On Thursday, October 27, as part of Philadelphia’s Craft Spirits Week, High Street on Market will host a Gin and Grain Dinner. The meal will feature gin drinks from Tenaya Darlington, co-author with her brother André of The New Cocktail Hour: The Essential Guide to Hand-Crafted Drinks (Running Press, Fall 2016), paired with three family-style grain-based dishes from Chef Jon Nodler.
The New Cocktail Hour includes a history of cocktails, suggested food pairings, and recipes for shrubs and other fresh seasonal mixers. The book has earned positive reviews, including the Los Angeles Times, who wrote that “…everything you need to know about throwing a successful cocktail party is in this new book,” and San Diego magazine, who added, “I haven’t been able to put it down. Is it odd to read a recipe book as if it were a novel?” Closer to home, The Philadelphia Inquirer said that “…the greater success of The New Cocktail Hour is its ability to be many things to a variety of readers and still stand out from the pile of cocktail copycats as both useful and different.”
This dinner will highlight High Street’s cocktail program, which features seasonally inspired cocktails crafted from fresh, locally sourced ingredients and showcases the artisanal producers of Philadelphia’s rapidly expanding spirits industry. Says Darlington, a long-time friend of High Street through her blog, Madame Fromage, “High Street is a grain-focused restaurant, so I can’t think of a better place to explore the interplay of gin and grain over dinner. I love working with the High Street team, and I know that this meal will be exciting for diners and drinkers alike.”
The meal is $45 per person, plus tax and gratuity; the cocktail pairing is an additional $20 per person, and for another $20 per person, guests can take home an autographed copy of The New Cocktail Hour. Guests are invited to enjoy the special pairing menu throughout the evening rather than at a set time, but reservations are required; call (215) 625-0988 to confirm a table.
About High Street on Market…High Street Hospitality Group (HSHG) operates High Street on Market, a much-lauded breakfast-through-late-night, ingredient-driven restaurant and bakery. Co-owned by Ellen Yin and Chef Eli Kulp, High Street earned a glowing “Three Bells: Excellent” review from The Philadelphia Inquirer’s Craig LaBan, and both Chef Kulp and Pastry Chef Samantha Kincaid have been named among Food & Wine’s “Best New Chefs.” Chef de Cuisine Jon Nodler was a semi-finalist for the James Beard Award for “Rising Star Chef” in 2015. The restaurant was named The Inquirer’s “Restaurant of the Year in 2014, and Bon Appetit named it number two in the country in their annual “America’s Best New Restaurants” issue the same year. Likewise, Travel + Leisure named High Street one of the best new restaurants in the world in 2015. Their sister restaurant, High Street on Hudson, in Manhattan’s West Village, has earned similarly high praise since opening in late 2015.