Six Events For Feasting This Week At Favorite Philadelphia Restaurants

Good King Tavern
Some of the city’s most popular restaurants host foodie events this week, including The Good King Tavern (shown here). (Photo courtesy The Good King Tavern)

Fall’s bounty comes in the form of special events at area restaurants, where diners can sample something special, support good causes and celebrate wonderful occasions.

From the Beaujolais Noveau release dinner at Bistrot La Minette to the Amada Fall Pig Out, it’s a great week for chowing down and living it up.

The Good King Tavern Cave à Manger Party

Celebrate the two-year anniversary of Bella Vista boîte The Good King Tavern with a Parisian style cave à manger. The dining room will be transformed into a mostly standing venue for the evening, and guest sommeliers with serious pedigree will pour wine and share insights about by-the-bottle and by-the-glass vintages. The French tapas menu will be served a la carte with chalkboard specials, beginning at $3 a plate. No reservations will be accepted but the Tavern asks diners to RSVP by phone to be added to the guest list.

When: Thursday, November 19, 5 p.m.–midnight
Where: The Good King Tavern, 614 S. 7th Street
Cost: Pay as you go
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Bistrot La Minette Beaujolais Nouveau Dinner

Celebrating the southern swath of Burgundy’s wine country, this two-night only dinner at Bistrot La Minette is a collaborative effort between chef/owner Peter Woolsey and chef Kenneth Bush, the first of a series of such partner meals. As the new release comes out this week, guests are invited to partake in a four-course repast for $35 ($50 with wine pairing). Expect escargot, a salad of confit pork cheeks with croutons and poached egg, red wine-braised beef rib in foie gras sauce and butter-toasted spice bread with red wine-poached pear sorbet—not to mention lots of young wines and plenty of revelry.

When: Wednesday, November 18; Thursday, November 19
Where: Bistrot La Minette, 623 S. 6th Street
Cost: $35; $50 with wine pairing
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Beaujolais Nouveau Day in Midtown Village

French-inspired parties bring a little je ne sais quoi to Philadelphia this Thursday, November 19, and a slew of bars, restaurants and shops celebrate the worldwide wine fête known as Beaujolais Nouveau Day. All around the world, wine-lovers gather to celebrate Beaujolais Nouveau — a French wine made from Gamay grapes produced in the Beaujolais region that is released for sale after being fermented for just six to eight weeks — and the restaurants and shops of Midtown Village throw down accordingly. Check here for a complete rundown of specials.

When: Thursday, November 19
Where: Participating Midtown Village restaurants and shops
Cost: Pay as you go
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Amada
On Sunday, Amada hosts its recurring Fall Pig Out, an all-you-can-eat suckling pig dinner. (Photo by N. Sheldon for Visit Philadelphia)

Yards + Art in the Age Bar Crawl

Beer plus booze equals cocktail awesomeness. This Thursday, Art in the Age and Yards Brewing team up for a citywide bar crawl. Each stop will showcase an original beverage made with both. Participating bars include Prohibition Taproom, Ortlieb’s, Percy Street BBQ and Bourbon & Branch. If you can’t make the crawl, you can still sample the creative cocktails at each location through New Year’s.

When: Thursday, November 19, 5 p.m.
Where: Participating locations
Cost: Pay as you go
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Philadelphia Food Fest

If you’re looking for a more food-centric type of crawl and the chance to contribute to local charities, Food Fest may be just the thing. On Saturday, November 21, from noon though 8 p.m., diners are invited to drop off canned goods at participating restaurants while enjoying appetizer specials and drinks from Yard’s and Tito’s Handmade Vodka, with a portion of the proceeds all being donated to charity. With more than 100 restaurants in neighborhoods all around the city to choose from, it’s an easy way to get out and enjoy local food while supporting organizations like Philabundance, The Food Trust and Alex’s Lemonade Stand.

When: Saturday, November 21, noon–8 p.m.
Where: Participating locations
Cost: Pay as you go
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Amada Fall Pig Out

Forget about turkey. Amada’s biannual pork banquet takes place this Sunday. Diners can choose from one of three seatings during the day and indulge in all-they-can-eat roast suckling pig and sumptuous sides. Space is limited and the restaurant encourages reservations for this always-popular event. Call Amada to save a spot.

When: Sunday, November 22, 1 p.m.; 4 p.m.; 7 p.m.
Where: Amada, 217-219 Chestnut Street
Cost: $55
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