It’s the classic conundrum of springtime in a great eating and drinking city like ours: Just as the season of more revealing clothing arrives, so, too, does a brand new crop of pairing dinners. So, do you take a pass on all of these phenomenal opportunities to joyously damage your liver and cholesterol counts in order to look good come beach season, or do you give in to the siren song of all these great events?
Of course you do the latter. Here, then, is a brief rundown of the most exciting ones in the next couple weeks. Next issue, we’ll be featuring a more extensive list of upcoming beverage-pairing meals, including some early booking opportunities for Philly Beer Week. For now, though, these three should be more than enough to get you hungry, thirsty and thoroughly over any concern for frivolous seasonal sartorial matters. In the face of dinners like these, bodily aesthetics can wait. Just dig in.
Le Bec Fin’s Winemaker Dinner Series: Tonight at 6:30, the famed Walnut Street destination will host rising star winemaker Andre Mack for a special five-course dinner created by Steve Eckerd, chef de cuisine, and Philippe Sauriat, sommelier. The menu and the wines are every bit as dramatic and appealing as you’d expect. Come hungry ... and thirsty. Wed., April 17. 6:30pm. $125. Le Bec Fin, 1523 Walnut St. 215.567.1000. lebecfin.com
Tashan dinner and cocktail pairing: The modern-Indian restaurant and lounge will host a dinner featuring a menu by Chef Sylva Senat and James Beard winner and Chopped judge Chef Maneet Chauhan. For less than $100, you get three courses, wine and cocktail pairings (including a delicious-sounding Darjeeling tea white sangria), and a signed cookbook by Chauhan. Fri., April 19. 5pm till close. Reservations suggested. $95. Tashan, 777 S. Broad St. mytashan.com
Ommegang Brewery’s Hop Chef competition: Six top Philly chefs will create one dish each, specifically paired with a particular beer from the highly regarded Cooperstown, N.Y., brewery. The winner will represent the city at the national Belgium Comes to Cooperstown competition on Aug. 3. Proceeds go to GroundSwell, a coalition powered by the Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance, and the Mural Arts Program. Tues., April 23. 7pm. $53.50. Union Transfer, 1026 Spring Garden St. 215.232.2100. utphilly.com
Wine with Mexican Food? Sí!