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garcesGarces Foundation presents Think Local, Give Local with tastings from the area’s brightest chefs and a food themed silent auction to benefit the lives of Philadelphia’s immigrant community. Chef Jose Garces has handpicked a group of local chefs to deliver an unforgettable epicurean experience, highlighting Philadelphia’s unique culinary talent.  Throughout the evening guests will enjoy cocktails made with local spirits, local beer, locally created décor elements and more. Entertainment will be provided by American Deluxe. Denise Fike will provide complimentary fashion illustrations of each guest. Guests will also enjoy a Tito’s Homemade Vodka Lounge. Petals Lane and Event FX will provide décor.  

 WHEN: Friday, March 24 VIP Preview 6:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. General Admission 7:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Chefs After Party 9:00 p.m. -midnight Stage program with remarks from Jose Garces will occur at 8:15.

 WHERE: Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market Street, Philadelphia

  PARTICIPANTS INCLUDE:

Stations from Garces restaurants including: 24, Amada, Amada New York, Bar Volver, Buena Onda, Distrito, Distrito Moorestown, Garces and Sons coffee, Garces Events, Garces Trading Company, JG Domestic, The Olde Bar, Tinto, Village Whiskey, Volver

A Mano, Townsend Wentz
Abe Fisher, Yehuda Sichel
Aldine, George Sabatino
Alma de Cuba, Douglas Rodriguez
Baba’s Brew, Olga Sorzano
Bank and Bourbon, Thomas Harkins
Bing Bing Dim Sum, Ben Puchowitz
Bistrot La Minette, Peter Woolsey
Blackfish, Chip Roman
Brauhaus Schmitz, Jeremy Nolen
Capofitto and Capogiro, Stephanie and John Reitano
Cheu Noodle Bar, Ben Puchowitz
DiBruno Bros., Emilio Mignucci
Ela, Jason Cichonski
Fat Ham, Kevin Sbraga
Fork, John Patterson
Gilda’s Biscotti, Gilda Doganiero
High Street on Market, Ellen Yin
Hungry Pigeon, Pat O’Malley
Junto, MacGregor Mann
Kanella, Konstantinos Pitsillides
Kensington Quarters, Damon Menapace
La Calaca Feliz, Tim Spinner
Lacroix, Jon Cichon
The Little Bird Bakery and Cafe, Jessica Nolen
Mission Taqueria, Andrew Sabin
Osteria, Jeff Michaud
Pub and Kitchen, Eli Collins
Sampan, Michael Schulson
Spread Bagelry, Larry Rosenblum
Subarashii Kudamono Gourmet Asian Pears, Holly Harter
Townsend, Townsend Wentz
Vedge, Rich Landau and Kate Jacoby
Vernick Food & Drink, Greg Vernick
Vetri Family of Restaurants
Weckerly’s Ice Cream, Andy Weckerly
Whetstone Tavern, Jeremy Nolen
Will BYOB, Christopher Kearse
Wm. Mulherin & Sons, Marqessa Gesualdi
Zeppoli, Joey Baldino

  TITO’S HOMEMADE VODKA SUPPORTS THE GARCES FOUNDATION Leading up to the gala, Tito’s Homemade Vodka will be donating $1 per cocktail sold at each of the Garces restaurants as listed below to the Garces Foundation. The cocktails will featured with tastings in the Tito’s Lounge at the event….  

  • Bad Education at Amada- Rotham and Winter Orchard Apricot Liqueur, Lemon
Bitters
  • Texas Eagle at JG Domestic- St. Germain Liqueur,
Cucumber,
Lime
  • Picante Pequino at Distrito- 
Jalapeño,
Cucumber,
Lime,
Spicy Chili, Salt Rim
  • Atlantic Blue at Tinto and Village Whiskey- Thyme,
Blueberry,
Lemon,
Nocino Walnut
  • Can It All Be So Simple?
at 24- Creme de Cassis,
Cranberry,
Lime,
Mint
  • In Full Bloom
at Volver- Citrus Cordial,
Rose Water,
Lavender Bitters
  • Vilaine at Garces Trading Company- 
St. Germain Liqueur,
Strawberry,
Lemon,
Sparkling Wine
  • We Cara Cara ‘Bout You at The Olde Bar- Cara Cara Orange,
Dolin Blanc,
Egg White,
Himalayan Sea Salt,
Orange Blossom Water

