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Grand Re-Opening: Bridget Foy’s. It was delicious!!

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Bridget Foy and husband Paul Rodriguez, along with parents John and Bernadette Foy, announces the grand opening of the brand new Bridget Foy’s at 200 South Street this Friday, February 12th at 4:00pm. Bridget Foy’s is one of Philadelphia and South Streets most beloved restaurants that has served the community for decades since the 1970s. The entire restaurant was lost in 2017 during a devastating fire. After three years of demolition, construction, design, pandemic delays, two COVID shut-downs, a giant snow storm, a East Philly Café Pop-up and limited dining capacity, Bridget Foy’s is finally ready to return and make its grand debut overlooking one of Philadelphia’s most picturesque corners.

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The new dining room and bar features a show-stopping gold tin ceiling, striking wood and tiled floors, socially distanced seating, 16 oversized windows and doors opening to the sidewalk, advanced ventilation, artwork by Bernadette and Paul, and other touches of nostalgia and Americana with a light, modern and airy twist.

Outside, look for more outdoor seating than ever before with a patio cafe featuring their first-ever outside bar and service window, state-of-the-art outdoor covered heating space, plus sidewalk seating on the front of the building, with room for more along 2nd Street in nice weather.

For the kitchen team, the Foy’s have tapped the culinary talent of Chefs David Gilberg and Carla Goncalves of Cry Baby Pasta and formerly of Koo Zee Doo. Look for the return of updated Foy’s classics and favorites, plus Gilberg’s spin on American comfort cuisine. Goncalves will present her scratch pastries and desserts.

At the bar, look for cocktails that play a riff on the classics, plus a robust, accessible and affordable selection of wines. On tap, look for craft beers, wine by the glass, sparkling wine, and batched cocktails. New, look for the first-ever Bridget Foy and Cry Baby Pasta canned cocktails that are perfect to go and for take-out. Starting services include indoor and outdoor dining, dinner, weekend brunch and midday weekend menus, cocktails, beer, wine, cocktails to go, take-out, pick-up and delivery.

The Foy’s Bridget, John and Bernadette Foy,

Hours will be Wednesday to Sunday, from 4:00pm to 9:00pm for dinner, and on weekends Saturday and Sunday brunch from 11:00am to 3:00pm, mid-day menu 3:00pm to 4:00pm, and dinner 4:00pm to 9:00pm. For more info and reservations, visit bridgetfoys.com or call 215-922-1813. Connect on Instagram @BridgetFoys.

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Philly Valentine’s Special Events and Experiences

Love is in the air this Valentine’s Day. Aversa PR has over 50 client events, experiences, classes, activities, dinners and much more – nearly triple last year. This is an exciting start to the year as all of our small businesses and restaurants look to better days ahead! 

SLEEPING BEAUTY FAMILY BRUNCH FOR YOUR LITTLE LOVES

Valentine’s Day Family Brunch with Sleeping Beauty
Saturday, February 13, 2021, 11:00am and 1:00pm seating’s
Germantown Garden Grille – The Igloos
1029 Germantown Avenue, 19123
Tickets $5 for outdoor seating, $15 for Igloo seating, Food and drink separate

Get ready to experience Disney’s Sleeping Beauty at this one-of-a-kind dining experience, perfect for kids of all ages. This is the perfect event to celebrate all the loves of your life – including your cherished little ones! This socially distanced magical dining experience includes 90 minutes in a private heated igloo or a completely covered outdoor table for you and your immediate family members. Get ready to enjoy photo opportunities, songs from the princess, and a grand entrance worthy of your own Prince or Princess. Each reservation comes with a private visit from the princess, a souvenir, and princess-themed activity sheets. Tickets are $15/pp for Igloo seating and $5/pp for outdoor seating without the Igloo. Food and drink are pay-as-you-go. A portion of each ticket will go to charity and provide a free princess appearance for children in need through the Salvation Army.

“’Marty, whatever happens, don’t ever go to 2020” is a Hazy Pale Ale 5.5% ABV brewed with barley and wheat and dry-hopped with Citra and Simcoe. This new beer is here to remind you that you made it through 2020 and you should never go back. Ever!

Back to the Future Theme Night and Beer Release
The power of love is a curious thing. Make a one man weep, make another man sing. Change a hawk to a little white dove. More than a feeling, that’s the power of love. Evil Genius Beer Company time travels with a special Back to the Future theme night and special beer release for “Marty, whatever happens, don’t ever go to 2020.” Four Humors Distilling will present a Cafe 80’s Speakeasy-themed vending area that would make a modern-day Marty McFly and Jennifer Jane Parker proud. Kick back (to the future) in the Evil Genius Beer Garden with food truck specials, drink specials and futuristic fun. Plus be on the lookout for staff dressed ready to impress plus nostalgic decorations and surprises. Live music will be provided by Tom Curtis from 1:30pm to 3:30pm. – Dress in your best 80s gear – enter to win a prize. Reservations aren’t required but are highly suggested. Wear your mask, plan to social distance, and get ready to step back in time.
Details:

Back to the Future Theme Night and Beer Release
Saturday, February 13, 2021, 12:00pm to 8:00pm
Evil Genius Beer Company
1727 N. Front Street, Philadelphia, PA
No charge, food/drink pay as you go.

