Join us for Dilworth Park Ocotoberfest

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It’s that time of year again! Octoberfest at Dilworth Park, annual five-day festival, returns to Center City on Wednesday, October 11th and will continue until Sunday, October 15th.

Our chefs were inspired by classic German menu items and they can be paired with a selection of seasonal beers and cocktails.  The annual festival will continue for five-days celebrating the flavors of the season and includes a beer garden, live music and games.

Below is the new menu that will be served 11/11 through 11/15 at Dilworth Park during the times listed below.

Wednesday, October 11Music and Entertainment, 5 – 9 p.m.

Thursday, October 12:   Music and Entertainment, 5 – 9 p.m.

Friday, October 13:    Music and Entertainment, 5 – 9 p.m.

Saturday, October 14:    Market, Music and Entertainment noon – 8 p.m.

Sunday, October 15:      Market, Music and Entertainment, noon – 6 p.m.

MENU FOR OCTOBERFEST 

Currywurst
Traditional German dish of Pork Sausage with Curried Mustard, Sauerkraut, Tomato Relish

Knockwurst
Pork and Beef Sausage, Caramelized Onions, Maker’s Mark® Mustard

Sauerbraten Cheesesteak
Philly Twist on a German Classic with Fried Onions, Emmental Fondue

South Philly Schnitzel  
Crispy Chicken, Caramelized Onions, Peppers, Smoked Paprika Aioli

Germantown Dumplings 
Fall Mushrooms, Veg Broth, Braised Kale, Radish Salad

Festival Fries
Victory FestBier Cheese Sauce, Pickled Onion, Chives

Snacks
German Potato Salad
Bavarian Pretzel Bites
House Made Apple Sauce
House Made Sauerkraut
Black Forest Chocolate Cherry Cookie

Grill Specialties 

Smoked Turkey Legs
Cider Glaze

Beef Ribs 
Mustard Sauce

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Fall in Love with Our Wedding Venues this September

Are you engaged and looking for the perfect wedding location? This month we are hosting Wedding Open Houses at two of our landmark locations, Free Library on the Parkway on Thursday, September 21st and Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall on Wednesday, September 27th.

Below are the invitations with details about how to put your name on the guest list! They are both complimentary but RSVP is required. We look forward to helping you plan the wedding you have always dreamed of with cuisine that will WOW your guests!

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Offer Extended for WOW Winter Promotion

Are you still planning your winter holiday party? Well, you’re in luck because we extended our winter promotion to all events booked by October 15, 2017! We will offer a complimentary seasonal dessert or cocktail station if you book before the special ends.

Plus, some of our venues have sweetened the deal with additional facility rental discounts including The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center and National Constitution Center. Be sure to inquire about additional special offers when you plan your event and mention ‘WOW Winter’!

Contact our sales team at info@brulee-catering.com and they can help you select the perfect location for your occasion at one of our exclusive venues or at the location of your choice.

Select from either the Sleigh Ride Together With You or Let It Snow Stations. Both dessert menus include gourmet twists on seasonal flavors that spark nostalgia.

Sleigh Ride Together With You

  • Steamed Cherry Puddings, Cognac Glaze
  • Spiced Cranberry Clafouti Tart
  • Chocolate Chip Meringue Cloud
  • Warm Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Hot Vanilla Bean Cocoa
  • Mulled Honey Cider

Let It Snow

  • Gingerbread Macarons
  • Santa Hat Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts
  • Snowball Truffles
  • Snowmen Cookies
  • Marshmallow Candy Cane Fudge
  • Seasonal Eggnog

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Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix Joined Spectra Culinary Innovation Summit and Challenge as Guest Speaker and Judge

Our culinary team believes that creativity is an important ingredient in all kitchens! Our new owners, Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, share this philosophy and believe in collaboration which sparked the idea for their first ever Spectra Culinary Innovation Summit. Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix was invited to speak to eleven of Spectra’s All-star executive chefs about his successful career as well as be one of five judges for a culinary challenge.

Only one dish was named the winner by the panel of five judges, Pretzel-crusted Philly Cheesesteak Croquette, but the challenge resulted in eight dishes that will be added to Spectra menus. The new menu items will appear Nationwide in hundreds of Spectra managed stadiums, arenas, convention centers, and catering properties across North America, beginning as early as this fall. There is a strong possibility that these game-changing recipes will be adapted for Brûlée Catering’s events and cafés menus also.

“The Pretzel Crusted Philly Cheesesteak Croquette is the perfect new addition as it can be served at ballparks and arenas, and can be tweaked as a bite-size appetizers on catering menus at special events,” said Spectra’s Scott Swiger, Vice President, Culinary Excellence. “Our chefs from across the country collaborated and created several delicious items that we look forward to adding to our Spectra menus across all of our platforms.”

