Thursday, November 15, 2012

Philly Food Events

Beer vs. Wine Pairing Dinner
WHAT: Chef Michael Solomonov and sommelier Marnie Old are pairing up with Brauhaus Schmitz Executive Chef Jeremy Nolen and owner Doug Hager for a night of sips, suds and German-inspired plates. The evening presents passed hors d’oeuvres and five courses each accompanied by one beer chosen by Hager and a wine option selected by Old. A glimpse at the menu reveals chestnut-stuffed pasta with pumpernickel crumbs and aged gouda, chicken liver schnitzel “BLT,” halibut-stuffed cabbage rolls with passion fruit-mango pickle, confit pork belly alongside turnip-sauerkraut gratin and maggi glaze and lastly, malted pot de creme and chocolate covered pretzel sticks for dessert. Reservations can be made via City Eats here. Note: you have to first sign up for a (totally free) City Eats membership. For more information, call (216) 909-8814.
WHERE: Brauhaus Schmitz, 718 South Street
WHEN: Tuesday, November 20, 7 p.m.
COST: $75 plus tax & gratuity

Burger Palooza 2012
WHAT: Meat patty lovers unite as Burger Palooza 2012 stacks up on Wednesday, November 21 at Yards Brewery. Gathering on Thanksgiving eve, this topping-loaded affair will be a warm-up, or stretch if you will, for official gobble day feasts. Participating food trucks include Chewys, Spot, Street Food Philly and The MOO Truck of Bucks County. Each will reveal three entirely new variations of 1/4-lb. gourmet creations. That’s a dozen burgers and three extra pounds to add to your frame. The all-you-can-eat, four-hour event comes in at $35 a ticket and sees you two foamy pours from Yards in addition to live tunes. Starting this Monday, November 12, visit one of the four trucks listed above and purchase a ticket for just $29 in advance.
WHERE: Yards Brewery, 901 N. Delaware Avenue
WHEN: Wednesday, November 21, 5-9 p.m.
COST: $35 at door; $29 at participating food trucks

Christmas Village of Philadelphia
WHAT: It's time again for Philly's annual outdoor holiday market! Modeled after Germany’s traditional open-air Christmas markets, there are plenty of vendors from whom you can buy wares and Christmas-themed goodies. But the food, you ask? Enjoy traditional German and European food, sweets and drinks like bratwurst with sauerkraut, currywurst, strudels, pretzels, potato soup, landjager and more. You can also stay warm with a mug of hot gluhwine (mulled winde) and a cup of hot chocolate with some marshmallows on top for the little ones. In addition to the official food tent, Chaddsford Winery will sell mulled wine in Booth 51, German Grill will have more traditional German fare in Booth 46, Nuts About You will make fresh as-you-wait funnel cakes (Booth 6), and Helmut’s Original Austrian Food will be located at Booth 61. Check out Booth 13 for German Christmas foods like Lebkuchen (Gingerbread Cookies), Stollen (traditional German Holiday Cake), Cinnamon Stars and Spekulatius (traditional German spicy cookies). More info here.
WHEN: November 24-December 24; Sneak Peek on November 22 (Sunday-Thursday: 11 a.m.-7 p.m.; Friday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-8 p.m.; Christmas Eve: 11 a.m.-5 p.m.)
WHERE: Love Park, 1500 Arch Street
COST: Free admission; pay as you go for shopping and refreshments

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