Top Philly food and drink events in the week ahead, December 15-21, 2014
Wine and Cheese Happy Hour at a.bar
What does it take to become a “maître fromager”? Only a life dedicated to all things cheese, which is what author and consultant Max McCalman leads. On Tuesday, December 16, he’ll join wine expert Mariel Wega at this Rittenhouse lounge from 4:30-7:30 PM, selling his books and offering a set of special wine and cheese pairings for around $15-$18 each. No RSVP required; just show up.
Sancho Pistola’s Taco Exchange
Held on a Wednesday this time around is another edition of a special taco collaboration from Adan Trinidad’s Fishtown kitchen. Swing by the cantina from 10 PM onward on December 17 to try duck tacos three ways by Tim Spinner (of La Calaca Feliz and all the sister Felizes). Expect duck breast with mole, duck leg al pastor and foie gras (duck liver!) with pomegranate, all of which sound great with a mezcal cocktail or two.
Franklin Fountain Chocolate Dinner at The Gaslight
The Berley brothers have paired up with Jason Cichonski’s bar just down the block from their creamery and sweets shops for a special “drinking chocolate” dinner on Thursday, December 18. Each of four courses is paired with a rich chocolate beverage for $45, and for an additional $25 you can add a Dad’s Hat rye cocktail to the matchup. Seatings are available at 6:30 or 8:30 PM; call 215-925-7691 for reservations.
Sip N’ Glo Happy Hour at Supper
Mitch Prensky is also getting neighborly, and the “Happy Hour Happyning” on Thursday, December 18, will feature spiked juices from his South Street neighbor. Drop $15 at the door and snack on “healthy-inspired” bites from 5:30-7:30 at the second floor bar, along with those veg-filled cocktails for $9 each. Bring an unwrapped toy and it will be donated to nonprofit Women Against Abuse.
Zama Fifth Anniversary Dinner
It’s been five years since chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka opened one of Philly’s best sushi houses on 19th Street across from Rittenhouse Square, and he’s celebrating with a five-course feast on Friday, December 19. Make a reservation and enjoy five sushi plates plus an intermezzo and dessert for $55 per person (215-568-1027).
Chocolate and Churros at Jamonera
If you need a break from holiday shopping this Saturday, December 20, pop into Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran’s Spanish spot on 13th Street between 1-4 PM. A special menu of chile hot chocolate (bourbon-spiked or not), hot cider (rum-spiked if you want) and housemade eggnog (already boozy) will be offered, along with charcuterie and dessert plates.
Santa at Frankford Hall
If you’re one of those who likes mixing kids and beer gardens, bring yours to the Stephen Starr brew hall in Fishtown on Saturday or Sunday, December 20 or 21. From noon-3 PM, little ones under 10 eat free and there will be performances from The Lara & Joe Show to keep them entertained while you enjoy a half-liter or two.
Art Opening Happy Hour at Vintage
On Sunday, December 21, Jason Evenchik’s Midtown Village wine bar is hosting the Tiberino family for the opening of a display of Raphael Tiberino and Errico Gregory’s artwork. From 2-6 PM, sip $4 house wine and $5 mulled wine or sangria and get a free print, while supplies last.
Free Beer at Manita Burrito
The recurring Mexi-themed pop-up at Mugshots Coffeehouse in Fairmount is even more enticing on Sunday, December 21, because it includes free beer. Bring a non-perishable food donation for Philabundance and get a free pint from Yards, anytime from 5-8 PM. While you’re there, check out one of the housemade tortilla dishes, like the signature burrito filled with ancient grain Freekeh instead of rice.