Philly's Best Dining Deals & Events: Ramen in Rittenhouse, Philly Chef Conference

Plus butchering classes, a champagne tasting, a beer festival and more
January 5, 2015
by Danya Henninger

Top Philly food and drink events in the week ahead, January 5-11, 2015

Amis Industry Night With Ralph’s Italian Restaurant
Brad Spence and the Vetri crew have invited the folks from the country’s longest-running Italian restaurant to co-host their monthly industry party, which runs 10 PM-2 AM on Monday, January 5. Expect old-school faves like tiramisu plus plenty of great red sauce at the free buffet, plus discounted drinks, per usual. A food biz pay stub (or buddy in the business) is required to get in.

coZara Pop-Up at Zama
We mentioned that Phila Lorn has taken over as chef de cuisine at Zama’s University City sister spot, and on Monday, January 5, diners can get a taste of his talents without making the trip to West Philly. A special menu of izakaya dishes will be on offer at the Rittenhouse sushi joint throughout the evening, including a “Fat Pig” pork belly ramen and NY strip yakitori.

Grower Champagne Tasting at Jet Wine Bar
Was the bubbly you rang in the year with actually good? Visit this South Street West oenophile haven on Tuesday, January 6, to sample some of the best there is, while learning about champagne terroir and how to pick a good one. Tickets to the 6:30 PM class are $35 (here) and include tastes of five vintages, plus 15% off your evening’s tab should you choose to stay past the two-hour session.

Whole Chicken Butchering Class at Kensington Quarters
The gorgeous upstairs space at the new Fishtown butchery/bar/restaurant is starting to host weekly Wednesday classes that are open to the meat-curious public. First up on January 7 (and repeated February 4 and March 4) is butcher Bryan Mayer teaching everything chicken. Learn how to cut up a bird and use it for multiple meals. The $65 per person fee includes samples during the class plus meat to take home. To register, call 267-314-5086 or send an e-mail

Eighth Anniversary Deals at Tiffin
To celebrate eight years of his popular Indian delivery/quick-stop restaurants, Munish Narula is rolling out a week of specials. For one night at each location, all entrees will be available for $8 each (a big discount over even the least expensive options, which run $12). The deal hits Girard Avenue on Friday, January 9, and then moves through the suburban outposts, making a stop at 11th and Federal on Saturday, January 11. (Limit is eight entrees per order.)

Great Ice Cream Auction
Little Baby's Ice Cream is holdings its annual frozen sweets auction from 8-10 PM on Friday, January 9, at its Frankford Avenue world headquarters. Swing through to make bids on all the odds and ends of special flavors and editions from the year before, plus free beer from forthcoming beermakers Brewery ARS.

Big Philly Beerfest
New year, new round of beer festivals. This event takes over the PA Convention Center for two nights, Friday-Saturday, January 9-10, with 250,000 square feet of brew sampling and over 100 breweries involved. Tickets are $45 in advance (here) and include all you care to sample from 7:30-11 PM. Early admission is $55 and gets you in at 6:30 PM, either evening.

Philly Chef Conference
Want to hang with the folks who make Philly’s food industry move and shake? For the first time, day one of this conference at Drexel is open to the public. On Sunday, January 10, a $20 ticket (here) gets you access to a whole afternoon’s worth of talks and panels, starting with a welcome by Center for Hospitality and Sport Management’s Jonathan Deutsch and including an hour-long Philly 2020 talk on “The Future of Dining in Philadelphia” with Marcie Turney, Jeff Benjamin, Kevin Sbraga, Joncarl Lachman and more.

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