9/20/2012 04:46:00 PM

Eat This, Do This, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner Sept. 21-23

This weekend we officially welcome autumn, and there is not a better time to be eating and drinking in Philadelphia. From harvest ales to hearty stew to smoky ‘cue and more, check out what to eat, drink and do this weekend. We’ve also picked a couple of fascinating - maybe even controversial - reads to keep you entertained during your days off.

Eat This

Scythe & Sickle at Devil’s Den
Okay, Scythe & Sickle is beer, so you can’t really eat it. But order any smoky meat on the menu at this South Philly tavern - make sure to ask if the chef is doing his special glazed pork belly - just so you can wash it down with the newest brew from Ommegang. The first harvest ale from the Cooperstown, NY brewery has just hit the taps in Philadelphia, and it is worth seeking out. Unlike other fall beers, it’s not cloying or sweet or pumpkin-y. Instead, it’s an extremely well-balanced and refreshing sip, equally malty and hoppy, and goes perfectly with food. You can also find the new brew at the Belgian Cafe in Fairmount.

Giambotta at Kris
Kristian Leuzzi has introduced a new brunch menu for fall at this South Philly Italian, and topping the list of enticing midday entrees is the giambotta. Leuzzi grew up on the traditional Italian stew, and his new version features zucchini, potatoes, tomatoes, bitter greens, red onion, celery, carrots, white beans and garbanzo beans ($11). For $3 more, add two poached eggs or sausage, and chase any twinges of a hangover away for good.

Do This

Yards Brewing Smoke ‘Em if Yous Got ‘em
This annual ode to rauchbier and BBQ is always a raucous good time. Your $50 ticket brings five hours of sipping on smoked beers (as well as other craft brews, expect more than 25 kinds on offer) and munching on smoked meat. Held half indoors and half outdoors at the brewery’s Delaware Avenue facility, the event also features a BBQ contest, where amateur pit masters will go up against the pros from Percy Street Barbecue and The Smoke Truck (tickets available here; 11 AM-4 PM, September 23; 215-634-2600).

Mixology Social at Chaddsford Winery
Take in the beauty of early fall in the rolling hills of this Chadds Ford vineyard while getting your wine and cocktail on. For $20 per person, this two hour class will teach you the art of mixing drinks that include wine. Chaddsford’s wine mixologists will show you how to go beyond mimosas and explore other ways to marry the grape and the grain. Call for reservations (215-794-9655).

Read This

Saucy or Stale? Alton Brown Defies Twitter With Weird Post-it Notes
The Food Network’s Alton Brown is a creative guy. After bowing to pressure from his agent to join a social network, Brown caved and began tweeting, but not in the usual way. Instead of typing messages, he hand-writes them on Post-It notes and send out snapshots of the resulting doodle. Wired has a profile of the “analog tweets,” which some fans have begun bidding on.

A Troll too Far: The Rise and Fall of Staph Meal
Last year, blogger Joshua Albert sent the Philadelphia food community into a tizzy with his audacious and muckraking blog Staph Meal. Started anonymously, the blog garnered him the threat of a lawsuit from Georges Perier, among others. Then Albert began trolling other entities, and when he set up a Facebook page calling for the murder of Mitt Romney several Philadelphia police officers, District Attorney Seth Williams charged him with solicitation to murder and terroristic threats. After a few days on the lam, Albert is now in custody, awaiting trial. The case is interesting enough that Gawker devotes a long article to recapping the situation.

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