Fogo de Chao's man-focused meat-tacular, Marigold Kitchen's "Virginia Is for Lovers," Puppy Love Valentine's Party, and Philadelphia Beer Week.
Valentine's Day is fast approaching, and we know some of you will be punished by your significant others if you don't mark the occasion by going out to dinner. Of the multitude of options out there, we got a kick out of two: Marigold Kitchen's $45 four-course prix-fixe "Virginia Is for Lovers," a tribute to new chef Erin O'Shea's Southern-inflected cooking, featuring toasted baguette with shaved wigwam ham and chowchow as well as grits with butter-poached oysters. Or you could head over to Fogo de Ch�o's man-focused meat-tacular, which wins for the most over-the-top press release, including the following description: "a place where [men] will be showered with 15 savory cuts of delicious meat, carved tableside by request with no limit to their hunger-driven desires. This Valentine's Day, women in Philadelphia can give the best gift of all, a night of endless meats." What man--or woman--wouldn't want a night of endless meats? >> Marigold Kitchen, 501 S. 45th St. 215.222.3699. www.marigoldkitchenbyob.com; Fogo de Ch�o, 1337 Chestnut St. 215.636.9700. www.fogodechao.com
While we're not all that excited about Valentine's Day, we can hardly wait for the romance of Philadelphia Beer Week and all the sudsy joy it brings. The Brewer's Plate--the White Dog Community Enterprise's annual local beer 'n' food fest--will be one of the cornerstone events. This year they've relocated to the Independence Visitors Center, but will still feature the same beery goodness: 21 local beers paired with food from 21 local eateries. Tickets are already on sale, and if you buy before Feb. 15, they're only $50. If you spring for the $100 VIP tickets, you get early admission, special beers from Victory and tutored tastings from beer experts Garrett Oliver and Marnie Old. >> Sun., March 9, 6-9pm. $50-$100. www.thebrewersplate.org