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On Tap: Ramen Rumble, Late-Night Bowling, Dine Out for the Environment

By Danya Henninger | May 19, 2014 By Danya Henninger  |  May 19, 2014
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What’s going on in Philly food and drink this week? We’re glad you asked.

Cheu Noodle Bar: Ramen Rumble
It’s a head-to-head slurping battle at this Wash West noodle house on Monday, May 19, where guest chefs Christopher Kearse (Will) and Sean Magee (Time) will be preparing their best bowls for first-come, first-served customers from 6 PM til the ramen runs out. A $25 seat gets you half-portions of each one, a beer and a chance to vote for the winner.

Zavino West: Winemaker Happy Hour
Vino lovers should plan to hit up the University City outpost of this Neapolitan pizzeria and dining room for the 5-7 PM tasting session with Carol Shelton of Carol Shelton Wines. For $10, you’ll get two 3-oz. pours (one red, one white) and a chance to chat with the winemaker over happy hour snacks.

North Bowl: Soom Foods Pop-Up
Get some tasty treats along with late-night bowling at this pop-up at the NoLibs bowling alley on Monday, May 19. From 9:30- midnight, you can sign up to participate in the no-tap tournament (i.e. one bowl per turn) and expect to enjoy many tahini-laden treats while you roll.

Jet Wine Bar: East Coast Wine Tasting
On Tuesday, May 20, pick up a $25 ticket (here) and then spend  6:30-8:30 PM at Jill Weber’s South Street West lounge tasting wines from the East Coast. You’ll sip through a flight of five different varietals with snacks, and get 15% off your bar tab should you choose to hang out after the tasting session.

Volvér: John Legend After-Party
The superstar singer plays the Kimmel Center on Tuesday, May 20, and the Jose Garces’ lounge there is hosting his official after-party. Pick up a $100 ticket (here) to get into the 10:30 PM event with hors d’oeuvres and open bar, or go for the $195 option and enjoy the pre-performance tasting menu in the dining room before the party.

Plough & the Stars: Cocktail Mix-Off
Which bartender will make the best use of the featured 2 Gingers whiskey spirit? That’s for a panel of judges to decide, and you can help. Head over to the Old City pub at 7 PM on Tuesday, May 20, to sip mixes by ‘tenders from Village Whiskey, Fado, Plough and others and cast your vote.

Garces Trading Company: Springtime in France
A new dining series kicks off at this Jose Garces international dining room on Tuesday, May 20, at 7 PM. Five courses from Nate Johnson will be paired with seasonally- and regionally-fitting wines and cocktails, and seats run $70 per person. Call for reservations (215-574-1099).

Dine Out for the Environment
Thursday, May 22, is the first occasion for this soon-to-be annual happening where helping the environment is as easy as going out to eat. The Clean Air Council has lined up a dozen sustainably-focused restaurants to participate, all of which will donate 15% of the day's proceeds, and not just during dinner. Start with breakfast at Pure Fare, Square 1682 or Trolley Car Cafe, lunch at any of those spots plus Eat-A-Pita, Harvest Seasonal Grill, Agno Grill and The Abbaye, then get your evening meal at all those plus The Mildred, Standard Tap, Le Virtu, Russet, Southwark and Earth Bread + Brewery. No excuse not to kick in for a better Earth while eating well.

Buddakan: Cakebread Wine Dinner
Cakebread Cellars has been making wine in Napa Valley since 1972, and on Thursday, May 22, Stephen Starr’s Asian dining room will feature five courses paired with five different vintages. The 7 PM event runs $125 per person; call for reservations (215-574-9440).

Reading Terminal Market: Strawberry Celebration
On Thursday, May 22, Ritz-Carlton pastry chef Stephen Wilson leads a cooking class focused around the sweet summer berry at The Kitchen at the Market. Tickets to the 6:30 PM class are $45 (here) and include demos, tastes and recipes for four strawberry dishes along with beer and cider from Philadelphia Brewing Co.

The Oval: Phair Pop-Up Market
From Thursday-Saturday, May 22-24, this open-air bazaar will take over the outdoor space in front of the Art Museum with arts and crafts vendors and a changing lineup of food trucks. Hours vary by day (find out more here), but no matter when you visit you’ll be able to wet your whistle with Victory brews and hard cider from Frecon Farms.

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Zavino

Italian University City
Food24 Decor20 Service22 Cost$29
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Standard Tap

Northern Liberties
Food24 Decor18 Service21 Cost$35
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Russet

American Rittenhouse Square
Food24 Decor23 Service23 Cost$45
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Bar Volver

Bar Rittenhouse Square
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Southwark Restaurant

American Queen Village
Food25 Decor23 Service25 Cost$59
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CHeU noodle bar

Japanese Washington Square West
Food25 Decor22 Service23 Cost$25
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North Bowl

Bowling Alley Northern Liberties
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