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.

First off, there’s a four-course Calera wine dinner scheduled for Friday, January 16. Tickets are $179 per person (not counting tax and tip), but we’re talking a lot of wine and a lot of food coming out of Lacroix’s award-winning kitchen. Check out the menu:

Hors d’Oeuvres

Calera Chardonnay, Central Coast, CA 2012


Squid, Iberico Ham, Black Truffle

Calera Chardonnay, Mt. Harlan, CA 2012

Calera Viognier, Mt. Harlan, CA 2011


Meyer Lemon, Saffron, Chicory

Calera ‘Ryan Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Mt. Harlan, CA 2007

Calera ‘Ryan Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Mt. Harlan, CA 2010 – 35th Anniversary Vintage


Pumpkin, Apple, Juniper

Calera ‘de Villiers Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Mt. Harlan, CA 2011

Calera ‘Mills Vineyard’ Pinot Noir, Mt. Harlan, CA 2011


Délice de Bourgogne, Quince, Blood Orange, Marcona Almond

Calera Viognier Doux, Central Coast, CA 2013

And then, on Monday, January 26, the house is doing a special BYO-permitted Wagyu tasting dinner with all the meat supplied by DeBragga. This is five courses, all featuring different kinds of wagyu–from American and Australian to Miyazaki. Tickets for this one are $149, which might sound pricey considering you have to bring your own booze, but look at the spread they’re laying out.

Wagyu Dinner Menu

BYOB Night


American Wagyu Tri-Tip

Bitter Greens, Walnut


Miyazaki Beef

Foie Gras, Quince, Porcini


American Wagyu Shank

Oyster, Celery Root, Tarragon


Australian Wagyu Tenderloin

Sweet Potato, Meyer Lemon, Black truffle



Wheatgrass, Chartreuse, Finger Lime

Information on both dinners is available at Lacroix’s event page, linked below.

Lacroix Events [Official]