From the Press Release: It is finally happening! After a successful preview weekend, Christmas Village in Philadelphia will officially open its doors for the 2020 season on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, November 26) at 11 am.
Christmas Village Covid Safety Measures: Stop by LOVE Park and the City Hall Courtyard to find out what we came up with this year. In accordance with city and state guidelines, our (reduced number of) vendors will be set up in a socially distanced one-way system at the outer limits around LOVE Park for a linear and spaced walking concept.
You can also buy Love Park merchandise at Christmas Village, which reminds me, people get confused between Christmas Village, who’s landlord is City of Phila’s Parks & Recreation, and Dilworth Park, specifically the Rothman Ice Skating Rink, that is run by Center City District, and is not part of Christmas Village.
The reason I need to point this out is last week I published this video of what seems to be over crowding skating at the rink. People were calling it Christmas Village, it’s not, it’s the Rothman Rink at Dilworth Park managed by Center City District. Center City District’s landlord is the City of Philly. I got a lot of complaints online and privately from people, as I’m sure CCD did as the rink seemed less crowded the following day. It sucks people aren’t always following the rules, but the bottom line is you must do what’s right for you, because people are going to do what they want to do as we know. Thankfully we have brave folks in the Gov’t that have resisted to bullying to keep us safe, but the rest is up to us. Stay Safe, Wear A Mask and know we are all in this together and it is almost over, just hang in there a little more.
InBox: Be our guest, be our guest! You and your family are invited to be the belle of the ball at the first-ever Christmas Belle Brunch: The Beauty Princess at the Igloos. This socially-distanced dining experience is perfect for kids of all ages who love Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Northern Liberties’ based A Dash of Magic Events partners with Germantown Garden Grill (1029 Germantown Ave) and Glu Hospitality after the success of the Enchanted in Northern Liberties: Snow Queen Brunch series.
This socially-distanced positive and magical dining experience will include 90 minutes at a private, exclusive and heated igloo just for you and your immediate family members. Get ready to enjoy a safe and socially-distanced photo opportunity, songs from the princesses story and a grand entrance. Each reservation will also receive a private The Beauty Princess visit per each Igloo, a souvenir, and princess themed activity sheets – and a special holiday dessert that would make even Chef Bouche hungry! Leave room for brunch and lunch, plus hot beverages for kids and adults. Food and drink is pay-as-you-go.Tickets are $15.00 per person for Igloo seating and $10.00 per person for outdoor seating without the Igloo. A portion of each ticket will go to charity, and provide a free princess appearance for children in need through the Salvation Army.
This event is open to a very limited number of tickets to make this dining experience very safe and intimate. Capacity for this event will be at less 10% of the entire capacity for the venue, to ensure safety and health protocols. All children and adults above the age of two must wear a mask to and from their dining table. The Beauty Princess already has her special princess themed matching mask. She can’t wait to see your costumes and masks too! Costumes for the little ones are encouraged but not required. All families attending must follow the local and health guidelines at the time of the event. If the event is postponed due to weather, all parties will be able to transfer their ticket to a new date and time. Tickets are on sale now at www.germantowngarden.com.
Mike and I stopped by Friday night to check it out. Franklin Square did a great job with it’s health and safety protocols in place, by expanded seating, installing lots of reminder signage, and hand sanitizer through out the winter wonderland of lights.
Because of Covid none of the food vendors are open, so bring your own hot chocolate and then use the convenient trash cans on site.
I love Boston Market, I love the chicken, I love the sides, I love the convenience, and Mike and I went on our 2nd date there, yes 26 years ago. They’ve been around for a long time, coming in and out of my life. I’ll be talking more about that in the future. Today let’s get to the important stuff, stuffing and a delicious Thanksgiving feast I enjoyed this week from Boston Market.
Boston Market sells a Thanksgiving Feast for 12 or in these Covid social distancing days, a smaller one for 4 – 6 people. Or you can order a la carte. I’m going to give you all the links for the info but let me tell you about my meal the other day.
