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Where to Celebrate Mother’s Day 2021

April 27, 2021 – Celebrate Mom this Mother’s Day by treating her to a lavish brunch, tasty tipples, prix fixe dinner, and a fun, socially distanced cocktail class! We’ve rounded up our go-to restaurants, hotels, distilleries, bars, and more offering specialty menus, spirits, gifts, and events for Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9.  
 

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Art in the Age, Old City’s one-of-a-kind tasting room, home bar supply and bottle shop, boasts a truly unique cordial, with a blend of savory and sweet flavors.  Art in the Age’s Black Trumpet Blueberry Cordial is made with hand-picked blueberries from sister distillery, Tamworth Distilling, and foraged black trumpet mushroom – the only cordial (known to us) made with these rich, smokey edible mushrooms – makes this one-of-a-kind spirit perfect for gift giving this Mother’s Day.   

Available for online ordering and in-store pick up at Art in the Age’s Old City shop.   

116 N 3rd Street | 215.922.2600 | www.artintheage.com/  

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Assembly Rooftop Lounge, Center City’s rooftop lounge with panoramic views of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, is taking Mother’s Day to new heights with High Tea on Sunday, May 9 from 12 – 2pm. Treat Mom to a fun tea party featuring cocktails, mocktails, chef-inspired finger sandwiches and sweeping views of the Parkway, priced per person at $40 for the “I’m Not Asking You, I’m Telling You”package or $55 for the “Because I Said So!” package.   

A sample of the craft cocktail offerings include  Frosé Tea, composed of apple brandy, lime, raspberry-chamomile shrub, and rosé, and Sunshine, crafted with Tito’s vodka, mango, bergamot-fennel tea, lemon, and sparkling rosé.   

Reservations are required and can be purchased here, and event is weather permitting with a 90-minute time limit.   
1840 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2723 |  www.assemblyrooftop.com  

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East  Passyunk  Avenue, home to over 150 independently owned businesses in South Philadelphia, has an array of Mother’s Day festivities in place for a day spent pampering Mom. Join Society Hill Dance Academy for flower-themed performances, with the option of socially distanced dancing along, starting at 2pm on Sunday, May 9, and afterwards, head over to The Singing Fountain to catch a live opera performance by East  Passyunk  Opera Project ( ePOP ) at 4pm. For gift giving, shop from a vast selection of cookbooks, candles, baking tools, and home décor from  Occasionette’s Mother’s Day collection.   

Additionally, Barcelona Wine Bar, Flannel, Ember & Ash, Cantina Los Caballitos, and Pistolas Del Sur will be open for Mother’s Day brunch service on Sunday, May 9 with delicious breakfast and lunch offerings and cocktails, wine, and craft beer.  

Check out the respective businesses’ websites for more info.       

1904 E. Passyunk Avenue |  www.visiteastpassyunk.com  

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Forsythia, Old City’s contemporary French bar and restaurant helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, boasts an elegant three-course prix fixe   Mother’s Day brunch menu for $50 per person on Sunday, May 9 from 10am – 3pm.  First course options include English Pea Soup and Salad du jour. Second course options include Avocado Toast and White Fish Tartine. Lastly, third course options include Quiche, Yeasted Waffles and berries, Pork Belly and Eggs, Smoked Salmon and Potato Rosti, and Forsythia’s famous Burger Royale (two smash patties oozing in raclette). This specialty menu is served with house-made Focaccia and Beignets with Nutella and Jam, available for limited indoor and outdoor dining as well as takeaway.   

Book your reservation here 

233 Chestnut Street | 215.644.9395  |  www.forsythiaphilly.com    

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Jet Wine Bar, Philadelphia’s “global vineyard,” has an elaborate Mother’s Day brunch planned with featured Guest Chef and Chopped Champion Gregory Headen crafting a specialty menu served a la carte, as well as sparkling wine and cocktail specials on Sunday, May 9 from 11am – 4pm.   

Chef Headen’s Mother’s Day brunch offerings include Funnel Cake French Toast, Brunch Burger, Frittata, and Coffee Cake, with a libation menu of fan-favorite cocktails including Classic Mimosa, Brunch Bellini, and Berry Spritzer, and a bevy of sparkling wine such as Brut Rosé, Lambrusco, and Champagne 

Reservations are required and can be made by emailing  nick@jetwinebar.com, including name, number of guests, phone number, and time requested.  

