Philadelphia Flower Show is now underway at the PA Convention Center, and there are several specials and events for those who love food just as much as flora. The British-themed show - “Brilliant!” is the tag line - runs through Sunday, March 10, so there’s still plenty of time to take advantage of the deals. Check them out below.
Girls Night Out
One of the official events of the show, this ladies’ night features food samplings from Buddakan and The Continenal in Atlantic City, Philadelphia Chocolate Tours and Potito’s Bakery, plus drinks from Smirnoff vodka, Pernod Ricard spirits. There will also be fashion presentations, health and beauty tutorials and a live DJ spinning sounds. Tickets ($50; here) include admission to the Flower Show and a complimentary cocktail on arrival.
Jessie Prawlucki is whipping up English and flower-themed sweets this week. Stop by her East Passyunk bakeshop to score Earl Grey crème brûlée and lavendar-white-chocolate and pistachio-rose macarons (215-271-2299).
A $35 tasting menu at this Rittenhouse wine bar features flowers in each of four courses. Available through Friday, the dinner includes chive blossom fritters, stuffed zucchini blossoms, pansies atop duck breast and a rose petal dusted panna cotta (215-985-1922).
If you attend the show, save those tickets! Show them at this Wash West BYO and receive 10% off your meal, now through Sunday (215-985-2962).
McGillin’s Olde Ale House
The oldest bar in the city is saluting the show with British cocktails and food dishes. Head over to Midtown Village to try the Earl Grey martini, Pimm’s Cup, Pimm’s Royal (with sparkling wine), fish ‘n’ chips or a special pot pie. If you stop in during lunch, you’ll get a free bowl of soup with your entree (215-735-5562).
Bistro St. Tropez
Chef Patrice Rames may be French, but he’s honoring the English themed show with a special prix fixe lunch ($25) and dinner ($38) available through Sunday. Look for cardamom-scented carrot soup, wood-smoked salmon and cherry clafoutis at the dining room beside the Schuylkill (215-569-9269).
Afternoon tea is on the schedule at this Rittenhouse Euro hotel. Swing by either before or after the show to sip on champagne or mimosas while nibbling on tea sandwiches like watercress and goat cheese or curried chicken with cherries. Choose a $35 or $46 spread (215-569-8300).