August 9, 2012
Uwishunu Presents A Moonlit Movie Screening: Our Guide To Picnicking In Rittenhouse Square This Saturday, August 11
Our event, Uwishunu Presents a Moonlit Movie Screening in Rittenhouse Square, is fast-approaching.
This Saturday, August 11 at 8:30 p.m., we’ll be screening Midnight in Paris on a giant inflatable screen set up in the southeast corner of the square at 18th and Locust Streets.
Beforehand, from 7-9 p.m., Shake Shack will be setting up shop in the gorgeous PHS Pop-Up Garden (located across the street from Rittenhouse Square at 19th and Walnut Streets) to dish out free frozen custard to Moonlit Movie attendees.
Plus, Rouge will be serving hot dogs, lemonade and popcorn from a curbside stand outside their restaurant on 18th Street. And we’ll be at the event with special Uwishunu giveaways that may or may not prove useful for some of these food and drink elements…
Part of the reason we partnered with the Friends of Rittenhouse Square is that their work in preserving and beautifying the square is so valuable. And this event is a great way to show that off.
It’s going to be the ideal picnicking opportunity, with shady trees, a fun movie playing in the background with the perfect picnicking soundtrack and plenty of grass to stretch out on. If you haven’t picnicked in Philadelphia yet this summer, you don’t know what you’re missing.
And Saturday’s event makes for a fun date, group gathering or family-friendly evening activity. Just make sure you bring along a comfortable picnic blanket or camping chair.
Basically, with this event, we want to make sure you have all the makings of an unforgettable summer night at your fingertips.
So, below, we present our mini-guide to picnicking in Rittenhouse Square. We already published Uwishunu’s 2012 Guide to Picnicking in Philadelphia, but this is a special Rittenhouse Square edition that you can use specially for Saturday’s event.
Read on for the picnicking guide. And get psyched.
Don’t forget to let us know you’re coming at our Facebook event.
Uwishunu Presents A Moonlit Movie Screening In Rittenhouse Square
When: Saturday, August 11, programming begins at 8 p.m., movie begins at 8:30 p.m.
Where: Rittenhouse Square, 18th and Walnut Streets
Invite Friends: Uwishunu’s Moonlit Movie Screening Facebook Event
The Shake Shack Sunset Soirée at the PHS Pop-Up Garden
When: Saturday, August 11, 7-9 p.m.
Where: PHS Pop-Up Garden, 1900 Block of Walnut Street
Ready Your Basket
• Metropolitan Bakery: Pick up a variety of delicious prepared foods at Metropolitan Bakery’s Rittenhouse Square or University City locations, offering delicious prepared foods in addition to the scrumptious bread, pastries and coffee sold at their other five locations.
• LeBus Bakery: Serving Philadelphia since 1978, LeBus Bakery offers fresh artisan breads, rolls and pastries or go straight for the large assortments of prepared soup, sandwiches or salads.
• Pumpkin Market: Head South and find locavore haven Pumpkin Market. There, you can pick up anything from fresh yogurt parfaits, smoked salmon sandwiches, sustainable meats, dairy, produce and breads, all great picnicking options.
• Di Bruno Bros.: An Italian Market original, the signature tastes from Di Bruno Bros. migrates north to Center City with an extensive selection of picnic-perfect specialty products from around the world. The Rittenhouse location also features a huge wall of prepared foods, from soups to salads to sushi, that are also great for picnic packing.
• Garces Trading Company: Put together the perfect picnic basket with Garces Trading Company’s impressive offerings like olive oils, cheese and macarons. The cafe also offers luscious cheese, bread, pastries, charcuterie, wine and more, the ideal picnic assembly ingredients. Walking a little further to 11th and Locust is totally worth it.
• Food & Friends: Rittenhouse gourmet grocery spot Food & Friends has all the ingredients for your picnic basket. Pick up snacks like vegetables, hummus and pita and grab a quality American craft or local seasonal beer before making your way to Rittenhouse.
• Rittenhouse Market: Check out the selections at local grocery store Rittenhouse Market. With rotating weekly specials, this is the adventurous picnicker’s perfect spot for fresh ingredients to make your own special creations.
• Milk & Honey Cafe and Market: Milk and Honey Cafe in Sister Cities Park offers everything from bagels to popcorn to freshly made sandwiches–perfect additions to any picnic basket. For a more homemade picnic, pick up fresh local ingredients from the original Milk and Honey Market in West Philly, offering fresh cheese, local meats and produce from Lancaster Farm Fresh Co-op and bread from Metropolitan Bakery.
• Reading Terminal Market: The options are endless at Reading Terminal Market. With its recent expansion, the city’s oldest local market sells everything from Pennsylvania produce, eggs and meat to Amish baked goods and pickles to Philly specialties like cheesesteaks and Famous Fourth Street cookies.
Take It To-Go
• Shake Shack: For a delicious summertime picnic, grab a burger and fries from around-the-corner Shake Shack. Bonus: they’ll also be serving up their famous custard for free at the PHS Pop-Up Garden during our screening for a cool movie-time treat!
• Hip City Veg: Center City’s vegetarian paradise Hip City Veg offers fresh and fast salads, sandwiches and veggie burgers and even desserts made from 100% plant-based ingredients. Don’t forget to leave with a cup of their signature green smoothie or green lemonade.
• Serafina’s Bakery: Center City’s Northern Italian hotspot Serafina also has a bakery for quick bites and delicious pastries to go. Just a block away from Rittenhouse Square, this is the perfect place to stop before your picnic.
• Food Trucks: As a city that celebrates its food truck culture, don’t forget about these mobile food spots while looking for a quick grab-and-go. Quick, cheap bites from any of Philadelphia’s amazing food trucks is sure to turn into a great picnic. (You can even use it as an excuse to sample the winners and finalists from this year’s Philly Vendy Awards!)
• Davio’s: Picnic in style with Davio’s new prix fixe baskets. Now through August, give them an hour head’s up and they will set you up with a picnic basket and blanket complete with salad, sandwich and dessert. A picnic basket for two is $45 plus a $50 deposit for the basket itself.
• Parc: Situated right on the east side of Rittenhouse Square, local favorite Parc offers their entire menu to-go. Grab French brasserie-style fare and take it across the street for your enjoyment. Also, fresh baguettes are sold daily from their front desk. Be on the lookout for their delicious breakfast pastries as well. Any extras after breakfast will also be available for a grab-and-go.