East Passyunk Opera Project (ePOP) teams up with Pistola’s del Sur, Sancho Pistola’s and Jose Pistola’s for Love Notes

a special three course dinner and virtual concert taking place over Valentine’s Day Weekend. The dinner and concert, presented by RE/MAX One Realty – The Capri Dessecker Team, will feature performances by Philadelphia-based opera singers Ashley Marie Robillard, soprano, and Joshua Blue, tenor. The real-life couple will perform safely from their home in South Philly. The duo will be accompanied by pianist Aurelien Eulert. In addition, several prominent opera singers will make guest appearances throughout the concert: Anthony Roth Costanzo, Sandra Piques Eddy, Joélle Harvey and her husband Alex Fletcher, Zachary James, and Will Liverman, all of whom have sung leading roles at The Metropolitan Opera and a host of other distinguished opera and concert venues throughout the world. Opera never tasted so delicious as Pistola’s Executive Chef Adan Trinidad created a special three-course dinner to pair with the concert. Love Notes runs Friday, February 12th through Sunday, February 14th. Food is available for pick-up or delivery. The virtual concert premieres on Friday night at 7:30pm and the link is live for ticket holders all weekend long. Tickets are $75 which includes three-course dinner for two and performance, or $95 for the three-course dinner for two, drink pairing for two and performance. Tickets are on sale now at www.pistolaslife.com.

VALENTINE’S LUXURY HOTEL AND DINNER PACKAGE

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square, part of AccorHotels, invites you to experience a private luxury dinner for two in the comfort and elegance of your own hotel room. Sofitel is offering a special experience with an overnight luxury stay, gourmet dinner for two, breakfast for two the following morning, plus 20% discount on valet for Valentine’s Day. Your private romantic feast will include three courses as follows:

COURSE 1

Warm cauliflower and Brussel Sprout Salad, Arugula, Caraway Tuile, Butternut Vinaigrette

OR New Zealand Lamb, Garlic custard, Jus

OR Snow Crab & Truffle Bisque, Crostini

OR Crispy Oysters, Sweet and Sour Cucumbers, Sevruga Remoulade

COURSE 2

Pan Roasted Halibut, Lobster Strudel, Lobster Veloute, Green Apple and Fennel Gremolata

OR Filet Mignon, Oxtail, Winter Roots, Smoked Honey-Leek Jam

OR Rutabaga 4 Ways, Roasted, Pickled, Crispy, Puree

OR Chicken Breast, Gnocchi, Lardon, Maitake, Bordelaise

COURSE 3

Chocolate Tasting Plate for Two

Luxury King Room is $390.00 inclusive or Luxury One Bedroom Suite for $475.00 inclusive – both include dinner for two and breakfast for two. All tax and fees are included. Sofitel Philadelphia is located in the heart of Center City and Rittenhouse, at 120 S. 17th Street. For information and ordering, visit sofitel-philadelphia.com or call 215-569-8300.

Details:
Valentine’s Overnight Package
Saturday, February 13 to Sunday, February 14, 2021
Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square
120 S 17th St
Philadelphia, PA 19103  

PRIVATE DINNER IN WINE CELLAR FOR TWO

Tuscan Wine Cellar Exclusive Experience
Caffe Aldo Lamberti
2011 Marlton Pike W, Cherry Hill, NJ, 08002
(856) 663-1747
Open all weekend regular hours for Valentine’s dining with specials

Looking for something special and unique this Valentine’s Weekend? For the first time ever, Caffe Aldo Lamberti is opening up their Tuscan Wine Cellar for an exclusive Valentine’s dinner and wine experience for two. The entire wine cellar, normally reserved for group events, can now be yours for you and your sweetheart to enjoy exclusively and privately complete with candlelight and rose petals. Enjoy the finest wines, signature seafood and pastas, Valentine’s specials and decadent desserts – all while the staff cater to your every need. 

Special Selections for the Tuscan Wine Cellar Experience include the following Valentine’s Weekend Specials – including Lamberti Signature Crabcake, Grilled Baby Spanish Octopus, Tuna Tartare, Capellini Positano, Veal Chop Parmigiana, 8 oz Filet Mignon, Grilled Rack of Lamb, Pan Seared Scallops and House Made Lobster Ravioli, Salmon Imperial, Pan Seared Chilean Sea Bass and more. All specials above are also available in the main dining room and to go. 

This special wine cellar experience has a 2.5 hour maximum time per reservation. A very select number of reservations are available for Valentine’s Weekend – as only one party is allowed in the wine cellar at a time. If you would like to enjoy Valentine’s Day with your family or another couple, additional chairs can be added (per state/local guidelines). This exclusive experience can be booked with a room fee of $200, plus food and drink. Call 856-663-1747 to reserve today. 

For those not indoor dining, enjoy the Caffe Aldo Lamberti Sweetheart Package for Two to Go for $125 per couple, including: Choice of Caesar or House Salad; Choice of Winter Caprese or Colossal Shrimp Cocktail; Choice of Chicken Lucia or Catch of the Day Barcelona; Choice of Tiramisu or White Chocolate Chip Cake; and Choice of Featured Red, White or Proscecco. Take-out and to-go only. $125 plus tax and gratuity. No substitutions. Available Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14, 2021. Please pre-order by Saturday, February 13, 2021. Sweetheart special not available for third party delivery.  

