We got to experience a true oasis within the city of Philadelphia. On September 2nd,  Cohere hosted an Al Fresco Three-Course Summer Dinner at The Viaduct in the Spring Arts neighborhood at 10th + Hamilton Street. Proceeds from the evening went to Boathouse Without Walls (BLJ) which is the only black-owned and operated rowing organization in the country. They are committed to providing access to the elite sport of rowing to nontraditional participants.

Dinner for the event was executed by Chef Erik Oberholtzer, co-founder of Tender Greens. Tender Greens is a chef-led kitchen in New York City serving seasonal and responsibly-sourced food to improve the way people eat every day. The menu was inspired by the delicious heirloom tomatoes that are at their peak in season right now.

The meal was served on Felt + Fat local tableware handmade in Philadelphia. Felt+Fat was started in 2014, as a small studio focused on creating custom tableware for Philadelphia chefs. Using a proprietary blends of porcelain and glazes to create strong and elegant tableware, has lead them to success with wares in over 140 restaurants in five different countries. Stop by their studio in Kensington where pieces are being handmade to order.

The evening began with a glass of California Chardonnay or Austrian Rose. Guests enjoyed a flavorful Heirloom Tomato Gazpacho accented with fresh parsley and a hearty slice of baguette. The second course followed with a Fried Green Tomato salad which was plated like a work of art. And if you had not guessed, the best was saved for the last course. Ricotta Gnocchi with Melted Tomatoes and fresh basil. We gladly enjoyed this dish with a slice of bread to soak up every last drop of the sauce. The entirely vegetable driven menu was something special to enjoy as the Summer is officially coming to a close.

Not to fear, The Viaduct will still be holding events through the end of the year including live music, fireside chats, and more. Follow @ViaductPHL on Instagram to for more information.

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