What’s going on in Philly food and drink this week? We’re glad you asked.
N3RD Street Farmer’s Market
This weekly community market in Old City is back for a second season with more vendors and local goods. Head to Church and 2nd Streets between 2-7 PM on Tuesday, May 27, to scoop up cheese from Cherry Grove Farm, pickles from Gary Ducket, loaves from Big Sly Bread and lots more.
Academic Bistro at Drexel: Jim Burke Dinner
Former James chef-owner Jim Burke is back from his stint in NYC, and though he hasn’t announced his future restaurant plans, this dinner is your best chance for a preview. Tickets to the Wednesday, May 28, event in University City run $90 per person (here), and hors d’oeuvres begin at 6 PM.
Great Sandwiches Event
More than 30 different sandwiches will be yours for the tasting at Philadelphia City Paper’s first annual launch party for MealTicket Magazine at Union Transfer on Wednesday, May 28. Tickets are a steal at $35 (here) and while you’re enjoying the food and drink, you can watch chefs Eli Kulp, Scott Schroeder and Brad Spence battle it out for sandwich supremacy in the on-stage competition.
Bistrot La Minette: Diner de La Loire
On both Wednesday and Thursday, May 28-29, Peter Woolsey’s Bella Vista bistro is serving a four-course, prix fixe feast built around the cuisine of the Loire Valley. Look for pork rillettes, asparagus puff pastry and perch fillets. Seats are $35 or $50 with wine pairings; call for reservations (215-925-8000).
Garage: Lucky Old Souls Pop-Up
Attention to those who’ve mourned the shuttering of Matt Feldman’s super-popular burger truck: he’ll be taking over the in-house cart at Jason Evenchik’s South Philly beer bar on Thursday, May 29. From 6 PM till the food runs out, stop by to score your old favorites. (Tip: if you want the veggie burger, arrive early, as supplies will be limited.)
Devil’s Den: Unibroue’s Maudite Midnight Madness
Erin Wallace’s 11th Street craft brew haven is starting Philly Beer Week a day early. From 7 PM to midnight on Thursday, May 29, reps from the Canadian brewery will be on-site with free giveaways, and all Unibroue beers will be $1 off.
Yakitori Boy: Brent Celek Fundraiser
This Japanese tapas and karaoke bar in Chinatown is hosting the Eagles tight end/co-owner of steakhouse Prime Stache for a party to raise money for his nonprofit, the Take Flight Foundation. Tickets to the 6-9 PM event are $75 (here), and include food, drink and tastes of the specialty “Brent Celek Roll,” which will become a permanent menu item.
Philly Beer Week Opening Tap
With its new home at the 23rd Street Armory, the kick-off to Philly Beer Week should be a much less crowded affair, so you can expect to sample all 30 local breweries as well as get tastes of the special collab beers making their debut. Tickets are $45 (here) and include admission from 7-10 PM. Go VIP for $90 to get in an hour early.