Six Pack: Food Events For Wine Week And Beyond

Manayunk's favorite foodie fest returns for a fall edition this weekend. StrEAT Festival brings over 40 Philly food trucks to Main street, serving up everything from BBQ to cupcakes, with an emphasis on a special seasonal ingredient: apples! Manayunk merchants will offer sidewalk sales and promotions, plus fresh fruits, veggies, and homemade spices, oils, and jams will be available to purchase from the farm stand and gourmet vendors. Kids will be entertained at Recess, a littles-only zone held at Canal View Park, complete with everything from a moon bounce to face painting. Plus, a pop-up beer garden will be the highlight of Cotton Street, offering samples of craft brews to compliment the food truck fare. Come hungry. Sunday, September 28th, 11 a.m.-5 p.m., Main Street, Manayunk.

Spring stirs up a celebratory air in this city, as festivals and events seem to be happening in every neighborhood all of a sudden. And no celebration is complete without an abundance of food and booze. From one last Wine Week blowout to a patio pig-out,  here are six upcoming food events that you shouldn’t miss this season.

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Name a Sandwich (and do other cool food things) for Charity!

passyunk-ave-manhole-cover-jeff-fusco-940The East Passyunk Crossing Civic Organization, which manages zoning for EPX and sponsors neighborhood cleanups and other good neighborly things, is auctioning off sweet Philly food experiences. Now through Sunday, March 1st you can bid your heart out (and outbid everyone else’s hearts out) for a good cause.

Some of the cooler auction items include a bread making class followed by a private dinner for 8 at Noord; a pasta making lesson from Lynn Rinaldi (of Paradiso); designing and naming your own sandwich at American Sardine Bar (we are particularly partial to this idea); and an ice cream making experience at Little Baby’s.

For more information on the auction, or to actually bid on stuff, click here.

Restaurant Week Alternative: American Sardine Bar

american sardine bar gourmet pittsburgh cheesesteakScott Schroeder is upgrading his Best of Philly winning Pittsburgh Cheesesteak between now and January 30th, during dinner hours (5 pm. to 10 p.m.), as an alternative to Center City’s restaurant week.

The $35 Pittsburgh Cheesesteak at American Sardine Bar is a 60-day dry-aged Creekstone NY Strip, grilled royal trumpet mushrooms, truffled triple cream Brie and foie gras gravy fries served on a seeded roll. The over-the-top-steak is accompanied with a pickle salad.

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American Sardine Bar Turns Three

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American Sardine Bar is hosting its three-year-anniversary party tomorrow, November 26th.

The party’s going to have a special sardine menu, a long beer list, specials and contests beginning at noon.

The draft list will include Bruey Tart of Darkness, Russian River Supplication, Firestone Walker Agrestic and a ton of others. There will also be specials on cans if that floats your boat.

So if you want to spend your snow day with a bunch of food and booze, Point Breeze might be your answer.

American Sardine Bar [Foobooz]

It’s the 2014 50 Best Bars in Philadelphia

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Bob & Barbara’s | Photo by Trevor Dixon

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.

A.bar was the biggest mover, jumping 38 spots on the list.
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Because SPAM Is Awesome, That’s Why

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As if there needs to be a reason to celebrate SPAM–the world’s favorite canned meat product–a team of chefs and troublemakers have determined that next Wednesday, August 27, should be a day devoted to the greater glories of Hormel’s wonder-meat.

And so, on that night, at American Sardine Bar, there’s going to be a SPAM party. Photographer Neal Santos, food writer and man-about-town Drew Lazor and chef Scott Schroeder will be “expressing [their] hermetically sealed love” with an a la carte spread of “original SPAM-centric snacks.” Oh, and if that’s not enough, these three somehow managed to convince the good people at SPAM headquarters to ship them out a bunch of rare, weird or locally unavailable varities of SPAM, like hot-and-spicy SPAM, teriyaki jalapeno SPAM and bacon-flavored SPAM.

So you’re already excited, right? I know you are. And you’re going to be even more into it when you see the menu that the guys are putting together.
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Great Beer Is Running Rampant in Philadelphia

It appears that this year’s supply of Russian River Pliny the Younger has just about run dry. Philly Tap Finder’s last published tapping happened just a few hours ago. But since this is Philadelphia, our taps certainly haven’t run dry of great and in several cases, rare beer.

Bishop’s Collar, which poured the city’s last known keg of Pliny still has plenty of great IPAs pouring and is worth a trip today. The Sidecar’s monthly High Gravity Night is also tonight and includes high alcohol favorites like Bear Republic Apex, Bell’s Hopslam and Mikkeller Monk’s Elixr.

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It’s A Beef Jerky Bake Sale

BakeSaleFlyer2Marcos Espinoza and his merry crew of weirdos from Side Project Jerky are throwing themselves a beef jerky bake sale on Saturday, March 22nd at American Sardine Bar. No crappy cupcakes, no misshapen Rice Krispies treats that smell like cigarette smoke, just good, All-American beef jerky.

Side Project is bringing in the talents of four local chefs–Scott Schroeder, Eli Collins, Jonathan Adams and Jeremy Nolen–who will each be doing a one-time-only jerky flavor that will be for sale (by the piece or by the ounce) solely at this event. Oh, and Sixpoint will be on hand for beer pairings. And all of the normal flavors of Side Project jerky will also be for sale (like they are every day at the Foobooz Store, hint hint).

And if you want to feel good about yourself while you’re stuffing your snack hole full of cured meat products, dig this: All proceeds from the Beef Jerky Bake Sale will be donated to Fresh Palates to Palettes–a local art program run by Deva Watson.

So mark your calendars: Beef jerky and beer, Saturday, March 22nd at American Sardine Bar. Come hungry, bring your wallets and we’ll see you all there.

Side Project Jerky [Official]

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