Philadelphia

WHAT TO DO FOR VALENTINE’S DAY IN PHILADELPHIA 2010 (weekend events too)

After digging out your car, or jumping over snow piles this week, you and your sweetie, BFF or mom are gonna need some Valentine relief. I’ve picked a few things that I would do if I weren’t in sunny Florida this weekend. (& don’t worry I’ve already done the entries for next week so show up. Plus I might have a few alligators for you to gander at if I don’t tweet them first, follow me @iphillychitchat on Tweeter.com)

First of all go out and buy the Susan Boyle CD if you haven’t yet, it’s the only romantic music you need this season)

Then Make Reservations for this weekend:
Bar Ferdinand (1030 North 2nd Street, 215-923-1313, www.barferdinand.com) Chef Michael Thomas has created a special $30 Valentine’s Day brunch menu being served from 11 a.m until 3 p.m.Dinner is a $65 and $75 menu option with delicious selections. Guests will also enjoy live Flamenco Performances. Reservations are recommended and accepted from 5 until 10 p.m.
Bistrot La Minette

Bistrot La Minette is offering Valentine’s Day specials the entire weekend, Friday, Saturday and they will even be open (cause they know what a special day it is) on Sunday (they’re usually closed). Diners can enjoy the regular menu with incredible specials and the most tempting dishes prepared by Chef Peter Woolsey. Bistrot La Minette is located at 623 S. 6th Street (between South and Bainbridge Streets). For reservations call 215.925.8000, or visit http://www.bistrotlaminette.com.

Fork (306 Market Street, 215-625-9425, www.forkrestaurant.com) · Celebrate Valentine’s Day at Fork, located in the city’s bustling Old City District. Chef Feury will offer guests a $70 three-course menu. Selections will include: House Smoked Salmon Carpaccio with American Sturgeon Caviar, Local Winter Radishes and Citrus Vinagrette; Crispy Lamb Confit with Glazed Purple Carrots, Roasted Garlic and Black Olive-Infused Oil; and several other selections. Reservations are recommended and being accepted from 5 until 10:30 p.m. My neighborhood favorite:
London Grill
(2301 Fairmount Avenue, 215-978-4545, www.londongrill.com) · Indulge in a $22.22 brunch buffet including the “Make Your Own” Bloody-Mary Bar served from 11 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. For dinner, in addition to their a la carte menu, Chef Michael McNally will serve a $50 four-course menu, beginning with a passion-inspired cocktail. Reservations are recommended and accepted from 4:30 until 9:30 p.m.Mémé

Chef David Katz is offering diners a 4-course menu for $60 featuring aphrodisiacs such as oysters, caviar, truffles, chocolate, figs and a glass of champagne on the house! You can even bet on a music play-list all about love to enhance your romantic night even more. Mémé is located at 2201 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA. For reservations please call 215.735.4900.
Table 31 (1701 JFK Boulevard, 215-567-7111, www.Table-31.com) · Located in The Comcast Center, Philadelphia’s boldest landmark, Chef Chris Scarduzio will offer a special Valentine’s weekend menu to be served Friday (2/12) through Sunday (2/14). Roses will be given to guests on Valentine’s Day. Reservations are recommended and being accepted for Friday and Saturday from 5 until 11 p.m. and Sunday from 5 until 9:30 p.m. I wish we had a dinner experience like this every weekend, why can’t we do something like this at least once a month somewhere ie the Rainbow Room of Philadelphia, it’s reopening again in NYC ya know.

50 stories above the city at Top of the Tower – Isn’t it Romantic Valentine
Celebration
including open bar, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, dessert buffet,
Eddie Bruce cabaret, dancing and FREE parking! All for $214+ tax, a couple.