OLD CITY CANDLELIGHT DINNER EXPERIENCE 

Details:
Positano Coast
212 Walnut St {2nd floor}, Philadelphia
215.238.0499

Positano Coast in Old City has three special ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day/Weekend this year – including a special exclusive weekend-long candlelight event. Let the Lamberti family set the scene as they present a special dinner by candlelight for the entire weekend – where the lights will be turned off in multiple spaces and dining rooms throughout the spacious Old City staple. Let them set the mood and vibe as you enjoy a night with your date – while enjoying the warm glow of the candles throughout with your wine, cocktails, dinner and dessert. Valentine’s Weekend candlelight dine-in specials will include: (sampling below of highlights) 

Last, for those looking to take-out and enjoy Valentine’s at home, Positano Coast will debut a special Sweetheart menu for Two – including Crab Tacos for two; Rigatoni for two; choice of Pork Chop Parmigiana or Grilled Salmon; Chocolate Delights for two; and a Bottle of Prosecco. Take-out and to-go only. $125 plus tax and gratuity. No substitutions. Available Friday, February 12 to Sunday, February 14, 2021. Please pre-order by Saturday, February 13, 2021. Sweetheart special not available for third party delivery.  

Fire and Ice Valentine’s Food and Drink Experience

Concourse Dance Bar
Friday, February 12 to Saturday, February 13, 2021, 5:00pm to 9:30pm
1635, Back Entrance, Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
(267) 534-4128  

The only thing colder than our ice-room is your ex’s heart. Enjoy a night of fun, safe, social distance entertainment with the best dance music in Philly as the background tunes! The only ice-room in Philly will offer a unique location for your next Instagram post. For a Valentine’s twist, the light room will offer a light show that to go with some of your favorite single anthems! Leave those boring nights sitting at home in 2020. Concourse Ice Bar’s Valentine’s Weekend experience is only $32.50 (plus tax and tip) per person. The cost includes entry, three drinks (including an amazing specialty cocktail menu), and three small plate pairings (pretzel bites, mini-cheesesteaks, and TastyKakes).

VALENTINE’S BOXING FOR TWO

You’re a knockout! Bring your partner for a Valentine’s Day you won’t want to forget. After a year staying at home and eating take-out, enjoy something truly different and out of the box. Get out, get active and head to this Northern Liberties black-owned fitness center for a special class for $125.00 a pair with five class times to pick from from 9:00am to 1:00pm – only 20 slots are available to make this special and give each couple special attention. Email hello@maleekjacksonfitness.com to sign-up and for inquiries.

COOKING CLASSES AND DEMOS FOR TWO

Hudson Table
1001 N 2nd St Unit 01, Philadelphia, PA 19123
(215) 982-2580
https://hudsontable.com/ (search under meal kits, and cooking classes)

Cooking Class for Two – Dumplings (hands-on)

Thursday, February 11, 2021, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Delve into dumplings with Chef Benjamin Flesch! We’ll work through making doughs and fillings, and practice the techniques of wrapping various dumpling styles.  You’ll stuff then boil, steam or fry your pillowy pockets and serve them alongside a host of dipping sauces. The hardest part will be waiting to let them cool just enough before digging in! Includes: Shrimp Shao Mai, Crispy Crab Wonton, Pork and Chive Dumplings, Black Pepper Beef Dumplings. Either bring another couple for four or cook with one other couple but then dine separate per couple. $190-$360.

Couples Night Out: Steak Frites (hands-on)

Saturday, February 13, 2021, 6:30pm to 9:30pm

Featured Chef:Benjamin Flesch

A classic French bistro affair. You’ll cover the classics in this balanced meal while practicing a range of techniques.  Bon Vivant! Classes will be reduced capacity with all tables being 6′ apart. All guests will be required to wear masks until ready for dining. If the weather permits, we will have tables outside for that portion of the evening. We are offering two options – buying 2 seats to join another party of 2 where you will cook together but dine separately with separate platters or option 2 which is buying out the entire table for up to 4 people. Please select your preference from the dropdown. Due to the current public health environment and COVID-19, mask wearing throughout the class will be strictly enforced. $200-360.

Valentine’s Day Four Course Plated Dinner

Sunday, February 14, 2021

Featured Chef:Benjamin Flesch

Join us for a night to remember in our open kitchen as Chef Flesch completes each dish for everyone to watch. All tables will be socially distant in our well ventilated kitchen space. Seating times will be limited to 1:45 to allow for our 2 seating times. There will also be limited counter seating available for an upcharge. Please reach out in advance for any dietary restrictions. **Price is per couple** Please note all guests will be temp checked upon entry. Any guests registering above 100.1 will be turned away. We ask that all guests follow mask guidelines when not seated at their tables by wearing their mask when standing for any reason. $230-240.

CHOCOLATE AND BEER EVENT 

Chocolate & Beer: A Valentine’s Event
Friday, February 12th, 2021 from 7:00 – 8:30pm, via Zoom
Arch Street Meeting House
320 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106

Looking for a way to celebrate Valentine’s Day and Meet Quaker History? Join Arch Street Meeting House for an extraordinary craft beer and Cadbury chocolate tasting on Friday, February 12th at 7pm!

Designed for two, enjoy a relaxing evening for you and your sweetheart as ASMH staff and volunteers create an amazing, personalized experience by hand-delivering your valentine’s treats the day before the event. Tickets include a variety of craft beer from Conshohocken Brewing Company, Duclaw Brewing Company, and Breckinridge Brewing Company, as well as candies from the delicious and Quaker-founded, Cadbury Chocolates. For an added bonus, VIP ticket holders will also receive additional chocolates from Shane Confectionery, America’s Oldest Continuously Operating Confectionary shop that’s located right here in historic Philadelphia! With this thoughtful gift, you and your loved one will be ready to go for a 30-minute hosted tasting, prior to a 45-minute presentation from Dr. Katherine Turner. $50 general admission, $60 VIP admission, priced for two people.

