|Wednesday is cheese night at La Petite Dauphine|
Kevin Sbraga is rolling out his new winter menu with a series of sneak-peek tastings at his Avenue of the Arts chef counter. Reserve a seat at the 6 PM tasting on a Monday-Thursday between now and January 31 to sample Sbraga's new offerings; a four-course meal started by an amuse bouche will run you $75. If you’re ready to go all out, don’t miss the optional beverage pairing from manager Ben Fileccia for an additional $50 (215-735-1913).
Bring your own tequila to Lolita in Midtown Village and celebrate Taco Tuesdays Marcie Turney style. Select a filling of shortribs, beer braised pork cheeks, achiote-soaked tofu or plaintain-crusted mahi and enjoy a build-your-own Mexican feast for just $20. Reservations are recommended (215-546-7100).
La Petite Dauphine is rolling out a weekly Wednesday night cheese tasting. Stop into the Rittenhouse Parisian cafe to sample six cheeses with traditional accompaniments for $16. This week’s theme is “big and bold,” so expect some strong flavors and exciting pairings (267-324-5244).
Germantown Avenue gastropub Chestnut7 is celebrating a Victory Brewing tap takeover with a special pairing dinner. Four courses from chef Jason Lemon will highlight four seasonal Victory beers for $45, and seatings are available at 6 or 8:30 PM. Call or e-mail for reservations (215-247-7777).
Finish the work week on a high note with the new express lunch at Square 1682. Chef de cuisine Caitlin Mateo has revamped the $16.82 prix fixe menu options, and also added a new $20.13 version for those in the mood for a slightly bigger midday break. Served on a single wooden tray all at once for expedited eating, the 10 different variations include soups, salads, sandwiches, burgers, wraps, cookies and more (215-563-5008).
The first in a series of Oyster 101 classes will commence at noon at the venerable Oyster House on Sansom Street, where third-generation proprietor Sam Mink and his staff of talented seafood handlers will lead you through a session on oyster anatomy, history, flavors and pairings. Call to reserve your spot ($45; 215-567-7683).
Chef Terence Feury has just launched brunch at Tavro 13, his New American that opened recently across the river in Swedesboro, NJ. Served Sundays from 10:30 AM-2:30 PM, the menu includes creative takes on morning faves, such as smoked salmon with a dill pancake and celery root soup with lobster, as well as standards like challah French toast and omelets. We might even dare to venture to New Jersey for crispy braised pork belly with a fried egg and tomato jam (856-467-8413).