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Former Top Chef contestant Jennifer Zavala just landed a spot running the kitchen at The Farmers’ Cabinet, but she’s still hosting this month’s “Hen’s Revenge,” an all-female chef showcase/late-night industry party. At Prohibiton Taproom in the Eraserhood, Zavala and pastry chef Chrstina Clark will serve a buffet of treats from 10 PM-1 AM, free to anyone in the biz. Pay-as-you-go drinks will be on as specials, and DJs will be spinning your bring-your-own vinyl records (215-238-1818).
Making good use of the last week of summer, Varga Bar is throwing its third annual crab bake. The all-day party runs from noon-10 PM, and features chef Evan Turney’s take on hardshell crabs, grilled oysters, oyster po’boys, crab sliders, lobsters and other seafood, along with watermelon margaritas to make it all go down smooth. The whole shebang is yours for $30 per person, and á la carte ordering is always available (215-627-5200).
Forced to move from its original 15th Street location thanks to a whole-block renovation, Elixr Coffee isn’t going far. Evan Inatome found a spot just around the corner at 1512 Walnut. The grand opening event is being billed as “Back to School Brews,” and is a benefit to raise money for a new arts classroom at a South Philly charter school. A $15 donation scores you 10 days of free coffee at the new shop (espressos are $1 more), and during the party there will be a silent auction and food and drink for sale (7 PM).
With all the great craft beer available in Philadelphia, we don’t often drink Bud, but this is one evening we’d make an exception. In preparation for this weekend’s Budweiser Made in America festival headlined by Jay-Z, the title sponsor is sending a team of signature Clydesdale horses to deliver their flagship and Goose Island brews to Rembrandt’s. To celebrate the majestic beasts, the Fairmount pub is throwing a 7-9 PM happy hour with $3 Bud bottles and $3 Goose Island drafts (215-763-2228).
It’s been a year since former bartender John Bosewell went out on a limb and converted a drug-dealer-infested dive bar into the Port Richmond Pour House. Looks like the out of the way location (between Kensington and the greater Northeast) didn’t stop the craft-beer-focused pub from flourishing. The first anniversary party goes down from 8 PM-1 AM and will feature a four-piece brass band, along with plenty of food and drink deals (904-806-1287).
If you love animals and great beer, don’t miss this annual fundraiser for the Delco SPCA, taking place from 1-4 PM. Leashed pets are welcome to the fest, held in the parking lot of brew store The Beer Yard in Wayne. Teresa’s Next Door is bringing tasty eats to grill, and Troegs Brewing is giving a free logo pint glass away for every case of their beer sold. Food and drinks are pay as you go (610-688-3431).
The season doesn’t officially change until September 21, and from the first of the month through the first day of autumn, wine list king a.kitchen is continuing the Summer of Riesling celebration. A rotating by-the-glass menu of eight interesting Rieslings will be on offer in both three- and five-ounce pours for $6-$16. Expect vintages from Germany, France and New York State (215-825-7030).