10 Rules for Surviving the Drinking Holiday Known as Thanksgiving Eve


Did someone say shots? Read rule No. 9.

If you’re of a certain age (meaning you’re not spending your Thanksgiving Eve polishing the good silver or trying to herd cranky toddlers through the TSA metal detectors), there are two ways to look at the night before Thanksgiving. It’s either that one, wonderful night of the year when all your old childhood friends are back in town and looking to escape their families to reconnect over drinks at the local bar; or that one, terrible night of the year when your local bar is overrun by a bunch of idiots from out-of-town looking to reconnect with their childhood friends while you’re just trying to get drunk enough to deal with your family waiting back home.

Either way, it’s a big night. A festive night. A heavy-drinking kind of night that comes with its own unique challenges and potential pitfalls. But lucky for you, we’re here to help out with a guide to making it through one of the biggest party nights of the year unscathed, unashamed and without some pesky felony charge following you home to your normal life.

So let’s begin, shall we?

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Greatest Hits and What You Missed: Winterfest, Whiskey, Last Chance Farmers’ Markets, Garces To Newark and Fountain’s Final Service

Blue Cross RiverRink Winterfest

What You’ll Be Eating At This Year’s Winterfest Ice skating is just the beginning

Fountain Restaurant Announces Its Final Dinner Service They’re going out on top and on their own terms

Tomorrow: Industree Group Takes On Philly It’s their first event here, getting chefs together for candid conversations

Taste Illustrated: Whiskey Business The boom in artisan distilleries, illustrated

Dinner At Isaiah’s South Philly Barbacoa for the night owls

The List: Fall Flavors At The Farmers’ Market Where to go and what to get for your holiday prep

Garces Opening Another New Restaurant And this time he’s going to the Newark airport


Citywides At Serpico, Plus Ramen On A Cold Day

Number one, this is a great deal. Number two, it’s awesome that it’s coming from a place like Serpico because it’s exactly the kind of thing that might get more people into Serpico who wouldn’t otherwise give the place a shot. Number three, while gimmicky Citywide-type-objects (and particularly those that cost more than a few bucks) are not generally my cup of tea (or Jim Beam), this one, especially with its ramen kicker, seems like a pretty sweet way to get folks through the door on a cold Wednesday night.

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Brick & Mortar Has A Plan–And Is Getting Closer To An Opening Date


So last time we talked about Brick & Mortar (the new joint from ex Franklin Mortgage partner Mike Welsh, going into the Goldtex building on 12th Street), it was to announce that they’d gotten themselves a chef–namely Brian Ricci, ex of Kennett, Django, Supper and Pub & Kitchen.

Now, Ricci is working on his opening menu, and he offered a bit of a preview.

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Tonight: Tria Taproom Serving America’s First Trappist Ale


Tonight, you can get a beer from one of only 10 certified Trappist ale producers–and the only one in the United States.

Spencer Trappist Ale, brewed by the brothers at Saint Joseph’s Abbey in Massachusetts, is the real deal. The monks traveled all throughout Europe, visiting Trappist breweries like Chimay and Westmalle and learning how to get it just right. The result? Well, I’ll let them describe it:

Spencer Trappist Ale, Spencer Brewery at Saint Joseph’s Abbey (Spencer, MA · 6.5%) Inspired by the traditional refectory ales known as patersbier (“fathers’ beer” in Flemish), these relatively sessionable beers are brewed by the monks for their dinner table and are typically only available at the monastery. This flavorful golden ale is fruity, with dry finish and a light hop bitterness.

It’s being poured right now, and will be until late tonight. So if you’re anxious to taste the first-ever American Trappist ale, head on over and see what all the fuss is about.

Tria Taproom [f8b8z]


Tonight: Kevin Sbraga’s Career Dinner Looks Amazing

SbragaCareerDinnerChef Kevin Sbraga is hosting a Culinary Career Dinner tonight at Sbraga, and with it, he will be representing his entire career as a chef with one 7-course meal. Sound a little like the schtick at Volver? Well yeah, it is. But this one is half as many courses and will only run you $85 per person (plus an additional $45 a head if you want beverage pairings). And the dishes Sbraga has chosen to represent himself–everything from oysters and caviar a la Juniper Commons to cheesecake inspired by his father’s shop, Harvey’s Bakery– sound awesome.

Check out the menu and details after the jump.

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Fountain Restaurant Announces Final Dinner Service


So this is it. We all knew it was coming, but now we have an actual date. The last dinner served at Fountain at the Four Seasons Hotel will be Saturday, December 27.

The official news came down yesterday, but that was just putting an end-date on something that most folks in the food world understood as inevitable. The Four Seasons hotel itself will be closing sometime in the next year (with plans to move into the new Comcast building), so Fountain–with more than thirty years behind it–was operating on borrowed time.

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