How Sweet It Is: Pairing Wine and Chocolate
Sommelier Eric Cavatore joins Stacey Glynn-Brady of Lindt chocolates to teach about the beautiful matrimony between grape- and cacao-derived goodness. Pick up tips and tricks so you can play matchmaker yourself — the class begins with the experts' advice on wine and chocolate and ends with take-home learning materials and a Lindt chocolate bar of your choice. Crossings Vineyards and Winery, 1853 Wrightstown Road, Washington Crossing, 215-493-6500, crossingvineyards.com.
We have this strange feeling that no one's planning on firing up the stove this weekend. Instead, they should plan on Sunday Supper, featuring Supper chef/owner Mitch Prensky's New American cuisine. Duck meatballs, acorn squash salad and spicy crusted yellowfin tuna are on the menu this time. The first 2009 installment of the monthly practice will serve as a refined remedy to all the hearty holiday meals you've put down in the past few weeks, and there are no dirty dishes (and no corkage fee for BYOBers). Now how easy was that? Supper, 926 South St., 215-592-8180, supperphilly.com.
Standard Tap Firkin Tapping
Flying Fish firkin. Say that five times fast, and then, after enjoying its contents, try it once more. Indulge in the local gravity-poured goodness by dropping by for Standard Tap's weekly inauguration of a different Philly-area brew in a 40.9-liter cask (i.e. a firkin). Standard Tap, 901 N. Second St., 215-238-0630, standardtap.com.
January Jingle at the Prime Rib
Stop by the Prime Rib for a three-course menu that's sure to leave your belly full and your pockets not completely empty. Choose between feta, onion and tomato salad or roasted tomato soup; prime rib or grilled Atlantic salmon; and cheesecake or crème brülée. Dinners include your choice of two family-style sides, including fries, potatoes Lyonnaise and broccoli florets. Prime Rib, 1701 Locust St., 215-772-1701, theprimerib.com.
Kick the Winter Blues at Shady Brook Farm
Make the short trip out to Buxco for the first installment of Shady Brook Farm's wine concert series. Warm up to local bands permeating music/heat through the greenhouse, indulge in vino tastings courtesy of Rose Bank Winery and sample a variety of treats from Shady Brook's farm market, including hot sausage, panini and a variety of cheeses, dips and crackers. Shady Brook Farm, 931 Stony Hill Road, Yardley, 215-968-1670, shadybrookfarm.com.