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.
On Saturday, March 21st, 14 Fairmount bars and restaurants are combining for a whole pig tour. Each spot is offering tastes of pork for $2 to $4 plus drink specials. Tito’s Vodka will also be offering complimentary craft cocktail samples at each location.
The crawl kicks off at noon and runs to 5 p.m. Tickets are available online and crawlers can start at any location. How many pork bites you get to is up to you.
Early bird tickets are available now for just $5.
On February 9, La Calaca Feliz chef, Michael Brenfleck, will be testing out his new restaurant concept with a tasting menu at the Fairmount restaurant. Mieso (or meat in Polish) is planned as a Polish rotisserie, offering made-from-scratch traditional fare.
Brenfleck’s plan is for a fine-dining, traditional Polish restaurant–something he says no one has ever done in Philadelphia. The concept came from his Polish background and dinners with his family on Christmas Eve. Although Brenfleck does not have a specific time frame for the restaurant yet, he does have a business plan going forward.
The tasting menu will be available February 9 at La Calaca Feliz from 5 pm to 10 pm for $29 per person. The menu will include distinct Polish dishes, like pierogies and kielbasa, but will also feature dishes like cucumber and apple salad with honey mustard dressing, pickled vegetables and roasted beets, and a whole roasted pig.
Brenfleck says he’s excited to test out his concept and is happy to have the support of his La Calaca family behind him.
La Calaca Feliz [f8b8z]
Editor’s Note: Whenever we get a fresh body added to the team here at Foobooz World HQ, the first thing we ask them to do is create a six-pack for us. It can be about something you like to eat, we say. About something you like to cook. New Foob-tern Regan Abato went another way. She wanted to talk about what she likes to drink.
I think Regan is going to fit in here just fine…
Lately, Philadelphians seem to be obsessed with cocktails. And not just any cocktails, but drinks with outlandish infusions, unusual flavors and ingredients someone who was never a bartender probably never heard of. With these crazy concoctions popping up at almost every bar in town, I started thinking about something a little simpler. While a margarita’s endless options can be dizzying, it is also a totally approachable drink that can be great in any form.
So with so many drinks and so few happy hours, here’s a six pack of some of the best margaritas in Philadelphia you need to try right now.
Host Aaron Sanchez hits the taco spots trying out everything from a scrapple taco to one of Tuk Tuk Real’s Thai fusion creations. The show debuts at 9:30 p.m. and Sancho’s, Union Taco and Tuk Tuk Real are all hosting viewing parties. Union Taco and Tuk Tuk are both offering $2 tacos. Union Taco is even offering delivery from their Manayunk location if you buy five or more tacos.
Tuk Tuk is also giving away a $25 gift card to the customer who posts the most appetizing photo of them watching Taco Trip and eating the restaurant’s tacos. All posts, tweets, or Instagram pics must be accompanied by #TukTukTacoTrip.
Taco Trip – Philadelphia [Cooking Channel]
It’s no secret that we’re big fans of Ben Miller and Cristina Martinez’s weekend taco operation South Philly Barbacoa, but one must wake up early to experience it, since they typically sell out by noon or shortly thereafter.
But now, on December 15th, all you night owls will get your chance to try some.
This Wednesday, May 14th, La Calaca Feliz in Fairmount will be hosting its next whole animal barbecue. It will be a whole lamb being cooked in the back courtyard in La Calaca’ Caja China.
The barbecue is $29 per person and includes Lima beans, esquites (Mexican street corn) salsa verde and corn tortillas.
Halloween falls during the week this year, which means you have a choice of two weekends to don your freaky costumes and roam the streets, but there’s only one Dia de los Muertos. So pour one out for your fallen homies at any of the following…
La Calaca Feliz
2321 Fairmount Ave
Tim Spinner is offering a four course Day of the Dead tasting menu for $29. It begins with tamal de rana (slow braised frogs legs and green chili), moves to cemita sliders, then pork cheek mole coloradito with blue cheese grits and mustard greens, finally ending with traditional pan de muerto. At Cantina Feliz, the $28 menu (with the option to add a beverage pairing for only $12 more) is completely different and looks equally tasty. Red chili duck tamales with Dunks Ferry Dunkelweizen by Neshaminy Creek Brewing, anyone?
Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz and Lemon Hill are combining for a special Halloween night. Twenty dollars ($25 at the door) will give you all-you-can-eat Feliz margaritas, red or white sangria and Dos Equis drafts. There will also be passed dishes from La Calaca’s menu and creations from new executive chef MacGregor Mann.
Wear a costume and you’ll be entered in a raffle to win tickets for either a Sixers or Flyers game. There will be a Day of the Dead face painter on hand as well. The La Calaca party runs from 10 p.m. to midnight. At that time everyone will be invited to head up to Lemon Hill for the after party.
MacGregor Mann, who was chef de cuisine at Amada has returned to the area. Michael Klein is reporting that Mann is opening a BYOB, Junto in Chadds Ford. Junto promises “Pennsylvania-sourced ingredients prepared with a blend of old world techniques and modern cuisine knowledge.”
Mann is predicting a Spring opening for Junto but today you can find him at Fairmount’s La Calaca Feliz. Like Feliz owner Tim Spinner, Mann was often seen on Jose Garces’ Iron Chef teams.
Garces alum opening a BYOB [The Insider]