Some of life’s questions are simply too great to ever be answered. Why are we here? What is the meaning of life? How many licks does it take to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop? But this week, two different groups are tackling the age old question: does beer or wine pair better with food?
Tonight, Tuesday, March 24th,Kraftwork is hosting its monthly Staff Picks. This month’s theme is “The Final Four of Hoppy Beer.” The event is a blind tasting competition to decide which region of the United States produces the best hoppy beer.
Representing the East: Victory Dirt Wolf
Representing the West: Firestone Walker Union Jack
Representing the South: Terrapin Hopsecutioner
Representing the Midwest: Great Lakes Chillwave
Get your wine bra and funnel (or your judgmental high society attitude, whatever) ready: Philly Wine Week is kicking off this Sunday, March 22nd from 5-8 pm with an event called “Opening Corks” at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts.
The springtime themed wine tasting reception will feature over 20 wine vendors pouring samples of champagnes, sparkling wines, whites and rosés. Hors d’Oeuvres will be provided by Tria Café, Murray’s Cheese, Panorama and Alla Spina.
Dress is springtime cocktail attire, which I assume means you should come dressed as a springtime cocktail. I’m going as a gin fizz.
Tickets for Opening Corks are $60 (but they go up to $75 if you wait till after 5 p.m. Friday). You can get them here.
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Considering that Kensington Quarters has some of the best meat in the game, we’re pretty pumped about their upcoming charcuterie dinner on Tuesday, March 31 at 7 pm.
Oh, but wait. The menu goes beyond the typical prosciutto wrapped melon to bring guests an inventive meal that lets the meat really shine. The dinner begins with a charcuterie board, featuring bresaola, veal terrine, head cheese and ‘nduja. Then a shrimp and salami salad with cucumber, basil and hot sauce, followed by smoked goat belly served with egg yolk, baby lettuce and onion relish. Then porchetta with royal trumpet mushrooms, carrots, and radishes, and dessert will be caramelized cake with lomo and chocolate.
First Fridays are great for when you want to wear that trendy buttonless jacket your ex bought you and sip wine while feeling cultured because you’re looking at art, but sometimes all you want is pizza and ice cream. And by sometimes I mean all the time.
Thus, this stroke of genius from Pizza Brain and Little Baby’s Ice Cream: Third Thursdays. Third Thursdays are a monthly collaboration between Pizza Brain, Little Baby’s, and a third local small food business where guests can come and enjoy unique pizza and ice cream flavors for one night only. This month, the third local small business is Abe Fisher, and the menu sounds awesome.
For some, the beginning of spring conjures up images of blooming flowers and buzzing bees. At Foobooz, the beginning of spring means Meat Week.
Mica is celebrating Meat Week with a special Heritage Pork Tasting Menu from March 18th-20th. The meal begins with a Red Wine Cured Pork Jowl with Honey Crisp Apple, followed by Pork Belly in a Celery and Sesame Broth with Shitake Mushrooms and Udon Noodles. The next course is a Pork Loin served with Pickled Beets, Horseradish and Dill, and finally the meal will end with ginger creme brûlée topped with lemongrass sugar.
The meal is $45 a person (not including tax and gratuity). You can make reservations here.
Noshhh, a local craft food and drink vendor showcase, is going to be held at Old City’s United By Blue, this Friday, March 20 at 7:30 pm. You can feel ultra hip while sampling Philly’s newest and trendiest food, cocktails and beers.
Some of the vendors for the event include 2nd Story Brewing Company, Bluecoat American Dry Gin, Manatawny Still Works, Broken Goblet Brewing, AGNO Grill and Two Brothers Hummus. You can read the full list of vendors on event’s Facebook page.