R2L Hosts the 5th Summer Harvest Dinner

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R2L is continuing their Summer Harvest Dinner Series, an event meant to highlight farmers’ hard work and bring them closer to the restaurant and its attendees, on Tuesday, August 5th. And this edition will feature Barefoot Gardens. Starting at 6:30 p.m., guests can not only enjoy their food but the farmers’ company, too, as they go around and discuss working on a farm.

On the menu is Crudo with Mackerel, Fennel and Crispy Potato Salad, Stuffed Rabbit Saddle, and Lemon Verbena Parfait. The 4-course menu is $75 per person.

Availability is limited, so to make reservations now by calling 215-564-5337.

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Georges Perrier at Crow and the Pitcher

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Last week we told you about Rittenhouse Row’s cool Culinary Collective, where eighteen restaurants were pulling out all the stops to create unique experiences between August 5th and the 7th. One of those special experiences will be at Crow and the Pitcher. Georges Perrier, who is often spotted relaxing at the Rittenhouse restaurant of Alex Capasso, will be in the kitchen preparing some of his most popular dishes from Le Bec-Fin’s past. A four-course prix fixe dinner will be available for $60 or a seven-course extravaganza will be $120. Seatings are available at 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.
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Il Pittore Introduces Local Farmer Menu

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Starting this week until the end of the summer, Il Pittore will introduce a new menu dedicated to the hot season and all of its offerings. Chef Chris Painter, who was just awarded Best Chef by Philly Mag’s Reader Poll, is taking advantage of the summertime produce in his Pennsylvania and New Jersey Farmers’ Menu. Using products from Green Meadow Farms in Lancaster and other local PA and NJ farmers, Painter will create a 4-course tasting menu.

Guests will start with a Chilled Cucumber Soup, followed by Pennsylvania Pride Beef Ravioli (see picture), Striped Bass, and, to finish it all off, Peach Upside-Down Cake.

Guests are encouraged to make early reservations because each night, there are only 20 available dinners. The menu is priced at $45.

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Flyers’ Claude Giroux Buys Unit at 10 Rittenhouse

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Photo by Laura Kicey.

Does Claude Giroux care that he’ll be close to Cliff Lee and Jonathan Papelbon, who live at 1706, now that he bought a penthouse unit at 10 Rittenhouse? Do the Phillies and the Flyers guys hang out? (In fact, does anyone hang out with Jonathan Papelbon?)

Well, no matter. He has plenty of other bigwigs to hang with at 10 Rittenhouse, as the Philadelphia Business Journal’s Natalie Kostelni — the Brenda Starr of real estate reporting — revealed today. Last year, Property’s Shannon Rooney and Laura Kicey took a look at the penthouses in progress, and some of these photos are those being used to market the 29th-floor units, one of which Giroux bought for $2.2 million or thereabouts. Thus, we can assume the photos below represent the way Claude Giroux will now live:

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New Tower Could Rise on Rittenhouse Square After All

A rendering of Castleway's pre-recession proposal, courtesy of Skyscraper Page

A rendering of Castleway’s pre-recession proposal, courtesy of Skyscraper Page

Irish developer Castleway Properties is again working on plans for a luxury condo tower and boutique hotel on a prominent vacant lot on Rittenhouse Square. Castleway had proposed something similar for the site in 2007, but the proposal collapsed during the recession. Then, in 2013, megadeveloper Toll Brothers showed interested in purchasing the lot, but earlier this year the sale fell through and Toll Brothers walked away.

Castleway now appears to again be moving forward on its own. According to a May Center City District report, Castleway is planning a 150-unit, 350,000-square-foot condo tower, 25,000 square feet of retail space, a 200,000-square-foot hotel, and four levels of underground parking. That sounds very similar to the pre-recession proposal, which called for a 525-foot glass tower (rendering above).

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Dreamy Bathroom, Wine Cellar and Nanny Suite in Rittenhouse Square

TREND photo courtesy Coldwell Banker.

TREND photo courtesy Coldwell Banker.

On the Rittenhouse Square Luxury Homes bingo card, “Delancey Street” would be the center square. This home would satisfy the rest of the bingo squares pretty quickly. Multiple fireplaces? Check. Cavernous wine cellar? Check. Ample parking included? Of course. Nanny suite? Obviously. Master bath that inspires hot green envy? Indeed.

This four-bedroom townhouse just off the intersection of 18th and Delancey clocks in with more than 4,000 square feet of living space. Not counting the parking for two out back. The interior design elements evoke exactly the luxury you expect at such a posh address. Lots of built-ins, custom millwork, deep baseboards and grand fireplaces. The finishes, too, are high-end. The kitchen features not one but two Bosch dishwashers, a six-burner Thermador stove and a Subzero refrigerator.
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Angry Bull Burger Comes to Village Whiskey

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For the month of July, Iron Chef Jose Garces’ restaurant, Village Whiskey is heating things up with a mouthwatering burger, and you can thank San Fermín’s Running of the Bulls for it.

To celebrate the event, Village Whiskey will debut the Angry Bull Burger featuring aged manchego cheese, chorizo billbao, fried padron pepper, tempranillo grilled onions and smoked paprika aioli. The burger will cost $22 and that’s no bull.

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Patterns Everywhere in this Two-Story Rittenhouse Square Condo

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach

TREND photo courtesy BHHS Fox & Roach


Even at the toniest addresses in Rittenhouse Square, it can be difficult to find a condo that feels more like a private home. This fifth- and sixth-floor unit in 1900 Rittenhouse is a three-bedroom home spanning more than 3,600 square feet. The layout, the cozy wallpaper and the actual, working windows throughout make this unit feel more like a rowhouse with leafy views.

The unit has two separate entrances – one on each floor. The levels are connected by a custom interior staircase with equally dramatic lighting. The main living floor features living and dining rooms, a family room, a half bath, a laundry room, the kitchen and a double-bath master suite. The master baths are finished with Czech & Speake fixtures. Upstairs are two additional bedrooms and another living room with private entrance.
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Annual Rittenhouse Ball on the Square

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Last night, Rittenhouse Square held its annual Ball on the Square. Nearly 370 well-dressed guests attended. The dress was jackets for guys and gowns for women enduring the near summer heat and humidity for a good cause.

The annual celebration brings much-needed funds for the maintenance of the popular square; last night it was especially sweet as the Friends of Rittenhouse Square met their goal for the One Million Dollar Preservation Campaign. The campaign started under last year’s ball chairs Mary Parenti and Lynn Schecter, and was completed with the efforts of the 2014 ball chairs Janice Birenbaum and Nina Stanley and the ball committee.

Today, walking through the park you can see the improvements: increased lighting, security cameras, the restored and cleaned balustrade, and the illuminated guardhouse and lion. Next up: The restoration of the fountain.

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