The Best Philly Food Events Happening in February
Philly’s food collaborations, specials, and pop-ups worth putting on your calendar.
If January is a respite from the holidays, February is when we all start to slowly defrost and emerge from our homes. There’s Valentine’s Day, of course, but there’s also Lunar New Year, several restaurant week events, and generally plenty of reasons to fire up your Resy account and get out there. Here are the best food events happening in Philadelphia this February.
Northern Liberties Restaurant Week, February 2nd to February 11th
For a week in early February, swaths of restaurants in Northern Liberties will offer reduced-price, set menus to encourage diners to eat out during what is historically a very slow time of year for restaurants. Two-course lunch menus will be priced between $15 and $20, while three-course dinner menus will be priced at $20, $25 and $40. The full list of participating restaurants is available here. Be sure to reserve ahead of time as restaurants can get busy, and always tip generously.
Ice Cream for Breakfast at Zsa’s Ice Cream, February 3rd
National Ice Cream for Breakfast Day is a decidedly made-up holiday (aren’t they all?), but we’ll allow it for Zsa’s Ice Cream collab with Roxborough’s Biscuit Lady on Saturday, February 3rd. Starting at 10 a.m., Zsa’s will serve a special ice cream sundae made with half a classic biscuit and topped with maple ice cream, a dusting of espresso powder, a drizzle of maple syrup and topped with a cinnamon sugar Holy Biscuit Bite. This combo seems worthy of the food coma it will inevitably send you into.
La Tamalada at Cantina La Martina, February 4th
For the second year, Cantina La Martina is hosting La Tamalada, a celebration of tamales on February 4th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ten Latino street vendors will be on site selling tamales, and Cantina La Martina will be offering cocktails. The event is a celebration of La Candelaria, a Mexican holiday that celebrates the official end to the holiday season. It’s cash only, and pay-as-you-go, so there’s no need for reservations.
Year of the Dragon Vietnamese Lunar New Year Dinner at Banh Mi and Bottles, February 5th
In the first of a new monthly collaboration series at Banh Mi and Bottles, owner Tuan Phung is presenting a special Tết (or Lunar New Year) dinner with fellow chefs Jacob Trinh of Little Fish, Andrew Dinh Vo of Café Nhạn, Tay Cao of Le Viet and Victor Nguyen of Ba Le Bakery, along with event curator Roland Bui. They’ll serve a five-course menu of traditional Tết dishes like gỏi gá (Vietnamese chicken salad), thịt heo ngâm mắm (pork belly cured in fish sauce), slow-braised oxtail and more. Reservations required; tickets run $88 per person.
Lunar New Year at Ember & Ash, February 5th to 10th
Jason Sheehan mentioned in his food news column a couple of weeks ago that Ember & Ash was planning a five-day celebration featuring family recipes and even a dragon-themed cocktail. What we didn’t know at the time was that on February 6th, Ember & Ash will be hosting a five-course collaborative dinner with chef Kurt Evans. How fitting for the chef behind the forthcoming Black Dragon Takeout to usher in the Year of the Dragon. Each chef will serve four dishes along with a dim sum plate — chef Calhoun will focus on traditional Chinese cooking, while chef Evans will serve Black American cuisine inspired by Chinese-American takeout.
Heart Breakers Club from The International x Slow Drinks x Revivalist Spirits, February 13th
With his background in ethnobotany and his love of educating cocktail lovers about the great outdoors, Danny Childs is Philadelphia’s un-official Forager-in-Chief. He’ll be teaching a couple’s cocktail class all about how to make seasonally inspired drinks using botanical ingredients and techniques featured in his recently released book, Slow Drinks. You’ll get cocktails, small bites from The International, and a cocktail mixing kit courtesy of Revivalist Spirits all for $150 per couple, so be sure to get your tickets before they sell out!
Mom Mom’s Soul Food at The Dutch, February 19th
In celebration of Black History Month, Kevin Watters, executive chef and co-owner of The Dutch, is bringing back his pandemic-era pop-up. Mom Mom’s Soul Food, named for his late grandmother Lillian Lewis’ nickname, will be back for one night only on February 19th. Watters will run two seatings, one at 6 p.m. and one at 8 p.m., with a menu featuring soul food classics including deviled eggs with cajun shrimp, mac-and-cheese cornbread topped with braised short ribs, fried chicken and a banana-pudding parfait. The event will benefit Everybody Eats, a chef-led nonprofit that works to combat food insecurity in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Magazine’s Wine & Dine Presented by Lexus, February 22nd
Join us to taste over 400 premium wines paired with food from top eateries hand-selected by Philadelphia magazine editors. It’ll be an evening of hobnobbing with restaurant industry titans, sipping exciting wines from around the world, and trying the best bites from around Philly. We’ve got over 30 of our favorite restaurants and chefs coming. You can see the full list of restaurants and get your tickets here.
East Passyunk Restaurant Week, February 26th to March 8th
East Passyunk will also run its annual restaurant week at the end of February, with a similar structure to Northern Liberties. Restaurants up and down the avenue will offer fixed menus at a reduced price. Participating restaurants are still TBD, but this is a great time to visit any new spots that have been on your must-eat list.
Couch Cafe at LaCroix, February 25th
Liz Grothe, the creator of popular Philadelphia pop-up Couch Cafe, is collaborating with joining Lacroix Restaurant Executive Chef Eric Leveillee on a dinner she’s calling “Liz-Croix.” Reservations will go live via Resy on February 2nd at noon, and guests can expect six to eight courses of Leveillee’s French cooking combined with Grothe’s love of Italian cooking.
The Voi-ãge Dining Series with Jeremy Fox and Nicholas Elmi at Lark, February 28th and 29th
Eli Kulp’s world-class Voi-ãge Dining Series returns this month with a seven-course collaborative dinner with Philly’s own Nicholas Elmi and Jeremy Fox of Birdie G’s and Rustic Canyon in Los Angeles. In addition to chef Fox being known for his work putting vegetables on the center stage, his restaurant Birdie’s explores his Jewish heritage through a modern lens. Paired with chef Elmi’s refined, coastal Mediterranean culinary style, it’s sure to be unlike any other collaborative dinner you’ll experience this year (and possibly ever). Tickets are available through Resy for $195 per guest, with an optional wine pairing and suggested cocktail pairing for an additional $90.