You put in your order with Boston Market directly. You can either pick it up or they will deliver it to you. Remember to tip your delivery person.
Although I must confess I did feel accomplished after I baked this beauty. I know so big. We did share it with our neighbors next door and still have leftovers for ourselves.
This is what the spread looked like, it felt like Thanksgiving a week early. I even broke out the new Kate Spade glasses I got over the summer which I mentioned before. It was nice to sit down and eat at the dining room table together with all the dishes we’d have at Thanksgiving, and very little mess to clean up. The containers can be reused as well.
I must confess, what I thought was creamed spinach turned out to be artichoke dip . If you look on the photo below you can see what the Thanksgiving Spread looks like, and it shows a cracker and dip combo. Well the dip was delicious for dinner as well and now I have crackers for the future, lol.
Head on over to Boston Market to check out all the details for the Thanksgiving Dinner. It was delicious, convenient, and a fantastic price.
Hello Philly Chit Chat readers. WOW I am really doing a bad job keep up with these posts. But I am doing a bang up job on social. I promised 3 posts a week and in the spirit of Thanksgiving I’ll be doing that, I promise. I see I have a lot of new subscribers, about a 1,000 since June. I’m sorry I haven’t been as diligent. Today I will be revisiting an event I shot in February. I did write about it, but some of the posed photos were supposed to be in Philly Mag except the mag put my column on pause after April. I’m so grateful they still have my name in the byline, so one day I will return. OK let’s check out Glamsino, an event which benefits Action Wellness and I’ve been photographing for about 7 years.
On February 20, 2020, Action Wellness and Kimpton Hotel Palomar Philadelphia hosted Glamsino Royale: Cannes, an annual casino night that raises funds to support Action Wellness’s mission to ensure that no one faces HIV & other chronic illness alone.
Big thanks to my friend AJ Mattia who brought his crew to support the evening.
The night was filled with classic casino games, Bingo Verifying Divas, sips from our generous sponsors, and bites crafted by Chef Mack at Square 1682 restaurant. Lucky guests won big ticket raffle & silent auction items, like a 2-night stay at Kimpton’s The Epic Hotel in Miami and two 2-day passes to Made In America Festival.
A friend of mine is selling his cute three story trinity style town home located on one of the most beautiful tree- lined blocks in the heart of Washington Square West on Camac Street.
The recessed lighting and dimmers maximize the perfect illumination throughout the home. Proceed into the amazing kitchen with granite countertops, colorful subway tile backsplash and professional grade stainless steel appliances plus radiant heated floors perfect for warming your feet on cold winter evenings. There is a pretty window overlooking the private patio which adjoins the kitchen.
Light filled bedrooms are large enough for queen size beds, with two closets of ample space.
The newly renovated bathroom features a large glass enclosed shower with body jets, two shower heads, Toto sink and luxurious stone finishes. A few steps up to the third floor with pretty exposed brick wood -burning fireplace with a stunning tray ceiling with loft-like space. The basement has storage space, as well as a washer/dryer.
Philadelphia announces new “Safer at Home” restrictions to fight rising COVID-19 cases
The following businesses and activities are not allowed:
High schools and colleges must move to online instruction only, with the exception of clinical instruction for students in health sciences.
Indoor dining at restaurants and other food service businesses. (Takeout, delivery and outdoor dining may continue. Additional restrictions on outdoor dining are detailed below.)
Theaters, including movie theaters, and other performance spaces.
Bowling alleys, arcades and game spaces.
Libraries. (Those serving as Access Centers may continue to operate. Curbside dropoff and pickup services for patrons are allowed.)
Recreational activities and sports for youth, community groups, and schools.
Gyms and indoor exercise classes. (Exercise groups and classes may continue outdoors.)
Senior day services (senior centers and adult day care centers) remain closed.
