Finding time to connect with friends and family can be a real struggle these days. But creating a moment that matters doesn’t have to be – it can be as simple as sharing a meal. That’s why Dietz & Watson is teaming up with the nation’s top culinary talent to host a series of dinners that encourage people everywhere to #ChooseTheTable more often.

On May 1st, we gathered with fifty of our closest friends and family in Philadelphia, the city we’ve called home for over 75 years, to launch our 2017 Choose the Table culinary tour with Top Chef Nicholas Elmi. True to ou mission, we took the time to laugh, share and enjoy every mouthwatering moment.

For those of you who couldn’t be there, we’re reliving every bite below. Just scroll down, and savor.

A Top Chef-crafted menu

featuring Dietz & Watson



Course 1: Grilled Butter Greens with Pistachio, Cured Egg, and Crumbled Wurst.

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Course 2: Fresh Ricotta Gnocchi with Fine Herbs, Green Garlic, and Sopressata

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Course 3: Rosemary Ham & Sottocenere Panini with Truffle Potato Bisque.

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Course 4: Kielbasa-Wrapped Pork with Mustard and Bacon-Braised Kale.

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“Dietz & Watson continues to do Philly proud.” -Belly Of The Pig

“Kudos to Dietz & Watson for such a worthwhile initiative and the creative way they shared that initiative with their hometown.” – Her Philly

“Dear @DietzandWatson, please have dinner parties more often. Especially with chefs like @nicholaselmi making gnocchi like this.” – Philly Grub

“We were proud to kick off our Choose The Table Dinner Series in our hometown with Chef Nick Elmi!” – Louis Eni, Dietz & Watson CEO

“Chef Elmi came out to introduce his first Dietz & Watson-inspired course, which he humbly described as ‘just a salad.’” – Belly Of The Pig