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On Tap: Tacos, Organic Wine, Spring Preview and Dining Out for Life

By Danya Henninger
April 21, 2014
Photo by: Danya Henninger

What’s going on in Philly food and drink this week? We’re glad you asked.

Sancho Pistola’s: Fishtown Taco Exchange
On Monday, April 20, from 9 PM-midnight, chef Adan Trinidad hosts Keith Ballew of Monk’s Cafe at his Fishtown cantina to cook a special taco of the night. “The Champion” is a hybrid of Asian-style braised rib cap with Italian giardiniera pickled vegetables on a corn tortilla, served two to a plate for $12 (267-324-3530).

High Street on Market: Fermentation Series Dinner
On Tuesday, April 22, Phickle’s Amanda Feifer will join chef Eli Kulp at his cutting-edge Old City cafe for an the first in an ongoing series celebrating all things fermented. The $25 “friends and family” menu (served from 9 PM on) will include you’d normally think of as fermented - beer, wine, pickles, cheese, kimchi - and a few things you wouldn’t, like coffee and chocolate. (Other dates in this series include May 13 and June 17).

Talula’s Daily: Organic Winemaker Dinner
Kathleen Inman of Inman Family Wines joins Aimee Olexy at her Washington Square market for a dinner featuring organic wines paired with dishes full of local spring vegetables. Six courses plus, cheese, dessert and coffee will be served beginning at 7 PM. Seats are $225, including the vino; call for reservations (215-592-6555).

Suppa: Chopped Viewing Party
At 10 PM on Tuesday, April 22, the Food Network is airing the episode of Chopped featuring chef Georgeann Leaming, and she’s hosting a viewing party at her NoLibs BYO starting at 9:30 PM. Bring a bottle or two and enjoy complimentary snacks while you watch Leaming battle it out on the screen (215-644-9324).

Academic Bistro: Birchrun Hills Farm Benefit Dinner
Next up in Drexel’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management is a happy hour and dinner on Wednesday, April 23, benefitting this local farm. Cheesemaker Sue Miller will bring her best wares and chef Nick Macri of Border Springs Farm will incorporate them into four courses following a happy hour. Tickets are $40 per person (here; 215-895-5822).

Dining Out for Life
Thursday, April 24, is a good night to eat out, because more than 150 restaurants across the Philadelphia region will donate 33% of the night’s proceeds to the local chapter of ActionAIDS. It’s the 24th year this promotion has been going on, and it’s one of the easiest ways to do good while enjoying great food. There's also a food truck pop-up taking part, with 11 mobile kitchens gathering around Juniper and Locust in Midtown Village to serve lunch from 11 AM-2 PM. See the full participants list here.

Tashan: Twelve Gates Arts Gala
The lounge at Munish Narula’s elegant South Broad Indian is the setting for the first annual fundraiser for this gallery with a mission to showcase Southeast Asian arts. Dress up in 1920s and ‘30s garb for the 7:30-11 PM cocktail reception, which will feature live Indian music and an art auction. Tickets are $75 (here; 267-687-2170).

The Rittenhouse: Rittenhouse Row Spring Preview Party
It’s not quite time for the outdoor festival that takes over Rittenhouse in late spring, but it is time to get a look at some of what will be on offer. Tickets to the preview cocktail party in the grand ballroom of the swanky hotel are $75 (here) and include bites and sips from dozens of restaurants in the neighborhood - think Dandelion, HipCityVeg, a.kitchen + bar and more.

Bar Ferdinand: Brad Spence Collaboration Dinner
The Amis chef and co-owner will be joining David Ansill at this Northern Liberties Spanish tapas bar for a special six-course meal served throughout the evening. Your $55 seat includes bucatini with ramps and pork, poached calamari and sheep’s milk ricotta meatballs. Call for reservations (215-923-1313).

Fountain: French Wine Dinner
E. Guigal is considered one of the top wine brands in the world, and winemaker Philippe Guigal will join chef William DiStefano for a four-course spring menu at the Four Seasons restaurant on Friday, April 25. Seats are $325 per person, including a 6:30 PM wine reception with hors d’oeuvres. Call for reservations (215-963-1500).

Places Mentioned

High Street on Market

New American • Old City

Food25 Decor21 Service23 Cost$45
 
 
 
Fountain Restaurant

Continental • Logan Square

Food27 Decor27 Service27 Cost$89
 
 
 
The Dandelion

Rittenhouse Square

Food24 Decor25 Service23 Cost$43
 
 
 
a.kitchen+bar

American • Rittenhouse Square

Food22 Decor22 Service22 Cost$45
 
 
 
HipCityVeg

Vegan • Rittenhouse Square

Food24 Decor16 Service23 Cost$15
 
 
 
Talula's Daily

Cafe • Washington Square West

Food23 Decor20 Service20 Cost$35
 
 
 
Sancho Pistola's

Mexican • Fishtown

Food- Decor- Service- Cost 
 
 
 
 
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