When I was a twenty-something, I loved going out for New Year's Eve (RIP Lucy's Hat Shop). My dad always referred to the holiday as "Amateur Night"- when those with little experience with alcohol go out and drink to excess. I'd shrug at him and excitedly leave the house dressed to the nines for a multi-course prix fixe dinner, ticketed open bar, or sometimes all of the above. While we’d be happy to plan this type of night out on the town for you, we're now thirty-somethings, no longer amateurs ourselves, and will be celebrating a bit differently this year.
Tria has two wine bar locations in Center City Philadelphia that highlight smaller producers. While their focus is on wine, beer, and cheese, they also offer full dining and cocktail menus.
While restaurants were closed for in-person dining in Philadelphia throughout much of 2020, Tria offered a variety of virtual wine and/or cheese classes via Zoom. We were passionate about supporting our favorite small businesses, particularly in the food service industry, during this time, and these classes were a great way to break up the monotony of stay-at-home orders and social distancing. Lauren Harris, Tria’s wine director, does an amazing job with her selections as well as her engaging presentations and guided tastings. These days, there is a lot of discussion about the habits people picked up during the height of covid that they'll be holding onto after a return to "before times," and this is one of ours. For us, it's a preferable alternative to Amateur Night at a packed bar (remember those?) or attempting to score a reservation to a costly, prepaid limited seating, followed by what is sure to be the most expensive Uber ride per mile in recorded history.
“Tria’s Deliciously Decadent New Year’s Eve Wine and Cheese Tour” includes 6 beverage pairings (2 oz tasting portions of red and white wine, a beer, a full bottle of sparkling rose, and a half bottle of champagne), “an abundance of” cheese, snacks, and a sparkling wine stopper. The 90 minute course begins at 8:00pm and tickets are $200 for 2 guests.
We’re looking forward to a special night in, now that most of our date nights take place outside the home, once again. We also can’t wait to see the syllabus of upcoming in-person courses, scheduled to resume in mid-January. However you choose to ring in 2023, we’re wishing you a happy, healthy escape and year ahead.