Philadelphia Culinary Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Philadelphia. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Philadelphia. We've also got the latest Philadelphia Restaurant News and Wine Events.
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Cook, a 16-seat kitchen classroom near Rittenhouse Square operated by the owner of Audrey Claire and Twenty Manning Grill, offers a changing menu of classes each month presented by a who's who of local and national chefs, culinary experts and authors. Events usually include the equivalent of a dinner out, with wine, beer or cocktails where appropriate, along with the "show."
Step up to the bar at Positano Coast, with its airy vibe and Italian-accented cuisine. Monday through Friday, 4:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. and Sunday, 12 p.m.-6 p.m., happy hour specials include $5 wine by the Glass, $5 signature cocktails, $3 beers and $1.50-$6 nibbles such as escarole pie with olives and pine nuts and Italian hot peppers with short ribs and zucchini fries. Positano Coast, 212 Walnut St., 2nd fl., Philadelphia, PA 19106, 215-238-0499.
Happy hour heats up at 10 Arts by Eric Ripert at The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia with a selection of five wines priced at $5 each, as well as a selection of Chef Nathan's light fare for $5 each. 10 Arts by Eric Ripert, The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, Ten Avenue of the Arts, Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215-523-8273.
JG Domestic, "Iron Chef" Jose Garces' American-focused restaurant at University City's Cira Centre, features $12.50 "Blue Plate Specials" during weekday lunch. The specials, which are served from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., are Monday: JG Domestic burger, with duck fries; Tuesday: fried chicken with mashed potatoes; Wednesday: butcher steak with crispy potatoes; Thursday: turkey sandwich with winter bean soup; and Friday: Atlantic cod fish and chips. JG Domestic, Cira Centre, 2929 Arch St., Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215-222-2363.
The power lunch has gotten more affordable by way of the two-course, $20 deal at Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House in Center City. Offered weekdays, the special menu offers three first-course choices --- including the popular cheesesteak dumplings with spicy ketchup --- and such entrée selections as a grilled filet with balsamic marinade and a Maine lobster roll with fries. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steak House, Packard Building, 1426 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215-246-0533.
Mon.-Fri., from 5 p.m.-7 p.m., all Philly Marathon Grill restaurants host Kids Happy Hour, so the little ones will be amused while mom and dad have a cocktail during grown-up happy hour. Children?s menu items include matzoh ball soup with chicken & veggies; the Big Kid Burger Sliders with Vermont cheddar; and Elijah's Mac and Cheese. All kids items are served with a side of fruit salad. Happy Hour prices range from $1.75 for the peanut butter jelly on whole wheat bread to $4.25 for Thanksgiving Dinner with turkey, mashed potatoes and turkey gravy. Grown-up happy hour offerings include $3 select draughts, $4 glass of house wine, $5 well drinks. Marathon Grill, 16th & Sansom Sts., Philadelphia, PA 19103, 215-569-3278.
Wednesdays, Thursdays & Sundays
We adore steakhouses, but a slab of beef with all the trimmings can take a big bite out of anybody’s stimulus package. Not to worry, the swank Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse offers a slew of incredible deals that won't break your budget. Every Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday nights, from 5 p.m.-11 p.m., feast on the likes of filet mignon tops with chateau potatoes, pesto-crusted salmon with spring mix and cheesesteak dumplings with spicy ketchup---all for just $5 each. Special drink prices, too. Another option is the three-course $35 prime rib entree, offered just on Sundays. Del Frisco's Double Eagle Steakhouse, Packard Building, 1426 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19102, 215-246-0533.