TICKET INFORMATION: General Admission – $150 Early Admission – $200 VIP Admission – $250 receive exclusive access to the after party on the 33rd floor and a preview tasting. Tickets: www.garcesfoundation.org/2017benefit/ Cocktail attire.

lemonsLife Hands You Lemons Fundraiser with Ryan Bleaken

In his continuing efforts to raise funds and awareness for the fight against childhood cancer, Ryan Bleaken will host the second annual Life Hands You Lemons fundraising event on Friday, March 10 from 7-10:30 PM at World Café Live. The concert will feature six live bands and a silent auction. Bleaken was inspired to host an event for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF) to honor his friend Max Levine, who passed away after battling neuroblastoma.  Max’s family and the family of Max’s friend Matt Schechter, who passed away after battling leukemia, created the M&M Fund to fund research for high risk pediatric cancers through ALSF. Doors open at 6:30 PM, with music starting at 7 PM. The lineup is Native Riff, The Dead Flowers, Stonehaven, Without Lime, Forever Vista and MONKO. The silent auction features items such as art, home cooking and music lessons. For more information, visit the Life Hands You Lemons Facebook event.

 

 

 

flowerThe PHS Philadelphia Flower Show

The 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, Holland: Flowering the World,” will celebrate the beauty and ingenuity of Dutch culture, from vivid flower fields to innovative eco-design, on March 11 to 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. No other country is as well known for its floral industry as the Netherlands, which fills the world with color. The Philadelphia Flower Show will transport guests to the rainbow landscapes of tulips, hyacinths and daffodils and the cut-flower and bulb markets that have shaped Dutch history. America’s premier floral and garden designers will celebrate facets of Holland’s culture throughout the 10 acres of exhibition halls at the Philadelphia Flower Show, which supports the transformative greening and beautification work of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society. The Flower Show will also explore the innovation that has defined Holland’s approach to its unique landscape, from windmills – one of the earliest uses of natural energy – to 21st-century ecodomes and the Dutch Wave movement, which takes a natural and sustainable approach to landscape design. Leading designers from Holland, including Nico Wissing, Bart Hoes, Bart Bresser, and New Jersey-born Carrie Preston, will share their extraordinary floral and garden styles in major exhibits at the Flower Show. For tickets and more information visit: https://theflowershow.com/

 

 

Philly Socialholic: Garces 6th Annual Wedding Showcase

Posted by Maryanne Salvat On March - 3 - 2017

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WHAT:                 Garces Events hosts their Sixth Annual Wedding Showcase

WHERE:              Cira Centre, 2929 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

WHEN:                 Sunday, March 5th, from 5:00-7:00 p.m.   RSVP:                

  Reserve spaces at www.philadelphia.garcesevents.com
Tickets for the wedding couple are complimentary Additional guests may attend at $20 each   ACTIVITIES:

  • Guests will sample a wide array of Garces Events most popular wedding menu items
  • Each Garces restaurant will be featured at a station that will allow guests to taste the items but also understand the design aesthetic that Garces provides
  • Catch breathtaking views of the city at sunset
  • Meet with some of our favorite wedding professionals
  • Win exclusive giveaways and raffle prizes throughout the showcase
  • Receive a special showcase venue offer when you RSVP
  • Swag bag from participating vendors
  • Book at the event and celebrate on the spot with a complimentary bottle of champagne

