|Taste of the Nation|
A few tickets remain for Taste of the Nation Philadelphia, a fundraiser benefiting Share Our Strength’s mission to end childhood hunger, and we’re not sure why, since it’s consistently one of the best food and drink parties of the year. Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga chairs this year’s gathering of over two dozen Philly chefs and mixologists, each of whom will bring their best bites and sips to the Loews Hotel ballroom, sure to keep your palate stimulated throughout the three-hour event. General admission ($85) begins at 6:30 PM, or pony up an extra $50 to get VIP access an hour earlier. See you there?
Chef Jonathan Adams will prepare four courses of American fare that highlight the flavors of rare European brews from Artisanal Imports at a Pub & Kitchen dinner with special guest Alex Forbes, regional manager for the specialty beer purveyor. Belgian Deus Brut de Flandres will highlight the fresh flavors of striped bass carpaccio, enhanced by a granita made with the champagne-like ale, whereas the thick flavors of St. Feuillien Tripel will suit the hearty combo of short rib and veal loin pot-au-feu. Tickets are $78, and as of writing there are only six spots left, so e-mail or call to get in on the fun (215-545-0350).
Experience an evening of theater South Philly style as Devil’s Den hosts the Center City Opera Company for a night of arias, craft beer and cheese. Cooperstown, NY-based Belgian beer specialists Ommegang will bring Duvel, Hennepin, Art of Darkness and other specialty brews to pair with pay-as-you-go fromage plates provided by DiBruno Brothers, and at 10 PM, the singing pros will perform classics as well as timeless drinking songs with members of its young artists program (215-339-0855).
Just in time for pleasant May evenings, an alfresco wine lounge is launching at Ambler's Dettera, doubling the outdoor dining space at the chic New American. Along with the wood-deck seating along Butler Avenue comes a new wine tasting program that features flights, processions of three varietals selected by general manager/sommelier Joe Malosh ($18). Match charcuterie and cheese from chef Jeffrey Power’s menu with the pours for a delightful spring evening in the suburbs (215-643-0111).
Federal Donuts and Bodhi Coffee partner Bob Logue has organized a cadre of local craftspeople for a weekly fair dubbed The New Market, taking place Friday evenings from 3-9 PM under the shambles in Headhouse Square. Stands showcasing locally made goods will include lighting, furnishings, letterpress prints, bicycles and several edibles as well. Hit the open-air gathering to peruse the wares as you whet your appetite with gelato from Capogiro, ice cream from Little Baby’s and bars of micro-batch roasted chocolate from Love Bar. The roster of skilled area artisans will continue to grow throughout the season.
Celebrate Mother’s Day early by taking her to the mixology social at nearby Chaddsford Winery, where staff will demo cocktails made using wine. From 2-4 PM, sample drinks that use all four of the vineyard’s sweet wines, and then head outside to enjoy the grounds with snacks picked up at the on-site Peddler’s Village store. Reservations are required ($20; 632 Baltimore Pike, Chadds Ford; 610-388-6221).
After a day being good with mom, kick back in casual comfort at the Memphis Taproom beer garden, where each week a new episode of Twin Peaks is shown on the large projection TV. Sip on $3 cans of Twin Lakes Pale Ale and munch on hot dogs from the resident food truck as you follow Agent Cooper’s twisted trek through the freaky mountain town. The show starts at 9 PM (215-425-4460).