Thursday, March 8, 2012

Food Events @ Penn

Brewer’s Plate 2012
What: This annual Fair Food fundraiser is in its 8th year and is better than ever. The one-of-a-kind tasting event unites craft beer with local gourmet food; this year brings together 25 local restaurants and 25 local breweries. There will also be a speakeasy showcasing local spirits, a variety of sweets and chocolates, and a VIP area with live cooking demos by Iron Chef Jose Garces. Learn more here.
Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street
When: Sunday, March 11, VIP 5-9 p.m., General Admission 6-9 p.m.
Cost: $75 general admission, $125 VIP

Baklava Making Class
What: How does Chef Wissam Zayat of Manakeesh Café Bakery whip up his addictive baklava? Come to his Skillshare class to learn the secrets of creating this favorite (and don’t think you’ll be going home without a doggie bag either). This flaky and honeyed dessert can be intimidating to novice and semi-pro bakers alike, but Chef Zayat will teach you the ins and outs of perfect homemade baklava in under two hours. Manakeesh is in the business of delicious dining, and through this Skillshare class, beginners can learn how to make the baklava that keeps people coming back to Manakeesh. Come to our class at Manakeesh with clothes you don’t mind wearing while baking, and prepare to take home about six pieces of baklava—Manakeesh has all the ingredients already on hand. Enroll here!
Where: Manakeesh Café, 4420 Walnut St
When: Tuesday, March 13, 8-9:30 pm
Cost: $25

Pig Out
What: For one night only, guests can reserve a seat in Amada’s gorgeous rustic-chic dining room and enjoy a special menu including all-you-can-eat Cochinillo Asado (hand-carved suckling pig). A signature dish since the restaurant opened in late 2005, the cochinillo asado has never been available to groups smaller than four guests, and requires a 72-hour advance order... until now. Reservations are required: please call (215) 625-2450 or visit Amada's website.
Where: Amada (217-219 Chestnut Street)
When: Sunday, March 25 at 4-5:30 pm and 7-8:30 pm (two seatings)
Cost: $55 per person, plus tax and 20% gratuity for food only or $75 per person, plus tax and 20% gratuity for food and bottomless red and white sangria

Chestnut Hill Restaurant Month
What: Restaurants along Germantown Avenue in Chestnut Hill will be offering lunch and dinner specials as part of “Eat Up The Avenue,” Chestnut Hill’s annual Restaurant Month. With 23 restaurants participating, the highest in three years, deals range from a $9.95 lunch deal at Night Kitchen Bakery to a three-course dinner at Mica (of GQ fame) for $29.95. Participating restaurants can be found here.
Where: Restaurants along Germantown Avenue
When: March 1-31, Sunday through Thursday

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