3/19/2012 11:17:00 AM

Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events March 19-25

Courtesy of Dandelion
Sure, the weekend’s over, but Marcie Turney and Valerie Safran provide a good excuse to stay out late: the launch of late night happy hour specials at Jamonera. From 10-11:30 PM, Sunday-Thursday, you can enjoy special $2 tapas bites while sipping on $3 beers, $4 sangria, $5 wines or a $15 sherry tasting. Also look for a menu of $5-$10 “kitchen staff snacks,” aka playful dishes often created after the night’s main service is complete (215-922-6061).

Single malts from India? Yes. Amrut Distilleries has been producing high-quality whisky in Karnataka since 1948, but they have a very limited presence in the U.S. Join brand ambassador Ashok Chokalingham at the Dandelion for a special dinner that pairs hors d’oeuvres and four courses from chef Robert Aikens with glasses of Amrut whisky and rum. Seating is limited and reservations are required (215-558-2500).

You’ll often find the chef and staff singing at South Philadelphia’s High Note Cafe, but on March 21 they host a full opera company for a special dinner with a show. The Main Line’s Amici Opera Co. will perform Mascagni’s Cavalleria Rusticana, and a $45 ticket includes a full, four-course dinner. A $20 deposit is required to reserve your spot (215-755-8903).

This month, chef Peter Woolsey prepares a culinary trip to the Rhône-Alpes region with a four-course dinner at Queen Village’s Bistrot la Minette, complete with wine pairings for $50 per person. Arguably the heart of French cooking, the area’s varied flavors include fondue, raclette, gratin dauphinois and Bresse poultry and famous wines from Beaujolais and Côtes du Rhône. Reservations are recommended (215-925-8000).

Venetian small-plater C19 is hosting a live DJ for a special late night party in its cozy Rittenhouse dining room. Tunes will be spinning from 10:30 PM on, accompanied by $5 wines, $6 cocktails and a varied selection of cichetteria, the tapas bites for which the restaurant is named (215-545-0441).

Food for Thought is an annual fundraiser for low-income enabling charity ACHIEVEability, and this year’s event will take place at the Urban Outfitters campus at the Navy Yard from 7-11 PM. Enjoy bites from Marc Vetri, Kevin Sbraga, Chris Painter, Mitch Prensky, Sylva Senat and many more as you listen to live music and participate in a silent auction. Tickets are $200 per person and are available online.

Midtown Village taverna Opa will celebrate Greek Independence Day by opening on a Sunday, its usual day off. A special menu will toast Greece’s liberation from the Ottoman Empire with an array of mezedes that includes deeply-flavorful braised octopus and gyro sliders. Also look for traditional Hellenic dishes such as bakalao (cod), along with $4 craft beers and $7 antho cocktails (5-11 PM; 215-545-0170).


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