As if any of us need more reasons to get out drinking (and eating) this weekend, Alla Spina is launching a special, Sundays-only family-style prix fixe menu that they’re calling “Suds & Grub.” It’s three courses for $35, chosen off a menu with two choices for each course–like fried Virginia oysters or veal bone marrow with mushroom marmalade, and roasted swordfish with cannelini bean ragu or bacon-stuffed Berkshire pork loin. Dessert? No choices there. You get what you get. But considering that what you get is a roasted apple and mascarpone napoleon, I don’t think anyone’s gonna be crying.
The menu also comes with a $15 beer pairing (one with each course, carefully chosen by the Alla Spina crew), or a beer flight for just $9. And the whole thing kicks off this Sunday.
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Alla Spina hosts a Culinary Cage Match | Photo by Michael Gruber
On Wednesday, February 26th Alla Spina is hosting a “Culinary Cage Match” featuring Osteria’s Brad Daniels and Jeff Michaud versus Ned Maddock and Brad Spence of Amis.
The chefs will each be given four ingredients and tasked with coming up with a four-course meal that will featured one of the challenge ingredients in each course. The dinner is open to the public (maxes out at 20) and costs $65, including beverage pairings. The diners will also get to vote in order to determine the winning chef.
Call Alla Spina for reservations, 215-600-0017.
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It’s a week later than usual this month but Alla Spina is hosting Fitler Dining Room this evening. Fitler chef, Rob Marzinsky will be turning out a Polish feast of kielbasa, pierogies and galumpkis (Polish stuffed cabbage).
Alla Spina’s crew will be turning out a Thanksgiving feast of turkey gobbler sandwiches, sweet potato gratin, soft pretzel stuffing and more.
The drinks will include a tap takeover from Deschutes Brewery and cocktails made from the organic cold-pressed juices of Pure Sweets and Co.
As always, the fun starts at 10 p.m. with the food being free and the drinks being on special. Current pay stub and valid ID are necessary for admittance.
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Fitler Dining Room [Foobooz]
Alla Spina is one of the best bars in Philadelphia | Photo by M.Edlow for GPTMC
For the fifth year in a row we’ve polled a diverse panel of Philadelphia’s drinking scene in order to determine the best bars in Philadelphia. The polled include our favorite writers, bloggers, twitterers and even just drinkers for the 2013 Foobooz 50 Best Bars list.
Foobooz 50 Best Bars by the Numbers
Seven new bars made the list this year.
23 bars have made the list in each of the five years it has been published.
0 repeats at number one. Each year a different bar has held down the top spot.
For the first time ever a bar from New Jersey made the list.
Loco Pez was the biggest mover on the list, jumping 32 spots.
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Irish Bacon Grilled Cheese at St. Stephen’s Green | Photo by Jason Varney
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Tonight is Alla Spina’s monthly industry night and this month, chef Elijah Milligan and the crew from Stateside will be in the house.
Milligan is cooking up a taste of fall with cider braised veal short ribs and farro and apple risotto. Alla Spina’s Pat Szoke will also be bringing his braising game with beef shanks and more.
Stateside will also be mixing up some fall cocktails.
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Tonight, Alla Spina is hosting a benefit happy hour for The Garces Foundation’s English as a Second Language for the Kitchen and Every Day Living Program. There will be free hors d’oeuvres and drink specials. All proceeds will go to the Garces Foundation. There will also be an opportunity to win tickets to the Garces Foundation Gala set for Thursday, October 3rd at the Kimmel Center.
The event runs from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Garces Foundation Gala [Official Site]
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On Thursday night, the Eagles and the Chiefs squared off at Lincoln Financial Field. I’ll let the people who know something about the sport opine about the future of the Eagles. I was there for the food and left before the end of the first quarter.
Below, some photos of what you’re going to be eating at the next Eagles home game at the Linc. Hats off to Aramark — the folks actually making and serving the food — for running a pretty tight operation.
Paesano’s Pete McAndrews wins the coveted food porn award for his namesake Paesano brisket sandwich:
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Tonight at 5 p.m., Amis’s Red Bull Flugtag documentary, The Beast of Amis will be screened at Alla Spina. The film follows the Amis team as they build and prepare their flying sausage for flight. During the documentary (5 p.m. to 7 p.m.) Victory Novello, Hundred Horse, Kolsch and Donnybrook will all be $3. All other drafts will be $2 off.
The Amis crew will also be on hand and that’s always a fun time.
Heading to the Made in America Concert this weekend? Marvel at the marketing might of Anheuser Busch as many Fairmount bars have gotten in bed with the conglomerate and are offering everything from Made in America Bud pounders to pop-up Anheuser Busch beer gardens.
Philly.com has a list of where to drink near the Made in America concert. We like the decidedly not Bud Heavy red, white and blue beer options from Alla Spina. Vetri’s gastropub is offering Victory Red Thunder, Allagash White and Atlantic Brewing’s Blueberry Ale. Or if you want your corporate beer with more flavor, AB’s Goose Island will be taking over the taps all weekend at the sure-to-be-hopping Kite & Key.
Where to drink near the Made in America Concert [Philly.com]