4/16/2012 10:54:00 AM

Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events: April 16-22

Though Amis chef Brad Spence has made a name for himself with meaty offerings like a bathtub-sized mortadella sausage and whole animal meals, he has just launched a “Meatless Mondays” menu at this Marc Vetri Wash West trattoria. Taking advantage of the day’s bounty from Green Meadow Farms’ Ian Brendle, the three-course vegetarian supper is available throughout the evening for $30 per person. The menu changes weekly, and past produce-driven dishes have included zucchini and burrata bruschetta and spaghetti with ramps and red chili flakes (215-732-2647).

Enjoy the spring blossoms overflowing Rittenhouse Square at an early evening J. Lohr Winery tasting at Devon Seafood Grill. For $25, enjoy pours of five varietals from Merlot to Chardonnay, along with light appetizers. Stay for dinner at the 18th Street seafooder afterward to receive that $25 back as a discount on a check of $75 or more. Reservations are recommended (5:30 PM; 215-546-5940).

When a charcutier and a farmer team up for a meal, you know it’s going to be special. Chef de cuisine Nick Macri (who also runs wholesale operation La Divisa Meats) will host Daryl Rineer of Rineer Family Farms for a four-course beef dinner at Queen Village mainstay Southwark. Expect tartar, tongue and steak, accompanied by plenty of fresh produce and finished with fluffy ricotta donuts and blueberry compote. Call for reservations (7 PM; $45/$65 with wine or beer pairing; 215-238-1888).

Philly’s favorite dessert just got fancier. Art in the Age has teamed up with Pennsport hotspot Federal Donuts to create a series of spirits-inspired creations, and the Root, Snap and Rhuby liquor producer is holding a kick-off bash at their Old City storefront. RSVP via e-mail to reserve your spot at the 6-8 PM cocktail and donut party, and if you can’t make it, fear not; the new gingersnap cookie, root beer float and strawberry rhubarb pie treats will be available for purchase at FedNuts proper from April 20-29.

Kick off the second annual Philadelphia Science Festival at Frankford Hall, as the Stephen Starr Fishtown beer garden taps the official beer of the 10-day fest at the “Mix It!” opening night party. The name of the Yards Brewing’s creation will be revealed (last year’s was known as E=MC Beered), and you'll also be able to make music and build gadgets with tech workshop NextFab Studio. Tickets to the 7 PM pay-as-you-go event are $5 and are available online (215-634-3338).

Bivalve fans won’t want to miss the mollusk mania at Oyster House’s third annual shucking contest. Both pros and amateurs will face off to see who can shuck two dozen oysters the fastest and best (points are docked for ragged shells or ripped muscle meat), and onlookers will feast on the results. Entry is $5 per person, at the door (215-567-7683).

James Beard award-winning mixologist and author Dale DeGroff brings his traveling tribute to the history of American drinkeries to Philadelphia with a stop at The Farmers Cabinet on Walnut Street. “On the Town” begins at 6 PM, as the cocktail historian spins the story of bar life in the U.S. from colonial times to the present, accompanied by Joel Perry on guitar. The $45 entrance fee ($50 at the door) includes the show, three drinks and light hors d’oeuvres (215-923-1113).


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