|Meet the Hatfield mascot at the Starr-Maddox BBQ Challenge on Saturday|
Dust off your old records and bring them down to the BYOV (bring your own vinyl) party at Pub & Kitchen for a good cause. From 9 PM on, the tavern will be hosting a fund-raiser for employee Deva Watson’s new arts classroom - she was recently hired as a teacher and realized there was zero budget for creative supplies. Music will play to provide a background for $3 P&K Pale Ales from Sixpoint and $5 shots of Heaven Hill. Drink up, it’s for the kids (215-545-0350).
The summer of Riesling continues at McCrossen’s Tavern with a wine tasting smackdown. Five “old world” Rieslings will go up against five from the “new world,” competing in categories like best porch pounder and most transcendent. For $30 you get a rough job: sip on glasses of all 10 and cast your vote accordingly. Be sure to order a few of Townsend Wentz’ tasty bar bites to keep your palate fresh and perceptive (215-854-0923).
Back when Germany went head to head with Italy in the Euro Cup semifinals, Brauhaus Schmitz chef Jeremy Nolen made a wager with Le Virtu’s Joe Cicala. The backer of the losing team had to visit the winner’s restaurant and cook a special dinner. The Teutons gave it up to Italia, 2-1, and patrons get to reap the spoils. Nolen will join Cicala in the kitchen of the East Passyunk trattoria to prepare a four-course meal featuring specialties from the northern, German-influenced regions of Italy. Wine pairings are included in the $65 ticket, which must be purchased in advance here (215-271-5626).
As we mentioned in our beer gardens guide, Memphis Taproom is hosting screenings of the entire TV series Twin Peaks on the large, outdoor projection screen. Settle into a chair with a can of $3 Twin Lakes Pale Ale before 9 PM to catch an hour of Agent Cooper’s latest finds in the creepy mountain town (215-425-4460).
Like a bit of mystery with your meal? The weekly dinner theater show at Headhouse Square’s Bistro Romano is an interactive murder mystery, where guests take part in the play. Hors d’oeuvres lead off the evening at 7 PM, and at 8 PM things start to heat up, with Italian and seafood dishes and the intense investigation of the killing - are you the murderer? Advance tickets are suggested, available online here (215-925-8880).
Aside from a slew of restaurants competing for best ‘cue bragging rights, the 11th annual Stephen Starr-Garry Maddox BBQ Challenge at Citizens Bank Park will feature a mechanical bull, a Turkey Hill ice cream truck, a pitching game and raffle prizes. From 3:30-6:30 PM, tickets for food samples are available for $5 or three for $10, and all proceeds go to the Youth Golf & Academics Program, Maddox’s charity that supports education for inner city kids. There’s also a pre-event raffle to win brunch with Phillies legend Mike Schmidt ($10 tickets are available online here).
Every weekend this summer, high-style go-go bar The Trestle Inn is throwing an outdoor party they’ve dubbed “Blockhead BBQ.” The Eraserhood sidewalk shindig runs noon-5 PM and features dollar dogs and $2 mac ‘n’ cheese or potato salad sides. Keep yourself happy with $5 Citywides featuring a Narragansett pounder and shot of bourbon and $12 or $15 craft beer pitchers (267-239-0290).