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Dim Sum House Debuts XI West Wedding and Events Venue in University City

Marilyn Johnson

Dim Sum House owners Jane Guo and Jackson Fu announce the grand opening of Xi West Weddings and Private Events at 3939 Chestnut Street, 1st Floor. The mother-son duo is thrilled to debut the city's new Asian and female-owned wedding and special events venue and catering facility where they can now host wedding receptions, micro-weddings, rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, baby showers, large group dining, private parties, corporate events, and food festivals.
Dim Sum House Debuts XI West, a Wedding and Events Venue in University City.Courtesy of Society Hill Films

The stunning 6,000 square foot space cost over one million dollars for renovations and took four years to complete after a two year delay during the pandemic. For event planners and couples, the space brings together modern industrial-chic design, an exciting cocktail program and robust coffee service with traditional Chinese menus that range from dim sum offerings to signature rice, noodle dishes and seafood dishes. For higher-end weddings seeking something extra special, the menu can include delicacies like Norwegian King Crab in three ways.

The space has a sleek and modern bar, lounge and cocktail space in the front on Chestnut Street on ground level, with a ballroom and event space through the larger doors, followed by a bridal room and oversized bathrooms. The space can seat up to 225 seated and 350 standing.

XI is “west” in Chinese. The name XI West is Fu and Guo's iteration of Eastern culture meets Western culture.

"Dim Sum House by Jane G's is thrilled to introduce our brand new wedding and event space XI West in University City," said Fu. "We first opened our flagship restaurant Dim Sum House in University City in 2017. We have multiple spaces for large group dining, but we were getting more and more requests to host larger events and larger groups. We had to turn down many of them that exceeded capacity upstairs. We signed in 2018, and work began in late 2019 and was immediately shut down when the pandemic began. We can't wait to welcome our first official guests and be part of the most important day in a couple's lives."

The versatile and stunning space was designed by Architect Fred Vidi Design with interior design by Janice Mok from Mok Design Inc. Design elements create a vibe with raw, exposed wood, custom laser engraved brass paneling, orb chandeliers, customizable LED lighting, warm tones, granite stone, chick tilework, and other unique elements. 

XI West will have a preferred vendor list that includes regular venue and hospitality company partners. Outside vendors for flowers, cake, photography, entertainment and other needs are allowed for events with advance permission. The growing list of preferred vendors includes Love Me Do Photography, DJ Ricky Lee, Saints Light and Sounds Entertainment, and Philadelphia Suns.
The menu at XI West in University City specializes in Authentic Chinese cuisine and different types of Dim Sum/Courtesy of Society Hill Films

For cuisine and overall vision, XI West and Dim Sum House puts the focus and attention on service and quality of food. The goal is to provide the best experience for all guests. The menu specializes in Authentic Chinese cuisine, as well as two very different types of Dim Sum, Shanghai and Cantonese style. From soup dumplings to pastries to seafood dumplings, the extensive menu and offerings will be a great experience for any type of party. XI West promotes a family-sharing style of dining that allows everyone to try various flavors and dishes throughout their meal. Event menus are flexible and customizable, with the recommended banquet offerings being based on family sharing style of dining. This allows all guests to experience a traditional Chinese style of dining. As opposed to each guest getting an individual entrée, XI West encourages sharing of multiple dishes between all the guests.

Sample and popular dishes include Mustard Green & Flounder Soup, Beef Lover’s Quarrel, Crystal Shrimp Dumplings, Shrimp Chive Dumplings, Shrimp Cheung Fun, Steamed Striped Bass, Honey Walnut Shrimp, Garlic Snow Pea Leaves, Peking Duck, Sizzling Beef Short Rib and House Lo Mein. 
XI West will offer some unique dishes and showcase their experience with seafood, with dishes that include Shark Fin Soup, Jellyfish Appetizer Combination,  Coral Clam with Yellow Chives, Honey Walnut Jumbo Prawns, and Live King Crab Three-Ways with Steamed Minced Garlic Sauce King Crab Rose (Body), Garlic Honey Tempura King Crab Legs and Traditional Crab Meat & Umami Fried Rice.

For the beverage program, XI West will offer an expansive collection of spirits, beers and wines, plus signature cocktails and coffee-inspired cocktail program with La Colombe. While some event venues are more traditional in cocktail offerings, Fu and Guo understand the current cocktail culture that is especially important and popular to modern and younger couples. Therefore, while the standards will be offered, event planners and couples have access to signature cocktails from Dim Sum House, plus exclusive cocktails can also be designed for any event. 

For audio and visual set-up, look for floor to ceiling LED media wall for background decor, video of the happy couple, corporate logos, power point presentations and more. The venue also offers a state-of-the-art sound system with microphones. 

For wedding-related events, XI West can host rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, wedding receptions, and micro-weddings where the space can be flipped from ceremony to reception.

The new space will also host potential food festivals with a potential dumpling fest in discussions to bring together Dim Sum House and Dim Sum Garden. Phew - stay tuned!

Marilyn Johnson is a freelance food and travel writer covering the food and drink scene of Philadelphia, South Jersey, and the greater Mid-Atlantic area. Food news: Travel tips:

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