Alla Spina to Turn into Club Vetri for NYE

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Here’s hoping Alla Spina’s North Philly Sausage Cheesesteak is available latenight.

On New Year’s Eve Alla Spina is transforming itself into “Club Vetri.” There will be a DJ, dancing, a photo booth and as importantly, food stations featuring dishes from all of the Vetri Family restaurants (Vetri, Amis, Osteria, Pizzeria Vetri, Lo Spiedo and of course Alla Spina). Tickets start at $120 and rise as we get closer to New Year’s Eve.

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Hop Sing Laundromat is Throwing a Sneakers Party

Wear sneakers to Hop Sing Laundromat on New Year's Eve.

Wear sneakers to Hop Sing Laundromat on New Year’s Eve.

On New Year’s Eve, Hop Sing Laundromat is loosening its legendary dress code for one night only. From 10 p.m. till closing,  is waiving his must-wear-shoes policy and offering guests the chance to wear sneakers.

Lê tells us, guests have asked for the opportunity to break one of the rules and he feels that there’s no better night than the night everyone else is getting dressed up and paying a premium for just about everything.

Hop Sing opens at 5 p.m. on New Year’s Eve and the dress code will be in effect till 10 p.m. As always, there is no cover at the Chinatown bar. Hop Sing will also be closed from Tuesday, December 23 to Thursday, December 25.

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Shopping For Foodies: Trey Popp’s Holiday Gift Guide, Part 2

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Does the foodie on your gift list bake? Is she vexed by that one awesome but maddening cookbook that specifies some ingredients in ounces and others in grams? Has he fallen deep enough down the coffee-brewing rabbit hole that all he can talk about is optimizing the ratio of dissolved solids in his morning cup? Does he simply want to know whether an envelope will need one stamp or two?

If the answer to any of these questions is yes, a kitchen scale is in order.

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Spend Christmas Eve with Serpico

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Photo by Mike Persico

Serpico has been promoting his $65 family-style Christmas Eve dinner on social media but until now hasn’t shared the menu. If you’re interested in a dinner that certainly isn’t the feast of seven fishes or have an out-of-town friend coming to town, that you want to impress, this might be the dinner for you.

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Enjoy the Food of Santa Fe in Chestnut Hill

roam heirloomHeirloom in Chestnut Hill is hosting a series of events highlighting different regional cuisines from across the United States. Next up is Santa Fe. Available only tomorrow, Wednesday, December 10th, the BYOB will offer a three-course menu for just $24.95.

The special dinners coincide with Chestnut Hill’s Stag & Doe Nights where local shops stay open later and refreshments, roasting chestnuts and carolers add to the holiday scenery.

Heirloom will also be exploring the cuisine of  the Mississippi Delta, Savannah, Georgia, Oregon and the Borderlands.

Heirloom’s Santa Fe Menu »

The Gastronaut: Hey Santa …

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Illustration by Kagan McLeod

Dear Santa,

First things first, I have to thank you for being so good to Philadelphia since the last time I wrote you. I asked for a lot of things on behalf of the city last year — outdoor drinking and BYOs and soup and more delivery options — and you came through in spades.

This year, my requests for Philly are a little bit darker. Rather than asking for things we need, I’m asking for things to go away. This is mostly because we’ve had such a good year already, and because our neighborhoods are so full of amazing restaurants and chefs doing the best work of their careers. Hard as it might be to say, what Philly is due for is a cull. To keep the scene healthy. And Santa, sometimes hard choices need to be made.

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Try These Twelve Beers of Christmas

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Christmas beers are a yearly tradition that actually has some history behind them. As Don Russell notes in his book, Christmas Beer, The Cheeriest, Tastiest and Most Unusual Holiday Brews, Christmas beers have a legacy that goes back to the Middle Ages and maybe even before Christmas itself.

Today, Christmas beers are often dark beers, brewed with spices and strong malty character, but since Christmas beers are more of a tradition than a style, there’s something out there for everyone.

Here are twelve of our favorite wintertime brews »

The Origin of Gingerbread Jesus

Gingerbread_JesusSo you may have heard that Barren Hill Tavern and Brewery is ready to release their newest holiday beer: Gingerbread Jesus.

And if you haven’t – yup, it’s called Gingerbread Jesus. And he’s got all his facial hair and even a little wreath on his head.

A Belgian Dubbel brewed with molasses, ginger, cinnamon and nutmeg, Gingerbread Jesus has an interesting background. It was named for the collaboration with Reverend Kirk Berlenbach of Roxborough’s St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church and the brewery to create the holiday beer.

An avid home brewer, Father Kirk is part of the Franklin Society Homebrew Club and has his own blog,  So This Priest Walks Into a Bar... Basically, he knows his stuff.

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