11/05/2012 11:17:00 AM

Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events, November 5-11

Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelsson is in town on Wednesday
Amis is hosting a.kitchen for Industry Night this month, and the theme is Election Day. Bryan Sikora will be cooking dishes like “Horses & Bayonets” (beef and Brussels sprout skewers) and “Big Bird Ballantine,” while Brad Spence will put up “Obama and Christie Tag Team Sandwiches” (Chicago hot dogs alla Parmigiana) and an “Apple Binder Cake.” The party starts at 10 PM, food is free and drinks are on special, and all you need for entry is an industry pay stub (215-732-2647).

West Philly music club The Blockley is combining Election Night with a Sandy benefit party from 8-10 PM and offering a free drink to anyone bringing 10 pieces of non-perishable food (for example, canned meat or fish, soup, juice, pasta, veggies, cereal, rice). There will also be voting games to pass the time, such as: “Vote on which craft beer should be $4 right now!”

First Person Arts welcomes Top Chef Masters winner Marcus Samuelsson for a dinner and reading of his bestselling memoir, Yes, Chef. Tickets to the Racquet Club of Philadelphia event are $100 for the 7 PM dinner or $150 to start with the 6 PM VIP reception (available here). The seemingly eclectic menu from chef Brian Coseo was designed to honor both Samuelsson’s Ethiopian and Swedish roots.

The Daily Muse is a nationwide network of young women professionals, and 10 Arts is the location for a Philadelphia area meet and greet. The Eric Ripert bistro and lounge in the Ritz Carlton is extending happy hour for the 6-8 PM event, including $5 wine and $5 small plates. The event is free to attend; you can RSVP online here.

Peter Woolsey has introduced his fall menu at Bistrot La Minette, and if you act quickly, a Friday evening reservation could be yours. Look for fresh grilled sardines, wild mushroom puff pastries, duck leg confit and pan-seared porgy, among other French autumnal favorites (215-925-8000).

Score a $10 ticket and jump on the Craft Beer Express for a tour of a dozen beer bars all over Philadelphia. Each venue will be offering special events and deals throughout the day, which runs from 11 AM-8 PM. You can jump on or off the bus as often as you like, hitting spots as far away as South Philly’s Pub on Passyunk East, Graduate Hospital’s Sidecar Bar and Fishtown’s Johnny Brenda’s all in the same day.

Don’t write off pumpkin beers just yet - Hawthornes in Bella Vista is throwing its annual pumpkin beer dinner, which also marks the bar’s three year annivesary. Your $65 ticket scores you a four-course dinner featuring squash in many ways, along with five different pumpkin brews. Dinner starts at 6 PM and reservations are required (215-627-3012).