Philly's Best Dining Deals & Events: Tree Lighting Parties, Giving Tuesday

December 1, 2014
by Danya Henninger

Top Philly food and drink events in the week ahead, December 1-7, 2014

Sancho Pistola’s at Amis Industry Night
Chef Adan Trinidad is bringing Mexican treats to Brad Spence’s Italian trattoria for the monthly Vetri food biz party, which kicks off at 10 PM on Monday, December 1. Bring an industry paystub to get in and the food is free. Also look for free bottle pours of sours from ShawneeCraft Brewing.

Paradiso’s All-Star 10th Anniversary Dinner
There are a few seats remaining for this $125 dinner to celebrate a decade of Lynn Rinaldi’s Italian restaurant. A who’s who of  East Passyunk chefs — including Nicholas Elmi, Townsend Wentz, Joncarl Lachman and Chris Kearse — will be cooking 10 courses. Call 215-271-6066 for reservations.

Movember Gala Parte at Frankford Hall
Don’t shave that moustache before you have a chance to show it off. Head to Stephen Starr’s Fishtown beer garden at 6 PM on Tuesday, December 2, to celebrate the end of no-shave November. If you’re proud of your mo’, enter and you could win prizes like a grooming package from Paul Labrecque or free dinner for two.

Giving Tuesday
What comes after Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday? It’s Giving Tuesday, and a number of restaurants will be donating a portion of sales from December 2 to various nonprofits. Dine at The Farm and Fisherman, Tria Cafe or Pitruco Pizza, and 30% of your purchase will go to The Food Trust. Swing by any Vetri Family restaurant and to your own donation, and the Vetri Foundation will match with the goal of raising $10,000 for 20,000 school lunches.

Whiskey Dinner at Red Owl Tavern
The founder of Bristol, PA, spiritsmaker Dad’s Hat Rye will co-host a four-course dinner at the restaurant in the Hotel Monaco on Wednesday, December 3. Seats are $70 per person and include chef Jorge Chicas’ food plus four cocktails by lead bartender (and Zagat 30 Under 30 honoree) Chauncy Scates. Call 215-923-2267 to save your seat.

St. Niklaus Day at The Belgian Cafe
Carol Stoudt of Stoudt’s Brewing will be in the house on Thursday, December 4, at this Fairmount beer tavern to celebrate the start of the winter holiday season. Look for five different Stoudt’s beers on tap and win cool Stoudt’s swag. Things get started at 7 PM.

Tree Lighting Party on East Passyunk Avenue
Head down to the Singing Fountain at 5 PM to join the festivities around the holiday tree, including live music and free treats from local restaurants. Look for sweets from Belle Cakery, Le Virtu and Vanilya Bakery, hot chocolate from Black and Brew, and pizza from Stogie Joe’s Tavern. Remember to bring an unwrapped gift for the toy drive.

Soom Foods at Garage
The sesame wizards behind this local tahini producer will be “in da cart” at the can beer haven across from Pat’s and Geno’s on Thursday, December 4. From 6-9 PM, look for tahini-infused “street food from around the world,” including something sweet with the incredible chocolate-sesame butter.

Repeal Celebration at McGillin’s Olde Ale House
Mark the 81st anniversary of the end of Prohibition at this historic tavern in Midtown Village, which is celebrating its survival through those dark days with $5 pints of McGillin’s 1860 IPA all day long.

Philadelphia Bacon and Beer Festival
A few spots remain for the second annual fest featuring two of the best things in life, going down at the 23rd Street Armory on Saturday, December 6. Your $46.50 ticket (here) gets you in from 2-5:30 PM and includes all you care to eat bacon snacks from 30 restaurants and all you care to drink beer from 20 breweries.

Di Bruno Bros. Holiday Cheese Crawl
All five locations of this 75-year-old local gourmet market will be offering free food and drink pairings between noon-4 PM on Saturday, December 6, in order to help you preview holiday gifts and prepare holiday spreads. Visit three of the locations, ending at The Franklin on Ninth and Sansom and you’ll win a free tote bag stuffed with samples.

Winter Wonderland at Headhouse Square
Swing by the east end of South Street on Sunday, December 7, to catch another tree lighting ceremony joined with a craft holiday market that includes lots of locally-made edibles. Vendors will set up from 4-7 PM, and the lights will be switched on at 6:30 PM. In the meantime, stroll around and check out window displays at 31 area restaurants and businesses, and try to guess which one will be named the winner at the end of the night.

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