Greg Vernick is hosting chef Jamie Bissonnette for a special nose-to-tail dinner on Monday, September 8th at Vernick Food + Drink. Bissonnette, who is celebrating the release of his new book, The New Charcuterie Cookbook, has been named Food & Wine’s Best New Chef: People’s Choice and won a James Beard Award-winner of Best Chef: Northeast. He and Vernick first connected in restaurants in Boston, Vernick worked under chef and restaurateur Ken Oringer at Boston’s Clio, and Bissonnette has since partnered with Oringer, with whom he operates three restaurants including the extremely popular Toro and Coppa.
Will BYOB is celebrating its second anniversary with a special collaboration dinner. On Sunday, August 24th, owner and chef Chris Kearse will be joined by chef John Patterson of Fork and chef Eli Collins of Pub & Kitchen for a special $100 per person dinner that benefits the National Foundation for Facial Reconstruction.
Call for 215-271-7683 reservations or book online.
Tickets are now on sale for Jose Garces’s third annual Garces Foundation Gala. The event is being held on Wednesday, October 29th at the Kimmel Center and raises money for education and medical care of Philadelphia immigrants.
The theme of the gala is Think Local/Give Local and chef Garces has handpicked a group of local chefs to join him in highlighting Philadelphia’s culinary talent.
The evening is divided into two parts. A VIP Chef Tasting Dinner and Chef Experience will be offered from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The VIPs will meet-and-greet the chefs before heading to the rooftop Hamilton Garden to enjoy a three-course family style seated meal cooked by Garces, Eli Kulp (Fork, High Street, a.kitchen), Rich Landau (Vedge), Kevin Sbraga (Sbraga, The Fat Ham), Peter Serpico (Serpico) and Greg Vernick (Vernick Food + Drink).
The gala starts at 6:30 p.m. on the main floor of the Kimmel Center with more than 25 local chefs showing off their talents and local ingredients. General admission tickets are $200 and along with sponsorships can be purchased at the Garces Foundation website.
If you’re not wearing white, or black or sweatpants tonight, perhaps you want to break out your Hawaiian shirt? Morgan’s Pier is offering a luau with all-you-can-eat Hawaiian food for $20. Included in the buffet will be a whole roasted pig, chicken satay, crab rangoon and much more.
And yes, there will also be umbrella drinks.
If you’re a Diner en Blanc hater, then head to Diner en Sweatpants or Diner en Noir or just shoot over to Bob and Barbara’s with a $20 bill and get soused on Specials. But if you are one of the many, many people who desperately wanted to score a reservation for Thursday’s Diner en Blanc event but didn’t, this is your chance to do something about it. Read more »
Starting this Friday, August 22nd, The Fat Ham is offering a late evening burger, beer and bourbon special. For $18 you can get a pimento cheeseburger with fries and a side of “Comeback sauce”; a can of Neshaminy Creek beer and a shot of Four Roses Yellow Label bourbon. The deal runs from 9 p.m. and 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
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Chef Chad Vetter and beer steward Andy Farrell are teaming up for the 5th Annual CrabFest at City Tap House in University City. On Sunday the 17th, from noon to 4 p.m., indulge yourself with all-you-can-eat blue crabs, corn on the cob, potatoes, and beer from Carton Brewing Company. Specific taps include The Wit Whale, a wheat beer-pilsner hybrid brewed with lemon-y Sorachi Ace hops; Panzanella, a salted ale with bread-y malt, garlic-y Summit hops, tomatoes, and cucumbers; and more.
In addition to all the food and brews, enjoy music from Delaware’s Cassidy & Barely Rarely as they play a mix of Top 40 covers and classic rock.
Tickets are $35, including tax and gratuity, and reservations are strongly recommended. Call 215-662-0105 to reserve your spot.
Swap your summer pilsners and pale ales for something with a little more tang. Devil’s Den will soon be serving beers that are sour, tart, bitter and sharp. Beginning Saturday, August 16th until Friday, August 22nd, the gastropub will be celebrating their 5th Annual Sourfest. For seven days one draft tower will be completely devoted to sour beers. That’s a total of 8 lines and plenty of sours to try throughout the week.
In keeping with the celebration, Tuesday August 19th, Don Russell, better known as Joe Sixpack, will be hosting a sour tasting and brewing class. Devil’s Den will serve as your classroom as you learn the fine techniques behind preparing a pucker worthy brew. All students will also enjoy appetizers and a tasting of six different sour beers such as Free Will Peach Lambic, Bruery Oude Tart, Barren Hill Berliner Weisse, Bom Wild & Funky #1, Allagash Confluence and Tilquin Gueze. The class is $35 per person and tickets can be purchased at the bar or online.
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Now this is something we can get on board with (ha!). On Wednesday, August 20th, Spirit of Philadelphia and Yards Brewery are teaming up for a night of drinking, eating, and cruising with the Yards Beef and Beer Dinner Cruise. An open beer bar, buffet, and on-site Yard’s experts are just a few of the perks you can indulge in while enjoying the scenic view.
MilkBoy turns three. And what better way to celebrate than with a three-day party; $3 beers, drinks, and shots; and no cover charge?
From Thursday the 14th to Saturday the 16th, the celebrations will take place. The first floor will be open for regular hours (7 a.m. to 2 a.m.) and the second floor will open at 8:30 p.m. And in true MilkBoy fashion, each night will bring a new band, including the national act The Ataris. Headliners will be The Black Landlord (14th), The Ataris (15th), and The Lawsuits (16th).