The Secret’s Out! First-Ever Bricco Pop-Up Dinner a Success
Celebrating the Fourth of July in Southcentral Pennsylvania is kind of a big deal. We love how folks crowd along the Riverfront to watch fireworks light up the sky above City Island or head to Hersheypark for a day of star-spangled family fun. This year, we wanted to get in on all the red, white and blue action!
With a lot of planning, string pulling and favors from friends in the community, we were able to pull off Bricco’s first-ever pop-up dinner on Saturday, July 2. From the decorations to the drinks to the menu, everything exuded Fourth of July fun! Here are a few highlights from our top-secret, invite-only event.
Takin’ It to the Streets
The key to any good pop-up dinner is to take it outside of the restaurant. We didn’t have to go far, though. Folks loved our creative spin on al fresco dining. Our party on Third Street included a full bar set up on the sidewalk, red, white and blue streamers over the street and long banquet tables set up in the middle of the road.
Soundtrack to the Night
No party is complete without music. We brought in local favorites Shawan Rice and Mike Dempsey of Shawan And The Wonton to entertain with their unique blend of blues and Indie rock. They certainly didn’t disappoint and provided the perfect soundtrack to keep the party going from appetizers to dessert!
That Menu, Though
Speaking of appetizers and dessert, the focus of the evening was, of course, on food. Diners raved about our unique take on traditional Fourth ofJuly favorites, which included:
- Mason Jar Pickled Eggs
- Mason Jar Bread and Butter Pickles
- House-made Chips
- Fried Zucchini with a Zesty Dipping Sauce
- Grilled Blackhorse Oysters with a Browned Sriracha Lemon Aioli
- Cedar Plank Salmon in a Chili Maple Glaze
- Marinated Watermelon Wedges
- Steam Pot Middle Neck Clams
- Corn on the Cob
- Loaded Potato Salad
- Smokey Cast-Iron Baked Beans and Ham Hock
- Wagyu Beef Sliders
- Rettland Farm Pork BBQ with Cabbage Slaw
- Rettland Farm Chicken Legs and Thighs
- Grilled Pork Ribs with a Caramelized Apple BBQ Glaze
- S’mores by Ciao! Bakery
Needless to say, no one went home hungry that night. One of the best compliments we received was from diner Cindy Pinckney Sisto, who commented on our Facebook page, “What a blast we had. And the food. From beginning to end it was the BEST 4th of July BBQ I have ever been to!!!!! Thanks to all at Bricco. And the music was amazing.”
We loved this event so much that we started looking at dates for our next pop-up the very next day. If you want to be added to the list for a chance to receive an invitation to a future dinner, send us an email here. We hope to party on the street with you soon!