Earlier this month I stopped by 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton across from Philadelphia City Hall to attend the book signing of On the Line: The Stations, the Heat, the Cooks, the Costs, the Chaos, and the Triumphs (co-authored with Christine Muhlke). Eric Ripert was in the house signing for his fans.

Each of these hor’devours were from the book and passed around to the guests.

Chef Eric Ripert, Where Magazine Publisher Laura Burkhardt and 10 Arts Chef Jennifer Carroll.

Mark & Leigh Baker. They have eaten at 10 Arts several times. They are big fans of the rabbit dish.
Chef Ripert and Peter Leokum, GPFO
Jean A. Durling Chief Recruitment and Professional Development Officer, Jordan Roznowski and Julia Rariz all from Fox Rothschild LLP, (Named One of the 50 Best Law Firms for Women by Working Mother), enjoy the happy hour book signing.

Laurel Fairworth – Cachet Communications, Jamie Gordon PR Director Ritz-Carlton, Sunny Yi – Walking Elephant Marketing, and Heather Seok enjoy the afternoonPastry chef Monica Glass and Chef Jennifer Carroll. Both women are from the Philadelphia area. Who doesn’t have fond memories of a delicious cupcake snack after school? Well the cupcake has grown up and it is now part of a unique happy hour pairing being offered at the Lounge at 10 Arts at the Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia.

Beginning March 20, 2009 – the first day of spring – 10 Arts will offer cupcakes and champagne as part of their VERY happy hour. Sommelier David Weiss and 10 Arts Pastry Chef Monica Glass have paired their talents to offer Philly’s happiest happy hour! “There are many wonderful champagnes that will compliment and enhance the flavors of the cupcakes we will offer,” Weiss explained adding “Of course guests can always go the traditional route and have coffee, tea or even a glass of milk with this culinary confection!” Glass said she always had a penchant for baking cupcakes, “Cupcakes and muffins were always my favorite things to bake as a child. I remember I spent many years of my childhood on the quest for the perfect chocolate cupcake recipe. Though I love experimenting 20 with new flavors and combinations, I’m partial to yellow butter cake and a rich chocolate frosting,” she admits. (I’m partial to the yellow butter cake too)

Also happening on this day was a visit from a class from The Restaurant School, posing with Pastry Chef Monica Glass, Chef Eric Ripert and Chef Jennifer Carroll.

Jennifer gives them a behind the scenes tour of the kitchen. I was excited that I could go along to. The kitchen is beautiful, clean and lots of dinners were being prepared that evening. Fun to watch the action.
Later stayed and enjoyed dinner, as I had eaten in the lounge before. The food was so delicious. There were a couple of salads on the menu, I had the house salad at $12 (apps $10 – $14), which was a meal by itself, but forced myself onto the Trout, which I had heard many of my friends rave about. DELICIOUS and reasonable at $26. Most entrees range from $26 – $34. There is also a menu for the lounge and prices range from $8 to $16 with a fish slider at $19. Of course I love the fish sliders. You really have to try them.