2/27/2012 03:24:00 PM

Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events February 27-March 4

At Davio’s in Rittenhouse, five wines from family-owned Piedmont estate Michele Chiarlo will be paired with four courses of chef David Boyle’s Italian-inspired fare at this $125 per person dinner with special guest Alberto Chiarlo (son of the winery’s founder). Expect carefully selected vintages from around central and northern Italy along with classics like braised lamb shank and vanilla panna cotta and a few local favorites, such as cheesesteak spring rolls and mushroom crostini. Call to reserve your spot (6:30 PM; 215-563-4810).

It’s the first night of happy hour at Arthur Cavaliere’s In Riva on the banks of the Schuykill, and from 5-7 PM, draught beers, wines and cocktails will be available in the bar and lounge at for $2, $3 and $4 each, respectively. If you plan to stay for dinner, keep an eye on the East Falls Italian bistro’s Facebook and Twitter accounts, where they’ll provide the weekly password that allows you to score pizzas on Tuesday nights for half-price (215-438-4848).

Chef Peter Woolsey will prepare the rich and earthy cuisine of Perigord - one of his favorite areas in all of France - in a four-course dinner at Queen Village’s Bistrot La Minette that runs just $35 per person (or $50 with region-appropriate wine pairings). Look for duck, foie gras, prunes and more, matched up with interesting Perigord vintages often in the shadow of their more-well known neighbor, Bordeaux. Reservation are recommended; the dinner will also be served on March 1 (215-925-8000).

Iron Chef Jose Garces is a big fan of the secret spice blends and unexpected flavors in the beer portfolio of Portland, ME’s Allagash Brewing, and that is what inspired the four-course beer dinner at Chifa. Dishes that incorporate the bounty of Maine (think lobster, bay scallops, oysters and more) will be prepared in the Latin-Asian fusion style and paired with brews like Allagash White, Saison Mihm and more. Reservations are required for the 7 PM sit-down (215-925-5555).

West Philly’s City Tap House is known for it’s 60-tap-strong draught list, but chef Ralph Kane is upping the food side of things with a series of nightly suppers. Fridays are known as “on the hook” nights, and the hearty March 2 meal features whole-roasted Bronzino with Earl Grey-infused lentils, root vegetable hash and more. If the weather holds, look for a seat at a firepit on the terrace while you enjoy your fresh fish (215-662-0105).

If you consider yourself a chili aficionado, or are even just a fan, head to the Fleisher Art Memorial building in Queen Village around 5:30 PM, where the amateur food competition group Big Bite is holding their third annual Philly Chili Bowl. Twenty home cooks will compete to win the judges’ hearts and palates, and for $5 you can sample all the entries, along with snacks from Herr’s and brews from Naragansett, and add your weigh in for the hotly-contested people’s choice award. The whole event benefits Project H.O.M.E. (719 Catherine St.).

It’s the first day for the internationally renowned Philadelphia Flower Show, and in keeping with this year’s theme of “Hawaii: Islands of Aloha,” the 64-seat restaurant in the center of the floral displays will serve tropical eats. Hit the buffet for a three-course meal for $18 or four courses for $25, including options like Maui fish stew, papaya salad, Kalua pork or coconut panna cotta (Pennsylvania Convention Center, 12th & Arch St.; 215-988-8899).


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