Forsythia Tuna Niçoise courtesy of Lexy Pierce

Mother’s Day Festivities in Philadelphia + NJ

April 28, 2022 — Treat Mom to the ultimate day of pampering, self-care, and indulgence with a little help from Philadelphia and its ‘burbs’ top-tier restaurants, hotels, bars, and one artisan food hall. Forsythia, Red Owl Tavern, The Twisted Tail, Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, Patchwork, Urban Farmer, and The Bourse Food Hall have an extra special Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8) planned for families in the form of festive fare and retail therapy.

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The Bourse Food Hall, Old City’s modern artisanal food hall, is hosting a Mother’s Day Market on Saturday, May 7 and Sunday, May 8 from 11am – 5pm, presented by Art Star. The Mother’s Day Market boasts 30 curated craft vendors posted on the first floor of the massive food hall as well as al fresco on the 5th St. patio overlooking Independence Mall, with various locally-made, hand-crafted wares and goods including pottery, jewelry, clothing, art prints, baby/kid toys and clothing, candles, soaps, bags, and more.

Additionally, Attico Rooftop will host a pop-up craft cocktail bar at The Bourse Food Hall for one-weekend-only, plus fare and libations will be available from a variety of restaurants including Menagerie Coffee, Grubhouse Philly, Marino Brother’s Cheesesteaks, Freebyrd Chicken, Abunai Poke, Rebel Taco, and so on.

This event is free to attend, and more information can be found by clicking here.

Hours of operation: Monday through Saturday from 7 am – 10 pm and Sunday from 9 am – 6 pm

111 S Independence Mall E | 215.625.0300 | http://www.theboursephilly.com

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Forsythia, Old City’s contemporary French bar and restaurant, has an elevated, artfully-prepared brunch in-store for Moms and their loved ones featuring a multi-course menu curated by Owner/Chef Christopher Kearse. For $80/person, the deluxe prix fixe includes Roasted Garden Carrots & Snow Peas, Black Truffle Crêpe with sheep’s milk ricotta and caramelized onions, Tuna Niçoise with saffron potato, bagna càuda, and a six minute egg, and Rohan Duck Confit with green market cassolette, fig jus, and green garlic. For dessert, diners can choose between Yuzu Curd Tart with blueberry, poppy seed crémeux, and lavender, and Chocolate Olive Oil Gâteau with sour cherry, rhubarb, and pistachio.

Mother’s Day brunch will be held on Sunday, May 8 from 10am – 4pm. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be booked via Resy or by clicking here.

Hours of operation: Wednesday through Sunday, 5 – 10pm for dinner service, and Saturday and Sunday, 10:30am – 2pm for brunch service

233 Chestnut Street | 215.644.9395 |  https://www.forsythiaphilly.com/

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Patchwork, a lively restaurant and bar focused on New American cuisine located on the second floor of the Hyatt Centric Center City Philadelphia, is hosting Afternoon Tea on the freshly minted outdoor patio adjacent to Patchwork’s indoor dining space and bar. Moms and their loved ones can enjoy an assortment of tea sandwiches and chai lattes from 3 – 5pm. Additionally, from 8am – 2pm, guests can enjoy a bountiful multi-course brunch service priced at $32/person featuring seasonal, delectable fare courtesy of Executive Chef Jonathan Dearden. All Moms can enjoy their brunch with a complimentary “Mom-mosa” to toast to the occasion.

To book a reservation for Mother’s Day brunch, visit OpenTable or click here.

Hours of operation: Monday through Friday, 6:30 – 10:30am for breakfast/brunch service, Sunday through Thursday, 5 – 9pm and Friday and Saturday, 5 – 10pm for dinner service, and Saturday and Sunday, 8am – 2pm for brunch service

1620 Chancellor Street | www.patchworkphilly.com

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Red Owl Tavern, the modern American tavern on Independence Mall, is serving up a selection of artfully plated, decadent add-ons tailored for Mother’s Day. Brunch-goers can treat Mom to a bountiful brunch service featuring Whipped Ricotta Toast served with freshly-baked sourdough and rhubarb, Asparagus & Arugula Salad with grilled and raw asparagus, Parmesan, and truffle vinaigrette, Spring Harvest Quiche composed of asparagus, pancetta, spring onions, charred ramp aioli, and petite salad, and Heirloom Tomato Benedict with slow roasted tomatoes, speck, spinach, and hollandaise.