1525 South St. | 215.735.1116  |  www.jetwinebar.com  

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New Liberty Distillery, the South Kensington craft distillery and home to award-winning spirit lines such as the revived heritage Kinsey brand, is hosting three spring-themedsocially distanced cocktail classes on Sunday, May 9, at 12pm, 1:30pm, and 3pm.  Attendees and their Moms will be guided by an expert New Liberty Distillery mixologist through an hour-long class, constructing two tasty tipples crafted with New Liberty Distillery spirits.  Make sure to stop by the bottle shop on your way out to grab a tipple for mom (and one for you) as they make great Mothers Day gifts. 

Each class will take place in the spacious outdoor cocktail garden on-site at New Liberty Distillery, and is priced at $125. Registration can be made  here.    

1431 N Cadwallader St. | 267.928.4650 | www.newlibertydistillery.com  

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Resting Gift Face, woman-owned Philadelphia-based company selling curated gift boxes that don’t suck, has a non-traditional take on gifting this Mother’s Day with their “Vices” line boasting a custom scented candle and artfully designed gift box, all hand-made and assembled in Port Richmond, Philadelphia.

The fun and unique gift boxes are priced at $48 each, and are categorized in three different themes, Best Budz, Momz Medz, and Bad A$$. Each box includes high-quality goodies such as candles, ashtrays, matches, cards, and more — perfect to help Mom relax and unwind on her special day.

The limited edition gift boxes in the Vices collection can be purchased here, while supplies last.

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Sabrina’s Café,   the locally grown group of popular breakfast, lunch and (in one case) dinner restaurants, is offering a fruity twist to the fan-favorite Stuffed Challah French Toast with wild blueberry preserves, cinnamon, and honey, available at all open Sabrina’s Café locations  on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 9 for $12.59. For folks looking to serve Mom breakfast in bed on her special day — Raquel DeAbreu, Co-Owner of Sabrina’s, is sharing her recipe for the rich and decadent Blueberry Stuffed Challah French Toast below.  

Blueberry Stuffed Challah French Toast 

Courtesy of Raquel DeAbreu, Co-Owner of Sabrina’s Café 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 loaf Challah Bread 
  •  6 eggs 
  •  ½ Cup orange juice 
  • Zest of one lemon 
  • 1 pint heavy cream 
  • 4 tbsp boysenberry syrup 
  • 3 tbsp vanilla extract 
  • 1 cup Wild Blueberry Perseveres 
  • ½ cup white sugar 
  • 1 cup blueberries 
  • 2 tbsp cinnamon 
  • Drizzle of honey   

Instructions: 

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray 9 x 12 pyrex baking dish. Cube the Challah into 1 1/2 ” cubes, then place into a large mixing bowl. Beat eggs. Add orange juice, lemon zest, heavy cream, boysenberry syrup, vanilla, and sugar, and mix well. Add mixture to the cubed challah. Add half of the blue berries and the preserves. Mix well but carefully so not to break up the mixture. Add the cinnamon. Place the mixture into the sprayed pyrex and add the remaining blueberries then drizzle the honey. Bake uncovered for 35 to 45 minutes. Cool and serve with fresh whipped cream and garnish with blueberries. Can also use the same recipe with any fruit bread – peach, cinnamon raisin, or apple! 

Fairmount | 1804 Callowhill St | 215.636.9061 |  www.sabrinascafe.com/    

Collingswood | 714 Haddon Ave | 856.214.0723  |   www.sabrinascafe.com/    

Wynnewood | 50 E Wynnewood Rd |   484.412.8790  |  www.sabrinascafe.com/    

University City | 227 N 34 th  St | 215.222.1022  |   www.sabrinascafe.com/    

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Seaview, A Dolce Hotel, the New Jersey Shore’s quintessential resort, welcomes Moms and loved ones into their elegant grand main dining room for a prix fixe, coursed brunch served family style this Mother’s Day, on Sunday, May 9 with seating from 10am – 1:30pm.   Specialty dishes include Shrimp Cocktail, Spring Leek & Gruyere Quiche, Citrus Brined Pork Loin, Flounder Roulades, and Assorted Mini Macaroons and Chocolate Truffles for dessert, priced at $54.95 for adults and $29.95 for children.   

