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Give the Gift of Time This Holiday Season


Finding the perfect gift for everyone on your list can be quite a challenge. Finding the perfect gift during a pandemic presents even more of an obstacle. This year, instead of running from shop to shop, stay safe at your Crane Chinatown apartment and instead brainstorm some ways to give the gift of time to your loved ones. While many of the events gift-givers usually think of—theater, sports games, movies—aren’t an option this year, there are other, smaller-scale excursions that are still in play.

Cooking classes have always been a great gift idea—to enjoy a creative night out with your special someone or to treat a parent or loved one who has a passion for the culinary arts. While they may look a little different now, there are cooking classes right near your Crane Chinatown apartment where you can experience hands-on cooking led by renowned chefs, finished off with a world-class meal. And, at venues like Hudson Table, it’s all COVID-safe.

Located 1.5 miles from your Crane Chinatown apartment, the cooking school offers a number of socially distanced cooking class options, including the Chef’s Table—a multicourse meal cooked in front of diners from award-winning chef Damien Dipietro. Events are held outside (heat lamps provided) with plenty of space among parties, so you can kick back and enjoy the show—and the food!—without worrying. The classes are BYOB, so you can bring along your favorite beverage to pair with the food. Menus vary but recent classes include Spanish brunch and a five-course seasonal winter meal with wine pairing, while early December classes focus on a five-course pasta dinner featuring hand-rolled pastas. And, best yet, the chefs invite diners behind the kitchen counter so they can all try their own hand at cooking.

Getting out and about to celebrate the holidays and your loved ones will be a little harder this year, but with some creativity and by taking advantage of all that Philly has to offer, this can still be an exciting and memorable holiday season.

Hudson Table

1001 N. Second St.

Philadelphia, PA 19123