11/12/2012 11:12:00 AM

Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events, November 12-18

At Matyson in Rittenhouse, chef Ben Puchowitz's weekly tasting menu is devoted to the five senses. How so? For example, the second course focuses on hearing and features a sizzling octopus dish. Sight is represented by a tuna course, bedecked with fresh vegetables and edible flowers, and taste comes into play in the chocolate and cheese dessert. The $45, five-course meal is offered at the BYO Monday-Thursday (215-564-2925).

Lombard Street’s Pub & Kitchen is hosting a party to celebrate the launch of Allagash: The Cookbook. Chef Jonathan Adams will prepare two dishes from the book to go along with two Allagash Brewing beers. Brewer Rob Tod will be in the house for the pay-as-you-go event, which runs 7-9 PM (215-545-0350).

Brewery Ommegang is launching Duvel Rustica, a new beer created in collaboration with Belgium’s Duvel, and Stateside will host a release party to celebrate. Stop into the East Passyunk dining room to meet brewmaster Phil Leinhart and sample the 8.5% ABV suds, along with bites from chef George Sabatino (6 PM; pay as you go; 215-551-2500).

If your tastes run more toward wine than beer, head to Midtown Village on this third Thursday in November to participate in the worldwide Beaujolais Nouveau Day. Nearly all the restaurants on the 13th Street strip will be pouring Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais, including Vintage Wine Bar, Barbuzzo, El Vez, The Corner, Sampan and more.

The Beaujolais Nouveau love continues with a special dinner at Chez Georges, the slightly more casual lounge beneath Le Bec Fin on Walnut Street. A three-course meal with wine pairings is yours for $55 per person, and you can choose a 6 PM or 8:30 PM seating. Call for reservations (215-567-1000).

In Chestnut Hill, Cafette is continuing its celebration of 20 years in business with a special autumn tasting menu designed just for vegetarians. Just $20 brings three courses of veg-focused fare, and the first week’s offerings include a beet carpaccio, risotto-stuffed portobello mushroom and a honey apple crisp dessert. Reservations are encouraged (215-242-4220).

The November installment of Sunday family dinners at Ella’s American Bistro in Wayne takes you to Korea. The bo ssam-style meal will feature slow cooked pork alongside oysters, kimchi, rice, pickles and other condiments, and guests are encouraged to make their own lettuce wraps from the bounty. Parties of four or larger can order the special at $28 per person, and reservations are required (610-934-6552).


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