DATE NIGHT: Wine Classes and Cruises at Old City’s Pinot Boutique

Pinot Boutique in Old City.

Pinot Boutique in Old City.

“When the founding fathers weren’t planning the American Revolution, they were drinking,” says Dan Soskin, owner of Pinot Boutique in Old City. As a matter of fact, he continues, it was safer to drink liquor than water at that time. I was treated to this and a host of other wine and spirit-centric anecdotes when I met Soskin at Pinot, where offers a plethora of wine tastings, wine classes, and even wine cruises (!)—all of which would make for a perfect date night with your sweetie.

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13 Diners You’ll Find in Philly

Illustration by Jessi Falcone

The Winos | Illustration by Jessi Falcone

We here at Foobooz certainly enjoy Philadelphia’s food scene but that doesn’t mean we don’t occasionally roll our eyes at some of the other dining room’s tables. Here is our list of the thirteen kinds of diners you’ll find in Philadelphia. Who do you recognize, what behavior are you guilty of?   

Compiled by Isabelle Gallicchio, Ela Torres and Alex Tewfik

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Tria Will Replace Dmitri’s on Fitler Square

dmitris-fitler-squareWhen we first tipped off that Tria Cafe was coming to the old Dmitri’s at 23rd and Pine we admittedly rolled our eyes. After all, just about every restaurant vacancy is rumored to become a Tria. It’s usually just wishful thinking but the neighbors of Fitler Square can cheer, Tria is really coming to the neighborhood.

Owner Jonathan Myerow told Michael Klein that the former Mediterranean restaurant will feature a full kitchen, “be more dinner-friendly” and serve a weekend brunch.

Look for the latest Tria to open before the year ends. Myerow also owns Tria Cafe locations at 18th and Sansom, 12th and Pine and Tria Taproom at 20th and Walnut.

Tria to open on Fitler Square [The Insider]
Tria Cafe

Townsend Hosts Wine and Cheese Pairing Night


Townsend, the two-month old but critically acclaimed restaurant, is hosting a Five-Course, “Three Way” Wine and Cheese Pairing Dinner on Thursday, July 17th. Chef-owner Townsend Wentz and General Manager/Wine Director Lauren Harris put together the night of five wines, five cheeses and five plates. “I’m always looking for new ways to share our food and our wines with our guests, and this dinner promises to be the first of many inventive pairing events,” Wentz said.

Tickets are $65 per person (not including tax and gratuity). Guests will get a taste of contemporary French flare and domestic and imported cheeses, all of which are paired with wines chosen by Harris.

Reservations are encouraged. To reserve your spot, call 267-639-3203.

Townsend [Foobooz]

Pa. Liquor Control Board Warns It May Have Sold You Exploding Wine

proseco The Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board warned consumers Tuesday afternoon it may have sold you wine that could explode. The LCB is telling people to dispose of Indigenous Selections Prosecco Brut 2013 as quickly as possible.

”Consumers should use caution when handling this product,” Chairman Joseph E. Brion said in the release. ”While we have not had any reports from consumers who may have been affected, we want to take every precaution in order to avoid a safety issue. Those who purchased the product can contact their local Fine Wine & Good Spirits Store for a full refund.”

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COMING SOON: BYO Wine Movie Nights at the Roxy

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Starting on June 18th, the PFS Theater at the Roxy will begin hosting a BYO movie night every Wednesday through August 27th.

Those who want to bring a bottle of wine to accompany their flick will pay $14 for a “premium ticket.” The price includes the film, a corking fee, glassware, and, duh, a fantastic buzz.

The theater is currently screening Josh Boone’s touching coming-of-ager The Fault in Our Stars, which may definitely make you weepy after a few glasses. Then, starting June 20th, Clint Eastwood’s Jersey Boysstarring Villanova grad Vincent Piazza — will take over Roxy’s big screen. (Trailers for both films below.)

Wednesday screenings begin at 7 p.m. Showtimes and tickets are available here, or in the theater’s box office.

A Letter to Trey Popp


Steve Wildy has weighed in on Facebook with an open letter to Trey regarding the wine pricing at Petruce et al. The letter makes some very good points. We have re-posted the letter in its entirety below. It is lengthy and illuminating. Please take the time to read it. 

Note: Comments are off on this post so the discussion can continue in one place, on the State of the Markup post.

I  recently received wind of online comments made by Jason Malumed, a wine distributor, in response to Philly Mag food writer Trey Popp’s review of Petruce et al. These comments elicited a response from the critic called “A Second Look At Petruce et al: The State of the Markup.” (You should read it) Malumed’s comments sought to point out many factual inaccuracies and outright untruths. Unfortunately, Popp’s second look doesn’t apologize to Petruce co-owner and wine director Tim Kweeder for misquoting his average markups as 3x instead of 2.6x as much as it takes the opportunity to further rail against restaurant wine pricing in general.

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Memorial Day Activity Idea: Natali Vineyards


On Sunday, May 25th, rain or shine, Natali Vineyards, in the Goshen section of Middle Township (Cape May County), New Jersey, will be hosting a Memorial Day Celebration of Blues & BBQ from 2-7 p.m.

Enjoy live blues by The Herb Moore Trio while sampling their wines by the bottle or glass, or if you’re really feeling summery —sangria and wine slushies. You’ll get to play games of horseshoes, bocce ball and baggo and of course, local food vendors, and lots and lots of barbeque will be on hand to soak up all that you’ll be drinking. It’s free admission, and if you want to save some money, you can bring your own food. 

Sitting on a vineyard, staining my teeth, while playing bocce ball and eating barbeque? That’s my kind of Memorial Day. 

Natali Vineyards [Official]

Foobooz Down the Shore [Foobooz]

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