|Learn the finer points of Greek pita-making at Opa|
Despite the odd name (a tip of the hat to the surrounding 'hood), SoWe has been seeing steady business since they opened last month on South Street West, so now they’re ready to roll out a few deals. Every Monday, all wines on the bottle list will be half-price. You have over 30 options to choose from, with none (save for the Veuve Cliquot) more than $52 to begin with. Pair your vino with casual plates like the cheese board and crab-cake sliders for an enjoyably inexpensive evening (215-545-5790).
When it comes to perfect pita, Opa’s brother and sister proprietors George and Vasiliki Tsiouris defer to the expert: their mother. Chirsoula Tsiouris will be leading a pita-making class and dinner with chef Andrew Brown at the Midtown Village taverna, during which she’ll divulge the family secret recipe for the flatbread. Expect tastings of three different Greek bites such as kreatopita (lamb), spakakopita (spinach) and lahanopita (leek), and finish up the meal with a custard dessert pita known as bougatsa. Reservations are required ($45; 6 PM; 215-545-0170).
It’s officially American Craft Beer Week, and to honor this nationwide celebration of great U.S. brews, Rittenhouse’s a.kitchen has partnered with Maine’s Allagash Brewing Co. to create a special beer-pairing menu. Offered à la carte or prix fixe ($65 for four courses), the match-ups include chef Bryan Sikora’s chili-glazed swordfish with high-octane Allagash Quad; pork Bolognese with bourbon barrel-aged Curieux; and spaghetti with Nova Scotia mussels alongside Belgian-style Victoria. “Beer Lass” Suzanne Woods will be on hand to answer any questions throughout the evening (215-825-7030).
Oysters are redolent of decadence, so the opulent dining room of Wash West’s Union Trust steakhouse is a fitting setting for a dinner dedicated to the pearlescent shellfish. Five courses of mollusk-filled fare (with wine pairings) kicks off with a lesson in shucking, during which time you’ll whet your appetite with a dozen freshly opened shimmering bellies. Tickets are $100 per person, including tax and tip, and are available by calling or sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org (215-925-0600).
Looking for a bit of romance on a Friday eve? Take dinner-and-a-movie to the next level at Bella Vista’s Bistrot La Minette, where the French film Avenue Montaigne (2007) will play in the garden patio. The show starts at 9:30 PM, so snag a dinner reservation for earlier and then step out into the courtyard with your date to finish the night in Parisian style (215-925-8000).
Spend the afternoon strolling along Walnut Street from Broad to 18th Street at the annual Rittenhouse Row Spring Festival. Enjoy street-food bites from dozens of area restaurants - including the soon-to-open Philadelphia outpost of Danny Meyer’s burger mecca Shake Shack - as well as free wine tastings, draft beer pours, live music and a fashion show. New this year: take in on some culinary competitive action as chefs from Stephen Starr’s eight area restaurants battle it out for neighborhood supremacy.
Get your Cajun juices going at the annual crawfish boil at Phoenixville’s Station Bistro, at which the Kimberton BYO cooks up loads of spicy mudbugs for an authentic New Orleans-style jam. Dinner options include the three-lb. ($35) or 6-lb. ($55) meal, which includes the crustaceans plus jambalaya, cole slaw and a beverage. A babyback rib platter will also be available. The fun begins at noon, and act fast if you’re interested, as reservations are required by this Wednesday, May 16 (610-933-1147).