2/25/2013 01:19:00 PM

Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events, February 25-March 3

Fresh pizza to go with the movie at Nomad on Tuesday
La Calaca Feliz chef de cuisine Lucio Palazzo recently took a trip to to Oaxaca, Mexico, and was inspired to create a mescal tasting menu. The four-course meal is available for a week starting today, and features Mexican favorites (even crispy grasshoppers) paired with Illegal Mezcal cocktails ($45; 215-787-9930).

Nomad Pizza is hosting a special movie night to benefit local nonprofit The Food Trust. The documentary Fresh will play on the screen upstairs at the Bella Vista pizzeria. For $50 per person, guests will enjoy three courses paired with draft beer or wine while the movie featuring fresh food guru Michael Pollen shows. RSVP via e-mail to reserve your spot (215-238-0900).

Bistrot La Minette’s Peter Woolsey takes guests on a culinary trip to the Loire River region of Anjou and Touraine with a special tasting dinner. The area is known for rich game and a lush, mild climate that produces early spring fruits and vegetables. Look for asparagus, artichokes and veal in the four-course meal, which runs $35 per person or $50 with wine pairings (215-925-8000).

San Diego’s Ballast Point Brewing will be taking over a handful of taps at the Khyber Pass Pub, bringing the highly-regarded Sculpin IPA and a half-dozen other special brews to Old City. Tapping begins at 7 PM, but you’re encouraged to arrive early to make sure you get a seat (215-238-5888).

In honor of National Pig Day (why not?), four Philly food trucks are teaming with Maker’s Mark to create special dishes that use both bourbon and pork. Spot Gourmet Burgers will offer “pig wings” (aka ribs) with bourbon glaze; Little Baby’s Ice Cream will serve a bacon bourbon ice cream sundae; Mac Mart will put out “Kickin' Kentucky” bourbon-bacon mac ’n’ cheese; and the Dapper Dog will sling a special dog with a Maker’s Mark spicy onion sauce.

Continue the theme at The Institute in the Loft District at the P-B-P (Pork-Brooklyn-Pints) Pig Roast. For $45, you can eat all you want of the whole, slow-roasted pork and mashed sweet potatoes, plus drink all you desire of five Brooklyn Brewery beers (267-318-7772).

In case you aren’t porked out by the end of the weekend (impossible!), Harvest Seasonal Grill has started serving a new pig lover’s menu. Using pasture-fed, antibiotic-free heritage hogs from Wind Chaser Farm in Lancaster County, chef Anthony DiPascale is now offering dishes like pork banh mi, grilled pork chops and bacon-maple cupcakes (215-662-1100).


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