Changes to events and gatherings include:
All indoor gatherings and events involving people from more than one household are prohibited, in public or private spaces. This includes private events such as weddings and showers, listed as “celebrations” in previous guidance, as well as funerals.
Religious institutions are permitted to have people indoors, but density must be capped at 5 people per 1,000 sq. ft. or 5 percent of maximum occupancy.
Outdoor gatherings and events are limited to 10 percent of maximum capacity of the space, or 10 people per 1,000 sq. ft. for venues with an undefined maximum capacity—not to exceed 2,000 people in any outdoor space. In addition, all individuals at outdoor gatherings must wear masks at all times, and—to reinforce mask use—neither food nor beverages may be served.
Additional changes to capacity limits and other precautions will be instituted for businesses and activities that are able to continue:
Restaurants offering outdoor dining must reduce table sizes to four people. Guidance will make it clear that groups dining outdoors should be household members only, because mixing different households promotes community-wide spread.
Retail stores and indoor malls may continue to operate, but with a maximum density of 5 people per 1,000 square feet. The City will require these stores to enforce mask use and distancing of customers and staff.
Offices are permitted to have only employees that cannot work remotely.
Barbershops, beauty salons, and similar personal services may continue to operate, but all staff and customers must wear masks at all times. These businesses cannot work on the face or otherwise perform services that require that masks be removed.
College sports may continue if their plan is specifically approved by the Department of Public Health and no spectators are present.
Zoos may operate only their outdoor areas.
Parks, trails, playgrounds, and athletic fields will remain open for individual use only. (No group sports.)
The following businesses and activities can continue to function under current guidance from the Department of Public Health:
Grocery stores and farmers markets.
Home-based construction, renovation, repair, and maintenance.
Manufacturing and warehousing.
Real estate operations and transactions.
Health care services.
Home-based support services, such as home health services.
Taxis and ride share services.
Outdoor mobile food carts and trucks.
Drive-in events in which people remain in their vehicles.
Child day care and early learning centers.
Elementary and middle schools.
Access Centers for children in elementary and middle school.
In every permitted setting, be sure to follow our Safety Checklist to help reduce the spread of COVID-19:
#MaskUpPHL to block the virus from spreading and require others to wear them.
Use barriers such as sneeze guards or plexiglass screens.
Keep people who may be infected away from others (ideally at home).
Practice social distancing (6 feet!).
Frequently wash your hands with soap and warm water for at least 20 seconds.
Keep surfaces clean (don’t forget your cell phone!).
Communicate with staff, customers and others taking part in permitted activities and ensure everyone understands and follows this Safety Checklist.
It’s that time again, to give thanks on ThanksgivingDay, the annual national holiday celebrating the harvest and other blessings of the past year or in this case we’ll be thanking the harvest of 2021, which no doubt will be much better. Warning do not read this post on an empty stomach: Philly restaurants offer The Ultimate Thanksgiving Day Menu – dine in, pick up or delivery you can enjoy all the thanksgiving tradition feast prepared by an expert chef, and best of all your supporting local restaurants.
