Thursday, March 29, 2012

Food Events @ Penn

Zahav's Special Menus in April
What: For Passover, the annual celebration in Jewish culture that commemorates the Hebrew escape from slavery in Egypt, Chef Solomonov has crafted a special menu with Jewish staples and Israeli-inspired dishes, including Handmade Matzah Ball Soup, Salt Cod “Kibbe,” and Brisket “Mina." This menu will run from Friday, April 6, to Friday, April 13, except Thursday, April 21. On that Thursday at 7 pm, Chef Solomonov will host An Evening in South Africa, featuring five-courses of traditional South African dishes paired with exquisite wines from the Badenhorst Family Wines of Swartland. Dishes include Sosatie Skewers (lamb loin), Bobotie (beef and lamb casserole), and Seafood Potjie (mussels, clams, calamari, branzino). To make a reservation, please call (215) 625-8800 or visit their website.
Menus: The Passover Menu will include baked in Zahav’s wood-burning oven; Salatim and Hummus, including braised beef cheeks, haminado and parsley; with smoked cinnamon, pulled chicken and fresh fava beans; with golden beet pickles; Artichoke and Celery Salad with white anchovy and kashkaval; with charouset and coffee; and Coconut Custard with chocolate crisp and red wine sorbet.
Where: Zahav (237 St. James Place)
When: Friday, April 6 through Friday, April 13
Cost: Passover: $45; An Evening in South Africa: $75

Flavors of the Avenue
What: Flavors of the Avenue offers up a true taste of South Philly’s gastronomic stronghold East Passyunk Avenue, with samples of signature dishes and drinks from 21 restaurants under the cover of a big top tent, plus a free street festival with vendors, music and a craft market at the Singing Fountain. Then, head down to Birra for a free outdoor concert featuring Cheers Elephant until 6 p.m. Other new elements this year include four grills cooking on-site; think pork belly anticuchos, chicken skewers, wings and tacos al pastor and freshly-fried arancini. There will also be more booze this year, with VIP ticket holders getting access to at least 5 cocktails. Find more information and buy tickets here.
Where: East Passyunk Avenue, between Dickinson and Morris
When: Saturday, April 28, noon-4 p.m.
Cost: $30 for General Admission and $50 for VIP; order by April 20 and get $5 off

Philly Farm & Food Fest
What: Join Fair Food and PASA (Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture) for the first-ever Philly Farm & Food Fest. The celebration of local food features more than 100 regional farmers, food producers, artisanal food businesses and other providers of sustainable goods and services from across the entire region. Exhibitors will be sampling locally made products including honey, cheeses, cured meats, jams, small batch ice creams, organic flour, baked goods and more. Kid-friendly workshops like “Do Carrots Really Grow in Dirt?” and the “ABC’s of Beekeeping,” plus adult-friendly sessions like “Guided Tasting of Artisan Cheeses,” will supplement the festival’s programming.
Where: Pennsylvania Convention Center Annex Hall G, 1101 Arch Street
When: Sunday, April 1, 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $15 in advance and $20 at the door; Children 12 and under are free

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