PARTICIPATING VENDORS: Bella Bridesmaids, Brass Tacks Events, Carl Alan, Center Stage, Denise Fike, Desserts by Dana, Devon & Pinkett, Emily Wren Photography, Event FX, Homewood Suites University City, Jessica Hendrix Photography, Lil Pop Shop, Love Me Do, Nature’s Gallery, Petit Jardin, The Private Gym/Bones Fitness Partners, PSH Cinema Studio, Rabbit Rabbit Crew, The Rittenhouse Spa & Club-Hair by Paul Labrecque, Royal Valet, Scratch DJs, Shannon Wellington Weddings, The Wedding Pros and Zachary Andrew Events.   MENU: Passed hors d’oeuvres will include: barbacoa chicken dumplings, kobe beef canapés, pickled beets, mushroom arancini, shrimp toast and albondigas.   Amada Station: Plancha Station; Vegetarian Paella; Chicken, Chorizo and Veggie Brochettes   Distrito Station: Mahi Mahi Taco, Chipotle Remoulade, Avocado, Red Cabbage, Lime; Guacamole Bar and Salsa Roja   Garces Trading Company Station: Hand Made Mozzarella Station;  Seasonal Antipasti     The Olde Bar Station: Raw bar and Ceviche featuring Shrimp with RemouladeOyster on the half shell and Salmon Ceviche   Tinto/Village Whiskey Station: Village Burger Slider, Nashville hot Chicken Slider; Specialty Cocktail   Dessert Bar: Macarons, Bouchons, Apple cider cake donuts, Lime Verrine, Cookies, Cheesecake pops, Cream Puffs, Red Velvet Cupcakes     EXCLUSIVE BENEFITS FOR GARCES WEDDING:

  • Garces brides and grooms receive 10% off all food and beverage for any other wedding related event booked at Garces restaurants, including showers, bachelor and bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, post wedding brunch etc.
  • A celebratory gift for your one-year anniversary
  • Pre ceremony cocktails and hors d’oeuvres for the wedding party
  • Day-of attendant to assist throughout the evening
  • Invitation for the wedding couple and two guests to attend a private wedding tasting event
  • Social media spotlight on @garcesevents

24By: Maryanne Salvat

Chef Garces and his team have built 24 with the neighborhood’s needs in mind, offering a casual eatery with Garces’ signature brand of Latin-Inspired hospitality.  The menu focuses on wood-fired pizza, pasta and other Italian inspired dishes, including delicious meatballs, at approachable price points. It is the perfect spot for business luncheons, families with young children, and students. The beautiful private dining room, as well as the open patio, are perfect for all types celebratory events. Service is provided through several dayparts, including a morning café, opening at 7:00 a.m. with counter service offering Garces Trading Company coffees, freshly baked pastries and healthy grab-and-go breakfast options, including fresh cold pressed juices.  The restaurant shifts to full service for lunch and dinner, with lunch beginning at 11:30 a.m. daily.  The lively bar will host a daily “Aperitivo Time” happy hour from 4:30-6:30 p.m. and will include special offerings from a beverage program that offers 12 wines by the glass, 38 wines by the bottle, 20 craft beers, seasonal cocktails, bar snacks and complimentary small plates. Dinner will be served from 5:00-10:00 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and until 11:00 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. 24 will also offer a children’s menu.  A Parkway Corporation open air parking lot is located in the rear of the building, with access points from 24th and Sansom Streets, and will offer $5 parking after 6:00 p.m. daily for guests dining at 24; for more information: www.24philly.com Phone: 215-333-3331.

 

howlHowl at the Moon at Valley Forge Casino

Howl at the Moon brings the dueling piano experience to Philadelphia’s suburbs starting this week. Valley Forge Casino Resort (1160 First Avenue) and The Vault nightclub and music venue welcome Howl at the Moon each and every Saturday, with the grand opening slated for January 14, 2017. Get ready to sing, dance and howl as the versatile and talented musicians perform live music from 80’s rock, 90’s pop and today’s dance hits on pianos. Doors open at 8:00pm and the live show from 9pm to 12:30am. The party continues at The Vault until 2am. Admission is free and open to those 21 and up only.

lemon-ballAlex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation Hosts the 11th Annual Lemon Ball

Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation (ALSF), a nonprofit dedicated to finding cures for all kids with cancer, will host the 11thAnnual Lemon Ball, presented by Applebee’s, Northwestern Mutual and Volvo on Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 6:30 PM at the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, 1201 Market Street. The Lemon Ball is an evening of cocktails, dinner, raffle, silent and live auctions and entertainment. This event brings together supporters of the Foundation’s mission – a cure for all kids with cancer. Liz and Jay Scott, the parents of the late Alexandra “Alex” Scott, will co-chair the gala with Susan and Robert Stein. The Tenth Annual Lemon Ball raised nearly $940,000. The evening also features three awards: Stand Host of the Year, Volunteer of the Year and the Alex Scott Crystal Cup. The Stand Host of the Year Award to the Carpino family of Swedesboro, NJ. Mario Carpino, 12, has been battling inoperable brain tumors since 2007.  Mario is currently stable and gets MRIs every three months. In the past five years, the Carpino family’s efforts have raised almost $300,000 for ALSF and the fight against childhood cancer. Helping Mario along the way are his family, friends and supporters who are known as “Mario’s Fight.” The Volunteer of the Year Award will go to longtime ALSF supporters, Mary and Molly Hollway. Over nine years ago, Molly – a neuroblastoma survivor – and her family hosted their inaugural Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the Mall of America. Every year, the stand has grown and gained much more support. A few years ago, Molly and some friends started a Lemon Run, which has also been very successful. Molly also started a Lemon Club at her high school. In all, the Hollway family has raised over $100,000 for childhood cancer research and act as ambassadors for ALSF. Molly says, “My family and I will never stop holding the lemonade stand and run until a cure for childhood cancer is found.” The Alex Scott Crystal Cup will go to Penn Wynne Elementary, the school that Alex attended. Every year, on the second weekend of June, Penn Wynne Elementary has hosted Alex’s “Original” Lemonade Stand to honor Alex’s annual lemonade stand. Alex’s friends, family and the Penn Wynne community continue to hold her stand which has evolved into a family fun event complete with food, games, crafts and (of course) lemonade. Alex’s “Original” has raised over $1 million for pediatric cancer research since 2004. Principal Mr. Shawn Bernatowicz will accept the award on the school’s behalf. For more information about the evening, visit TheLemonBall.org.

 

photo courtesy of Christmas Village

photo courtesy of Christmas Village

Philadelphia’s Christmas Village Returns

The highly anticipated Christmas season is upon us! Along with holiday festivities and delightful displays, Philadelphia’s Christmas Village returns this year to the City Hall Courtyard. All the warm mulled cider, spiced gingerbread, brats and delicious German fare will now be available. The city’s open-air German market – one of the largest in the country –brings Santa’s workshop, live music stages, decorations and lights, wooden shopping huts, food booths, mulled wine and more.

 

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Celebrate the season along America’s most historic square mile with Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, presented by VISIT PHILADELPHIA® and Old City District. Get all of your holiday shopping done in one place, and enjoy some seasonal dishes and sips in Old City! More than 45 participating boutiques, shops, art galleries, museums, restaurants and cafes around the neighborhood will treat visitors to special sales, discounts, promotions and menu items every Thursday in December from 5:00pm to 8:00pm through December 22nd. From its historic past to its artful present to its tech future, Old City is the place to be! Look for vibrant and diverse offerings that make the neighborhood the historic gem of Philadelphia. For more information about Old City District and Historic Holiday Nights in Old City, visit oldcitydistrict.org, tweet @OldCityDistrict or call (215) 592-7929.

 

rittenhouseRittenhouse Row Fashion Crawl

Numerous Rittenhouse Row retailers will host simultaneous in store parties, with cocktails from some of the best mixologists in Rittenhouse.  In store parties include: Special discounts, trunk shows, gifts with purchase, DJs and much more. This year Rittenhouse Row has partnered with PAWS to, “Give a Home for the Holiday.” Adoptable dogs and PAWS representatives will be walking to select crawl locations throughout the day. Pick up your map at Capital One on the day of the crawl and receive free samples of hot chocolate from Peet’s Coffee and a chance to enter to win a fabulous gift basket with prizes from Rittenhouse Row’s health, beauty and fitness members.   Raffle package highlights include:  A five pack of classes from Flywheel, $55 gift certificate to Ursula’s About PHace, a five pack of classes to Ripped PHL, three Pure Barre classes, one month unlimited from Unite Fitness, a ten class gift card good for any class at Thrive Pilates and Philly Power Yoga and five pilates classes at Urbanfront Pilates and more.   The entire day is free and open to the public; event maps will be available at Capital One, 1636 Walnut Street, on Saturday, December 10th from 12:00PM to 3:00PM.   Maps can also be downloaded from rittenhouserow.org starting the week of the crawl.   *Must be 21 or older to enjoy the cocktails

 

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