|Fried oysters at Route 6; Catch chef Sean High's lunchtime cooking demo on Thursday|
At Science on Tap, the monthly happy hour at National Mechanics, Temple assistant professor of biology Amy Freestone will share findings from her work on invasive marine species in the Caribbean and North Atlantic. A brief talk will be followed by conversation about the alien creatures and how their spread is affecting ecosystems, made lively by pay-as-you-go drinks - might the Boddington's on tap be threatening to the other local craft brews in the Old City bar’s lineup? (215-701-4883)
The August Taco Tuesday at Lolita was so successful that Marcie Turney and Valarie Safran are bringing it back for a second go. Reserve your spot for a $20 dinner that includes your choice of four taco fillings such as plantain-crusted Mahi or grilled sesame flank steak, “buckets” of three different salsa and several sides like baked beans and grilled Mexican corn. The 13th Street BYO is small, so call now to secure your seat (215-546-7100).
A few tickets are still available to the third annual Feastival - a celebration of food and drink that benefits the Philadelphia Live Arts Festival and Philly Fringe. More than 80 restaurants will serve signature bites, beverages will flow, live music will play and the majority of Philly’s culturati will be on hand to take it in. If you have the $250 to spare ($350 for early VIP access), this is one event worth a spot on your calendar (6-9 PM).
As part of the lead up to Center City District Restaurant Week, which returns September 30, Route 6 executive chef Seth High will lead a lunchtime cooking demonstration at the Market & Shops at Comcast Center. Head over during your midday break to catch the presentation, which begins at 12:15 PM and is free of charge.
At Lombard Street’s Meritage, the weekly tasting menu is dubbed “Back to School,” which means lots of hearty dishes for fall. Your $29 brings three courses, with choices like crispy sweet breads with butternut squash in a sage miso butter and a grilled Berkshire pork chop atop smoked cheddar corn pudding. Finish with a pumpkin pot de crème and a dollop of cinnamon whipped cream (215-985-1922).
Though Labor Day has passed, there’s still reason to visit the shore - the 16th annual Cape May Food & Wine Celebration takes place September 15-23. On Saturday evening, the Emlen Physick Estate hosts a harvest dinner featuring sips from the Cape May Winery and snacks from the Seaside Cheese Company. Hors d’oeuvres will be followed by salad and a sampling of three different entrees. Tickets are available online here ($85; 6-9 PM; 609-884-5404).
Say farewell to summer at the end of season pig roast at Paramour in the Wayne Hotel. A Cuban-style, slow-roasted pig will turn on a spit and provide pulled pork to go with corn bread, BBQ baked beans, grilled sides like Jersey corn on the cob and yellow squash, macaroni and potato salads and dessert. Yards Brewing will provide beverages to wash everything down. Tickets are $39 per person (including the beer) and available online here (5-7 PM; 610-977-0600).