12/19/2012 02:22:00 PM

Eat This, Do This, Read This: Philly Weekend Planner, December 21-23

Are you planning to rush around picking up last-minute presents this weekend, or give yourself the gift of relaxing with food and drink? To make it easy to do both, we’ve highlighted some great new brunch options (including one that we promise your server won’t force you to pronounce) and a Friday night party celebrating women in food. Make sure you’ve already eaten when you click through to read about a 40-course feast and some great Philly sandwiches.

Eat This

Duck PB&J at Khyber Pass Pub
Chef Mark McKinney serves a New Orleans-inspired slate of food at this Old City beer bar, and new on the menu is this intriguing sandwich. Smoked duck is pulled to pieces, then layered with cashew butter and pepper jelly between multigrain bread for a meaty take on the PB&J. The dish was borrowed from NOLA New American Bayona, and is available anytime with a side of fries for $14.50 (215-238-5888).

Smørrebrød at Pub & Kitchen
Though it’s nearly impossible to pronounce, this new brunch dish from Jonathan Adams is incredibly easy to eat. The name refers to a traditional Danish open-faced sandwich, here reproduced with Hudson Bakery black bread. A butter-grilled slice is topped with house-smoked trout salad, English cucumber, housemade pickled radishes and mustard seeds, and slices of beet-pickled hard boiled eggs. It’s actually somewhat messy, but that’s by design - “It falls all over the place and is immensely satisfying,” says the chef. Scoop one up between 11 AM-3 PM on Saturday or Sunday (215-545-0350).

Do This

Belles at the Belle Holiday Soirée
Women have come a long way toward equality, but female chefs are still extremely rare. To celebrate ladies in the food biz, Christina Martin (currently at Vedge) and Jennifer Choplin (previously at Watkins Drinkery and the now-shuttered Butcher & the Brewer) are throwing a party at the Campanaro brothers' Village Belle on Front Street. Everyone who works or loves females in the restaurant industry is invited to the 9 PM Friday event, even dudes. RSVP here (215-551-2200).

Brunch at Red Owl Tavern
The restaurant at the new Hotel Monaco has just launched brunch, served 8 AM-3 PM on both Saturday and Sunday. Even if you take advantage of the early starting time, don’t miss the build-your-own Bellini bar, where you can create bottomless variations on sparkling drinks for $16. On the food side, keep an eye out for the “Bennies,” especially one where the eggs come atop crispy scrapple instead of boring English muffins. Other options on Guillermo Tellez’ menu include house-baked bagels, firttatas, french toast and huevos rancheros (215-923-2267).

Read This

Le Virtù Diners Eat La Panarda Meal in South Philadelphia
Last weekend, Joe Cicala prepared a 40-course feast for patrons at Le Virtù on East Passyunk, and guests lived to tell the tale. Lauren McCutcheon at the Philadelphia Daily News recaps how the lunch-slash-dinner went down, including what was served, why the $200 per person meal was a bargain (each plate was just $5) and how many diners actually made it through the whole menu (not that many).

Not By Bread Alone
Detailing a much more casual but no less hearty eating event, Philadelphia City Paper food editor Caroline Russock details a three-hour sandwich tour she organized. Accompanied by chefs Eli Kulp (Fork) and Scott Schroeder (South Philadelphia Tap Room, American Sardine Bar), her group made its way across South Philly, noshing on Italian hoagies, meatball sandwiches, roast pork specials and a cheesesteak or two. Reading this will make you hungry; consider yourself duly warned.

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