Tomorrow: Philadelphia History Museum’s City Social

PHMlogoSince emerging from a top-to-bottom renovation a few years ago, the Philadelphia History Museum has come a long way toward engaging residents and asserting itself as a relevant cultural entity for the city. And tomorrow, from 5:30-8:30, staff will don dressy attire to stage the first fundraiser in the museum’s 73-year-history–the City Social. Like any good Philadelphia fundraiser, this one emphasizes food.

Museum execs asked Jean-Marie Lacroix and his Brulée Catering team to showcase the city’s culinary diversity, which will be laid for VIPs out in the museum’s garden, and atop the floor-sized neighborhood map in the main hall for those purchasing general admission tickets. Specifically, three hors d’oeuvre stations feature Latin, Asian and Italian appetizers to celebrate those ethnic constituencies.

“We wanted to go away from cheese steaks and pretzels because enough already,” said Executive Director Charles Croce. “We’re trying to better reflect the neighborhoods.”

The Latin Fusion station features Brazil, Mexico and Argentina with national staples like coxinha chicken croquettes, grilled chimichurri beef skewers and Key Lime shrimp tostadas with black beans, toasted cumin and cilantro crema. For the requisite Italian nod, a flat bread station includes spiced broccoli rabe and peperonata with yellow tomato sauce and aged provolone, and Asian delicacies run from five-spice-braised short ribs with kaffir lime and curry reduction to edamame dumplings with Vietname nuoc cham dipping sauces.

Once you’ve stuffed your face and had your fill, you may be interested in visiting with honored guests Mayor Michael and Lisa Nutter, or bidding on silent auction items like a private dinner for ten prepared by Lacroix, an autographed mural-sized picture of a fan-filled Citizen’s Bank Park, and luxury box seats for the Eagles vs. Cowboys home game. The Nutters will also be presenting the museum with Hizzoner’s 2008 Phillies World Series Championship ring and a hat and t-shirt from the Little League championship team the Taney Dragons.

Philadelphia History Museum City Social [Official]