Imbibers can partake in the festivities by sipping on one carefully curated craft cocktail courtesy of Lead Bartender Christopher Devern dubbed Mother Spring ($15), a floral and fruity spring-inspired riff on the cosmopolitan. This refreshing elixir is crafted with Grey Goose Essence Watermelon & Basil Vodka, St. Germain Elderflower, Cointreau, lime juice, pomegranate juice, and cucumber juice, garnished with cucumber wheels.

Reservations for Mother’s Day brunch at Red Owl Tavern can be made on OpenTable, or by clicking here.

Hours of operation: Monday through Wednesday, 8am – 9pm, Thursday and Friday, 8am – 10pm, Saturday, 9am – 10pm, Sunday, 9am – 3pm.

433 Chestnut Street | 215.923.2267 | www.redowltavern.com/

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Seaview Hotel & Golf Club, the New Jersey Shore’s quintessential resort, located only a 50-minute drive from Center City, Philadelphia, boasts a deluxe, family-friendly brunch served buffet-style for Mother’s Day, featuring an extensive assortment of seafood, omelets, breakfast staples, entrées, and more. Offerings include Yukon Potato Bisque with roasted asparagus and white truffle essence, “Seaview Made” Gravlax with citrus poached shrimp and traditional accompaniments, Dijon Crusted Pork Tenderloin “Paris” with sweet potato and grilled onions, and chocolate-raspberry pork demi-glace, Broiled Florida Snapper served with Jasmin rice pilaf, and tropical fruit pico de gallo, a carving station boasting Honey Glazed Pulaski Ham with cracked mustard, and more – priced at $59.95/adults and $29.95/children.

Mother’s Day brunch will be offered on Sunday, May 8 from 10am – 3pm in Seaview’s grand main dining room. Reservations can be made via OpenTable or by clicking here.

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

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The Twisted Tail,  the popular Southern-inspired restaurant and bar on Headhouse Square, is celebrating Mother’s Day with an over-the-top brunch spread, complete with a pastry basket brimming with baked goods and accoutrements. On Sunday, May 8 from 10am – 4pm, guests can partake in a three-course, prix fixe experience for $42/person with offerings spanning Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict, Chicken and Waffle with apple butter and spiced maple syrup, and a seasonal Roasted Mushroom Salad crafted with Lola Rosa, pickled grapes, and a truffle vinaigrette.

Reservations are highly encouraged and can be booked via OpenTable or by clicking here.

Hours of operation: Monday through Thursday 4—10pm, Friday 4—12am, Saturday 11—12am and Sunday 10—10pm

509 S. 2nd Street | 215.558.2471 |   http://thetwistedtail.com/

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Urban Farmer, Logan Square’s modern American steakhouse, has a plethora of spirited fare in-store for both brunch and dinner service on Mother’s Day. For breakfast and lunch, food-enthusiasts can enjoy Asparagus and Morel Mushroom Quiche ($17) with taleggio, baby greens, and pearl onion, Croque Monsieur ($18) with speck ham, brioche, emmenthaler, mornay, and one sunny side up egg, Stuffed French Toast ($16) with strawberries, white chocolate, cream cheese, and dark amber maple, and Lemon Blueberry Charlotte with verjus blueberries, honey crème fraîche, and lady fingers. À la carte offerings available for dinner include Crab and Heirloom Tomato Salad ($22) with basil aioli, crab coral, and mizuna, Veal Breast Roulade ($46) with potato croquette, baby spinach, Thumbelina carrots, and veal jus, and Black Cod ($38) with lyonnaise potatoes, broccoli rapini, radish, and beurre espellette.

As for libations, guests can sip on one aptly titled tipple First Friend ($13) composed of pea flower soaked tequila, Aperol, grapefruit, lime, agave, and Cava — in addition to Urban Farmer’s extensive selection of craft cocktails, no proof sippers, wines, and local brews.

Urban Farmer’s à la carte items begin at 8am on Sunday, May 8, with dinner starting at 4pm. Reservations are highly encouraged and can be booked via OpenTable or by clicking here.

Hours of operation:  Tuesday through Saturday, 8am – 9pm, and Sunday, 8am – 3pm

1850 Benjamin Franklin Parkway | 215.963.2788 |  https://www.urbanfarmersteakhouse.com/philadelphia-happenings/

Mother Spring at Red Owl Tavern courtesy of Christopher Devern

-Nicole Schofield