Weekend Planner

Weekend Planner: Pork Belly, Tacos, Professor Vetri

By Danya Henninger  |  January 24, 2014

Apparently this is how winters always used to be - the Schuylkill would freeze over regularly and you could even expect to go ice skating on the Delaware. If our ancestors could deal with it, so can we, especially when enhanced by bites like shrimp tacos and pork belly, plus movie-themed cocktails and travel-focused beers. Or alternatively, you can curl up on the couch with your laptop and do some reading: this week Marc Vetri’s at the head of the class, and there’s another way to buy your beer with bits.

Eat This

Beer Braised Pork Belly at Pennsylvania 6
Special to the Restaurant Week menu at this Wash West dining room is this hunk of sweet-and-salty pork. Set atop a chestnut purée and surrounded by apples, greens and cider jus, the dish makes a great first course for your three-course, $35 meal. Reserve now, there are still a few Saturday and Sunday tables available (267-639-5606).

Avocado Shrimp Tacos at Miles Table
Think sunny thoughts and stop into this South Street West BYO for a tropical seafood special. Three blue corn tortillas are filled with seared basil-lime shrimp, avocado pico de gallo, baby arugula and pickled onions, yours for $13 per plate.

Do This

Philadelphia Inquirer Travel Show
Taking over the Valley Forge Casino and Resort in King of Prussia this weekend is this two-day event about vacationing. Food and drink are a big part of vacations, and a beer pavilion will showcase regional craft beers while a culinary stage features cooking demos. Tickets that include beer tastings are available online here ($25).

Face/Off Night at The Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co.
On Sunday, the Prohibition-era bar in Rittenhouse will get a liquid dose of action-comedy with a special drink menu built in homage to the Travolta-Cage 90s ‘flick. Half a dozen different drinks themed after the movie will go for $11 all night, and the Pitruco Pizza truck will be posted outside with a couple of Face/Off-appropriate specials.

Read This

That's Professor Vetri, Thank You
Marc Vetri is not only a restaurateur, chef, cookbook author, philanthropist, guitar-player and Jiu Jitsu master - now he is also a professor. Michael Klein of Philly.com visits a couple of his classes at Drexel’s Center for Hospitality Sports Management to give us an inside look at what Prof Vetri has to say to his lucky students.

Cavanaugh’s Starts Accepting Bitcoins for Beer and Wings
A couple of weeks ago, we brought you the news that Philadelphia Brewing had begun to accept Bitcoin, and now there’s another place where you can pay for your beer in crypto-currency. In Metro Philadelphia, Sam Newhouse has the story on why Cavanaugh’s owner Ken Hutchings is long on the digital money alternative.