Garces Events Thanksgiving Dinner is Available for pick-up at The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut St, Philadelphia Order through Saturday, 11/21 and pick-up on 11/25 Order online at www.TheOldeBar.com
Package One – $95/package (serves 2 with leftovers), $60 per additional guest
Garces Events serves up a Thanksgiving feast with turkey and all the trimmings, includes: -Butter Lettuce Salad, Tart Apple,Candied Walnuts, Creamy Cheese, Maple Vinaigrette -Rosemary Parker House Rolls, Crème Fraiche Butter, Apple Butter -Herb Roasted Hudson Valley Turkey Breast & Gravy from the Drippings -Cranberry-Orange Relish -Challah Bread Stuffing, Sage, Rosemary, Dried Fruits -Salt Roasted Beets, Whipped Chevre, Arugula, Pecan Crumble -Brussel Sprouts, Guanciale, Pecorino -Roasted Sweet Potatoes, Pecan, Brown Sugar -Whipped Mashed Potatoes -Garces’ Green Bean Casserole, Mushroom, Crispy Onions -One piece per person-Select your pie. Pumpkin Butternut Squash, Bourbon Pecan or Caramel Apple. Smoked Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Package Two – Cheese & Charcuterie Display $30 addition Aged Manchego, Roquefort, Prosciutto di Parma, Speck, Chorizo Pamplona accompaniments
Package Three – Whole Pies, $18 each – Pumpkin Butternut Squash, Bourbon Pecan or Caramel Apple, with Smoked Cinnamon Whipped Cream
Thanksgiving Dinner at Devil’s Alleyin Rittenhouse Square is an annual tradition! Leave the cooking to the chefs with a full three-course dinner. First course – Butternut Squash Soup; Main Course – pick one Roasted Turkey or Bourbon Glazed Ham; select three sides including mashed potatoes and gravy, stuffing, green beans, charred brussels sprouts, whipped sweet potatoes, macaroni and cheese or grilled sweet potatoes;
Dessert – pick one Apple Pie or Pumpkin Pie. Available for $45 per person for adults, or $20 per person for children (minus the soup). Non-alcoholic beverage included! Cocktails to go available for order as well. Delivery available through Doordash and Grub Hub – orders must be placed that day – and leave extra time for delivery please! Otherwise for pick-up order through the Devil’s Alley website.
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Devils Alley will be open from 12:00pm – 9:00pm on Thanksgiving! We will be serving a prix fixe dinner for $45 per person, available for DINE-IN and TAKE-OUT.
Fork 306 Market Street Philadelphia, PA 19106 (215) 625-9425 Folks sticking around the city for Thanksgiving will be happy to know that Fork will be open and taking reservations from 1:00 to 7:00PM on Thanksgiving. Available for parties of up to four inside, and groups of up to six outside, guests can enjoy Fork’s feast at $75 per person. To start, each person at the table will have their choice of Green Salad with Walnuts and Pears, Grapes and Burrata, Carrot Ginger Soup or Boston Mackerel with Sweet Potato. Similarly, each guest will choose their entree from the line-up of: Trout with Shaved Leeks, Short Rib with Jus and Horseradish or Green Meadow Farm Turkey with Cranberry Chutney and Gravy. Family-style sides, served for every table, include: Roasted Apples and Brussels Sprouts, Anadama Herb Stuffing, Parker House Rolls, Mashed Potatoes and Wild Rice Stuffed Squash. To cap off the meal with something sweet, each guest will take their pick of Classic Apple Pie, Kabocha Squash Pie, Salted Honey Custard Pie or Dark Chocolate Budino.
TAKE-HOME MEAL KITS! Hudson Table 1001 N 2nd St Unit 01, Philadelphia, PA 19123 (215) 982-2580 Order: Order by 11/20 for pick-up 11/25 between 2-6pm Feeds four people $125 per kit
Our high-end meal kits are back for a limited time! Reheating/finishing instructions will be provided and we will be offering streamlined pickup / take out. This meal kit is intended to be 4 servings. Everything will be prepared in our controlled, sanitary, fully compliant kitchen in small-batches each day with a rotating menu, along with a small team of highly-trained team members each day to ensure cleanliness and precautions are taken. Pickup procedure is intended to be minimal to no person-to-person contact for the health and safety of our guests and team.
