Smoked meat, barbecue and of course beer. All are in the spotlight at Yards Brewing Company‘s 6th annual Smoke ‘Em if Yous Got ‘Em extravaganza. A perfect way to celebrate the end of summer, the beer and food fest will take place on Sunday, September 14th from noon to 4 p.m. The fest includes dishes from the region’s best amateur chefs paired with over 30 craft beers (smoked and otherwise) from around the world.
The day begins with a complimentary commemorative glass and field guide to the day’s festivities and ends with a full stomach and good live music. Although the smoked meat and other dishes will be judged by professionals in the industry, you’ll also have the opportunity to vote for your favorite dish. Yards will also have limited edition Smoke ‘Em tees available for purchase.
The event is held rain or shine and tickets can be purchased online or in Yards’ Tasting Room at at 901 N. Delaware Ave. However, Yards warns that tickets sell out every year, so it’d be best to just click the link and get ‘em online.
Smoke ‘Em if Yous Got ‘Em [Yards Brewing]
When Serpico first opened on South Street, one of the main draws was the big, open kitchen and the man himself — Peter Serpico, late of the famous Momofuku empire, standing right there making dinner for you. The most popular seats in the house were the ones snugged right up against the counter behind which Serpico did his work.
Zahav has never wanted for trade, but when Michael Solomonov started running his Kitchen Counter dinners, people went bonkers. Fork’s cooks work right out in the open, filling the dining room with excitement that goes far beyond the drama of plates being walked across the floor. Petruce et al., Vernick, Cheu — they all let you sit within poking distance of the cooks. At Volvér, the kitchen isn’t just open to view; it’s integral to the layout of the dining room. Customers are told (repeatedly) to go up to the pass and watch the chefs working. To ask questions.
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Today, Thursday, September 11th, Morgan’s Pier and chef David Gilberg will be offering a $30 seafood dinner for the Pier’s annual Seafood Boil. Included on the boil will be blue crabs, shrimp, littleneck clams, and mussels. There will also be corn, slaw and cobbler.
A la carte supplementary items will also be available.
Reservations are strongly encouraged.
Morgan’s Pier [Foobooz]
Dock Street is throwing a party tonight for their first Dock Street Spirits brand, Vicio mezcal, and they’re doing it at Alla Spina.
Vicio is their first “exploratory” spirit, described as a smokey agave liquor. It will be paired with a special Alla Spina menu of Italian bar snacks, and there’ll also be a featured beer cocktail, combining Vicio Mezcal and Dock Street’s Caliente Golden Ale, brewed with agave and chile peppers. The tasting begins at 4:30 p.m. and ends at 7 p.m.
Dock Street Spirits [Official]
Volver just sent out an email offering a special Performance Tasting for tomorrow, September 11th. Jose Garces’s exclusive restaurant in the Kimmel Center is offering a ten-course tasting menu for $100 per person.
The offer is only valid for Thursday, September 11th only. Call 215-670-2303 to make reservations.
Washington DC’s Capital Teas is coming to Center City Philadelphia. The nine location strong chain is opening a tea bar and retail boutique at 1804 Chestnut Street.
Capital Teas comes from fifth generation tea merchants and offer more than 200 varieties of teas from around the world. In addition to fresh brewed tea, the storefront will also offer teapots, infusers and other items for sale.
Capital Teas [Foobooz]
No, this kale doesn’t count as one of the 6 you need to find
UPDATE: And that is it, folks. We told you things would go fast. It looks like we have our winner for the pair of VIP tickets to Feastival, but thanks to everyone for playing.
As we mentioned earlier today, Feastival is coming up next week. And because we know so many of you out there are excited about going (but maybe can’t pull together the $350 for a VIP ticket), we’re going to play a little game.
The prize? A pair of VIP tickets to Feastival, happening next Thursday, September 18, at Penn’s Landing. And all you have to do to win them is be the first to find all the kale…
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The South Philly Tap Room will be hosting a clam fest tonight, beginning at 5 p.m., which will feature an al a carte menu and debut the Allagash Evora beer from Maine.
Scott Schroeder’s menu includes a fried clam roll, pork and clam steamers, grill clams, raw clams and more. At 7:30 p.m., Allagash founder Rob Tod will be arriving to join the debut.
South Philadelphia Tap Room [Foobooz]
Rotolo | Courtney Apple
We’ve hit that point during Restaurant Week where people realize they don’t have reservations for that date, business meeting or girls night out and people are panicking there aren’t any reservations to be had in Center City. One option would be to head to East Passyunk, Chinatown or Fishtown. But another option is to hit a spot in Center City that isn’t participating. So if you’ve always dreamt of a date at Vetri, been meaning to try a meal at Fork or waiting for the perfect time to return to Parc for another luscious dessert, that time is now.
21 Center City restaurants not participating in Restaurant Week »