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April 24, 2014

Tonight Picks: Dining Out For Life, Beer Garden Quizzo At Memphis Taproom, Penn Relays, Free Beer And Cheese Happy Hour At DiBruno Brothers And More

Tonight, the city's abuzz with events of all sort, including a party at Memphis Taproom as it celebrates the reopening of its backyard beer garden with an alfresco game of quizzo. (Photo by M. Kennedy for Visit Philadelphia)

Your dinner plans are set as more than 150 popular restaurants (including Audrey Claire, Pizzeria Stella, Distrito, Barbuzzo and Mercato) serve up their tasty fare for Dining Out For Life, an annual fundraiser for local HIV and AIDS services. Tonight, all participating restaurants are slated to donate a third of this evening’s proceeds to the cause.

Memphis Taproom celebrates another season of its backyard beer garden with a night of outdoor quizzo and craft beer. Beginning tonight, stop by on any rain-free Thursday this spring for an evening of questions and answers hosted by well-loved quizzo host, JB Farley.

Today is day one of the Penn Relays, and the races don’t end at sunset, folks. The final race of the night starts at 10:55 p.m. and a street festival complete with vendors of all sort continues outside of Franklin Field into the night, too.

DiBruno Bros. hosts its second free beer and cheese happy hour, an evening of perfectly paired brews and cheeses. Tonight, look forward to sips from Victory Brewing Company and a ton of sure-to-be-delicious cheese samples as well.

Our top picks for tonight, below.

Dining Out For Life: Dine for a good cause as Dining Out For Life returns to raise money for local HIV/AIDS services. The restaurants and trucks — more than 150 in all — will donate 33 percent of today’s profits to the cause. Participating restaurants include hotspots like Barbuzzo, Alla Spina, Kanella, El Vez, Silk City Diner and Distrito. The full list of participating eateries is available right here.

When: Thursday, April 24
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Pay as you go

Beer Garden Quizzo at Memphis Taproom: Celebrate the recent opening of Memphis Taproom’s backyard beer garden with a game of alfresco quizzo. The winner receives beer garden bucks to use on drinks and food. Hosted by the well-loved quizzo host JB Farley, beer garden quizzo is set to occur every (non-rainy) Thursday this spring and summer.

When: Thursday, April 24, 6 p.m.
Where: Memphis Taproom, 2331 E. Cumberland Street
Cost: Pay as you go

Penn Relays: The Penn Relays, the world’s first and largest annual track meet, races to Franklin Field beginning today, April 24 and continues through Saturday, April 26. Tonight, the last race kicks off at 10:55 p.m. Outside of Franklin Field, enjoy shopping from a number of vendors and food, too.

When: Thursday, April 24
Where: Franklin Field, 235 S. 33rd Street
Cost: General Admission, $18; Reserved, $24

DiBruno Bros. Franklin Market Cheese Happy Hour: Free cheese and beer? Yes, please. Tonight, DiBruno Bros. at Franklin Market is slated to serve up a perfectly paired Victory Beer and cheese pairing. From 5 to 7 p.m., stop by to sip free Victory brews and sample an array of free cheeses.

When: Thursday, April 24, 5-7 p.m.
Where: DiBruno Bros. at The Franklin, 9th and Sansom Streets
Cost: Free

Crawfish Boil at Rex 1516: Rex 1516, Graduate Hosptial’s resident Southern eatery, is celebrating its second anniversary with live music and a crawfish boil complete with steamed crawfish, andouille sausage, corn and red bliss potatoes for $25 per person, available from 5 to 9 p.m.. Pair your seafood dinner with Narragansett Pounders which are available for $10 for a bucket of four.

When: Thursday, April 24, 5-9 p.m.
Where: Rex 1516, 1516 South Street
Cost: Pay as you go

This Is the Week That Is at the Play’s & Players Theatre: Tonight at 8 p.m., the Plays and Players Theatre debuts This Is the Week That Is, a satirical look at both local and national politics. The annual show by 1812 Productions, pokes fun at the country’s political issues every year, but this year welcomes a new musical parody to the show. Tickets are just $25 for the evening of political comedy.

When: Thursday, April 24, 8 p.m.
Where: Plays and Players Theatre. 1714 Delancey Street
Cost: $25

Bar Ferdinand Chef Collaboration Series with Brad Spence: As part of its recurring chef collaboration series, Bar Ferdinand and its chef, David Ansill, welcomes Brad Spence of Amis for a six-course meal complete with menu items like poached calamari, lamb and sheep’s milk ricotta meatballs, bruschetta and more. Dinner rings in at $55 per person plus tax and gratuity.

When: Thursday, April 24, 6-10 p.m.
Where: Bar Ferdinand, 1030 N. 2nd Street
Cost: $55 plus tax and gratuity

Dinner with Georges Perrier and Greg Moore at Bistro St. Tropez: Georges Perrier of Le Bec Fin fame teams up with chef Patrice Rames and Greg Moore of Bistro St. Tropez for a decadent four-course feast complete with bistro-style fare and a wine pairing for $150 per person. Look forward to plates like warm asparagus with gribiche sauce, scallop timbale with lobster, seafood and white mushrooms and more.

When: Thursday, April 24, 6:30-9 p.m.
Where: Bistro St. Tropez, 2400 Market Street
Cost: $150 per person, plus tax and gratuity

Manayunk Restaurant Week: The restaurants of Manayunk dish out dining deals for the neighborhood’s recurring Manayunk Restaurant Week. Indulge in three-course dinners at restaurants including Taqueria Feliz, Manayunk Brewing Company and Derek’s Restaurant. Depending on the restaurant, dinner costs $15, $25 or $35. Click here to check out the full list of participating restaurants and their restaurant week menus.

When: Thursday, April 24
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Pay as you go

Main Line Restaurant Week: Main Line Restaurant Week continues with dinner deals at a number of restaurants in West Chester, Media, Bala Cynwyd and beyond. The cost of restaurant week dinners vary, but range from $20 to $40 for a three-course meal. Plus, a number of participating restaurants are slated to offer drink specials, too.

When: Thursday, April 24
Where: Participating Restaurants
Cost: Dinner, $20-$40; Plus tax and gratuity

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