Tomato and Wine Dinner at Bar Ferdinand Thu., Aug. 29, 7 p.m., $55
As summer draws to a close, it’s time to take stock of any potential regrets: Did you spend enough time Down the Shore? Did you get tangled up in at least one awkward fling that you can laugh about all winter? Have you downed an entire year’s worth of lycopene? If you’ve checked all the boxes except the last one, hold off on heading to Jersey and take a trip up to NoLibs tonight. Chef David Ansill’s hosting Kensington’s Hood Rich Farms for a six-course tomato tasting complete with Spanish wine pairings. On the menu are oysters with tomato granité paired with cava, gazpacho with crab alongside Zaragozan rosé and roasted Roma tomato with lamb and goat cheese with a pour of tempranillo. Bar Ferdinand, 1030 N. Second St., 215-923-1313, barferdinand.com.
All-You-Can-Karaoke Luau at Yakitori Boy Thu., Aug. 29, 6-8 p.m., $25
The Chinatown izakaya and karaoke joint has started hosting monthly all-you-can-eat/drink/sing happy hours, because nothing facilitates belting out ’80s power ballads to a roomful of strangers like an open bar. And if karaoke weren’t inherently goofy enough, this month’s party is luau-themed! (Themed attire is optional, but come on, you only get so many opportunities to break out your best Tommy Bahama.) Our recommendation: Queue up some Beach Boys and get an early start on a little vodka-soaked nostalgia for the summer of 2013. Yakitori Boy, 211 N. 11th St., 215-923-8088, yakitoriboy.com.
Vanberg & DeWulf Belgian Takeover at Strangelove’s Mon., Sept. 2, noon-2 a.m., pay as you go
Though they may not garner instant name recognition, Cooperstown, N.Y.-based importer Vanberg & DeWulf has been helping Belgian (and Belgian-style) beers make a name for themselves stateside for more than 20 years. On Labor Day, Vanberg & DeWulf co-owner Wendy Littlefield will be visiting Strangelove’s for an all-day celebration of their favorite tripels, lambics and more. Chat with the first American woman inducted into the Belgian Brewers Guild. Sample a Dilewyn’s Vicaris Tripel Gueuze, Scheldebrouwerij Hop Ruiter or one of 17 other impressive selections. Strangelove’s Beer Bar, 216 S. 11th St., 215-873-0404, strangelovesbeerbar.com.
Image courtesy of Bar Ferdinand
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