Please Note: This product contains alcohol and must be of the age of 21 or older to purchase a ticket. This product cannot be sold to anyone under the age of 21.

*Prior to purchasing a ticket please be aware that we are only able to deliver within the Philadelphia Metro area, including Philadelphia County, Lower Bucks, Montco, and Upper Delaware County. If you are outside of this delivery radius and interested in this event, you may arrange a pickup from Arch Street Meeting House.

*To ensure everyone’s health and safety, all Arch Street Meeting House staff and volunteers will be following strict health guidelines by wearing masks, gloves, and maintaining a social distance of at least six feet.

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Last Minute Gift Ideas with a Purpose

It’s going to be a hard sell to find anyone who hates Steven Singer (l) this year, yes that guy from Steven Singer Jewelers, at 8th and Walnut Street. In 2020 he spent a good part of the year giving back, especially to Frontline Health Care Works, making their day a little easier and a lot more delicious.

The man that everyone loves to hate is spreading love by using a portion of sales from Singer‘s famous 24 karat gold and platinum dipped roses to purchase meals from Philadelphia restaurants and donating them to essential hospital workers and first responders. Last spring he donated dinner for several hospitals on Mother’s Day, last month he fed the day and night shifts at Pennsylvania Hospital, and later this week on Christmas he will be doing the same for another local hospital. For owner Steven Singer, this is a win-win that thanks those tirelessly working to treat Coronavirus patients, and to support an industry in crisis during these unprecedented times.

After being closed for several months earlier this year due to the mandated shut-down, the expert jewelers are back at 8th and Walnut for the gift giving season. They are seeing and can talk about what is popular this year – including the big sellers like the gold dipped roses that help feed hospital workers and support local restaurants; the big boom for Christmas proposals and engagement rings; gifts for those working from home during the pandemic; gifts for those far away; and gifts for pet lovers whose four-legged friends helped them get through 2020.

Steven Singer Jewelers is donating a portion of proceeds from the sale of his famous 24 karat gold and platinum dipped roses to thank frontline essential hospital workers and first responders – and at the same time support local, independent restaurants during a crisis for their industry.  

There are currently fifteen selections to pick from for collectors of the famous Steven Singer roses, including: 

* Valentine’s Day Red 24k * Classic Gold 24k * Classic Rose Gold* Frozen Rose Gold* Purple Passion 24k  * Platinum Baby Blue  * Black Diamond 24k * Platinum Purple Passion * Royal Sapphire 24k * Platinum Princess Pink * Platinum Royal Sapphire * Sweetheart Pink 24k * Platinum Valentine’s Day Red* Classic Platinum * Platinum Black Diamond

The famed roses are 12 inches in length, and are made from real roses preserved and then dipped and trimmed in 24 karat gold or platinum.
Each rose is handcrafted by artisans, so just like snowflakes, each rose is one-of-a-kind. The roses start at $59.95 and feature a lifetime guarantee.  

LAST MINUTE GIFT GUIDE

On top of dipped roses, Steven Singer’s website and showroom also has a host of other ideas for everyone on Santa’s list – especially during unprecedented times when we all need the support of our families more than ever. 
Christa Diamond Engagement Ring
Perfect for a YES!
A flawless to the eye, near colorless, round brilliant diamond engagement ring set in a 14 karat white gold Tiffany style solitaire mounting. Steven Singer is an expert gemologist and has been selling diamonds for 40 years. In that time, he’s found the perfect balance for engagement rings of size, quality, and style at the perfect price. Meet Christa! She’s guaranteed to get a yes! And, with a 100 day, 100% warranty, you can’t go wrong!

Helping Paw
Perfect for Pet Lovers
A necklace with a silver paw print outline that interlocks with a diamond heart to symbolize the bond between pets and our hearts. So many pets have helped people through 2020. For the pet mom in your life, send her something that will honor her furry friend each and every day.

You and Me Diamond Necklace
Perfect for Long Distance Loved Ones
This Sterling Silver Necklace features connected hearts, one in a rose color and one set with diamonds. These intertwined hearts are a wonderful choice for loved ones that you don’t see frequently. Let them know no matter how far the distance or how long it has been, your hearts are connected.

Silver Love Note Diamond Necklace
Perfect for Music Lovers
A Sterling Silver music note made of a heart in either rose, yellow or white, wrapping around a diamond. This stunning heart necklace forms a music note and comes in yellow, rose and white hearts. This is the perfect way to send them a love song they can wear!

SHOP ONLINE OR IN PERSON 
The retail store, located at 739 Walnut St, is open for in-person shopping with an appointment, which can be made online or over the phone. They are shipping daily – and will continue to be open after Christmas for anyone that needs last minute gifts or didn’t get to shop due to all happening in the world. In-store pick-up is also available for many items. Standard shipping is always fast and free. No-risk 100 day, 100% money back guarantee on all purchases. Additionally, the expert jewelers are available to help online shoppers through call, chat, text or even virtual video appointments. For appointments, questions or assistance, call  215-627-3242 or visit www.IHateStevenSinger.com

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Order Christmas Desserts, Cocktails and Party Trays

Cry Baby

It’s very likely that you will celebrate the holidays differently this year, but there’s something festive for you to enjoy, a feast prepared by a local restaurant in the comfort of your home. Ordering meals, desserts, cocktails, and whatever else you discover in the list below will not only bring joy to your table, but also help ensure that your favorite local restaurants are still in business when we’re all ready to gather in person once again.

