On Tap: Top Chef Tacos, S’mores Pop-Up & Tons of Great Beer

June 2, 2014
by Danya Henninger

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

(In addition to the below, check out our guide of Philly Beer Week oyster, cheese and BBQ beer pairing events.)

Sancho Pistola’s: Nick Elmi Taco Exchange
The Top Chef New Orleans winner and chef-owner of Laurel will be in the house at this Fishtown Mexican starting at 9 PM on Monday, June 1. Elmi and chef Adan Trinidad will put out special oxtail double-decker tacos (with both hard and soft shell), going for $9 per order (267-324-3530).

Alla Spina: Industry Night
It’s a hot dog takeover for the Monday, June 2, late-night industry party at the North Broad Italian beer bar. Guest chefs from the Victory brewpub will be helping create the free buffet offered from 10 PM-2 AM to anyone with a food biz paystub. Also look for cheap beer and $3 shots of Fernet (215-600-0017).

High Street on Market: Marisa McClellan Collaboration Dinner
The author of Food in Jars and Preserving by the Pint will join chef Eli Kulp to prepare the Tuesday evening “friends & family” meal, which brings multiple courses and dessert for $25 per person. It’s available from 9 PM onward on June 3 (215-625-0988).

Will: Beer Tasting Menu
Even though he runs a BYO, chef-owner Christopher Kearse is getting into beer week at his East Passyunk dining room by dedicating his Tuesday, June 3, tasting menu to dishes made with with the ingredients of beer. Look for malted grains, birch, yeasted grits and more throughout the five courses, which are available for $55 per person. Reservations are recommended (215-271-7683).

Jerry’s Bar: Courtyard BBQ
A late addition to Philly Beer Week events is the outdoor BBQ and games at this NoLibs bar, going down all night on Tuesday, June 3. Craft cans will go for $4 each, but if you buy a koosie for $5, you’ll get $1 off all canned beer, all summer long (267-273-1632).

Teikoku: Global Wine Dinner
Explore the unorthodox pairing of Italian wines with Japanese and Thai food at this Newtown Square sushi and Asian food house on Wednesday, June 4. Look for foie gras with tempura, oven-baked oysters and green tea tiramisu on the five-course menu, which goes for $70 per person (610-644-8270).

Paradiso: Drinking Italy Wine & Cheese Pairing
Chef-owner Lynn Rinaldi continues the celebration of 10 years on East Passyunk with a pairing special on Wednesday, June 4. Starting at 6:30 PM, stop in to enjoy three house-cured meats, three cheeses and three pours of wine from Veneto for $20.10 (215-271-2066).

Frankford Hall: Dunkel Dare
One of the most outrageous Philly Beer Week events returns on Wednesday-Thursday, June 4-5. From 7-9 PM on those two evenings at the Fishtown beer hall, original Double Dare host Marc Summers will lead a spectacle of contests between competing brewery teams, each sillier and funnier than the last (215-634-3338).

Impact Hub: Brew HaHa
To help raise funds for the new community kitchen at this Girard Avenue center for social good, there’s a special dinner on Thursday, June 5. Pick up a $100 ticket (here) to get in on the meal “curated by" Highland’s Dinner Club and listen to a keynote address from White Dog Cafe founder Judy Wicks. Things get going at 7 PM.

Weckerly’s Ice Cream: S’mores Pop-Up
BYOB to Fireside Camp Supply at 2207 South Street on Friday, June 6, to join the outdoor party with special s’mores ice cream sandwiches from this husband-wife West Philly creamery. Handmade marshmallows toasted over an open fire will be served with chocolate ice cream between house-baked graham crackers for $4.

Red Owl Tavern: Jim Koch Beer Dinner
The founder of Boston Beer Company will host a beer pairing dinner at the Hotel Monaco dining room on Friday, June 6. Make reservations for the 6 PM meal featuring four courses of chef Jorge Chicas’ American fare paired with Sam Adams brews, and expect to go home with a special commemorative glass ($65; 215-923-2267).

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