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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Celebrate the Holiday Season Rittenhouse Style

The Rittenhouse Hotel

If you’re still looking to stuff yourself full of Christmas spirit, The Rittenhouse Hotel is hosting a series of holiday events in the next few weeks that are worth considering.

The hotel will be putting on its own gingerbread house display by The Library Bar with replicas of two Philadelphia landmarks – Betsy Ross’s house and the Philadelphia Art Museum. The gingerbread houses have been created by the Rittenhouse’s own culinary team, led by pastry chef Tova du Plessis.

But since you can’t eat all the gingerbread (don’t try, they’ll kick you out), the hotel will be offering sweet roasted chestnuts, hot spiced apple cider, and hot chocolate as a part of their “Winter Warming Treats” every day in the lobby from 2-6 p.m.

But wait, there’s more!

Rittenhouse Row Debuts Four-Night Culinary Event

Rittenhouse Row Culinary logo2_BlackThe forces of Rittenhouse RowKevin Sbraga, and Danielle DelRe, of Starr Restaurants, have come together to create an event that will be one to remember. From August 4th to the 7th, the restaurants of Rittenhouse Row will prepare meals unlike the ones on the traditional menus and give you a dining experience that is one of a kind. As of right now, 18 members will participate in the Rittenhouse Row Culinary Collective, but the list is growing.

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New Blood At Lacroix

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It looks like Lacroix (and the Rittenhouse Hotel in general) have done a bit of hiring and brought some new bodies into the kitchen and onto the floor.

The first is Tova du Plessis, who is coming aboard as pastry chef. That name sound familiar to you? It should. She did time at Le Bec Fin on the savory side as a sous chef, worked at Citron & Rose but, most notably, was the opening pastry chef at Avance, brought in by chef Justin Bogle to handle the sweet side of the menu. She was let go early on in Avance’s run (which, this month, might not be the worst thing in the world), but was quickly picked up by the team at Lacroix for this new gig.

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Cured & Crafted Coming To Philly

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You know what’s awesome? Beer. Know what else? Prosciutto. Add in whiskey and Skittles and a man could live on not much else.

Which is why we’re already excited about Cured & Crafted–a celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Consorzio del Prosciutto di Parma–coming to Philly on February 20, because it’s an event that’s basically all about drinking craft beer and eating as much prosciutto as possible.

Nice.

Oh, and did we mention there are free tattoos?

March of Dimes’ 17th Annual Signature Chefs Auction

From left: <strong>Mike Griffiths</strong> of Fork, <strong>Kevin Sbraga</strong> of Sbraga, chef <strong>Jon Cichon</strong> of Lacroix, and <strong>Ed Konrad</strong> and chef <strong>Nicholas Elmi</strong> of Laurel.

From left: Mike Griffiths of Fork, Kevin Sbraga of Sbraga, chef Jon Cichon of Lacroix, and Ed Konrad and chef Nicholas Elmi of Laurel.

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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