Holiday gathering cancelled this year? Don’t Cry, Baby! We’ve got you covered!

Cry Baby Pasta
627 S. 3rd Street Philadelphia PA 19147
Holiday To Go Party Kits Now through end of Year! 
$35 per kit that serves two people
Menu includes: Antipasti Taleggio, Gorgonzola, Salami, Speck, Olives, Fig Mostarda, Pine Nuts Garlic Foccacia Bread Lobster Arancini Shishito Aioli Artichoke, Leek Cream, Decorative Packaging. Personalized Holiday Greeting Link to Festive Spotify Playlist.

Holiday Cocktail Party by The Olde Bar, Amanda, Village Whiskey, J.G. Domestic
Order here:  http://garcestradingcompany.com/
Pick up here: The Olde Bar, 125 Walnut Street
Order by: Anytime now through end of year, four days notice requested
Pick-up by: Four days notice needed for pick-up

Cheers to the season with a selection of our favorite small plates from Garces restaurants for the perfect cocktail hour! Includes: Family-style portions of Whipped Feta & Garden Vegetables (JG Domestic) , Bacon-Wrapped Dates (Amada), Crab Fingers (The Olde Bar), Shrimp Cocktail (The Olde Bar), Deviled Eggs (Village Whiskey), and Spanish Meatballs & Manchego-Stuffed Cherry Pepper (Amanda). $45 person, minimum two people. This meal requires 4 days notice

Add Christmas Cocktails to go by calling The Olde Bar and adding to your order at (215) 253-3777.
Selection includes a dozen cocktails from The Olde Bar with seasonal additions, including: 

The Olde Bar Aged Egg Nog – A Premium Selection of Bourbon, Brandy, Rum, and Port, Blended with Eggs, Milk, and Nutmeg Including Russell’s Reserve, Knob Creek, Elijah Craig, Remy Martin 1738, Copper & Kings, Paul Beau Cognac, El Dorado, Ron Zacapa, Rhum Barbancourt, Smith and Cross 8 oz serves 2/ $20 32 oz serves 8/ $65 

A Partridge in a Spiced Pear Tree – Averell Damson Gin Liqueur, St. George Spiced Pear, Domaine De Canton, Lemon 8 oz serves 2/ $20 32 oz serves 8/ $65 

SliCE Pizza of the Seven Fishes
Italian Market and City-wide delivery: 1180 S. 10th St., (215) 463-0868
Washington Twp: 137 Egg Harbor Rd, (856) 302 5099
Fishtown – New: 431 E Girard Ave, (215) 425.1555
Available now through December 24, 2020
Open on Christmas Eve Day and until early evening
Closed all locations for Christmas

Marlo and Jason Dilks of SliCE announce the return of their annual holiday pie, Pizza of the 7 Fishes. This special seasonal pizza is inspired by their families’ Christmas Eve traditions and by a seven course seven fish dinner popular in South Philadelphia. Pizza of the 7 Fishes features mozzarella topped with clams, mussels, shrimp, tuna, crab meat and sardine all sauteed with fresh olive oil and garlic, and topped with anchovies, fresh lemon and basil. Pizza of the 7 Fishes will be available until Christmas Eve (December 24th) for $19.00 for small and $26.00 for large.  The Dilks also brings back a family tradition for your family to share – Seafood Caesar with romaine, shaved parmigiano-reggiano, house-made Caesar dressing, sauteed shrimp and crab meat; featuring house-made croutons for $15. All December special dishes are available through January 2, 2020 and are available on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day.
New: SliCE now offers for the first-time this year large square pie with light and airy crust for $20 with mozzarella and San Marzano sauce that can be cut into party slices – 12-24 hour notice recommended ahead. 

Hawthornes Beer Cafe
Pivot Coffee & Wine Shop
(215) 627-3012  
738 S 11th St, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Hawthornes Beer Cafe and new Pivot Coffee & Wine Shop have a brand-new pastry chef and baker Daniel Tang (Sugar Philly) who is firing up the holiday sweets this year. All items are available for pre-order through our website www.hawthornecafe.com, or via phone 215.627.3012. Deadline for pre-orders will be December 20th or until sold out. All items will be available for pickup at Hawthornes on December 22nd, 23rd & 24th.

French Macaron Box – French macaron flavors- vanilla, chocolate, tiramisú, dulce de leche, meyer lemon, gingerbread – packaged all together for $12.00

Hazelnut Nutella Babka Muffins – Tender and delicious babka filled with nutella and a homemade hazelnut praline – five pack for $12.00

Yule Log – Chocolate sheet cake rolled with a Ricotta orange buttercream with a macaron Christmas tree – $20.00

Stollen – German Christmas bread filled with almond and dried fruit with our homemade – $18.00

Cookie Box with 5 Ginger molasses, 5 Chocolate cookies, 4 Rainbow cookies, 8 Shortbread for one lb. of cookies – $20.00.

Garces

Oui Let’s Bake!
Oui Pastries
160 N. 3rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
Available for pickup, delivery, and online order
Build your own cake with the help of Oui Pastries! Receive all of the ingredients and follow the instructions enclosed to create your own professional cake. $30 each.

Oui Pastries also offers items to bake at home including croissants ($3.00 each), matcha croissants ($3.50 each), and cookies ($2.50 each).

