lacroix’s Jon Cichon to Host Pop-Up Restaurant

Courtyard at the The Rittenhouse

Courtyard at the The Rittenhouse

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.

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“New York’s Best Sommelier” Works at The Rittenhouse Hotel

Justin Timsit - Wine director of Lacroix restaurant at the Rittenhouse hotel

Justin Timsit, wine director at Lacroix. (Photo courtesy of The Rittenhouse)

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.

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Cellar Wine Tasting at the Rittenhouse

The Library Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

The Library Bar at the Rittenhouse Hotel.

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.

The Rittenhouse Cellar Tasting Tickets [EventBrite]
Rittenhouse Hotel [Official]

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Is Coming

Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival

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.

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Two January Events At Lacroix

A legend just for the number of current execs and chef-owners who have done time inside its kitchen, Lacroix under chef Jon Cichon is a house in transition, moving toward a more modern, more inventive take on haute (mostly French) cuisine without sacrificing the artistry that makes the dining here so fine in the first place. Pro Tip: While dinners at Lacroix recently went fully prix fixe, if you ask nicely you can still order individual items off the tasting menu in an à la carte fashion. Breakfast of Champions: The brunch here remains the one against which all others in the city ought to be judged.  Visit one of the 50 Best Restaurants in Philadelphia:  Lacroix, 210 West Rittenhouse Square, 215-790-2533.

Lacroix at the Rittenhouse Hotel is not a restaurant that often hosts food events–at least not as often as many of the other well-known places in town. But here we are, heading into a new year, and they’ve already got two on the schedule, both of which are taking reservations now.

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