Well, if you read yesterdays 12-Pack of Wine Week deals, you should already have some idea. But if you’re looking for something more (or something that is only happening tonight), we’re hear to help. Here’s the best of what’s happening tonight for Philly Wine Week.
It’s the opera that has the entire city buzzing, and clearly theres a reason: Oscar is probably the largest production Opera Philadelphia has staged in some time—at least as far as it’ talent and technical elements are concerned—and it generally is a major home run for the company. You still have a few chances to catch the staging at the Academy of Music before it fades away on February 15th. Here are some things you can absolutely count on as you take in the performance. Read more »
Sure, dates and dinners with friends are nice, but sometimes you just want to grab a meal all by yourself. Maybe you’re too busy to make plans, or you just need some alone time. Or maybe you just want to order all the appetizers on the menu and not have to share them. Whatever your reason for dining alone, we’ve got the six best places in Philly to treat yourself.
So, you know, happy Valentine’s Day…
When Oscar, the opera that examines the downright depressing tale of Oscar Wilde’s love for another man and how it led to his persecution and imprisonment, first opened at the Santa Fe Opera, it was panned by critics. David Daniels, arguably the world’s greatest countertenor for whom the show was written for, openly admits he could care less what those reviewers thought of the show.
“The critics didn’t like it, and I don’t care,” he told me during a rainy Sunday afternoon at the AKA Hotel on Rittenhouse Square. “The audiences loved it. We were playing to houses that were 98 percent full.” Read more »
As if the last cheese event wasn’t enough, here we come with two more, happening on December 15th and 16th.
First off, there’s a cheese pop-up happening at High Street on Market on Monday, December 15. Starting at 5:30, authors and cheese experts Max McCalman and Tenaya Darlington will be signing books, curating side-by-side cheese tastings and offering a cheese master class for those who are seriously into their curds.
Then, on Tuesday, December 16, at a.bar, there’ll be a cheese happy hour, also featuring McCalman, this time with wine expert Mariel Wega by his side.
Details for both events are after the jump.
International winemaker and champagne enthusiast Jean Charles Boisset is in town, and he’s leading a Bubbly Brunch Crawl around Rittenhouse this Saturday, November 8.
So what’s that mean?
It means you have to get up early, but also that you get to drink a bunch of bubbly wine and have various brunch-y type things handed to you by some of the city’s top chefs. Here’s an idea of how it’ll break down.
We asked 25 of the city’s best chefs, bartenders, beer geeks, cork dorks and professional drinkers to weigh in on the best bars in Philly. Here, in order, are the 50 best places to drink in a city made for drinking. Philadelphia, meet the 50 Best Bars Class of 2014.
Foobooz 50 Best Bars by the Numbers
13 bars are new to the list from last year.
18 bars have been on the list for all six years we’ve compiled it.
Another 4 bars have been on the Best Bars list at least 5 years.
At noon on July 17, Ellen Yin and chef Eli Kulp (the dynamic duo who took over both a.bar and a.kitchen a couple months back) are going to be debuting a new menu at a.bar to celebrate the Rittenhouse bar’s first anniversary. Here’s what they have to say about the change-up.
“Chef Kulp’s menu will expand upon a.bar’s already diverse fresh-shucked oyster program, and adds a globally-inspired selection of crudos, shareable snacks, more substantial salads and sandwiches [as well as] a few select whole fish. In addition, a.bar’s hours of operation will be extended, serving [the] new menu all day long, Monday through Saturday, from noon until 10 p.m, with the raw bar offerings available until 11 p.m.”
So what does Kulp have in store for this new menu? He gave us a few clues…
Over on the Insider, they’re reporting on a deal reached between a.kitchen/a.bar’s David Fields and Ellen Yin and Eli Kulp from Fork. The way things look right now, Fields and Yin are throwing in together at a.kitchen and a.bar, becoming partners in both operations, and Kulp will be taking the position of executive chef–designing menus for an as-yet-unnamed chef de cuisine.
The new Kulp-designed a.kitchen and a.bar menus will debut in March. For more details on how this all came together, check out Michael Klein’s interview with Yin and Fields below.
This Monday, December 9th is going to be all about Sherry at a.bar. Though many people’s only experience with sherry is on the sweet side, there are dry Sherries that work very well with food.
From 3 to 6 p.m., all oysters are $1.50 each and several local wine reps will be pouring multiple Sherries, ranging from $5 to $10 a glass.
At 7 p.m. chef Terence Feury (Tavro 13) will prepare a four-course dinner with Sherry pairings. The dinner is $85 per person and there is only one seating. Contact beverage director, Tim Kweeder for reservations.