A repeal party Hiroko Shimbo, Wines, Canines and Felines.
Obviously you want to rejoice over the 75th anniversary of the repeal of Prohibition. Even if you don't drink, you have to admit it was a rotten experiment that indirectly led to the state-controlled liquor sales and the demise of the local breweries. Head to the repeal party at McGillin's Old Ale House, which is also celebrating the 50th anniversary of family ownership, to partake in festivities that'll include 75-cent (cent!) Pabst Blue Ribbons, whiskey served in teacups and "depression cuisine" (is it even appropriate to pair those words?) like meatloaf and shepherd's pie. McGillin's is also offering discounted ($10)"We Survived Prohibition" T-shirts. If you can keep your senses about you in the presence of cheap PBR, perhaps you'll want to purchase one to commemorate your survival of the repeal party? >> Mon., April 7, 5pm. McGillin's Old Ale House, 1310 Drury St. 215.735.5562. www.mcgillins.com
Our kitchen has a brand-new floor. This is exciting. Since we're no longer afraid of falling through it, we're now planning on doing some actual cooking in it, which requires us to sharpen cooking skills that have long been dormant as we ate our way through the restaurants and bars. We like to eat while we learn, so we're excited about a lunch/cooking class with esteemed cookbook author Hiroko Shimbo, expert on sushi and Japanese cookery at Foster's. For $45 you get a cooking demo from Shimbo plus a lunch of eggplant with yuzu-miso sauce, barley miso soup and a sushi platter. >> Wed., April 9, 12:30pm. $45. Foster's, 399 Market St. 800.734.8511. www.shopfosters.com
Drink It and Awwww!
Like drinking and shopping, which we've cautioned against before, simultaneously drinking and looking at adorable puppies and kittens in need of adoption is not the best idea. As we're powerless to resist expensive shoes when under the influence, we're powerless to resist the poignant mewling of a darling kitten or three. We're pretty sure the folks at Pinot and the Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) are well aware of our vulnerability. That's why they're hosting Wines, Canines and Felines, a wine tasting/animal adoption party. The party will run simultaneously at Pinot's boutique in Old City and PAWS' new adoption center on the corner of Second and Arch. Pinot will donate 10 percent of its sales from the evening to PAWS. Expect wine tastings, a scavenger hunt with prizes and of course dogs and cats to squeal over, play with and, following sips of merlot, adopt. >> Fri., April 4, 6-9pm. Free. Pinot Boutique, 227 Market St. 215.627.9463. www.pinotboutique.com