Pretzel-crusted Philly Cheesesteak Croquettes, the Spectra Culinary winning dish, are plated up in various ways to show the diversity of the new menu item. (Charles Cherney/AP Images for Spectra)

Pretzel-crusted Philly Cheesesteak Croquettes, the Spectra Culinary winning dish, are plated up in various ways to show the diversity of the new menu item. (Charles Cherney/AP Images for Spectra)

The Spectra Culinary Summit on Thursday August 10, 2017, in Rosemont IL (Charles Cherney/AP Images for Spectra)

Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix was a guest speaker addressing the Spectra Chefs at Spectra’s Culinary Innovation Summit.

Chef Lacroix mentoring chefs

Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix participates in the Spectra Culinary Innovation Summit as a judge and mentor alongside (L-R) Spectra ’s Chad Vanderploeg and Christopher Walters. (Charles Cherney/AP Images for Spectra by Comcast Spectacor)

The Spectra Culinary Summit on Thursday August 10, 2017, in Rosemont IL (Charles Cherney/AP Images for Spectra)

Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix poses for a photo with Scott Swiger, Vice President, Culinary Excellence at Spectra during the Culinary Innovation Summit held at US Foods headquarters in Rosemont, Illinois.

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Join Us 9/27 for a Fall Wedding Open House at Please Touch Museum

Are you looking for the perfect backdrop for your Philadelphia Wedding? Toast to your engagement at Please Touch Museum at Memorial Hall this fall and meet our expert sales team and preferred vendors, while enjoying a signature Brûlée Cocktail Hour with delicious cocktails and tasty hors d’oeuvres! Take a tour of the glamorous Hamilton Hall and the young-hearted Carousel House and begin your Philadelphia wedding plans with us.

  • Enjoy a signature Brûlée Cocktail Hour
  • Tour Hamilton Hall and The Carousel House
  • Meet our Expert Sales Team & Preferred Vendors
  • Photo ops and Keepsake from Photo Booth by Hour Entertainment
  • Complimentary Parking

Be inspired by a video that features various different styles of weddings at Please Touch Museum by clicking here.

PTM Sept 27 Invite (1)

 

Below is a list of the confirmed preferred vendors that will be on-site.

Planners 

  • Lauren James Events
  • Jackie Ruby Events

Photographers 

Videography 

Make-up

Entertainment

Flowers and Decor 

Production 

 

 

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Mark Your Calendars for Free Library’s Wedding Open House 9/21

Engaged couples are invited to our Wedding Open House at the Free Library on the Parkway on Thursday, September 21 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Learn how you can plan a wedding at this landmark location and start the next chapter of your love story in style! RSVP is required to attend. Please email Erin at edelozier@brulee-catering.com by September 16th.

Take a look at a recent wedding at the venue below and watch a video by clicking here.

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Toast to your loved one and meet our expert sales team and preferred vendors, while enjoying a signature Brûlée Cocktail Hour with delicious cocktails and tasty hors d’oeuvres! Tour the stunning Skyline Room and Terrance on the Fourth Floor of the Free Library on the Parkway.

  • Enjoy a Signature Brûlée Cocktail Hour
  • Be Inspired by Wedding Day Set-up Ideas with EventQuip
  • Admire Breathtaking Views of the Philadelphia Skyline
  • Meet our Expert Sales Team & Preferred Vendors

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Plan WOW-Worthy Events This Winter

snowflakes cookie It’s been a steamy summer and we are staying cool by planning winter parties! Now is the time to book prime dates and locations for your holiday celebrations. WOW your guests with a complimentary seasonal dessert or cocktail station.

Book your event by September 4, 2017 for this special offer. Contact our sales team at info@brulee-catering.com and they can help you select the perfect location for your occasion at one of our exclusive venues or at the location of your choice.

The new dessert menus for the winter are already out and they sound better than ever with two options. Select from either the Sleigh Ride Together With You or Let It Snow Stations. Both dessert menus include gourmet twists on seasonal flavors that spark nostalgia.

Sleigh Ride Together With You

  • Steamed Cherry Puddings, Cognac Glaze
  • Spiced Cranberry Clafouti Tart
  • Chocolate Chip Meringue Cloud
  • Warm Salted Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Hot Vanilla Bean Cocoa
  • Mulled Honey Cider

Let It Snow

  • Gingerbread Macarons
  • Santa Hat Strawberry Cheesecake Tarts
  • Snowball Truffles
  • Snowmen Cookies
  • Marshmallow Candy Cane Fudge
  • Seasonal Eggnog

Plus, some of our venues have sweetened the deal with additional facility rental discounts including The Liberty View at Independence Visitor Center and National Constitution Center. Be sure to inquire about additional special offers when you plan your event and mention ‘WOW Winter’!

