|Get romantic with wine and dessert at Le Virtù|
If you act fast, you might be able to score a seat at the February edition of Han Dynasty’s epic tasting feast. Held the first Monday of each month, the event features a parade of Sichuan favorites served family style for just $25 per person. Foobooz has a peek at the menu, which features spicy beef jerky, “dry fry kernels,” Tien Jing style dumplings and a whole lot more. Things start sizzling in Old City at 7 PM (215-922-1888).
The modernization of Cavanaugh’s Headhouse from its former life as the Dark Horse Pub continues with the introduction of a small plate option. Starting this week, you can order a mini beef or chicken pot pie plus a pint of beer for just $12. Despite its billing, the five-inch dish is actually quite hearty. The deal is available in the bar areas only (215-928-9307).
Jason Cichonski cares about beverages just as much as food, and has teamed up with the brewmasters from Yards Brewing Co. to prepare a four-course tasting dinner that will replace the regular menu for the night. For $65, guests at Queen Village’s Ela can enjoy pairings like spruce-brined salmon carpaccio with Poor Richard’s Tavern Spruce Ale and chocolate cheesecake with Love Stout. Reservations are suggested (267-687-8512).
Get a jump on your Valentine’s Day gift with an event on Rittenhouse Row that makes shopping painless - by throwing beer into the mix. Brews, Bras, & Bling will take place from 6-9 PM at Hope Chest boutique, where DJs will spin, drinks will flow and appetizers will be on offer. It all serves to showcase lingerie, jewelry and other great gifts. The event is free but RSVP by Wednesday, February 6, is required (215-627-1082).
Each Friday throughout February, Lotus Farm to Table will offer a collaboration dinner with spirits producers Art in the Age. The four-course meal runs $55 per person, and features chef Ryan Sulikowski’s American fare paired with American-history-inspired liquors like Sage, Root and Snap. Reservations are suggested (610-565-5554).
The day-long Second Saturday event on East Passyunk will be Valentine’s Day themed, and along with the sales on jewelry, art and clothing are a few food and drink events. The Bottle Shop will be sampling beer from Starr Hill Brewery from 5:30-7:30 PM, and Le Virtù pastry chef Angela Ranalli is hosting a $45 romantic wine-and-chocolate tasting from 6:30-8:30 PM. Call to reserve your spot (215-601-9117).
It’s the last week to take advantage of Fleming’s Prime Sunday prix fixe, where $30 brings three courses including a juicy cut of prime rib. Start your dinner in Radnor with a wedge or Caesar salad, enhance your meat with asparagus, mac ‘n’ cheese or potatoes and finish with dessert like cheesecake or fresh berries with Chantilly cream (610-688-9463).