The Victoria Freehouse, Crown Catering
10 S. Front Street
Philadelphia, PA 19106
(215) 543-6089
Orders and inquiries: info@crowndining.com

Tiramisu $55 Ladyfinger cookies layered with mascarpone cream
Profiteroles $55  Italian cream puffs with chocolate cream
Italian Cookies $45  Pistachio apricot thumbprints, biscotti, wedding cookies, fig and walnut cookies  

 Sassafras Bar

48 S. 2nd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

To go window open Wednesday and Thursday, 4-7pm, offering entire cocktail menu and pretzels.

Hours: Wednesday – Friday, 4-11pm, Saturday-Sunday, 12-11pm.

Featured cocktails:

Hot Sailors Punch, a blend of autumn spices infused with fresh local apple cider and Bacardi Spiced Rum. $11.

Smoking Bishop, a traditional winter warmer of warmed Burgundy and Port Wine, blended with spice and fresh citrus. $11.

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Steven Singer Fed Thanksgiving Dinner to The Entire Staff at Pennsylvania Hospital

For this special delivery, there is extra meaning as Singer recently underwent open heart surgery at the Hospital and wanted to bring some thanks to the employees working so hard and putting their own lives at risk. While he was in the hospital several times, he left the ICU and is recovering, but many COVID and other patients won’t this holiday.

The meals, prepared by Manny’s Restaurant and Delicatessen in Southampton, Bucks County, were sent over by jeweler Steven Singer. He was unable to be there in-person after undergoing open-heart surgery at Pennsylvania, where he says he received top-notch care.

Christine Tierney, Chief Human Resources Officer – Pennsylvania Hospital thanks Steven Singer representative for the delicious gesture, as Frank Anastasi, MBA, Chief Financial Officer at Pennsylvania Hospital University of Pennsylvania Health System and staff look on. This special feast for hospital workers is Singers’ way of giving back and part of his pledge to donate a portion from every gold dipped rose to help feed front line workers – while supporting local restaurants in crisis from the global pandemic. For this feast, Singer purchased each and every dinner from Manny’s Catering in Bucks County/ Southampton.

“My heart breaks for the world! It breaks for those who have lost loved ones, those who are ill, small businesses and independent restaurants and everyone effected by this ugly virus, and that is everyone.” – Steven Singer. “We want to be there to support our local community now and long-term. These hospital workers put themselves at risk each and every day, and have to deal with things that are unimaginable to the rest of us. On this unique holiday with numbers soaring, we wanted to support them and say thanks – and let them know we are all with them.”


Singer and his team provided 650+ meals to employees giving up their holiday to serve patients with COVID 19, those in the ICU and other areas of the hospital. They enjoyed individually wrapped, free catered turkey dinners with all the trimmings and pumpkin pie. 

Steven Singer Jewelers Steven Singer is a first-generation jeweler and small business owner on Jeweler’s Row. With 40 years on Philadelphia’s historic Jewelers Row, Steven has been an innovator of the jewelry industry with his maverick marketing efforts including the I Hate Steven Singer Campaign. More information at  www.IHateStevenSinger.com 

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Northern Liberties Holiday Pop-up Shops This Weekend

Northern Liberties Business Improvement District kicked off the holiday season with the debut of Northern Liberties Holiday Pop-up, last week, on Black Friday for two weekends, November 27th-29th and December 3rd-6th, from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. This brand-new socially-distanced holiday shopping event features 15+ small local businesses and makers from around the Philadelphia region popping up with gifts, decor, fashions, treats and more in eight retail locations along N. 2nd Street. From French Toast Bites, to Christmas trees and ornaments, bridal wear to baguettes, there will be something for everyone on Santa’s holiday shopping list.

The District’s existing favorite retail shops will also be ready with gifts for all ages like Trunc and Madison’s Cookies. .

Additionally, while visiting the District, shoppers are invited to make a day of it in Northern Liberties by enjoying a meal, hot beverage, baked good or Christmas cocktail at one of the District’s dozens of restaurants, bakeries and cafes

For participating Holiday Pop-up Shop locations, look for the festive framed signs and posters. Social distancing and masks are required. Many merchants will also offer additional safety protocols and contactless forms of payments. For a full list of vendors, dates and locations, visit explorenorthernliberties.org.

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Save The Date: Christmas Belle Brunch at the Igloos in Northern Liberties

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

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The Re-imagination of the Nightmare Before Tinsel

Craft Concepts Group and owner Teddy Sourias of Philadelphia’s Christmas Pop-up Bar Tinsel will open the Nightmare Before Tinsel (116 S 12th St, Philadelphia, PA 19107) for the 2nd year in a row TODAY. This year, during the global pandemic, the former spooky season pop-up bar returns as a socially distanced haunted house, along with a new eatery next door Sueño, featuring traditional and fusion Mexican cuisine by Executive Chef Caroline Hough by with food, drink and art.

Society Hill

New and notable, Nightmare Before Tinsel will take on an asylum theme this year. Tinsel will also be a haunted restaurant with food, drink and art installations. Guests will purchase a ticket in advance and will have a set amount of time inside.

A brand-new haunted parklette will open outside with socially-distanced dining tables. Next door, look for a brand new restaurant to pair with Nightmare with cocktails, beer, wine and food which will also be sold to go legally out of a take-out window – while following all state and city guidelines.


