Hear It and Eat It!
The First Person Arts Festival hasn't neglected Philly foodies. This week there are two opportunities to experience food and food stories firsthand. Ellen Yin, co-owner of Fork restaurant, will host a ForkLore Food Tour through Philadelphia, including a trip to the Italian Market and Chinatown. There'll be food to taste along the way, and the tour ends at Fork, where Yin will serve dessert and sign her new book ForkLore. If you're curious to hear all about the inner workings of Starbucks, you might want to attend Life and Death Over Coffee where Michael Gates Gill--a 60-year-old who went to work at Starbucks for the health insurance after becoming ill and losing his job--reads from his memoir How Starbucks Saved My Life (being made into a movie starring Tom Hanks) and leads a coffee tasting. Plus, filmmaker Mark Malkoff will screen his documentary 171 Starbucks. >> ForkLore Food Tour: Thurs., Nov. 8, 6-9pm. $55. First Person Stage, 2111 Sansom St; Life and Death Over Coffee: Fri., Nov. 9, 6-7:30pm. $10. Harmelin Media Stage, 2111 Sansom St. www.firstpersonarts.org
Learn It and Drink It!
If there's one monkey on my back I don't ever want to be rid of, it's Victory Brewing's Golden Monkey, an ambrosial tripel that packs a strong high-alcohol wallop. Sample the Monkey, along with five other Victory beers and six beer-paired cheeses during a guided beer-and-cheese tasting upstairs at Di Bruno's. Who knows? You might find a new cheese on your back to go with the Golden Monkey. >> Thurs., Nov. 8, 6-8pm. $45. Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St. 215.665.1659. www.dibruno.com
Negotiating a restaurant opening in Philadelphia is tricky business. First you have to find the money, then you have to figure out where all the money is disappearing to. There's fun to be had with the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board, the Health Department and the odious Department of Licenses and Inspections. If you're considering a restaurant opening, you might want to think about attending the Restaurant Orientation and Resource Forum hosted by the Enterprise Center. The panel discussion will present representatives from each of the pertinent city departments (including L&I) plus PR, marketing and financing experts. Several experienced restaurateurs (including Tom Peters, co-owner of Monk's) will also be in attendance, dispensing advice they probably wish someone had told them long ago. The $20 registration fee includes lunch. >> Wed., Nov. 7, 11am-2:30pm. $20. Enterprise Center, 4548 Market St. 215.243.4101. www.theenterprisecenter.com