|Find The Smoke Truck's award-winning 'cue on Thursday at Eakins Oval|
We’ve featured the weekly tasting menus of Matyson chef Ben Puchowitz from time to time (did you snag reservations to his Cheu Noodle Bar pop-up over the weekend?), and it was just announced that he won Best of Philly this year in the prix fixe category. To celebrate, this week’s five-course meal is a tribute to other winners, including a black bass crudo in honor of best chef George Sabatino (Stateside), dan dan noodles for best Chinese Han Dynasty and chicken fried quail in the name of best fried chicken champ Federal Donuts. Just $45 brings all the goodness, and the menu is available Monday-Thursday (215-564-2925).
There are a few choice seats remaining for what is sure to be a fascinating collaboration dinner at Ela in Queen Village. With Jason Cichonski, Chris Kearse and Shola Olunloyo providing savory options and Monica Glass on the sweet tip, you can expect a modern cuisine extravaganza that will taste good as well as be visually and texturally impressive. Call the restaurant to reserve (267-687-8512).
Private chef Ann Miller spent time in the kitchens of David Ansill and Anne Coll (Meritage), Asian food fans both, as well as at Prune in NYC, so her Korean fusion community dinner - part of the weeklong pop-up ReSourceArts - should be something special. Four courses will be paired with wine and live music for $60 per person, and the meal gets started at 7 PM in the Crane Arts building in Kensington (tickets available online here).
We told you all about the food and fun that went down at the Vendy Awards over the weekend, and here’s a chance to find all the winners in one spot. The top picks from 2011 and 2012 will convene at Eakins Oval in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art from 6-9 PM, serving pay-as-you-go eats along with beer from Brooklyn’s Sixpoint Brewery. Look for Gigi and Big R’s, The Smoke Truck, Cucina Zapata, Vernalicious, Sweet Box and Lil’ Pop Shop and make it an easy picnic kind of night.
In honor of National Watermelon Day, West Philly’s City Tap House is featuring drinks and eats made with the juicy pink fruit. To sip on, look for various watermelon beers on tap for $4 (we’re guessing and hoping our favorite beach bring-along, 21st Amendment Hell or High Watermelon, will be included) and housemade watermelon cocktails (watermelon whiskey sour sounds about right for a warm eve). There will be a watermelon eating contest, where you can get your face all messy in the name of charity for $5, as well as a dunk tank and live music (215-662-0105).
Looks like there are still plenty of Saturday evening reservations at Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington, but you’ll want to jump on them soon because Tim Spinner has created a special three-course tasting menu for just $26 per person. Expect Southern BBQ faves with a Mexican twist, and optional beer pairings will include sips from local newcomers Forest & Main, Neshaminy Creek Brewing and Round Guys Brewing (215-646-1320).
Finish the week out with relaxing and refreshing sangria, available at Spruce Street’s Valanni for half-price after 8 PM, Sunday-Thursday. Choose from red, white or the seasonally perfect watermelon varieties of the wine punch for just $15 per pitcher (regularly $29), and order a few plates of chef John Strain’s tapas to go along (215-790-9494).