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Philadelphia (December 17) – Get in the holiday spirit with three festive events in Philadelphia this Saturday, Dec. 21. From a Pop-Up Bake Sale by Jessie Prawlucki-Styer and Monica Glass at Fond, to Santa Photos with Chef Nicholas Elmi at Royal Boucherie and a Pop-Up Bourbon Lounge by Bluebird Distilling at The Shops at Liberty Place — there is something for everyone on your list!

Fond Co-Owner and Pastry Chef Jessie Prawlucki-Styer’s and fellow Philadelphia Pastry Chef Monica Glass’ Pop Up Bake Sale by Monica and Jessie is coming back to Fond, the contemporary restaurant on Passyunk Square, this Saturday, December 21 from 10 am to 2pm — just in time for the holidays.

Guests in search of a last-minute Christmas gift are invited to stop by the restaurant and indulge in and take home some of Prawlucki-Styer’s and Glass’ most acclaimed pastries and baked goods for the holidays, while sipping on hot beverages such as coffee, tea, homemade chai, and spiced ciders.

The highlight of the fun menu boasting sweet, savory, and gluten-free options, will be a festive 8″ Bûche de Noel ($42). The vanilla-almond cake with chocolate buttercream will serve 8-10 people and will stay moist and fresh-tasting for a few days. The cake may also be refrigerated. Guests are encouraged to reserve the limited item via

Other menu items include Olive Bread, Cardamon-Almond Apple Tart, Spinach-Tomato Kouign-Aman, Cookie Trays, and more.

1537 South 11th Street | 215.551.5000 |

Royal Boucherie, Old City’s utterly festive American brasserie from Top Chef winner Chef Nicholas Elmi, is decked for the holiday season and ready to invite kids and those young-at-heart to Not Your Basic Santa Photo – a fun photo op with Saint Nick aka Chef Nicholas Elmi on Saturday, December 21 from 1-3 pm at the restaurant. Chef Elmi will be donning his finest Santa gear for this very special photo op, while complimentary Christmas cookies will accompany this fun event.

Talking about cookies – Additionally, Royal Boucherie will host an evening of Cookie Decorating with Ommegang on Monday, December 23, from 6-9pm. For $10, guests are invited to step up to Royal Boucherie’s tented second-floor patio and decorate cookies while sipping on Ommegang Ciders. Cookies and the first Ommegang cider are included in the price.

Last-minute shoppers will also have the chance to purchase a signed copy of Elmi’s cookbook, Laurel: Modern American Flavors in Philadelphia!, for $35 at both events.

52 South 2nd Street | 267.606.6313 |

For the last time this year, Bluebird Distilling, the award-winning distillery in Phoenixville, will bring sips and joy to the Shops at Liberty Place with their Pop-Up Bourbon Lounge by Bluebird Distilling on Saturday, December 21 from 12-6pm.

Guests are invited to take a break from shopping and the bustling holiday traffic and unwind and relax with $10 spirited libations such as a Peppermint Mojito with Sugarcane Rum, a spiced Cranberry Mule with Bluebird Vodka, the Winter Sweater Old Fashioned with Four Grain Bourbon, and Hot Mulled Cider with American Wheat Whiskey.

In addition to cocktails, guests can also enjoy Philadelphia Brewing Company pints ($5) of Winter Wünder and Kenzinger on tap and non-alcoholic options such as hot chocolate, hot apple cider, and coffee.

100 Bridge Street | 610.933.7827 |

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