2/21/2012 01:56:00 PM

Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events February 20-26

Steak at Reserve

It’s Mardi Gras, and the New Orleans spirit runs strong at Center City’s Chris’ Jazz Cafe. Head to Sansom Street to munch on $10 buckets of crawfish, or plunk down $30 for an all-you-can-eat mudbug feast. Slurp satisfying $5 Sazeracs and hurricanes to get in the mood, then stick around for the rockin’ sounds of the Hoppin’ John Orchestra, who will march on stage around 7 PM after a Bourbon Street-style parade down Broad (215-568-3131).

Continue the bourbon-themed fun at Jose Garces’ Cira Center JG Domestic, which is celebrating the brown spirit all month long. On Wednesday, Four Roses master distiller Jim Rutledge will be in the house for a special “meet the maker” dinner. Hors d’oeuvres and four courses of bourbon-infused, family-style plates will be paired with whiskey cocktails, along with plenty of spirited discussion. Reservations for the $55 per person seats are recommended (215-222-2363).

Biodynamic wines are not only good for the environment - they taste better than ever, and a five-course dinner at Rittenhouse’s swanky bistro a.kitchen will showcase that fact. Sonia Torretta of Piemonte’s Cascina degli Ulivi estate will be on hand to present the selection of organic wines, each paired with dishes from talented chef Bryan Sikora. Seatings are available at 6:45 and 7:45 PM for $75 per person (215-825-7030).

Philadelphia’s newest steakhouse will hold its grand opening on Saturday, but beef lovers can get a first look at Old City’s Reserve at a special preview dinner at 7 PM. Cuba Libre alum Didier LaFontant has outfitted the high-ceilinged space at 123 Chestnut in the former Corn Exchange Bank Building with a 50-seat, poured-metal bar, an elevated bourbon and cigar room, and plenty of locally raised eats. The special $75, three-course preview dinner will benefit Philabundance, and reservations are required (215-964-6262).

Lovers of lagers, weizens and wursts are in for a treat at the German Society of Pennsylvania’s first annual Bierfest, held in the historic Spring Garden building that serves as the organization’s headquarters. A $38 ticket brings access to four hours of Teutonic style sips, both imported (at a table manned by The Foodery) and locally produced by the likes of Victory, Troegs, Sly Fox, Stoudt’s and more. Light fare from South Street’s Brauhaus Schmitz will accompany the brews (215-627-2332).

The first Roundeye Noodle pop-up from Matyson’s chef Ben Puchowitz and friend Shawn Darragh was so successful, they’re doing it again. To avoid the disappointed ramen-seekers who endured long waits last time, only to hear the savory soups had run out, this dinner will be reservations-only. Call to snag your spot, starting as early as 10 AM (215-564-2925). 


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