What’s going on in Philly food and drink this week? We’re glad you asked.
Alla Spina: Third Annual Saisonale
Characteristics of a saison: refreshing, tart, aromatic and perfect for spring. Starting Monday, April 14, more than half the 20 taps at Vetri’s North Broad bar will be pouring beers in this style. Beverage director Steve Wildy has gathered a lineup of saisons from classic to new school, and will be breaking out as many as possible throughout the week (215-600-0017).
Emmanuelle: Charity Bartender Social
Esteemed barfolks Keith Raimondi and Phoebe Esmon recruited a crack team of cocktail experts to host a traveling evening of great drinks for a good cause, and it lands at this Northern Liberties speakeasy on Monday, April 17. Starting at 9 PM, swing by for the specialty drink of the night, available for just $8. Half of all proceeds will be donated to Share Our Strength (267-639-2470).
Brauhaus Schmitz: Meet the Schneider Brewmaster
On Tuesday, April 15, this South Street German beer hall is hosting Hans-Peter Drexler for a meet and greet starting at 8 PM. The brewmaster for Germany's oldest wheat beer brewery will be chatting about his historic products, a chat best enjoyed with a glass or two of the multiple Schneider brews flowing from the taps.
La Calaca Feliz: Backyard BBQ
The garden patio is open at Tim Spinner and Brian Sirhal’s Fairmount Mexican, and on Wednesday, April 16, the cantina will welcome spring with an outdoor pig roast. A plate of just pulled pork and plenty of fixings runs $25 per person, and the party gets started at 6:30 PM (215-787-9930).
Drexel Academic Bistro: Women in the Industry Dinner
Three women are teaming up to host a special four-course meal at 5:30 PM on Wednesday, April 16, the first in a new dinner series from University City’s Center for Hospitality and Sport Management. Barbie Marshall of Green Meadow Farms and Tia McDonald of the Vetri Foundation will cook, and Megan Storm of The Artisan’s Cellar will provide complimentary wine pairings. Tickets are $50 per person, here.
Jamonera: Fish Fry
During Philly Wine Week, Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s Midtown Village sherry bar successfully melded the flavors of Spain and the American South in a special fish fry. The popular event is back. From Wednesday-Friday, April 16-18, a plate of smoked paprika fried cod and papas fritas plus a glass of wine will go for $25. Reservations are accepted but not necessary (215-922-6061).
Bistrot La Minette: Sparkling Wine Dinner
Get bubbly at Peter Woolsey’s Bainbridge Street bistro on Wednesday or Thursday, April 16-17, when newly appointed chef de cuisine Kenny Bush will put out a four-course menu paired with French sparklers. The foie gras, oyster and duck feast runs $70 per person, including the wine. Call for reservations (215-925-8000).
Di Bruno Bros.: Beer & Cheese Happy Hour
On Thursday, April 17, the new Franklin location of the gourmet grocery kicks off a weekly free tasting session. From 5:30-7:30, stop in and sample featured beers and wines paired with cheese, all entirely gratis. This week’s event showcases the brews of Southern Tier.
The Oval: Farm Fest
Take advantage of the new outdoor space in front of the Art Museum at a three-day festival kicking off at 5 PM on Thursday, April 17. Throughout that evening and all day on Friday and Saturday, the area will be filled with food trucks, a Victory beer garden and lots of activities for kids and adults, including live music, arts and crafts, movies and an egg hunt.
Tattooed Mom: Split Thy Skull
Philly’s longest running barleywine festival returns to this South Street dive on Saturday, April 19. From 1-6 PM, more than a dozen high-octane brews will be on offer. While the event is sure to be enjoyable, definitely follow the advice of the unofficial tagline: “Leave your keys at home, we’ll call the cab” (215-238-9880).