Enjoy the Food of Santa Fe in Chestnut Hill

roam heirloomHeirloom in Chestnut Hill is hosting a series of events highlighting different regional cuisines from across the United States. Next up is Santa Fe. Available only tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10th, the BYOB will offer a three-course menu for just $24.95.

The special dinners coincide with Chestnut Hill’s Stag & Doe Nights where local shops stay open later and refreshments, roasting chestnuts and carolers add to the holiday scenery.

Heirloom will also be exploring the cuisine of  the Mississippi Delta, Savannah, Georgia, Oregon and the Borderlands.

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Celebrate the Holiday Season Rittenhouse Style

The Rittenhouse Hotel

If you’re still looking to stuff yourself full of Christmas spirit, The Rittenhouse Hotel is hosting a series of holiday events in the next few weeks that are worth considering.

The hotel will be putting on its own gingerbread house display by The Library Bar with replicas of two Philadelphia landmarks – Betsy Ross’s house and the Philadelphia Art Museum. The gingerbread houses have been created by the Rittenhouse’s own culinary team, led by pastry chef Tova du Plessis.

But since you can’t eat all the gingerbread (don’t try, they’ll kick you out), the hotel will be offering sweet roasted chestnuts, hot spiced apple cider, and hot chocolate as a part of their “Winter Warming Treats” every day in the lobby from 2-6 p.m.

But wait, there’s more!

Sneak Preview: COOK’s January Schedule


Tickets for COOK’s January classes will be going on sale on Wednesday at 2pm. And do you know what that means? It means you can still get yours in plenty of time to give them as surprise Christmas presents. Because, seriously? Who wouldn’t love to spend a night at a Foobooz Open Stove competition, drinking shots and getting stuffed full of weird things made with Doritos and SPAM, prepared under stress by some of the most talented chefs in the city?

Or, if you’re looking for something a bit quieter, there are also classes being offered by the likes of Josh Lawler and Townsend Wentz, but I can guarantee that neither of them are going to be cooking with SPAM…

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TONIGHT: Jamonera is Taking Over Garage Philly

randy-and-the-king-tiny-buns-garage-400Tonight, Friday, December 5th, Jamonera will be taking over the food cart at the Garage. Chef Lindsay McClain of Randy and the King and Andy Stahl of Jamonera are serving up short rib sliders and sweet potato sliders (add a fried quail egg if you so desire), potato pancakes, and Barbuzzo favorite, salted caramel budino.

All items are under $6 and the Garage will begin serving up the tiny buns and bites at 6 p.m.

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Holiday Beer Dinner at Lolita

Photo by Jason Varney

Photo by Jason Varney

Lolita Restaurant knows that on a Sunday and/or Monday – especially one approaching the holiday – beer is always a good idea, as is saving money.

So, on Sunday, December 7th and Monday, December 8th, the restaurant will host a 3-course Holiday Beer Dinner with a menu of Mexican food meeting Christmas beer. And you can’t complain about the cost, it’s only $35 per person.

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Cheese Crawl Free-for-All


If you are a cheese lover and a Philadelphian, then surely you are a fan of the brothers Di Bruno. And if you have yet to acquaint yourself with the cheese authority in this city, Saturday, December 6th will be potentially life-changing for you.

So here’s the deal…

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Spirits and Suds with Santa Bar Crawl On East Passyunk


East Passyunk Ave’s Spirits and Suds Bar Crawl is goin’ down on Wednesday, December 10th from 5:30-9:30 p.m.. So if you’ve ever felt the urge to go bar crawling with a whole lot of people dressed like Santa, this is your chance.

Thirteen bars and restaurants are participating, and a $5 ticket will get you an elf or Santa hat and Santa’s Sipping Stamp Card, which gives you a chance to win $325 in gift certificates and other prizes (if you collect 5 or more stamps, that is).

Below, we’ve got a list of all the participating bars, plus the good stuff they’ll be offering:

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Mt. Airy Brunch Sessions – Holiday Edition


Mt. Airy’s Brunch Sessions is back again for the holiday season – on Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th. The deal includes seven different restaurant options.

So what exactly is Mt. Airy’s Brunch Sessions? Just scrape together $16, pick a restaurant, and enjoy a three-course brunch featuring off-menu items.

We’ve got the menus. All you have to do is make your choice.

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Vetri Family Cage Match at Alla Spina Tomorrow Night


Tomorrow night, starting at 6:30 p.m., Alla Spina and chef Julie Kline are hosting a Vetri Family Cage Match dinner. Kline’s competitor for the evening? Lo Spiedo and its chef, Tia McDonald.

The two will battle head-to-head for honor, glory and bragging rights. The results for you, the guest, will be 4 courses of Vetri-licious food. Better still? Booze pairings are included. Tickets for tomorrow night’s event will run you $75 per person.

Call Alla Spina at 215-600-0017 to make reservations. Seats are going quickly, so I’d make that call as soon as possible.

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This Week: Red Owl Hosting Dad’s Hat Rye Whiskey Dinner


Red Owl Tavern is hosting a whiskey pairing dinner on December 3rd, partnering with local rye distiller Dad’s Hat.

On the food side, there’s a 4-course prix fixe meal at $70 per person, and it begins at 6:30 p.m. with a welcome beverage and hors d’oeurves. Following that, each course will include a different cocktail featuring, you guessed it, rye whiskey, as well as a pure tasting of the base liquor in each–which is really the most important part of this whole thing.

Oh, and of course we have the menu for you. too.

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