Visit just about any serious food blogger’s page here in Philly and chances are you’ll see Forsythia somewhere on their feed. Now Old City’s modern and innovative French restaurant and bar helmed by Chef Christopher Kearse, is welcoming spring with two, back-to-back collaborations featuring the city’s top restaurants and bars, kicking off with a culinary-focused pop-up at the all-day café Forîn on Friday, March 24 from 9pm – 12am, followed by the next installment of Forsythia’s coveted Industry Night Series featuring Wilder on Monday, March 27 from 7pm – 11am.
Dubbed Late Night at Forîn (2041 Coral St), the newly-launched café and wine bar is poised to host various “after dark” collaborative dinners with noteworthy, local chefs — the first go-around being Chef Christopher Kearse of Forsythia on Monday, March 24 from 9pm – 12am. Kearse will present a curated menu of French dishes for $65 per person, served family-style, including Coq au vin Wings with porcini marmalade, Steamed Mussels utilizing Forîn cider, lardons, leeks, and miso, Escargot with seaweed uni butter and Mighty Bread Co. sourdough, Wagyu Beef Tartare with bone marrow béarnaise, and Forîn Coffee Pot de Crème. Imbibers can expect a mix of seasonal sippers including beet shrub craft cocktails and honey wine “flights”. The intimate, community-driven evening will take place at the new Forîn location at 2525 Frankford Avenue.
Following, Forsythia will host its next installment of the Industry Night Series on Monday, March 27 from 7 – 11pm. Chefs Finn Connors and Jake Webster of Rittenhouse Square’s Wilder will take over the wood-burning oven at Forsythia boasting a selection of artisanal pizza creations and more. As for boozy libations, Wilder’s Beverage Director Tom Brander and in-house Bar Expert Liv Forshey will be guest bartending, mixing up a bevy of spirited sippers inspired by cocktails found at Wilder. Restaurant folks attending Industry Night can enjoy the smooth sounds of local band The Mask and Wig Band, as well as take in demonstrations by custom-craft bladesmith Fred Frederick. No reservations required, and attendees can expect complimentary bites with pay-as-you go beverages.