8/20/2012 12:57:00 PM

Philadelphia Dining Deals & Events, August 20-26

Russet's "meet the farmer" dinner will feature local produce; Image via Facebook
At Cantina Feliz in Fort Washington, chef Tim Spinner is offering a special “Mexican Seaside” tasting menu, which will be available through September 2. The four-course meal will run you $29 (add $11 for drink pairings), and features dishes like tuna and cucumber ceviche, salmon tacos and other takes on Latin seafood (215-646-1320).

Morgan’s Pier is hosting Kevin Sbraga for the next in a series of guest chef happy hours at the riverside beer garden. Brazillian BBQ will be the theme, so look for cacha├ža-marinated skirt steak, chorizo and steamed yucca with garlic peanut sauce to come from Sbraga’s grill, set up on the deck for the pay-as-you-go event (5–7 PM; 215-279-7134).

Andrew and Kristin Wood welcome Steve Bowes to Russet for a “meet the farmer” dinner. Four courses will feature produce from  Steve Bowes Organic Family Farm in Milton, PA, along with sustainably-sourced seafood. Expect combinations such as salt-baked wild striped bass with roasted eggplant and cured Scottish seat trout with cherry tomatoes and rye crostini. Reservations are suggested ($65; 215-546-1521).

It’s prime tomato season, and to honor the rosy fruit, Peter Woolsey of Bistrot La Minette and Mitch Prensky of Supper and are teaming up on a collaborative dinner. The four-plus-course meal will be offered Wednesday night at the South Street New American and on Thursday at the French bistro, and runs $35 per person, or $50 with wine pairings. Dishes will alternate between the two chefs, and include an heirloom tomato tarte paysanne, lamb’s neck with tomato posole and even salted tomato caramels (Bistrot La Minette: 215-925-8000; Supper: 215-592-8180).

Savor summer with this week’s tasting menu at Meritage, which features lobster in four courses (though not, happily, for dessert). Start with chef Anne Coll's lobster and apple fritter, continue with a lobster roll and lobster bisque and go all out with a butter-poached lobster and braised short rib surf and turf main course (Wednesday-Friday; $39 or $59 with wine pairings; 215-985-1922).

Michigan’s Bell’s Brewery will provide the featured beverages for a fish fry at Jose Garces’ JG Domestic. A reception with hors d’oeuvres will start things off, followed by the main event, which includes Lake Michigan perch, beef turnover pies and other assorted sides and salads. Five brews will be served throughout the meal ($55; 6:30 PM; 215-222-2363).

A handful of Philly’s top toques will join Lemon Hill chef Joel Mazigian for a guest chef charity pot luck. The roster include Jeff Michaud (Osteria), Tim Spinner (La Calaca Feliz, Cantina Feliz), Scott Schroeder (South Philadelphia Tap Room, American Sardine Bar) and Townsend Wentz (McCrossen’s Tavern). Advance tickets are required to enter, and are available just $25. Call or email to save your spot (215-232-2299).


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