10/22/2012 11:21:00 AM

Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events, October 22-28

Get crabby at the debate tonight
Make the most of the last presidential debate with a Philebrity “debate rumble” at Craft & Claw in Old City. Joey Sweeney and friends will be holding court (shouting at the TV is promised) throughout the event, and to get everyone in the right mood, from 8-9 PM beers will be $4, wines will be $5 and specialty cocktails will be available for $6.

Jason Cichonski is teaming up with fellow modernist food whiz Shola Olunloyo for a special Japanese dinner at Ela in Queen Village. Five courses will feature dishes like pork belly pickled mustard seed and something billed as “raw seafood with various non-traditional garnishes.” If you are a fan of cuisine that’s out of the ordinary, reserve your $75 seat by calling the restaurant at 267-687-8512.

New York Times wine critic Eric Asimov will be the special guest at the First Taste Fund-raiser, a benefit dinner for Philadelphia storytelling nonprofit First Person Arts. Over dinner and wine pairings at the Omni Hotel at Independence Park, Asimov will discuss his new book, How to Love Wine: A Memoir and Manifesto. A book signing and silent auction will also take place at the event, which begins at 7 PM. Tickets are still available online here and run $125 or $250 for a special VIP package with a private 6 PM cocktail hour.

The Fairmount Park Conservancy oversees 10,200 acres of Philadelphia parkland, and from 6-9 PM will light up the boathouse at FDR Park in South Philly with its first Glow in the Park party. Eats from food trucks will be complemented by cocktails and live music at the fund-raiser, which costs $45 for members and $75 for non members. Tickets are available online here.

Meritage chef Anne Coll’s weekly tasting menu is devoted to game, and the seasonally appropriate bill of fare includes wild boar dumplings, grilled quail, Korean fried guinea hen and venison, plus a pumpkin-tinged dessert. All four courses plus an amuse bouche are yours for $39, and reservations are recommended (215-985-1922).

If you’re a train buff, don’t miss Boxcar Brewing’s Ride the Rails event. Step on board historic, 1930s-style train cars to travel to a park in Glen Mills where food, entertainment and plenty of beer from the West Chest brewery will be provided. Guests are invited to bring their own chairs or blankets for the outdoor picnic. Tickets ($40) are available via PayPal here.

Memphis Taproom in Kensington is throwing its third annual Thirstoberfest. From noon-6 PM, the beer garden taps will be pouring more than 25 limited release beers including choice gets from Russian River, Smuttynose, Ballast Point and Evil Twin. Hot dogs will be on offer from the on-site food truck and everything is pay as you go.


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