On Tap: Taco Exchange, Sour Beer Class and a Summer Luau

August 18, 2014
by Danya Henninger

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

Monday, August 18

Sancho Pistola’s: Taco Exchange
Bryan Burger of The Industry (great chef name!) will be Adan Trinidad’s guest behind the line at his Fishtown cantina, and from 9 PM-midnight, you can score two tacos filled with Spanish octopus, chorizo, smoked tomato aioli, roasted garlic and pickled onions for $12.

Tuesday, August 19

Devil’s Den: Sour Beer Class
A few seats remain for this 7-9 PM session led by Joe Sixpack of the Philadelphia Daily News (aka Don Russell). Your $35 ticket (here) scores you six 6-oz. pours of sour beers across the spectrum, along with appetizers, plus intel on the various brewing techniques used to create the wild ales.

American Sardine Bar: Anti-Fracking Fundraiser
PennEnvironment is hosting a get together at this Point Breeze pub to raise funds in the fight against fracking. Expect specials on food and drink starting at 6 PM, including the tapping of a one-time-only special brew from Nodding Head: the appropriately named Shale Ale.

Wednesday, August 20

Osteria: Culinary Culture Swap With Alon Shaya
Chef Alon Shaya was raised in Philadelphia, and he’s taking a night off from his New Orleans  restaurant Domenica to return, joining Jeffrey Michaud behind the line at his North Broad Italian. Four courses of “Southern vs. Yankee” cooking will go for $85, starting at 6:30 PM. Call 215-763-0920 for reservations.

Buddakan: Paul Hobbs Wine Dinner
Chef Hugh Moran created five courses of modern Asian fare to go with five vintages from this Sonoma winery, and Matt Hobbs will be in the house at the Old City Stephen Starr restaurant to discuss each one. Seats at the 6:30-9:30 PM dinner are available for $100 per person, including food and drink. Call 215-574-9440 to reserve.

Thursday, August 21

Morgan’s Pier: Summer Luau
The first food-focused event of the summer at the Delaware River open-air bar will feature an $20 all-you-can-eat Hawaiian-inspired menu. Chef David Gilberg will be working the grill outside, preparing dishes like whole-roasted pigs with vanilla rum BBQ sauce, crab rangoon, tuna poke and coconut cupcakes. The party runs from 6-10 PM.

Friday, August 22

Cooking Up Couture
Food and fashion come together at this first annual benefit for Philabundance. Nicholas Elmi, Brad Spence and other chefs will provide bites to go with cocktails, all of which you can enjoy while watching a kitchen-centric fashion show. Tickets to the 7-10 PM in Kensington are $75, here.

Saturday, August 23

BBQ at the Ballpark
This is tailgating done right, and it couldn’t be easier. Just pick up a ticket ($48.50; here) and head over to the Jetro Lot in the South Philly sports complex between 2-7 PM. You’ll get all-you-can-eat BBQ from Sweet Lucy’s Smokehouse and pours of beer from local breweries like Neshaminy Creek, Weyerbacher, Sly Fox and new Conshohocken Brewing.

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