I’ll Never Go To Restaurant Week Again!


It seems like everywhere you turn these days, someone’s having a restaurant week. Chester County had one earlier this year. Philadelphia has them several times a year, including two consecutive weeks in September (12-24, not including Saturday, of course), and the reboot of Main Line Restaurant Week is slated for the week of September 27th.

The reason I won’t be participating in any of these Restaurant Weeks, or any others for that matter, is simple: They aren’t a good deal. It’s three courses for $30, you think – how could it not be a good deal? Well, consider the following:

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Philly Beer Week 2010 – Main Line Event List

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Philly Beer Week is back June 4th- June 13th, and the suburbs are taking full part. Here’s our best shot at putting together an event list for the Main Line extended area… for more events in Philadelphia and other suburbs like Kennett, Downingtown and Phoenixville, visit http://www.phillybeerweek.org.

Pay as you go unless otherwise noted.

Saturday June 5th

12% Imports and their Brewers and Pig Roast
Teresa’s Next Door, Wayne
Noon – 3:00 PM

Monday June 7th

Suburban Kickoff
Brewers & reps from Stillwater, Cigar City, St. Somewhere, Voodoo, Boulder, Dark Horse, Ballast Point and 12% imports.
TJ’s Everyday, Paoli
4:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Tuesday June 8th:

Meet the Brewer of Bavik and Petrus
Oak Aged Pale Ale on Draught Here!
Teresa’s Next Door, Wayne
6:30 PM – 8:3o PM

Local Casks for Local Firefghters
Six local firkins with proceeds benefiting Paoli Fire Co.
TJ’s Everyday, Paoli
6:00 PM-9:00 PM

Home Brewers IPA Night
Local Home Brewers competition for the coveted Oakmont Cup. Brewers brew a special IPA for this Beer Week event. Beer-friendly Menu, patrons participate.
Oakmont National Pub, Havertown
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Weds June 9

Bear Republic Pint Night
Pint Night with Bear Republic: Crazy Ivan, Cask Conditioned Racer 5, Hop Rod Rye, Red Rocket Ale, Racer 5.
The Drafting Room Taproom and Grille, Exton
6:00 PM – 12:00 PM

Thursday June 10th

Sierra Nevada Tasty Thursday
We will be featuring the first half of the one-off brew made at Sierra Nevada by the Philly Beer Week Beer Campers. This top secret conglomeration from Philly publicans, craft distributors and some of our favorite beer writers will be sure to surprise you. We will have more details when we are allowed to talk about it! Get Excited!
Teresa’s Next Door, Wayne
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Great Lakes Meet & Greet
Meet and greet with Great Lakes owner Pat Conway.
TJ’s Everyday, Paoli
6:00 PM-8:00 PM

Friday June 11th

3rd Annual Visit from Bobo of Chimay
He will be here Friday evening to talk and tell stories about Belgium, monasteries and of course the Trappist Ales of the Scourmont Abbey. How could you possibly want to miss having a beer with this man? Especially you ladies…
Teresa’s Next Door, Wayne
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Saturday June 12th

Main Line Food and Jazz Fest 2010
Teresa’s will be featuring an indoor, air conditioned Troegs Beer Garden during the Main Line Food & Jazz Festival. At least two firkins and four taps!
N. Wayne Ave, Wayne
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Stone/Brewdog Collaboration
Stone & Brewdog owners, brewers and reps take over TJ’s taps for the night.
TJ’s Everyday, Paoli
4:00 PM-7:00 PM

Spaten/Franziskaner Beer Party with Fran.
TJ’s Everyday, Paoli
7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Sunday June 13th

Victory Fists of Feury Beer Release Party
Hors d’oeuvres and beer dinner celebrating the release of “Fists of Feury” a collaborative effort between Victory and chefs Terence and Patrick Feury
Nectar, Berwyn
5:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Price: $55.00

Yards Beer Dinner with Franklin Winslow the Brewer
Yards sampling and meet the brewer (Franklin Winslow) night. Beer friendly menu. Beer education offered by Peter Cherpack from Beerappreciation.com. Yards-infused menu.
Oakmont National Pub, Havertown
6:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Did we miss any events? Post ’em in the comments section!

Farm Meets Table Event for Growers & Chefs

Here’s an interesting local event coming soon from the Buy Fresh Buy Local organization — the Farm Meets Table event for chefs/restaurant owners and local farmers.

Farm Meets Table: Making Local Food Connections
FREE Event!
Monday, April 12, 2010
Restaurant Alba
7 West King Street, Malvern

Hosted by PASA Southeast Regional Office & Chef Sean Weinberg
RSVP by 4/8 here

This event brings together local farmers looking to sell directly to restaurant chefs. Owner/Chef Sean Weinberg has made a deep commitment to feature fresh, regionally produced foods at Restaurant Alba, and he will be sharing his expertise on buying locally in a brief “How to Buy from Farmers” presentation for chefs. In addition, a “How to Sell to Chefs” segment will be led by Mark Dornstreich of Branch Creek Farm for growers new to direct sales.

For Local Growers
We ask that only growers with the desire and capability to sell their locally grown items on a commercial scale attend this event. Please note that all local growers will be screened to determine eligibility prior to the event. Don’t meet the requirements, but interested in selling locally? We encourage you to locate farmers markets in your area by visiting buylocalpa.org/southeast.

For Local Buyers
Savvy restaurants are choosing to buy locally for a reason- local foods offer premium taste, maximum freshness and keep dollars in our local economy. Not to mention, many customers think buying local foods is important and beneficial to the well being of their families and communities. We ask that only local buyers committed to buying locally produced foods attend this event.

Two Big Local Events Next Weekend

Next weekend boasts two big foodie events on the Main Line — it’s a shame they overlap!

As we mentioned previously, Friday night Feb 5th is Foodapalooza II in Haverford. Tickets are $12 in advance / $15 at the door.

In addition, the first ever Taste Local Festival will take place at the Desmond in Malvern on Friday night and all day Saturday. The main event takes place Saturday afternoon from 12-3:30 and will include a sampling of local food, wine and beer (featuring over fifteen breweries and wineries), plus several “Savor Sessions” where you get to learn and taste unique food and drink pairings. In addition, there are pairing dinners both nights, a chili competition and more. Tickets start at $35.

Main Line Dine will be represented at both events, so we hope to see you out next weekend!

More info:
Taste Local

Foodapalooza II – Friday March 5th

NOTE (2/5/10): Foodapalooza II has been postponed until March 5th due to the impending blizzard.

First Friday Main Line is hosting the 2nd annual Foodapalooza event, which includes sampling of great foods from a variety of local restaurants and a chef’s competition judged by local food experts.

Come enjoy a taste from these great restaurants:
A La Maison, Auspicious, Cafe San Pietro/Positano, Khajuraho, McCloskey’s, Panera, Primavera Pizza Kitchen, Trader Joe’s, Verdad , Whole Foods Market and many more.

Also, there will be a wine tasting by Majestic Wine and Spirits and more.

Date: Friday, March 5, 2010
Time: 6pm to 8pm
Location: Haverford Estates, 731 Old Buck Lane, Haverford, PA

Tickets: $15 at the door or buy online $ 12, just choose Foodapalooza 2 as the Donation Type.