10 Pop-Up Dinners and Dining Series To Check Out In Philly

A roundup of some of the city's can't-miss culinary events delighting residents and visitors alike...

When it comes to creative, diverse and flavorful dining experiences, Philadelphia delivers in a big way.

The city’s reputation as a thriving culinary capital continues to grow, thanks in part to some exciting pop-up dinners and dining events created by innovative chefs and hospitality teams.

This fall, seekers of excellent eats can indulge in exclusive tastings, dinners and dining series prepared by tastemakers like Nicholas Elmi of Laurel and Royal Boucherie, Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats, Yana Gilbuena of SALO and more.

Read on for some of the best upcoming pop-up dinners and ongoing dining series happening across Philly.

EVENTS THIS FALL

Balboa Supper Club at West Laurel Hill Cemetery

Chef Alex Garfinkel of Balboa Catering presents a seven-course dinner crafted with locally sourced, sustainable ingredients and packed full of fall flavors at this pop-up dining event at the scenic West Laurel Hill Cemetery. The autumnal fare is paired with drinks from Philadelphia Distilling, Young American Ciders and Hackett Wines.

Balboa Supper Club at West Laurel Hill Cemetery

When:Next event is Friday, November 9, 6:30 p.m.
Where:West Laurel Hill Cemetery, 225 Belmont Avenue, Bala Cynwyd
Cost:$85 per person

www.balboacatering.com

A Taste of the Philippines at Reading Terminal Market

The Philippine American Chamber of Commerce of PA & Southern NJ and the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival co-host this free-to-attend event showcasing fantastic, flavorful Filipino cuisine at Reading Terminal Market. In addition to feasting on the mouth-watering, pay-as-you-go traditional fare of ube cupcakes (Flying Monkey Bakery), seafood palabok (Sang Kee Noodle House) and bibingka (Poi Dog Philly), guests can attend cooking demonstrations by noted Filipino chef Yana Gilbuena of the traveling kamayan pop-up dinner series SALO and enjoy cultural performances. Folks who pre-registered for tickets to the event (now sold out) get priority access to the cooking demo, then it is first come, first served for other attendees depending on available space.

A Taste of the Philippines at Reading Terminal Market

When:Sunday, November 11, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:Free with pay-as-you-go food and drink

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Pelago x LALO: Rice & Shine

Pelago's Kamayan Dinner hosted at Farm51 in Southwest PhiladelphiaPhoto by Neal Santos for Pelago

The Pelago Pop-Up Kusina team aims to introduce the bold and brilliant flavors of Filipino cuisine to Philadelphians at these pop-up dining events. Up next, the team takes on brunch at its fast-casual Filipino comfort-food stand, LALO, located inside the newly revamped Bourse food hall.

Pelago x LALO: Rice & Shine

When:Next event is Sunday, November 11, 1 p.m.
Where:The Bourse, 111 S. Independence Mall East
Cost:$35 per person

www.pelagophilly.com

What the Shuck at Royal Boucherie

Multi-year James Beard Award-nominated chef Nicholas Elmi hosts this interactive shellfish-sampling series at Royal Boucherie to teach guests how to shuck and prepare oysters (as well as other shellfish) like a top chef. The tasting — consisting of four raw-bar courses, a main course and dessert with beer and wine pairings — showcases the impressive offerings of the upscale brasserie. Only six spots are available at each intimate tasting. To reserve a seat, call the restaurant directly.

What the Shuck at Royal Boucherie

When:Next events are Thursday, November 15 & Thursday, December 20, seatings at 6 p.m. & 8 p.m.
Where:Royal Boucherie, 52 S. 2nd Street
Cost:$100 per person

www.royalboucherie.com

Boku 63 with Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats

Each Boku pop-up dinner is an exciting, multifaceted experience, pairing delicious food prepared by a skilled chef with stunning works of art by a talented artist at a secret location that's emailed to guests 24 hours before the event. The next dinner features a menu by Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats and art by Han Wang, whose ceramic work combines traditional and modern techniques and focuses on food as her primary subject.

Boku 63 with Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats

When:Next event is Friday, November 30, 7-10 p.m.
Where:Secret location in Philadelphia sent to guests 24 hours before dinner
Cost:$100 per person, main dining room; $150 per person, chef's counter; seats are sold in pairs and tax and gratuity are not included.

www.stayboku.com

ONGOING SERIES

Spirit Forward Cocktail Catering

Lovers of handcrafted, robust libations can book Spirit Forward, a roving bar service specializing in serving creative cocktails made from fresh and local ingredients, to bring some 1920s nostalgia and style to the bar at events and special occasions.

Spirit Forward Cocktail Catering

When:Reach out for availability
Where:Philadelphia
Cost:Starting at $850

www.cocktailsbyspiritforward.com

Muhibbah

Muhibbah dinners seek to bring people from all walks of life together to celebrate diversity and companionship over delicious food created by local chefs with different backgrounds and from different cultures. The meals take place in a communal setting and each dinner benefits a different organization that's working to support immigrants and refugees in Philadelphia. Interested diners can subscribe to the Muhibbah newsletter (via a form on the homepage of the organization's website) to receive information about upcoming events.

Muhibbah

When:Dates and times vary
Where:Philadelphia
Cost:TBA

www.muhibbahdinners.org

Cooking 4 the Culture

At Cooking 4 the Culture dinners, established and rising African-American chefs collaborate on a meal to showcase their talents and best dishes. The dinner series, which pops up at various locations across the country, also aims to spark a dialogue about equal opportunity in the food industry and enhance opportunities for African-American chefs.

Cooking 4 the Culture

When:TBA
Where:Philadelphia
Cost:TBA

www.cooking4theculture.com

Cave à Manger at Good King Tavern

The Good King Tavern's monthly Cave à Manger events, inspired by popular French tapas-style dining, feature an impressive spread of cheese and charcuterie with by-the-glass regional wine pairings for guests to channel their inner Parisian. Events in the past have focused on craft beer and hard cider pairings as well.

Cave à Manger at Good King Tavern

When:Dates and times vary
Where:The Good King Tavern, 614 S. 7th Street
Cost:TBA

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Market To Table at Reading Terminal Market

Guests can learn how to shop and cook like a chef at this after-hours, BYO dinner series at Reading Terminal Market. Each event features a different chef, who takes guests around the market to pick out ingredients for one of the courses on the menu and then leads a cooking demonstration to show everyone how to make the dish. Following the demonstrations, guests sit down and enjoy a multi-course meal prepared by the chef in City Kitchen. Past chefs to participate include Top Chef winner Kevin Sbraga, Chopped winner and chef instructor at La Salle University Clara Park and Nick Macri of La Divisa Meats.

Market To Table at Reading Terminal Market

When:TBA
Where:Reading Terminal Market, 51 N. 12th Street
Cost:TBA

www.readingterminalmarket.org

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