Pig out on It!
Eating scrapple takes nerve, but actually making a loaf of nebulous pig parts earns you a special medal for culinary bravery. Should you wish to learn the fineries of scrapple assembly head to Reading Terminal Market's inaugural Scrapplefest this Saturday, where several butchers, including Harry Ochs & Sons, will conduct scrapple-making demonstrations. There'll also be scrapple tastings and a competition among market merchants to create the best dish using scrapple. Artsy types will be delighted to know there's also a scrapple sculpting event. So far, budding Rodins have pledged to create a scrapple wedding cake and Liberty Bell. >> Sat., April 21, 10am-4pm. Free. Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch sts. 215.922.2317. www.readingterminalmarket.org
Build and Store It!
Wine cellar, you say? Even if you barely have room in your apartment for yourself and an overweight cat? According to Pinot owner Dan Soskin, there's a wine storage solution--from wall racks to tasting tables with built-in storage--for every sized space. Learn what options are available for your budget and space limitations. (My grandmom wants to know if they have a storage solution for her burgeoning collection of half-gallon jugs of Carlo Rossi.) >> Wed., April 18, 4-8pm. Free. Pinot, 227 Market St. 215.627.9463. www.pinotboutique.com
Every neighborhood lays claim to "the Avenue." Northeasters and NoLibbers love them some Frankford while Mount Airyans and Chestnut Hillbillies swear by Germantown. Until recently there wasn't much to love about South Philly's East Passyunk Avenue, but the efforts of an active business improvement district are bearing fruit in the form of new coffeehouses, restaurants and shops. See what all the fuss is about at the second annual Flavors of the Avenue Festival, where there'll be wine tastings, culinary demos from local restaurants and a fashion show. >> Sat., April 21, noon-4pm. $26-$30. 1628 E. Passyunk Ave. 215.336.1455. www.visiteastpassyunk.com
Whether you're a cell-phone-throwing Naomi Campbell-style boss or a hardworking, underappreciated assistant, don't forget to honor Administrative Assistants Day on April 25. Nasty Naomis can try to make it up to their underlings by springing for a special prix-fixe lunch in honor of AA Day at Twenty21. They'll serve a three-course menu that includes crab cocktail, swordfish and chocolate terrine with strawberries. >> Mon., April 23, 11:30am-2:30pm. $24. Through April 27. Twenty21, 2005 Market St. 215.851.6262. www.twenty21.com
It sounds like an oxymoron. But it's not. Sarah Cain has come up with a tasty alternative that lets you have your scrapple without all the pig parts.