4/19/2013 11:21:00 AM

Don’t-Miss Spring Dinners at McCrossen’s, Heirloom and Fork

Eli Kulp's octopus at Fork
A trio of don’t-miss dinners take place around town in the next 10 days, featuring the best of early-season produce. If you’re feeling up to it, you could conceivably book all three.

In Fairmount, McCrossen’s Tavern’s monthly wine pairing dinner on Tuesday, April 23, is themed “Springtime in Paris.” Chef Townsend Wentz is presenting four Franco-inspired dishes (think garlic-ramp soup with lobster rillettes and rabbit pot au feu), which will be paired with four French wines and several types of fromage from Di Bruno Bros. Seats are just $40 per person, so snag your reservation while you can (215-854-0923).

If you prefer to bring your own bottles to the table, save up for Wednesday, April 24, when The Farm and Fisherman’s Josh Lawler takes his vegetable wrangling skills up to Heirloom in Chestnut Hill. Along with chef Al Paris, he’ll turn out five courses featuring spring stars like ramps (in a vinaigrette over asparagus), fiddlehead ferns (in a mostarda with smoked lobster), morels (with a Grana Padano custard) and stinging nettles (made into gnocchi). Space is available at an early or late seating, and reservations are recommended (215-242-2700).

On the next Monday, April 29, proprietor Ellen Yin is showcasing Finger Lake wines alongside spring fare at Fork. Ravines Winery owners Morten and Lisa Hallgren will be visiting Old City for a five-course meal. We’re not sure of the menu for this one yet, but judging from Eli Kulp’s recent kitchen adventures - he recently served both gooseneck barnacles and emu eggs - you can look forward to an exciting meal ($150; 215-625-3425).

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