The Coolest Philly Food Events Happening in January

Philly’s food collaborations, specials, and pop-ups worth putting on your calendar.

After leasing over 100 acres of land on the Westtown School’s campus, Christa Barfield of Farmer Jawn is hosting a monthly dinner series to support the business’s farming and CSA efforts. The first event will feature a five-course meal from Chef Tonii Hicks as well as wine from Wayvine. / Photograph by Mike Prince

January is historically one of the slower months for restaurants and bars in Philly, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t special dinners, pop-ups, and collaborations happening all over the city. (It’s also an especially great time to support your favorite and soon-to-be favorite spots.) Here are the events that are catching our eye at Philly restaurants this month.

Check out the new monthly dinner series from Farmer Jawn
January 22nd
Christa Barfield (a.k.a. the queen behind Farmer Jawn) is leasing 123 acres of Westtown School’s campus for organic farming. She’s hosting a monthly dinner series that raises money to sustain the farm. First up in the series is a collaborative, five-course meal with Philly-based chef Tonii Hicks. Tickets to the first event cost $250 per person, and includes a cocktail hour, wine from Wayvine Winery, dishes that make use of seasonal produce, dancing. A portion of dinner sales will also supply 12 weeks of Farmer Jawn CSA memberships for families who can’t otherwise afford them.

Go eat Armenian lahmajun behind an unmarked door in Upper Darby
All month long (all year long, perhaps)
Though it doesn’t look like much from the outside, Mediterranean Foods on Long Lane is a serious operation churning out thin, crispy lahmajun topped with minced beef, peppers, and onions, as well as 10-count stacks of fresh bread you can bring home. WHYY made a great video about the place and the food is indeed the sort of thing you’ll dream about. Mediterranean Foods is open on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays (and sort of whenever they want) and you can always call ahead beforehand if you’re feeling nervous about missing them.

Learn about wine at Pizzeria Beddia’s Wine Camp
January 10th at 5 p.m.
The Wine Camp series at Pizzeria Beddia in Fishtown is one of the most affordable ways to learn about interesting wine in this city. Each ticket costs $30 and gets you four tasting pours of wine that’s typically not so easy to track down in Philly. This month, Steve Wildy and Mike Madrigal of Philly-based importer and distributor Cloche Wine Co. will be talking guests through a few selections from Domaine Breton (produced in the Loire Valley). Snacks like charcuterie and cheese are included in your ticket price, and you can always supplement those with a slice of Beddia’s glorious tomato pie. Book your ticket on Resy here.

From now until March, Amina is serving $26 fried chicken basketed (with fries) and $5 glasses of prosecco to support the African American Museum. / Photograph provided by Peter Breslow Consulting & Public Relations

Try a Wednesday night special at Amina
Every Wednesday
Amina in Old City is serving $5 glasses of prosecco and $26 fried chicken baskets every Wednesday until the end of March. All of the proceeds from these new weekly specials will benefit the African American Museum. Their fried chicken is made in the style of Nashville hot chicken, only it utilizes Nigerian spices.

Declare your love of Bowie at Doobies
Doobies Bar on 22nd and Lombard has events all through the first two weeks of January celebrating David Bowie (Why? Because it’s Philly Loves Bowie week). Expect beer specials, quizzo, a collaboration with Chef Melissa McGrath of Sweet Amalia Oysters, and, of course, lots of music. Read more about other restaurants and bars around the city with Bowie-specific programming here.

Make pasta (and eat really well) at Osteria
January 26th at 6 p.m.
Osteria’s executive chef Matt Arcomone is hosting a deluxe pasta-making class where you can learn how to make three pastas by hand (and then eat those pastas, naturally). Tickets cost $150. Fear not, that price doesn’t just include some nice eggs and flour: Your ticket includes as much wine as you’d like to drink, cheese and salumi to snack on while you learn, and dessert that you aren’t required to make yourself. If you’re looking for a big date night this month, check it out. And if that night doesn’t work for you, Osteria chef and owner Jeff Michaud is also hosting two more pasta-making classes this month (the first is on January 10th and then there’s another on January 16th).

Snack on Musi’s goods at ITV
All month long
The chefs at Musi, which sadly closed down earlier this fall, took over ITV’s space in East Passyunk in December and are sticking around for the entire month of January. Expect walk-in service from Wednesday to Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., Frizwit sliders, and a rotating menu of snacky dinner stuff that goes well with ITV’s cocktails.