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The Festival of Trees with 10 Arts

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The Festival of Trees reception lit up 10 Arts in The Ritz-Carlton on Tuesday, December 3, 2013. The sponsors and designers involved created a collection of 12 truly unique trees showcasing the amazing diversity of the arts in Philadelphia. Chef Nathan Volz and his team prepared a delectable selection of complimentary hors d’oeuvres and cocktails.

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10 Arts offered an impressive cheese selection including blues and bries sourced from Fair Food Farmstand.

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Fresh seasonal compote and honey to complement the cheeses made for a sweet experience at the hors d’oeuvres table.

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The first round of appetizers (a delicate, flaky puff pastry) quickly disappeared– only one plate was left when we arrived!

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The “Special Eggnog” was a hit– it was Latin-spiced and reminiscent of sweet horchata.

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The crispy mozzarella balls were decorated with Christmas in mind; the coating gave the fritters an almost potatoey texture.

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Phyllo cups were filled with a savory baked cheese and topped with colorful garnishes.

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Trees designs spanned the spectrum from traditional to more modern. Some embodied the glitz and glamour of Hollywood’s early years (Petah Bashano Event Design)…

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…while others used outer space or zoo animals as themes (shout out to the Franklin Institute and Philadelphia Zoo for some of our favorite trees)…

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…and still others sought inspiration from cars (RDS Automotive Group: McLaren, Maserati, and Porsche) and horticultural specimens (Three Potato Four and PHS Philadelphia Flower Show).

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Hanukkah wasn’t forgotten (although there was a severe lack of latkes at the event)!

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The Philadelphia Gay Men’s Chorus closed out the evening with a collection of cheery holiday carols.

The trees will remain on public display through Sunday, December 29, with a portion of sales from every hot chocolate sold this month to be donated to the region’s largest food bank Philabundance.

— Chase Matecun and Nicole Woon