• Monday , 20 November 2017

Spring Was in the Air (and the Food) at the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party

Story, photos By Jill Beckel

The 2017 Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival Preview Party featured cuisine from Rittenhouse Row’s best restaurants, cocktails from their best bartenders, informal modeling of spring trends from Rittenhouse Row member boutiques and salons, and a silent auction with Rittenhouse Row experiences and merchandise.

Located at the Hyatt at the Bellevue, food and beverages were provided by: 24 Wood Fired Fare, a.bar, a.kitchen, Alma de Cuba, Barclay Prime, Baril, Ben & Jerry’s, Butcher and Singer, CODA, The Dandelion, D’Angelo’s, Davio’s, Devon, Di Bruno Bros., Garces Restaurants, Lacroix, Marathon Grill, Metropolitan Bakery, Mission Taqueria, Parc, Rita’s Italian Ice, Rouge, Schweid & Sons, Termini Bros. Bakery, Verts, Bar Volver, Wrap Shack, XIX and more! Waiters walked around all night offering beer provided by Peroni as well.

Everything we tried was tasty and fresh. The stand-outs for us included penne a la vodka from D’Angelo’s that was hands down, the best we’ve ever had, the cocktails at Butcher and Singer and Suga, and the cannoli from Termini Bros. Bakery.

All proceeds from the event went to benefit Rittenhouse Row, a non-profit organization devoted to promoting the Rittenhouse Square neighborhood. “Representing more than 200 businesses, Rittenhouse Row serves as the voice of the Rittenhouse Square commercial district. Our geography extends from City Hall to the Parkway from the Symphony House up to the river. Our members include stores, restaurants, galleries, hotels and spa-salons as well as property owners, banks, real estate firms and media outlets. We work with each member to help them market their business. Members have the opportunity to attend free monthly networking and educational events. The public can enjoy our annual events like the Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival, Fall Gathering and so much more.”

The Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival presented by Capital One will be held this Saturday, May 20th, from noon to 5 pm (rain or shine). Held on Walnut Street from Broad to 19th, the annual event showcases Philadelphia’s finest fashions, cuisine and entertainment and attracts more than 50,000 people. We hope to see you there!

The ballroom in Hyatt at The Bellevue was packed right when the doors opened at 7pm.

Photo booth fun!

The middle table of the room had tons of goods, services and trips available for silent auction.

The silent auction items included wine, gym memberships, jewelry, hotel stays and more!

The DJ kept the party going the whole time.

Delicious cocktails from Butcher and Singer.

The friendly owners of Mission Taqueria offered us some tasty Mexican pina coolatas.

These slider sandwiches from DiBruno Bros hit the spot!

Mini desserts from The Continental Mid-town were the perfect mini treat.

This cocktail from Suga was extremely fresh tasting and satisfying.

The most beautiful cheese, fruit and nuts were uniquely displayed one by one for each person’s cheese plate.

A custom cheese plate that was almost too pretty to eat.

Tropical drinks to wash all our our snacks down.

A light and fresh spring salad with kale, cucumbers, fresh corn, tomatoes and cilantro.

A pair of sparkly earrings available for bidding on.

These salads from Marathon were beautifully prepared on small plates for tasting.

Save room for dessert! This cookie sundae from Ben & Jerry’s was divine.

Trays of freshly made cannoli from the Termini Bros Bakery made them a very popular table at the party.

Our cannoli sample didn’t last long.

A gourmet tasting from 24 Wood Fired Fare.

We loved the friendly service from Channing Daughters Winery.

Everyone seemed to be enjoying themselves throughout the evening.

Everyone left feeling more full and happier than when they came in.

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