Natural Wine Dinner at the Good King Tavern

good-king-tavern-back-banquette-400The Good King Tavern is back with a second Jardins de Provence wine dinner on Wednesday, May 20th. And the news gets better as the price is dropping from $95 to $65. Granted, the dinner will be a bit less grandiose; four wines, paired by a plate (amuse, opener, entree, dessert), but good food and drink on a Wednesday night is always appreciated.

The Jardins de Provence showcases natural French wines paired with chef Paul Lyons’ cooking. This month Sean Faeth of Artisan’s Cellar and Chloe Grigri of the Good King will be pouring and talking wines.

The dinner will be held at 7:30 pm along the back banquette at a single long table. Reserve your space now.

The Good King Tavern [Foobooz]

Wagyu Tasting at Mica

mica-wagyuRunning from Wednesday, May 13th through Friday, May 15th, Chestnut Hill’s Mica is presenting wagyu beef three different ways, as part of a four-course, $49 menu. The well-marbled beef is being showcased raw, and as brisket and tri-tip cuts.

Take the dinner in from Mica’s new deck, just added for the warm weather.

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Tonight: A Spring Introduction At Helm

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Since opening the doors at Helm a little over a month ago, Kevin D’Egidio and Michael Griffiths have been hitting their stride, putting up their own brand of focused plates, and making new friends. Now that the weather has warmed and they’re starting to see more locally-grown and foraged produce they’re throwing a little party tonight to celebrate.

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Sneak Preview: June Classes At Cook

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It’s kinda short notice this month, but tickets for June classes at COOK are going to be released today at 2pm, so if you’re looking to hang out for a night with Jason Cichonski, Luke Palladino, George Sabatino, the crew from Marigold or, you know, us on one of our now-legendary Open Stove Nights, you’re gonna have to be quick.

As always, we’re here to help you out. The full schedule of classes is below. So make your plans, pick your days, and be on the COOK website at 2pm today to get your tickets.

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Tonight: Drinking Outside At La Peg

la-peg-beer-garden-400It looks like we’ve got another beautiful, sunny weekend coming up. And what’s the best way to spend a beautiful, sunny weekend? Not drinking inside some dingy ol’ bar, that’s for sure. Drinking inside in the summer is for grumpy old jerks and admitted misanthropes (like me), but all the beautiful people know to take it outside when the sun is shining.

And now, with the official opening of La Peg’s beer garden happening tonight, you have one more place to go, be beautiful, and drink your beer in the open air like God and the founding fathers intended.

La Peg is celebrating this official opening with some live music and stuff, too (also, apparently, enjoyed by people who are not me). Here’s their run-down of the night’s events: “The La Peg Beer Garden opens with Red40 and the Last Groovement‘s ode to the nineties: a decade of Monica Lewinsky, overalls, and some of the best damn grooves ever! Featuring special guest Martha Graham Cracker.”

So yeah. Overalls, former White House interns, beer, grooves–all things that the outside people love. And if you’re looking for more places to get drunk in the great outdoors, don’t forget our Guide To All The Best Beer Gardens In Philly, which we put together just for you.

Philadelphia’s Seasonal Beer Gardens [f8b8z]
La Peg [f8b8z]

Visit La Colombe for a Distillery Tour

la-colombe-distillery-rum-400On Thursdays in May, Fishtown’s La Colombe coffee cafe and distillery will be offering free distillery tours.

Stop by between 6 p.m.this evening and each Thursday in May for a tour. You’ll learn about what the distilling process behind La Colombe’s coffee-infused Different Drum Rum, and you’ll even get to try some of the stuff.

Stay afterwards for dinner from the new springtime menu or just for another drink of rum, wine, beer or coffee.

Thirsty Thursdays: Distillery Tours at La Colombe Fishtown [La Colombe]
La Colombe – Fishtown [Foobooz]

Le Cirque Chef Alumni Dinner At Nectar

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The chefs we have working in this city come to their gigs with some pretty amazing resumes. There are cooks who’ve worked with Thomas Keller and Mario Batali, at places like Blue Hill and Gilt in Manhattan. Our best guys (and girls) have done tours through many of the finest kitchens in America and, on Thursday, May 14, the crew who once worked together at NYC’s legendary Le Cirque are coming to Philly–more specifically, to Patrick Feury’s Nectar in Berwyn–for a one-night-only reunion dinner as part of the Mid-Atlantic Wine + Food Festival.

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