9/24/2012 10:21:00 AM

Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events, September 24-30

Expect gorgeous plates for Tuesday's duck tasting dinner at Will
A special “Kitty Glitter” cocktail party at Franklin Mortgage & Investment Co. toasts the arrival of fall. With guest bartender Jason Littrell - mixologist at NYC’s famed Death & Company - the night will feature several special cocktails designed to tickle your inner kitten (translation: they’re gonna be strong). After this pay-as-you-go evening, you’ll be ready for a soothing cat nap (267-467-3277).

Duck is this week’s featured ingredient in Chris Kearse’s new Tuesday night tasting menu at East Passyunk BYO Will. Four courses built around the bird include smoked foie gras terrine, duck fat-enriched pasta and a duet of artisanal Rohan duck. The $45 price includes a dessert of brioche beignets, making for a rich, sweet and savory meal (215-271-7683).

Brendan Hartranft and Leigh Maida must be doing something right. It’s the third anniversary for Resurrection Ale House, the pair’s third Philadelphia tavern (Memphis Taproom and Local 44 are the others), and they are throwing a party to celebrate. Complimentary samples of the Gray’s Ferry restaurant’s new menu will be offered all evening through 10 PM, to go along with an Allagash Brewing tap takeover (215-735-2202).

Peter Woolsey’s wife Peggy hails from Burgundy, and each autumn the Bistrot La Minette chef offers a special tasting menu devoted to the cuisine of that region. Many iconic French dishes come from this area, and the dinner will feature escargots, fried eel and braised oxtail with lardon. Dessert is also included for your $35, and wine pairings are available for $20 more. The meal is available both Wednesday and Thursday, and reservations are suggested (215-925-8000).

St. Patrick’s Day is six months away, but that won’t stop diehard fans of Irish fun from celebrating. McGillin’s Olde Ale House has your back with a “St. Practice Daze” party both Friday and Saturday nights. Live Gaellic music will play and green beer will be served, along with fish ‘n’ chips and shepherd’s pie (215-735-5562).

Manayunk is kicking off Manayunk Restaurant Week (September 30-October 5) with the first annual StrEAT Food Festival. From 10 AM-5 PM, Main Street will be lined with food trucks and stands from local restaurants and farmers, offering bites in the $3-$5 range. Food-centric arts and crafts are also promised, along with live music, making this a worthy weekend destination.

For the 16th year running, home vintners from South Philadelphia will gather at Girard Estates Park off Oregon Avenue for a friendly wine competition known as the Vendemmia Festival. A fundraiser for the Vendemmia Foundation, which provides scholarships to children in Italian-American South Philly neighborhoods, the 2-6 PM event is a chance to meet your neighbors and try their wine. A ticket includes all you can drink of the home vino, plus bites of homemade Italian food ($50 tickets available online here).


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