|Catch a Pitruco pizza at Friday's food truck roundup|
Throughout the day, aspiring chefs and skilled home cooks will have the run of Rittenhouse Tavern, where Alexander Talbot and Aki Kamozawa of Ideas in Food will join house chef Nicholas Elmi for an all-day exploratory seminar.
The July monthly wine and cheese tasting at Fairmount’s McCrossen’s Tavern is dedicated to the Summer of Riesling, where vintages of the crisp German white will be paired with a chef Tod Wentz’ fig-inspired menu. Rocco Rainone of Di Bruno Bros. will be on hand to discuss the fromage, along with sommelier Lauren Harris on the wine tip. The event starts at 6:30 PM and features four fig dishes, four wines and four cheese for $32 per person (215-854-0923).
You know craft beer has come into its own when a swanky Rittenhouse steakhouse is hosting a beer pairing dinner. Stephen Starr’s Barclay Prime will welcome Wendy Domurat from Dogfish Head for a six-course dinner featuring Dogfish brews with a menu from chef Jeffrey Froehler. Look for barleywine World Wide Stout beside a Maine lobster salad, complex historical ale Midas Touch with live diver scallops and bright Festina Pèche alongside crispy pork belly ($135, all-inclusive, covering food and drinks; reservations are required; 215-732-7560).
Take an evening to hop over the bridge to South Jersey, where dozens of restaurants are celebrating Farm to Fork week with prix fixe menus offering four courses for $35. Pick from a selection of summery Italian specialties at Tre Famiglia, stellar potato gnocchi and crispy chicken confit at Blackbird or seasonal New American eats at Elements Cafe (July 22-28).
Slowly but surely developing Brewerytown is not yet a food mecca, so when 18 food trucks gather at the corner of 27th and Girard from 5–10 PM, it may be the most varied meal the neighborhood just northwest of Fairmount has ever seen. Join Pitruco Pizza, Lil Dan’s Gourmet, Gigi and Big R’s and many other of your favorite mobile kitchens for a food truck roundup with DJ music and plenty of outdoor fun.
This weekend is the kick-off for City Tap House’s BYOD brunch. Through the end of August, you can spend your Saturday morning on the large outdoor deck with your favorite pooch while enjoying morning nourishment like housemade maple granola or hangover cures like the smoked pork burger, along with pours from the West Philly spot’s 60 taps. The first 50 dogs will get a free bowl of “doggie beer,” and while we’re not sure what that is, Fido will probably enjoy it (11 AM-3 PM; 215-662-0105).
If the ocean is calling, this is the weekend to head to the Shore, as Harrah’s is hosting the annual Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival in partnership with the Food Network. The last day of events does not lack draw, featuring a brunch with Paula Deen, cooking classes with Frank Pellegrino and the grand market with over 100 vendors showcasing wares and handing out samples (prices vary; tickets available online here).