For reservations, click here.   

401 S New York Rd., Galloway, NJ | 609.652.1800 |  www.seaviewdolcehotel.com  

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Silk City Diner Bar & Lounge, the eclectic Northern Liberties eatery, has launched their brand-new brunch program just in time for Mother’s Day. From 11am – 3pm on Sunday, May 9, guests can expect delicious brunch fare such as The Silk Burger and Spicy Chicken Sammy (both served with hand cut fries), as well as vegan-friendly options including Vegan Berry Fritters, Seitan Wings, and their take on the Impossible Burger.   

Available for limited indoor dining, expanded outdoor seating at their streetery and garden, and takeaway. Book your reservation here..   

435 Spring Garden Street | 215.592.8838 |  www.silkcityphilly.com  

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Square 1682, the modern American kitchen located at the intersection of 17th and Sansom streets, offers quite the swanky boozy brunch for Moms and their loved ones this Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 9 from 9am – 2pm. For $39, imbibing moms will receive a magnum Champagne bottle and choice of orange, peach or grapefruit juice. A three-course prix fixe brunch from Executive Chef Mack Horebe includes Whipped Burrata, Avocado Toast, Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes, Wagyu Burger, and Grapefruit Brûléepriced at $29 per person.  

Available for indoor dining at limited capacity. Reservations can be made  here.  

121 South 17th Street | 215.563.5008 |   www.square1682.com   

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Tamworth Distilling, New Hampshire’s craft distillery that focuses on ‘wilderness to table’ and scratch-made spirits, provides the gift that every mom wants this Mother’s Day — booze.  Tamworth Damson Gin is composed of damson plums paired with juniper, bitter orange, anise hyssop, and hops to create a tartly sweet and herbaceous spirit, sitting at a low proof — perfect for sipping. Try shaking up one of these cocktails for mom on Mother’s Day.  

Plum Perfect 

Courtesy of Jackie Nevin, Art in the Age – Philadelphia 

  • 2 oz. Tamworth Garden Damson Plum Gin 
  • ¼ oz. Bittermilk No. 4 – New Orleans Style Old Fashioned Rouge 
  • ¼ oz. Grapefruit Juice 
  • 1 ½ oz. Casamara Club — Alta 
  • 12 Drops Addition Pink Peppercorn Bitters 

Glassware: Coupe 

Garnish: Grapefruit and Star Anise Garnish 

Instructions: Chill a coupe glass in the freezer; add all ingredients except club to shaker tin and dry shake; pour into chilled coupe glass over one square cube; top with club; garnish with grapefruit peel and star anise  

Tamworth Damson Gin is available for pick-up at Philadelphia’s retail store Art in the Age, and online ordering  here.    

www.tamworthdistilling.com    

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The Twisted Tail, the popular Southern-inspired restaurant and bar on Headhouse Square, boasts a three-course Mother’s Day brunch served family style, perfect to share with Mom this holiday, on Sunday, May 9 from 10am – 4pm.  The specialty offerings include Beef Tartare, Brioche French Toast, Crab Cake Benedict, and Ricotta Beignets, and are priced at $39 per person with a children’s menu available.   

Reservations are required, and can be booked  here.    

509 S. 2nd Street | 215.558.2471 |   www.thetwistedtail.com/  

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Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, is pulling out all the stops for a memorable Mother’s Day celebration with a la carte specials available for brunch and dinner service. Specials include the Seafood Tower with chilled oysters, lobster, shrimp, lump crab, salmon tartare, and mussels ($70 / $138), Ricotta Gnocchi ($23), Braised Lamb Shank ($38), Alaskan Halibut ($36), and Stracciatella Semifreddo ($12) for dessert.   

Libations include wine by the glass or bottle, and cocktail of the day, Spring Flower composed of hibiscus-infused Bluecoat gin, Aperol, and sparkling wine.   

Available for limited indoor dining and outdoor patio seating on Sunday, May 9 from 9 am – 2 pm for brunch service, and 4 pm – 9 pm for dinner service.  

1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2788 | www.urbanfarmerphiladelphia.com  
 

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-Allanah Richman