With th­ese five venues, you and your part­ner are sure to find some­thing to com­pli­ment your taste buds.

El­e­vated plates and toast-wor­thy spirit tast­ings turn fall wed­ding re­cep­tions into grand culi­nary ex­pe­ri­ences.

Philadelphia Style - - CONTENTS - By Jes­sica Tzikas

Choos­ing your lo­ca­tion isn’t easy. As the back­drop to your en­tire day, the venue you choose also de­ter­mines the food, the dé­cor and the over­all vibe of your wed­ding. But here in Philly, lo­cal sites have stepped up their game, of­fer­ing brides and grooms a bounty of op­tions to please any taste. This fall, venues are fo­cused on food. At Rit­ten­house’s

Sof­i­tel Phil­a­del­phia (120 S. 17th St., 215.569.8300, sof­i­tel-phil­a­del­phia.com) Ex­ec­u­tive Chef Ed­ward Han­cock has joined the mix, cre­at­ing new menus full of sea­sonal veg­gies and herbs, plus honey straight from the ho­tel’s rooftop-gar­den bee­hives. But be­yond the palata­bil­ity, the Sof­i­tel has turned char­i­ta­ble—2017 brides can now rest easy know­ing that $1 for ev­ery plate served at their wed­ding is go­ing to­ward Broad Street Min­istries to pro­vide ser­vice to home­less and at-risk lo­cals. Af­ter a multimillion- dol­lar ren­o­va­tion last spring,

The Hy­att at The Belle­vue (200 S. Broad St., 215.893.1234, phil­a­del­phia be ll evue. hy­att.com) now of­fers guests up­dated rooms packed with Philly pride (art­work from lo­cal pain­ters and pho­tog­ra­phers span the walls), plus a more re­cent up­date to the gorgeous Grand Ball­room dance floor and stage. The ho­tel’s chefs are draw­ing menu in­spi­ra­tion from what’s cook­ing at XIX ( Nine­teen), the Hy­att’s lofty fine- din­ing des­ti­na­tion on the top floor. Guests can now sam­ple house fa­vorites like lob­ster- stuffed chicken and roasted cen­ter cut filet.

And while Cescaphe (215.238.5750, cescaphe.com) venues have al­ways been known for their fare, this fall, they’re fo­cus­ing on the liquor. “Brides and grooms are spend­ing a lot of time find­ing new ways to make their cock­tail hours more in­ter­ac­tive for their guests,” says Joe Volpe, founder and CEO of Cescaphe Event Group, whose stable of lo­ca­tions in­cludes Ten­denza, Vie, Wa­ter Works, Atrium at Cur­tis Cen­ter, Down Town Club and Cescaphe Ball­room. “One up­grade we love is adding a spe­cial tasting sta­tion to your event— we work with lo­cal som­me­liers, brew masters and whiskey ex­perts to add a fun, but ed­u­ca­tional, way for guests to en­joy fine wines, craft beers and whiskies that they may have never tried be­fore.” But be­fore the food is served, the first im­pres­sion is de­pen­dent on the lo­cale. Act­ing as the back­drop to a ma­jor­ity of the day- of pho­tos, cou­ples ty­ing the knot at The Sof­i­tel can look for­ward to pic­tures in front of the fa­mous lobby art­work and the li­brary wall in Lib­ertè Lounge, while The Belle­vue gives pho­tos a hint of el­e­gance with their dra­matic stair­case. “It’s breath­tak­ing ev­ery time we see a bride greet­ing fam­ily and friends at the base of the mar­ble and hand-worked iron el­lip­ti­cal stair­case,” says Pina Purpero, gen­eral man­ager of The Belle­vue. Whether you want your wed­ding to be a day of clas­sic so­phis­ti­ca­tion or tai­lored fun, Philly venues have more op­tions than ever for host­ing a chic city wed­ding. Now get started on pick­ing those menus.

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