IPA Fest at Hawthornes
Sat., May 5, noon-8 p.m., pay as you go
Chris and Heather Fetfatzes are bringing their IPA Fest back for its third year. The outdoor event will feature live music and more than 20 India pale ales, including Russian River Pliny the Elder, Lagunitas IPA and Abita Jockamo. Each beer costs $5, and hot dogs, burgers and tacos will be available for purchase, too. Entrance to the event is free, but all sales are cash only. Hawthornes, 738 S. 11th St., 215-627-3012, hawthornecafe.com.
Second Annual Burger Brawl
Sun., May 6, 3-6 p.m., $75
Rob and Maggie Wasserman of Rouge are holding this year's Burger Brawl at the Fleisher Art Memorial. Chefs Jennifer Carroll (last year's winner), Jason Cichonski, Matt Levin, Marcie Turney and Matt Zagorski are among the 20 vying for the title. Admission gets you samples of each entry, cookies, a 2012 Burger Brawl tee, Jim Beam and beer from Dogfish Head. All proceeds go toward a new computer lab for Meredith Elementary School. Tickets are for sale online only and will not be available the day of the event. Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St., phillyburgerbrawl.com.
Artisanal Imports Beer Dinner at Pub & Kitchen
Tue., May 8, 8 p.m., $78
Alex Forbes of Artisanal Imports is hosting a beer dinner at Pub & Kitchen. Chef Jonathan Adams will prepare a four-course menu for the evening, each course paired with an Artisanal brew — think rabbit rillettes with baby-carrot salad and rose-geranium vinaigrette paired with Urthel Saisonniere, or striped bass carpaccio paired with Deus Brut de Flandres. Reservations are required and can be made via email (email@example.com) or over the phone. Pub & Kitchen, 1946 Lombard St., 215-545-0350, thepubandkitchen.com.
Taste of the Nation
Mon., May 7, 6:30-9:30 p.m., $85-$145
Share Our Strength's annual fundraiser is back with Kevin Sbraga as this year's chef chair. In addition to eating and drinking, guests can participate in a silent auction. All proceeds benefit the Food Trust, the Pennsylvania Hunger Action Center, the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and Philabundance. Tickets can be purchased online for $85 (GA) or $135 (VIP) and will be available at the door for an additional $10. Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., strength.org/philadelphia.