On Tap: Sichuan Feast, DIY Tacos, a Beer Cook-Off and a Daiquiri Party

July 7, 2014
by Danya Henninger

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

Han Dynasty: Old City Tasting Feast
Han Chiang is bringing back his legendary first Monday prix-fixe dinners starting at 7 PM on July 7. For $30, you’ll be treated to over a dozen off-menu Sichuan and street food courses, served family style at a table led by Han himself. Expect a lot of heat, a lot of booze, and a lot of fun.

Amis: Industry Night
Guest hosts at the monthly Vetri Family industry night on Monday, July 7, are a pair of South Philly classics. Bring a food biz pay stub to get into the 10 PM-2 AM party and score free savory Mexican food by Los Gallos taqueria (we hear beef tongue tacos are on the menu) plus Italian sweets by Isgro Pastries. Drinks on special will include the new Alla Spina-Victory collab, Halfway IPA.

Lolita: DIY Taco Night
If you can still find a reservation, pick up a seat at Marcie Turney’s newly boozy Midtown Village Mexican for a make-your-own-taco fiesta. For $35 per person, your table gets family style fillings (choose from chicken, pork, steak, mahi and more), tortillas and all the fixin’s, plus chips and salsa, chopped salad and dessert. A cool deal for a hot night.

PHS Pop-Up Garden Opening Night
Tuesday, July 8, is slated to be the first night for this year’s pop-up beer garden from the Philadelphia Horticultural Society. Starting at 5:30, the gates will be open to the yard next to Jamaican Jerk Hut on South Street West. The bar is being run by Jason Evenchik’s restaurant group (Time, Garage, Bar, Vintage, Growlers) and along with Jamaican eats from next door, food trucks will be set up inside the park.

Union Transfer: Hop Chef 
On Tuesday, July 8, the Spring Garden event hall will host Brewery Ommegang’s annual beer pairing cook-off. Nine of Philly’s top toques will face off in a battle to see who uses brew best, and the winner, as always at these events, is you — a $50 ticket (here) gets you in at 6 PM to sample all the goods. A panel of judges that includes Laurel’s Nicholas Elmi will decide who goes on to compete in the national event later this summer.

American Sardine Bar: Moroccan BBQ Pop-Up
Chef Scott Schroeder is hosting Creekstone Farms' David Katz for a special BBQ feast at the Point Breeze bar from 5 PM onward on Wednesday, July 9. Look for spiced lamb ribs with honey, cucumber-mint salad and a grilled kefta sandwich with harissa. Get there on the early side if you want to be sure of getting a taste.

Resurrection Ale House: Oxbow Brewing Night
Geoff Masland and Tim Adams of Maine’s Oxbow will be spending Wednesday, July 9, at Leigh Maida and Brendan Hartranft’s Grays Ferry bar. Head over to say hello starting at 3 PM and taste the famous Farmhouse Pale ale plus get a chance to buy a bottle (at cost) of very limited Etoile de Maine, a bottle-conditioned, oak-aged blonde saison.

Supper: Scratch Biscuits Summer Tour
Phish heads can look for a new way to satisfy munchies at the Tuesday, July 8 and Wednesday, July 9, shows, since chef Mitch Prensky is taking his flaky Southern biscuit sandwiches to the Mann Center. He’ll be popping up there all summer for various concerts. If you don’t have tickets, you can also get your biscuit fix at Garage in South Philly, which will see Prensky take over the in-house food cart on Thursday, July 10.

10 Arts: Daiquiri Party
Ritz-Carlton resorts around the world are going daiquiri crazy, and on Thursday, July 10, the hotel restaurant on Broad will host a special 5-7 PM happy hour featuring $10 Caliche Rum daiquiris themed after various destinations — including the Philadaiquiri. Enjoy complimentary light bites as you sip your way around the globe.

Fairmount French Fling Bar Crawl
French brewery Kronenbourg 1664 is sponsoring a pre-Bastille Day neighborhood crawl on Thursday, June 10. Starting at 6:30 PM, hit up area bars like Fare, London Grill, Bishop’s Collar and Brigid’s for $3 brews, discounted snacks and your very own French beret.

Iron Hill Brewery: Mahalo Apollo Release
On Friday, July 11, all 10 locations of this local brewpub mini-chain will introduce the first-ever house beer in a can. “Mahalo, Apollo!” is a golden lemongrass-spiced Belgian wheat beer, and 16-oz. cans will go for $6.95 through July 27 only. To go with the new brew, you’ll be able to order of a special “Grill and Chill” summer steak menu.

Nodding Head: Royal Stumble
Think of your 14 favorite local breweries. It’s a good chance that’s the lineup proprietor Curt Decker has prepared for the annual party at the Sansom Street brewpub. A $50 ticket (call 215-569-9525) gets you into the 1-5 PM bash, which includes beer, food, live music and fun.

Nectar: Judgement Day
Sunday, July 13, is the day of judgement at Patrick Feury’s Berwyn Asian fusion dining room. Make a reservation starting at 5 PM and $65 will let you join sommelier Scott Zoccolillo as he blind taste-tests his way through an array of Pennsylvania and California wines. Can he tell which are the upstart locals? Enjoy hors d’oeuvres as you sip and judge. 

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