To experience Nightmare before Tinsel guests must buy a time-ticketed experience ($15 to $20)

Ticket purchase includes:

1. Guest admission to Nightmare Before Tinsel

2. One complimentary beverage:
Choice of “Nightmare Cocktail,” a premium craft draft, a glass of wine or non-alchoholic beverage(Valid identification required for all adult beverages)

3. One complimentary dessert

Additional info:
*Masks are required and social distancing is enforced at this restaurant. Safety first!
*To reduce line wait guests are welcome to arrive up to a maximum 15 min prior to their ticket time to line up in a standing cue.

***Note: If you would like a table for seated dining we recommend reserving your table through Opentable.com.

What an amazing pivot this year for Nightmare before Tinsel during Covid19. Creating a minute scary moment, followed by delicious cocktails and light bites. I really enjoyed walking through the Halloween time capsule, which incorporated a lot of last year’s decor, but now it goes bump in the night. At the end you or a nearby ghoul will take that desired selfie for you to share this experience with your friends.

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Tea Time: Sofitel Opening Aug 6, With Afternoon Tea

I took this photo, all others were provided

Good Monday morning, hope you’re all well. I just walked by Sofitel last week and was going to note that after 3 months or so it seems to be preparing to open soon, when Aversa Pr sent over a press release with details of the Sofitel Philadelphia opening.

Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square announced last week that the hotel will reopen its doors to hotel guests and visitors on Thursday, August 6, 2020 at 11:00am. The luxury hotel that blends French elegance with American style will reopen for overnight stays for guests in 306 newly renovated elegant suites and 67 newly renovated luxurious suites, plus the stunning Presidential Suite. Banquet facilities will be open for limited private events in accordance with local and state guidelines. Hotel restaurants will remain closed at this time. Sofitel Philadelphia’s top priority remains the safety, care and well being of hotel guests and employees. At this moment, this means keeping guests and employees safe by preventing the spread of COVID-19 by partnering with top experts to implement new standards of safety and enhanced operational protocols and procedures which are among the most stringent in the hospitality industry. As part of the reopening plans, Sofitel Philadelphia is offering guests a buy one, get one free offer for a complimentary night stay with the purchase of an equal night stay.

“We are excited to share that Sofitel Philadelphia is reopening its doors as of August 6th,” said   Sofitel Philadelphia General Manager Angela Bauer. “We’ve missed you all and are thrilled to welcome our friends, family and community back into the hotel. As always, our hotel’s top priority remains the safety, care and well-being of our Sofitel Philadelphia family. Welcoming, safeguarding and taking care of others is at the very heart of what we do and who we are. Today, this means keeping our guests and employees safe by preventing the spread of COVID-19 by partnering with top experts to implement new standards of safety and enhanced operational protocols and procedures which are among the most stringent in the hospitality industry. We have missed being part of the Philadelphia community all of these months and we can’t wait to see you.”

The new operational standards being implemented at Sofitel Philadelphia at Rittenhouse Square and Accor properties across North and Central America were developed and vetted by a team of expert advisors to ensure maximum efficacy in preventing the spread of all viruses and pathogens, including COVID-19, with oversight by Bureau Veritas, a world leader in testing, inspections and certification; Dr. Amesh Adalja, Senior Scholar at the Johns Hopkins University Center for Health Security & fellow with the Infectious Diseases Society of America; and Ruth Petran, Ph.D., CFS, Senior Corporate Scientist, Food Safety and Public Health, for Ecolab, global leaders in cleaning and hygiene, and trusted advisors to the CDC.

All Stay Well Program. Informative info on taking precautions for Covid19

We could all use a little tea time: I was also excited Sofitel Philadelphia was bringing their Afternoon Tea back as well. I’ve been to tea time, and as I’ve written here before I’m a big fan of Tea Sandwiches, scones and tea.

Starting August 1, 2020, Sofitel will be offering afternoon tea  for up to 10 Guests in our Magnifique Presidential Suite.

There are 3 seating’s a day, for up to 10 people $500 plus tax. Now that sounds like a good party. Check out more info here.

Sofitel Philadelphia Opens After 3 Month Closure because of Covid19
Although not every amenity of the hotel will be opening right away, but for the most part, it will be operational on most cylinders. For example, banquet facilities will be open for limited private events in accordance with local and state guidelines, but hotel restaurants will remain closed at this time.
Welcome Back Sofitel Philadelphia
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12 Restaurants We’re Eating at This Weekend

There’s finally good news about our favorite restaurants, they’re opening for pick up for with convenient hours in Ardmore, Center City, Old City and East Passyunk.

Ardmore

The Bercy  7 E. Lancaster Avenue Ardmore, PA 19003
The Bercy in Ardmore is officially back open in the heart of Downtown Ardmore. Owners Justin Weathers and Joseph Monnich are teaming with Executive Chef David Jansen of Jansen in Mt. Airy to offer a Jansen Beach Boil and Take-over for this coming weekend. The Jansen Beach Boil presents by The Bercy is available for order with pick-up Friday-Sunday between 4pm-7pm . The package includes bread services with corn bread muffins and whipped honey butter, first course with Bread Service: corn bread muffins with whipped honey butter; first course with panzanella salad with heirloom tomato, fresh mozzarella, basil pesto; main course with lobster tail, shrimp, mussels, andouille sausage, mini crab cakes, corn on the cob, marble potatoes; and dessert with a Key Lime Pie for $150 which feeds four people. Call to order 610-589-0500.
** The Bercy will be open for take-out and delivery Wednesday through Saturday with call ahead orders starting at 2pm and take-out hours 4-7pm those days – with menus, specials and pop-up collaborations posted on social media and their website.

