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