Lacroix Chef Jon Cichon Guests at James Beard House, Celebrates with Outdoor Pop-Up

2016's Aubergine pop-up / Lacroix at The Rittenhouse

2016’s Aubergine pop-up / Lacroix at The Rittenhouse

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.

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Vetri Hosts Exclusive One-Night Pop-Up Featuring Nashville’s Hottest Chef

The Catbird Seat/Facebook

The Catbird Seat/Facebook

The Catbird Seat is one of Nashville’s most highly lauded restaurant experiences: diners sit at a U-shaped bar and watch chef Ryan Poli and his team turn out their meal, serving bites and chatting about ingredients during service. We have our own version of that at Serpico, but, obviously, Peter Serpico’s style of cooking is vastly different from Poli’s. So for the real Catbird Seat experience, you’ll have to spend the time and money to travel all the way to Tennessee.

Or you can just pop over to Vetri’s private dining room on May 8th.

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The Fat Ham Returns to Philadelphia for One Night

Osteria dining room

Osteria dining room

When Kevin Sbraga closed his Philadelphia restaurants, we lost — among other things — one of the best single dishes in the entire city: Fat Ham’s Nashville hot chicken. Yes, there still exists a Fat Ham at the King of Prussia Mall, and yes, it serves hot chicken, but true hot chicken within Philly’s boundaries? Nada (well, besides Bud & Marilyn’s good-but-not-as-good rendition).

Luckily for us, Sbraga’s bringing his fried bird and other southern spins back to the city for one night later this month.

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Weed Activist Dons Pot-Leaf Costume to Promote “Pop Up Weed Garden”

You may have been lucky enough to see Hempy the Weed Leaf running loose in Philadelphia yesterday – but if not, there will be plenty of him to go around at a “Pop Up Weed Garden” planned for this Thursday in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Marijuana activist Nikki Allen Poe donned the costume yesterday to promote the celebratory event, scheduled for 4:20 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. on the two-year anniversary of marijuana decriminalization in Philadelphia – which Poe and fellow activist Chris Goldstein helped to make happen. Read more »

Royal Sushi and Izakaya Hosting a Pop-up in a Pop-up

Jesse Ito's Tuna Guac

Jesse Ito’s Tuna Guacamole

Despite our doubts, Royal Sushi and Izakaya may be proving us wrong. The perpetually delayed Japanese pub recently told us they would be opening in sometime in July. We had our doubts, after the 5 year on-again off-again game they played with us.

However, we just found out the Royal Sushi and Izakaya team will be hosting a pop-up within a pop-up. Maybe they aren’t messing around this time. The team will be at the PHS pop-up garden on South Street this Thursday and Friday, June 23 and 24, starting at 6 p.m.

As far as the menu goes? Jesse Ito said he will definitely be making his “tuna guac” with some fresh Bluefin tuna from Mexico. Philly.com also reported there will be two cocktails from Royal Izakaya, as well.

But don’t get too excited, Ito said this isn’t a test run for any menu items or a sneak peek at what might come in July. “I’m just doing it for fun and to keep my knife skills sharp” said Ito. “This is what I love doing.”

Royal Sushi and Izakaya [Foobooz]

Last Events of Philly Beer Week

Street Pub from Philly Beer Week 2015

Deschutes Street Pub from Philly Beer Week 2015

 The end of Philly Beer Week is (sadly) almost upon us. So, if you’re still standing that means squeezing in as much as possible fun before it’s all over. We’ve rounded up some of the biggest events happening this weekend around the city to help you say good-bye. And once it’s all over you can start taking care of that hangover and preparing for next year.

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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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