Thanksgiving is all in the past. It's now about December and this week has quite the food events. From restaurant anniversaries to bacon and beer (yes bacon and beer), this week has you covered with some great food happenings.
Ten is the magic number on East Passyunk Avenue as Paradiso (1627 E Passyunk Ave.) celebrates their 10 year anniversary on Monday, Dec. 1 with a special dinner pairing of … you guessed it, 10 different menu items. Best part about the dinner? It not only highlights the chefs of Paradiso, but it features chefs from nearby restaurants. For $125 a person, guests will get courses such as passed hors d'oeuvres by Lynn Marie Rinaldi of Paradiso, Kombu Cured Fluke by Nicholis Elmi of Laurel, and Mortadella Stuffed Quail by Corey Baver of Izumi. The dinner starts at 6:30 p.m.
Drinking wine with German food sounds rather odd, but it's really not. On Monday, Dec. 1, Azie on Main (789 E. Lancaster Ave.) explores the flavors of Austria and Germany during their six course wine pairing dinner. For $65 per person, chef Ricardo Franco's menu will feature pairings such as Bavarian Bier Wuerstchen with Valckenberg Gewurztraminer 2013, Beef Roulade with Friedrich Becker Pinot Noir 2010, and Pork Schnetzel paired with Pfaffl Austrian Cherry Zweigelt 2011. The dinner starts promptly at 7 p.m.
If you ever paired whiskey with a meal and thought it didn't taste right, Dad's Hat Rye Whiskey co-founder John Cooper would tell you you're crazy. On Wednesday, Dec. 3, Dad's Hat collaborates with Red Owl Tavern (433 Chestnut St.) for an evening of whiskey and food pairings specifically picked for this event. Beginning at 6:30 p.m., guests are welcomed with a beverage to kick things off followed by the three-course dinner and cocktail pairing. Courses featured throughout the evening include grilled quail, braised Lancaster short rib, and squash cake. Dinner is priced at $70 per person.
You took a break from cooking the turkey this year, now it's your turn for the Christmas holiday. Sharpen up your skills at Phillip's Seafood (the Piers Shops Caesars) in Atlantic City on Saturday, Dec. 6 with chef Paul Drew as he teaches a special Feast of the Seven Fishes Workshop, covering the entire dinner as well as how to create some festive cocktails. The event costs $65 per person and includes a demonstration, wine pairings, and lunch. The workshop starts at 11:30 a.m.
On Saturday, Dec. 6, two of life's most pleasurable items come together for the second time in Philadelphia: Bacon and beer. Taking place at the 23rd Street Armory (22 S 23rd St.), restaurants will serve their signature bacon dishes and breweries will pour their signature ales during this popular festival. Tickets are $46.50 and the proceeds go towards MANNA, a non-profit organization that delivers food to Philadelphians battling life-threatening illnesses. The festival starts at 2:30 p.m.