Vertical Beer Tasting and Guest-Chef Potluck at Lemon Hill
There’s a lot going on at Lemon Hill Sunday. First up for food lovers is the guest-chef potluck benefiting the Fairmount Community Development Corporation. Chefs on board for the dinner include Jeff Michaud of Osteria, Tim Spinner from La Calaca Feliz, Townsend Wentz from McCrossen’s Tavern’s, Scott Schroeder of the South Philly Tap Room and American Sardine Bar, and Lemon Hill’s Joel Mazigian. In addition to the joint-effort menu, there will be drink specials and a Fernet Branca bike raffle. Earlier in the day there will be a barrel-aged beer tasting with Swiss brewery Brasserie des Franches-Montagnes. Jonny Medlinsky from the Khyber Pass will walk guests through a vertical tasting of Abbaye de Saint Bon-Chien, a rare, wine-like sour ale. The kitchen will be sending out snacks to complement these small-batch brews. Seating is limited, so call ahead to reserve your spot. Sun. Aug. 26, beer tasting 4:30 p.m., $52; dinner 6:30 p.m., $25, Lemon Hill, 747 N. 25th St., 215-232-2299, lemonhillphilly.com.
Art in the Age introduces SAGE
In local booze news, Art in the Age is rolling out a fourth inspired spirit this week. Joining the roster of herbal ROOT, gingery SNAP and sweet-tart RHUBARB is SAGE. Billed as a “garden gin,” it’s infused with a host of herbs including organic rosemary, angelica, dandelion, thyme, lavender, fennel and sage. This herbaceous tipple was inspired by Thomas Jefferson’s gorgeous gardens at Monticello. Slated to hit the shelves of local state stores on Aug. 25, SAGE is going to make a mean gin and tonic.
Dîner en Blanc pops up in Philly
Philadelphia’s first annual Dîner en Blanc is popping up on Thursday, Aug. 23. For this Philly incarnation of a 24-year-old Parisian tradition, 1,000 preregistered guests will meet at a disclosed-at-the-last-minute outdoor location for an elegant evening. White-clad guests bring their own chic picnic dinner and drinks and conduct themselves with the greatest decorum and elegance. After dinner, an al fresco dance floor opens and a sea of sparklers are handed out. Thu., Aug. 23, time and location TBD, wait list only, $50 per couple, philadelphia.dinerenblanc.info.