Philly's Best Dining Deals & Events: Whiskey Tasting, Pork Pig Out

Tacos and bourbon and cider and a very special brunch
September 22, 2014
by Danya Henninger

Top Philly food and drink events in the week ahead, September 22-28, 2014

Sancho Pistola’s Taco Exchange
For number seven in the Fishtown cantina’s celebration of taco-getherness, chef Adan Trinidad hosts Kris Serviss of just-about-to-launch Blue Duck Sandwich Co. From 9 PM to midnight on Monday, September 22, the duo will be serving special edition “Puffy Duck” tacos: mole duck confit atop puffed but pliable taco shells with plum-pear kimchi, red cabbage and charred scallions (two for $13).

Four Seasons Food Truck
Get down with street food at the home of fine-dining bastion Fountain on Monday, September 22, when the roving “Taste” food truck makes its Philadelphia stop from 5:30-8 PM. A special menu includes Amish chicken chopped salad, cheesesteak spring rolls and Victory root beer floats. Everything is $8 and under, and the truck will also be around for lunch on Tuesday, September 23, before heading off down the coast to other Four Seasons hotels.

Green Meadow Farm Dinner at Amis
Farmer Ian Brendle provides incredible produce to the top restaurants in the city, and he'll be at Brad Spence's 13th Street Italian on Tuesday, September 23, for a special farm dinner. Expect roast pork and salmon tartare along with the best of the early fall harvest. Call 215-732-2347 to reserve your seat.

Rittenhouse Row Fashion Crawl
Meld cuisine and couture with the annual traipse through Rittenhouse from 6-9 PM on Tuesday, September 23. Pick up a $25 ticket here (or $30 at on the night of), and make your way to more than 15 bars for specialty cocktails. Look to sip at Avance, Sbraga, Abe Fisher and others in between stops at fashion retailers, and vote for your favorite drink at the end of the night.

Hop Sing Laundromat at Volvér
There's a new plan in the works at Jose Garces' Kimmel Center restaurant, and it includes several changes to the prix fixe in the dining room: no more tickets, make reservations via phone or OpenTable, choose $75 or $150 tasting menu at any time of night. Hours there and at the bar have been shortened to 5-10 PM, Wednesday-Saturday, and 4-9 PM, Sundays.

The new plan also includes a guest bartender series, and it kicks off in unforgettable fashion with Hop Sing's Lê taking over the lounge on Wednesday, September 24. From 5-8 PM, his sharp wit will add extra zing to his already famous cocktails, including Henry Box Brown, Nevermore, Fuggetaboutit, Railroad Judah and Saigon Flip. If you've had them, you know they're already classics, and if you haven't made it to the Chinatown hideaway, it's a great chance to try them out. UPDATE: all 8 of Lê's cocktails will go for just $8 each, a steal.

Whiskey Bonanza at The Twisted Tail
George Reilly knows his brown spirits, and on Thursday, September 25, he’ll be showcasing more than 40 varieties of bourbon and rye from over 25 different distilleries. Pick up a $60 ticket here to get in for all you care to sip from 7-10 PM, plus hors d’oeuvres to make the night go smooth. You’ll also get to sample the wares from the cocktail competition between four guest bartenders.

Fall Cocktail Kick-Off at Chima
Each month this fall, new cachaca-based caipirinhas and other cocktails will be added to the drink menu at this Brazilian steakhouse in Rittenhouse, and you’ll be able to sample all of them at a special happy hour. The first edition takes place 5-8 PM on Thursday, September 25, where $20 includes drinks like watermelon-lime caipirinhas and pomegranate-acai caipiroskas, plus plenty of appetizers. 

Atlantic City Boardwalk Wine Promenade
Early autumn is a great time to hit the Jersey Shore, with crisp blue skies and cool ocean breezes. Take it all in as you stroll a whole mile of food and wine set up along the AC boardwalk from September 27-28. Pick up a $65 ticket for Saturday or $55 ticket for Sunday (here) and sip and sample to your heart’s content from noon-5 PM.

Pour the Core Hard Cider Festival
Back for the second year at the Navy Yard is this celebration of boozy apple juice. Join fellow cider fans under a tent from 1-5 PM on Saturday, September 27, to try over 75 varieties and take in lots of cider lore. Ticket are $40 (here) and include a souvenir tasting glass.

Jean-Marie Lacroix Brunch at The Pass
The brunch at the French chef’s eponymous Philadelphia restaurant is famous, and here’s a chance to join him for the same kind of spread in a more intimate setting. Lacroix will be preparing the weekend meal along with Matt Ridgway at his protégé’s Rosemont restaurant on Sunday, September 28. First seating is at 10 AM ($40) and second is at 1 PM ($55 includes oysters on the half-shell). Reservations are recommended; call 609-961-1887.

Pig Out at Amada
Jose Garces’ Old City original is hosting its bi-annual feast with endless amounts of roast suckling pig on Sunday, September 28. Make a reservations at the Spanish tapas house to get a $60 meal that also includes salad, appetizers, sides and bacon peanut butter macarons for dessert. Add unlimited sangria for $20 more (215-625-2450).

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