10/08/2012 09:30:00 AM

Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events, October 8-14

Square Peg's poutine is just $5 this Tuesday night
Center City beer mecca Monk’s Cafe is turning over nine draft lines to California’s Russian River in a daylong push to raise $10,000 for the brewery’s Sonoma Valley breast cancer charity. The lineup includes several sought-after beers including Bling Pig, Pliny the Elder, Consecration, Supplication and Framboise for the Cure, and 10% of all sales will go to the cause. Also look for raffles for rare beers (including one that has never before been sent out of California), with 100% of the proceeds donated. The event runs from 11:30 AM-2 AM and is cash only (215-545-7005).

The Cooking Channel’s new show Chuck’s Eat the Street filmed on Walnut Street over the summer, and host Chuck Hughes spent time chatting and dining at Square Peg with chef Matt Levin. Starting at 8 PM, the corner comfort-food stop is hosting a viewing party of the episode, which airs at 9:30 PM, with $5 bowls of poutine and $3 Kool-Aid pickled watermelon wheat beers, both featured on the show (215-413-3600).

Along with a new fall menu, West Philly BYO Aksum Cafe is rolling out weekly live music on Wednesday evenings. International music night will see bands from all around the world perform at the Baltimore Avenue Mediterranean, and you can enjoy the global sounds with plates like the hearty lentil soups and rosemary lamb chops with orzo and asparagus (267-275-8195).

Third generation Di Bruno Bros. owner Emilio Mignucci was a childhood friend of chef Kristian Leuzzi, having cooked with him on the line at legendary DiLullo Centro as a teenager. The pair is reuniting for a special dinner celebrating cheese at Leuzzi’s South Philly Italian Kris. The $62 four-course meal features five different types of cheese in dishes like crispy duck confit and baked fresh rigatoni, and includes wine pairings. Reservations are suggested (215-468-0104).

Take advantage of some of the last outdoor eating of the season with a free rock ‘n’ roll concert during dinner on the patio at Ambler’s Trax Restaurant & Cafe. Enjoy the live tunes along with no-corkage BYO beverages on the covered deck, and starting at 9:30 PM, order from a special grilling menu from chef/owner Steven Waxman. Reservations for dinner are suggested, but all are invited to bring beach chairs and blankets and enjoy the show for free (215-591-9777).

East Passyunk’s monthly Second Saturday festival takes on a DesignPhiladelphia theme as part of that weeklong celebration of design. Events running throughout the day along the South Philly boulevard include “Big Ideas, Small Space” at petite gourmet market Green Aisle Grocery (with free samples of the house line of preserves) and a performance by the Quaker City Mummer String Band (11 AM-10 PM).

The outdoor seating at Vetri’s Alla Spina is going to the dogs for a Bow Wow Brunch. Bring your furry friend along (on a leash) and choose from brunch items like lemon poppy seed pancakes and testina hash poutine while supporting homeless animal nonprofit Love Four Paws, which will have representatives on site with animals up for adoption. A special doggie menu with housemade dog biscuits will be offered, and there will be a prize for best doggie costume. Reservations are suggested (10 AM-3 PM; 215-600-0017).


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