|10 Arts; Photo: Kristina Scott|
Backed by huge, international liquor producers, the Mexican government has put forth new regulations regarding the cultivation and use of agave, the indigenous plant from which all tequila and mezcal is made. The laws would severely limit the production of small, family-owned distilleries, as well as hamper and possibly damage the biodiversity of the entire country. Learn more (while enjoying great food and drink) at a fundraising dinner at Rittenhouse’s Tequila’s Restaurant, where proprietor David Suro has taken a leading role in the fight ($150 for a private seminar event at 7 PM; $65 for a four-course dinner available throughout the evening; 215-546-0181).
Top toque Eric Ripert will be in the house for a spring chefs dinner at his Ritz-Carlton bistro 10 Arts, and a few seats are still available. $125 brings six courses of seasonal fare – three from Ripert and three from recently installed chef de cuisine, Nathan Volz. The menu is not yet set, as the pair plans to hit up local markets on the morning of the event to gather ingredients, but look for plenty of seafood, artichoke, lamb and other spring stars (215-523-8273).
If the world of wine appears intimidating, remove the mystery and “develop your wine IQ” at this hour long class at Old City’s Pinot Wine Boutique. Explore differences in wine regions, learn details about how wine is made, investigate characteristics of different varietals and gain insight on how to read a wine label. Tickets are available online (7-8 PM; $39; 227 Market St.; 215-627-9463 ).
Michael Solomonov is changing things up at Society Hill’s Zahav for the evening, where instead of modern Israeli fare, a special wine dinner will present the cuisine of South Africa. Executive sous chef Dean Hildebrand will prepare five courses that would be at home in his native Johannesburg, paired with a variety of vintages from South Africa’s AA Badenhorst Family Wines. Space is limited; reservations are required ($75; 215-625-8800).
Urban farming collective Greensgrow is holding its fourth annual “Whole Hog” fundraising dinner at the tasting room of the Philadelphia Brewing Company facility in Kensington, and the “head-to-tail” buffet feast will boast cuisine from over a dozen Philadelphia restaurants. A live band will play and plenty of local beer and wine will be available to pair with the eats, which - despite the moniker - will feature plenty of vegetarian fare. Tickets are available online ($75; 2439 Ambler St.).
Gulph Mills’ Savona may have lost master sommelier Melissa Monosoff (she recently relocated to Dallas, Texas), but the beverage program at this Main Line Italian is still going strong. Spend the afternoon with head bartender Carmen Picard to learn all about the history, classifications and flavor profiles of gin, and sample several choice recipes along the way (1-2:30 PM; $45; 610-520-1200).
In conjunction with cherry blossom season, the Philadelphia chapter of the Japan American Society is launching a week of discounted dining at 10 of the region’s Japanese eateries. Print out the coupon to enjoy 20% off a meal at Morimoto, Fat Salmon and several others, throughout the city and the suburbs. The deal runs April 15-19.