Brined and Roasted Turkey Breast with Gravy and Cranberry Sauce Roasted Garlic and Sage Stuffing Creamy Pumpkin Soup Twice Baked Potato Casserole Glazed Brussell Sprouts Seasonal Berry Cobbler
Stove and Co Restaurant Group The Bercy in Ardmore 609-870-3027, 7E Lancaster Ave, Ardmore, PA 19003 Al Pastor in Exton484-341-8888, 560 Wellington Square, Exton, PA 19341 Stove and Tap in Landsdale215-393-8277, 329 W. Main Street, Lansdale Stove and Tap in Malvern484-450-8890, 245 Lancaster Ave, Malvern/ Frasier
Stove and Co Restaurant Group will offer take-out/ pick-up order ahead at all four properties -leave the cooking to Al Pastor, The Bercy and Stove and Tap this Thanksgiving with a Thanksgiving Feast for 2 or for 4-6 people. Order by November 19th and pick-up by November 25th. Chef Joseph Monnich and his culinary team present turkey and all the trimmings with mixed green salad, cornbread, traditional mashed potatoes, traditional stuffing, cider glazed brussels sprouts, smoked turkey and pumpkin walnut cake. Price is $90 for two people, or $225 for four to six people. Add on mulled wine for $30 or Mac N Cheese for $25. Other cocktails to go packages are available as well. Call and place your order today!
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Philadelphia’s premier wintertime attractions at Dilworth Park returned last week with new safety protocols in accord with City, State and CDC guidelines..
What can you eat at Dilworth Park: Besides the menu at the cabin, you can enjoy pizza from the Oath Pizza truck, located next to the Winter Garden. Prices are reasonable with pies going for $8.50 to $11, with a kids mini pie for $6. There’s also Cheesy Garlic Breadsticks for $7, with savory sweets chocolate chip cookies or a chewy marshmallow bar both priced at $2.50 or chocolate brownie at $3.
My favorite part of the park is the Winter Garden: Wintergarden on the Greenfield Lawn returns to Dilworth Park this season with whimsically-crafted reindeer topiaries, seasonal plantings and an open-air layout. Visitors are welcomed with festive twinkling lights, a new rustic arbor and generous seating throughout the garden. Children and adults are free to explore the Wintergarden at no cost all season long. As a reminder, masks must be worn at all times except when eating or drinking. Head to DILWORTH PARK for info you’ll need on your next visit.
STAY TUNED FOR: The Made in Philadelphia Holiday Market will once again return to Dilworth Park from Saturday, November 21, 2020 to Friday, January 1, 2021 with all new safety precautions and a reduced amount of vendors to allow proper social distancing. Dozens of artisans, designers and small businesses from the greater Philadelphia region will offer decorations, fashions and gifts inside white, festively lit tents. Visitors will be required to social distance and wear masks while shopping for their loved ones. Vendors will be spaced out in a new layout and set up at least 10 feet from each other. Organizers are also getting ready to set up the lovely wooden huts of Christmas Village across the street in LOVE Park.
Thanks so much for stopping by today. Sorry I have been missing in action from posts, and if you sent me an email. I will be catching up on them this week, and going forward will do at least 3 posts on beloved blog. YOU can always find me on social, over sharing. Have a great day!!
Throughout the fall Mike and I went on numerous trips in Pennsylvania, especially to enjoy leaf peeping. We saved the best for last, Chestnut Hill. Chestnut Hill is a short drive from Center City, about 25 minutes. Or take Septa Bus Route 23, 77, 94, 97, L or Chestnut Hill East train. Chestnut Hill is one of the neighborhoods of Philadelphia, but it can seem a world away with it’s leafy, quaint shops, eateries and art galleries.
I’ve gone shopping and eating many times in Chestnut Hill, but this time Mike and I stayed over at the historic Chestnut Hill Hotel, 8229 Germantown Ave. (sadly no ghosts to report)
I can’t wait for Holidays on the Hill especially the long standing Chestnut Hill Stag and Doe Nights every Wednesday in December leading up to Christmas. I’ll have more on this in the coming weeks as Chestnut Hill is advertising with Philly Chit Chat to promote the holiday tradition.
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Variety-the Children’s Charity of the Delaware Valley would love to be considered for one the 20 spaces that you are donating. Variety works to enrich the lives of children and young adults with disabilities through social, educational, and vocational programs that nurture independence and self-confidence, and prepare them for life.