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Independence Ice Cream Social Happy Hour at Cross Keys Cafe

Whoever said history wasn’t fun definitely has not been to the Museum of the American Revolution! Cross Keys Café, inside the Museum, will be hosting themed happy hours throughout the season to celebrate their first summer with some help from Philadelphia’s rich history.

Saturday, July 1st from 5:00 -7:00 pm will be the  “Independence Ice Cream Social” to celebrate the Fourth of July weekend. Enjoy boozy milkshakes and other ice cream treats on the Café’s outdoor terrace provided by the Franklin Fountain and QC Malt. Cross Keys will be partnering with QC Mercantile and plans to expand its already-existing partnership with the Franklin Fountain.  Try a boozy float with QC Malt’s Old Dutch and The Franklin Fountain’s Vanilla Bean Ice Cream or QC Malt’s Lemon Shrub Float, and the whole family can enjoy a The Franklin Fountain Hot Fudge Sundae with fresh raspberry syrup.

Old Dutch Float. Photo Courtesy of QC Malt

On Tuesday, July 11, Cross Keys will be holding a duel themed happy hour from 5-7 pm to commemorate the 213th anniversary of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr’s infamous duel. Conveniently enough, this event will be held at the café which is across from Hamilton’s First Bank of the United States!

Other happy hours will take place on August 12th and 26th, and we cannot wait to see what fun, historical themes Cross Keys will come up with next. All these events do not require a museum ticket—anyone can enjoy the fun!

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Brûlée Catering Joins the Comcast Spectra Portfolio

With great enthusiasm, we share monumental news about Brûlée Catering’s future!  Comcast Spectacor, the parent company of Spectra’s Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality and Corporate Partnerships divisions, as well as the Wells Fargo Center Complex and the Philadelphia Flyers, has reached an agreement to acquire Brûlée Catering by Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix from GuestCounts Hospitality.

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As leaders in high-end catering and premium hospitality, Brûlée Catering, will become part of the Comcast Spectacor portfolio.  We will bring our extraordinary talent in culinary and service to Spectra. Over the years, we have grown as one of Philadelphia region’s most sought-after caterers for high-end events, which has resulted in Brûlée being the exclusive caterer in more than a dozen landmark locations and cultural institutions with Chef Jean-Marie Lacroix as our Chef-Partner. Our prestigious venues, such as National Constitution Center, Please Touch Museum, Independence Visitor Center, Museum of the American Revolution, Dilworth Park and Free Library on the Parkway will still remain Brûlée Catering’s exclusive venues in this transition.

“My partner Larry Cohen and I feel great about this transaction and the future of Brûlée,” said Barry Gutin, President of GuestCounts Hospitality. “Spectra brings substantial resources and new opportunities, which will help fuel Brûlée’s growth. We’re looking forward to working with Spectra and believe this provides an excellent evolution for our employees and clients.”

“We’re excited to welcome the talented team at Brûlée Catering into the Comcast Spectacor family and add several extensions to Spectra’s growing Food Services & Hospitality business,” said Dave Scott, President and CEO, Comcast Spectacor. “This acquisition marks a strategic step forward as we continue to expand Spectra into new high-growth areas, which include premium catering for a broad range of clients.”

In just the past few months alone, Brûlée has executed some of the largest and most complex events in its history including:

  • Legacy Youth Tennis Education Gala with a sit-down dinner for 700 guests on April 7, 2017.
  • Museum of the American Revolution’s Grand Opening for over 600 VIP guests with its elaborate sit down dinner staged in a tent placed on 3rd Street on April 8, 2017.
  • Temple University Hospital’s 125th Anniversary– sit-down dinner for 1,110 guests. The largest tent EventQuip ever assembled. A giant team collaboration employing staff from across all Brûlée locations.

Our industry leading team looks forward to serving your next events with us as Brûlée Catering transitions into the Spectra family.

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All-American BBQ Features Brûlée BBQ Competition Saturday, June 24th

It wouldn’t be a summer barbecue without some friendly competition and delicious food. On Saturday, June 24th, the All-American BBQ is bringing the heat with a BBQ Sauce cook-off! Seven of our Brûlée chefs and cooks will be facing off in the ultimate battle to see who can make the most mouthwatering BBQ sauce to smother all over brisket, pulled pork, and chicken.
The grand prize is $250 in gift cards to various Philadelphia restaurants from Center City District. But don’t worry—voters have a shot at cool prizes too!
The tasting will take place from 12-4 pm and voters will be entered in a raffle to win a Budweiser Grill Kit! The winner will be announced later at 7 pm. Come out, try some samples and cast your ballot for your favorite BBQ sauce!  Click here to view the menu.
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