Philly Beer Week 2012 Opening Tap
Fri., June 1, 7 p.m., free
Philadelphia is celebrating Beer Week 2012 — technically 10 full days of organized inebriation — starting June 1. This opening ceremony will feature the third annual "Brew-vitational" awards, through which the Philadelphia Inquirer honors local beers, as well as the introduction of the infamous Hammer of Glory, created by William Reed of Standard Tap and Mike "Scoats" Scotese of Grey Lodge Pub. (Mayor Nutter "taps" the first keg by smashing it open with the Hammer.) This year's honorary Opening Tap beer is Brotherly Suds 3, produced at Tröegs' new location in Hershey. Independence Mall, Sixth and Market streets, phillybeerweek.org.
Every Friday in June, $10
Starting June 1, a roster of city restaurants will introduce "Foie Friday," a chef's protest of sorts in response to California's upcoming ban on foie gras. The initiative, spearheaded by Ela's Jason Cichonski, will see $10 foie dishes served at multiple locations every Friday this month; notables include Matyson, Bibou, McCrossen's Tavern, Mémé, Brauhaus Schmitz and Bistrot La Minette. Check out the #foiefriday Twitter for information, news and banter.
Fairmount Restaurant Week
Wed., May 23-Sun., June 3, $12-$35
In an effort to spotlight the new Barnes Foundation and other attractions in the area, the Fairmount CDC is sponsoring the first-ever Fairmount Restaurant Week. In partnership with With Art Philadelphia, each participant will service a two- to three-course menu for $35 or less; notables include Lemon Hill, Trio, La Calaca Feliz, Bridgids and Hickory Lane. Fairmount Restaurant Week, various locations, fairmountsrestaurantweek.tumblr.com.
Sunshine State Takes Over the Keystone State Brunch
Sun., June 3, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., pay as you go
Woody's, involved with Philly Beer Week for the first time, is hosting a 1980s Cuban-style beer brunch. Wear a T-shirt and sport coat and watch Miami Vice playing on the bar TVs while sipping Jai Alai from Cigar City, Caitlin from St. Somewhere and other Florida-derived beers. Woody's menu and beer program are managed by The Institute's Charlie Collazo and Heather DeRussy. Woody's, 202 S. 13th St., 215-545-1893, woodysbar.com.
Fists of Feury Round Two
Wed., June 6, 6:30-10 p.m., $55
Terence and Patrick Feury have returned to the ring for another round of brotherly brewing. Following up their 2010 Victory Fists of Feury English Pale Ale, they've teamed with Yards to create Fighting Feury, a kaffir lime-infused golden ale. They are also hosting a special at Terence's Fork featuring the new brew. The four-course dinner features dishes like citrus-cured salmon escalope with oven-dried heirloom tomato and basil nage; and seared day boat scallops with braised pork and spicy Chinese broccoli. Reservations recommended. Fork, 306 Market St., 215-625-9425, forkrestaurant.com.
John T. Edge at Yards Brewing Co.
Wed., June 6, 6:30 p.m., pay as you go
Author of The Truck Food Cookbook: 150 Recipes and Ramblings from America's Best Restaurants on Wheels, James Beard-winning food writer John T. Edge is visiting Yards to talk street food. Hi snew book includes recipes from Philly food trucks like La Dominique (lemon crepes), Yue Kee (egg foo yong) and Ton Ton (tuna onigiri). Attendees can partake in beer and food specials, including snacks from Lil Dan's food truck. Edge is hosting the event alongside the Philly Mobile Food Association. Yards Brewing Co., 901 N. Delaware Ave., 215-634-2600, yardsbrewing.com.