Then pre-order a customized bag of treats for your sweet fir Valentine’s Day! Cookies, brownies, cupcakes From More Than Just Ice Cream http://twitpic.com/10d32q

Philly has some of the best theater outside of NYC and I don’t know if you all realize how lucky we are:

Broadway Series to Present The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber at the Merriam Theater, February 9 – 14

Backed by a 27-Piece Onstage Orchestra, Cast of Six Broadway Stars to Include Tony Award Nominee Howard McGillin, Jeremy Kushnier, Laurie Gayle Stephenson, Kathy Voytko, Kevin Kern and Deone Zanotto

Jane Seymour: A One Woman Show
The Court at King of Prussia – Wentworth Gallery
160 N Gulph Rd King Of Prussia, PA 19406 view map
Wentworth Gallery is pleased to present two art exhibitions by acclaimed actress and artist Jane Seymour. Guests will have the opportunity to see Ms. Seymour on both days.
Special Appearances by Jane Seymour: Friday, February 12: 7 pm 9 pm Saturday, February 13: 5 pm 8 pm Want more info? View Website » http://www.wentworthgallery.com

IT’S NEVER TOO LATE FOR LOVE
Lisa M. Reisman et Cie Hosts
Autumn Romance Author, Reading & Reception

PHILADELPHIA
—Valentine’s Day is a special time at Lisa M. Reisman et Cie, Rittenhouse Square’s most romantic gallery and boutique. This year, Lisa M. Reisman is hosting a book reading and signing of new book Autumn Romance by Philadelphia author, Carol Denker, Saturday, February 13, 3pm.

Pinot
This is a Wine Accessories store in Old City, Philadelphia
227 Market Street
Philadelphia PA 19106
“The Cellar at Pinot” has weekly wine classes. I’ve added the classes that they have to offer to my PCC calendar, but for further information you should contact them at 215-627-WINE or check out their website here:

February 13 6:30 – 8:00 PM

Sweethearts Wine & Chocolate Pairing with Marnie Old ($75 per person)
Set the mood right for Valentine’s Day and join Marnie Old for a delightful sensory exploration of pairing wine and chocolate. In this special guided tasting for couples, discover why chocolate can pair with both dry and sweet wines and how to maximize your odds of finding a perfect match. From white to red, sparkling to fortified, you and your sweetheart will be sure to enjoy this decadent and sensual tasting of wine and chocolate – the food and drink that most evoke the spirit of romance.
Marnie Old is one of the country’s highest profile sommeliers and wine educators, and a breath of fresh air in the stuffy wine world. Marnie hosts and co-produces Philly.com’s Philly Uncorked, a lively and informative weekly webisode series on wine and spirits. Teaching is Marnie’s passion; and she has taught award-winning classes since 1997, and was the founding education chair for the American Sommelier Association.

Ride the Love Train – Philadelphia’s Unique Valentine’s Day Experience Sunday, February 14 · 3:00 – 6:00 pm
Departs from LOVE Park, Fairmount Park Visitors Center, 16th Street & JFK Blvd. Get on board the Love Train – a privately-chartered, slow-speed, guided El train tour of the 50 love-themed rooftop murals that make up the Love Letter. This once-in-a-lifetime special event is sure to impress and will be followed by a private reception at SEPTA’s Grand Mezzanine (1234 Market Street) with hors d’oeuvres and champagne. Tickets are $40 per person or $75 per couple. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information or to purchase tickets call the Mural Arts Tour Office at 215.685.0754. Due to the popularity of this tour we are experiencing particularly high call volumes. If you are unable to reach our Tour Office by phone, please send an e-mail to tours@muralarts.org.Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens Family Jams Series presents: Love of Language – Sunday, February 14, 2010, noon – 5:00 pm – PMG Admission: $4/Adults, $2/Kids 6-12, FREE/Kids under 6. Love of Language activities are free. PMG Site Tours are $7/Adult, $5/Kids 6-12, with admission included. For more information please email info@phillymagicgardens.org or call 215-733-0390.


Love – Fashion – Murder
Give love the finger this Valentine’s Day with a twisted fashion show, Illaphlave break-dancers, and DJ Jon Gill at Top Hat Bar and Lounge. On Sunday, February 14 from 8 p.m.-2 a.m., join stylists Rene Quick (Lakshmi Hair Studio) and Jason Hallman (Art + Science Salon) for Love-Fashion-Murder, a theatrical fashion performance that will make you glad you don’t have a date.
$5 Lionshead Beer and Three Olives specialty cocktails are served all night. Hand picked VIPs enjoy free entry, an open bar, complementary champagne, and front row seating away from the hoi polloi. Regular guests are asked to pay a $5 cover at the door (www.lovefashionmurder.com).