Hunan – Opening May 14 for curbside takeout
47 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
610-642-3050
Hunan will open on Thursday May 14th for takeout and pick up only. They’ll be open Thursdays through Saturdays with designated order times (advance orders only before 3pm) and a pick up window (between 4:30pm and 6:30pm).

John Henry’s Pub
Open Friday and Saturday 4pm-8pm each week for curbside takeout
98 Cricket Avenue
Ardmore, Pa 19003
610-726-9193
Menu: https://www.johnhenryspubofardmore.com/?page_id=64

Marokko – Open Tuesday-Sunday 4pm-8pm each week starting May 12.  Orders placed by 1pm.
54 E. Lancaster Avenue
Ardmore, PA 19003
610-658-6246
Menu: http://www.tastemarokko.com

Center City

Tradesman’s1322 Chestnut St Philadelphia, PA 19107 (267) 457-3994

Craft Concepts Group and Teddy Sourias will re-open his popular Center City barbecue restaurant Tradesman’s at Chestnut and Juniper this weekend for take-out and delivery for food and beer. Delivery will be through GrubHub. Look for hours this Friday to Sunday and expanded hours and days moving forward. Find menus later today on social media and website. Hours and days will be seven days a week 3-8pm starting Thursday of this week. 
Look for BRU, Blume, Finn McCool’s and Uptown Beer Garden to also be back online and offering food and drink starting next week and following weeks with details to come. 

Old City

Nick’s Bar and Grille 16 South Second Street
Philadelphia, PA, 19106
215.928.9411
Nick’s Bar and Grille in Old City is now back open with your classic Philly, barbecue and comfort food favorites like the award-winning ground bacon burger, roast beef, roast pork, smoked chicken wings, mac n cheese bites and much more, plus cold beer for pick-up. The menu is now updated online for take-out and delivery Thursday to Sunday, 2pm to 9pm. This coming weekend look for smoked ribs for two with a full rack of ribs, mac n cheese, jalapeno cole slaw and cornbread for only $30 for Friday to Sunday. 

Tuna Bar 205 Race Street, Philadelphia, PA 19106 215-238-8862
Tuna Bar is offering take out on Fridays & Saturdays for dinner 
All orders can be picked up between 5:30PM-6:00PM

Menu (note: new menu items will be added weekly):

  • Assorted Appetizers & Rolls
    • Edamame ($6), Tuna Tataki ($15), Dynamite Roll ($10), Wentz Roll ($15), Spicy Tuna Roll Crunch ($9), Tuna Roll ($7), Spicy Salmon ($7), Salmon Roll ($7), Eel Avocado Roll ($8)
  • Donburi (Rice Bowls) & Miso Soup
    • Salmon Don, Tekka Don, Unagi Don (each $35)
  • Fixed Menu (for 3-4 people) ($150)
    • Edamame, Miso Soup, Seared King Salmon, Vegetable Fried Rice, Tuna Tataki, Sashimi/Maki Platter

How to order:

  • Online:
  • E-mail:
  • Phone:
    • Call us at 215-238-8862 between 4:00PM-6:00PM on the day you’d like to pick up

  • Open for pickup and delivery starting Friday, May 8th (Preorder starts Tuesday, May 5th)
  • Temporary hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 9am – 6pm
  • Preorder: online or by phone
  • Delivery: Caviar and Ubereats

South Philly

Hawthornes
738 S. 11th Street 215-627-3012 Wednesday to Sunday 10am to 8pm 
Everyone’s favorite brunch and cafe hot spot is back on 11th Street – with brunch, lunch, dinner and a growing marketplace – plus the largest selection of take-out and delivery beer and wine in the city through Quick Sip, and make-it-yourself cocktail kits. They are also organizing a take-out and delivery market that debuts this week with take-out and delivery of Franklin Fountain ice cream – in partnership with Franklin Fountain. 

Le Virtu
Open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Here’s how it works… • Email us your order (levirtuphila@gmail.com). All dishes are available individually or as a composed meal (see menu for details and pricing). Kindly make the subject line of your email “Quarantine Pick-Up” so that we see it right away, and include which day you prefer to pick up (Fri, Sat, or Sun), as well as your full name and telephone number. • We will call you to confirm and take credit card payment over the phone on the day before your order (so Thu for Fri, Fri for Sat, and Sat for Sun). • We will assign you a pick-up time between 4PM and 7PM. If you have a preference, let us know in your email or over the phone, and we will strive to accommodate it. Pick-ups will be spread out to prevent a queue from forming. That’s it! TL; DR: send us an email, then feast on delicious Abruzzese cuisine. We can’t wait to serve you, Philly. 

Arctic Scoop 1812 E Passyunk Ave
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19148  
Monday – Sunday 12pm – 9pm Pick-up orders only!! Call ahead (917) 607-0616 to place an order.  

Big Catch Poke 
1830 East Passyunk267-622-1888
New Poke Bowls Combo Menu from 11am to 8pm for take out only. Please order online for pick up at our website www.bigcatchonline.com if you need delivery please use Doordash,UberEat or Grubhub. For more efficiency and accuracy we prefer our customers use online order services.

Flannel 1819 E Passyunk Ave(215) 465-1000 Take-out and delivery

Noir 1900 East Passyunk 12-3 lunch ; 3-8 dinner Takeout and delivery. Please call 267.319.1678 for CurbSide pick up or Free Delivery! Full lunch and dinner menus 

Sounds delicious. Thank you for supporting your local restaurant. We’re in this together, and some of us are better cooks!!