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Dunkel Dare, Chef Collaborations, and More Events This Week in Philly

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Welcome to Eater Philly’s events roundup, a curated listing of not-to-miss dinners, food and drink festivals, and more.

Kevin Yanaga at Aldine

What: Chef Kevin Yanaga of Double Knot (Michael Schulson’s upstairs coffee shop/downstairs izakaya and sushi bar) will be in the kitchen at George and Jennifer Sabatino’s Aldine for the night, cooking up a six-course Japanese meal with the likes of sea urchin custard with fermented fennel, miso foie gras sushi, tuna with pickled turnips, and steak with smoked yellow oyster mushrooms and puffed black garlic. Save room for dessert: dark chocolate mousse with strawberry curd and coffee pecan crumble.

When: Tuesday, June 20. Reservations available from 5-9:30 p.m.

Where: Aldine, 1901 Chestnut Street

How Much: $100, not including drinks, tax, or tip

Dunkel Dare

What: Marc Summers from Nickelodeon’s Double Dare and the Food Network’s Unwrapped is once again teaming up with Frankford Hall and local brewers for a beer-soaked version of Double Dare, complete with beer and pop culture trivia, physical challenges, an obstacle course and, of course, plenty of slime. Four teams, each made up of brewmasters from Yards, Victory, Troegs, and Paulaner, local celebs, and a member of the crowd, will compete. This is the first year Dunkel Dare is happening outside of Philly Beer Week.

When: Wednesday, June 21, and Thursday, June 22. Doors open at 4 p.m. and the games are from 7-11 p.m.

Where: Frankford Hall, 1210 Frankford Avenue

How Much: $5 cover

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Summer Solstice Block Party

What: Celebrate summer at the new pop-up park at Bainbridge Green, the wide median on Bainbridge Street in Queen Village between 3rd and 5th streets. Neighbors Whetstone Tavern, Ela, and Southwark will be serving food, plus wine, beer, and cocktails. Among the offerings: Whetstone will have its Dad’s Burger ($8) and a double burger ($10). Ela is bringing fried chicken and corn bread ($8), and Southwark is doing a wood-grilled pork belly sandwich ($10), harissa-marinated veggie skewers ($6, $8 with lamb), and a punch with rum and fruit juice ($8). Live music, games, street performers, and psychic readings round out the party.

When: Wednesday, June 21, 5-10 p.m.

Where: Bainbridge Green park, Between 3rd and 5th streets on Bainbridge

How Much: Pay as you go

Vineyard Dinner at Karamoor Estate

What: Friends and colleagues of chef Eli Kulp, who was severely injured two years ago in the Amtrak train derailment, are throwing a dinner party at a winery to raise money for the Institute for Functional Restoration. The Case Western Reserve University facility develops technologies to help people with neurologic injuries like Kulp’s. The kitchen lineup for the dinner is a who’s who of Philly star chefs, starting with recent James Beard Award winners Michael Solomonov and Greg Vernick. Add Top Chef Nick Elmi, Chris Curtin of Eclat Chocolates, and John Patterson, Jon Nodler, and Eli Collins. Those last three work for Kulp and Ellen Yin’s High Street Hospitality Group, at Fork, High Street on Market, and A.Kitchen. The event starts with a wine tasting and winery tour, followed by a reception with Yin, Ed Rendell, Michael and Lisa Nutter, and Larry and Korin Korman from AKA, and then the multi-course dinner. Dress is “farm dinner chic.”

When: Saturday, June 24, from 4 p.m.

Where: Karamoor Estate, 100 E. Skippack Pike, Fort Washington

How Much: $500

June 9

A Taste of Kensington

What: Non-profit urban farm Greensgrow is celebrating its 20th anniversary with a party at Philadelphia Brewing Co. Neighborhood chefs and restaurants, including Kensington Quarters, Little Baby’s Ice Cream, and Cheu Noodle Bar (which is opening a Fishtown location), will be giving out samples of savory and sweet dishes. To drink, there’s beer and cider from Philadelphia Brewing. The money raised from the event goes to support Greensgrow.

When: Saturday, June 10, from 6-10 p.m.

Where: Philadelphia Brewing Company, 2440 Frankford Avenue

How Much: $45, or $70 for VIP

Marc Vetri at Pizzeria Vetri

What: Marc Vetri will be back at Pizzeria Vetri’s Art Museum location testing out recipes for his upcoming cookbook, Mastering Pizza. Hang out with the chef and be one of the first to try the shaved zucchini pie with stracciatella and mint.

When: Wednesday, June 14, 6-8 p.m.

Where: Pizzeria Vetri, 1939 Callowhill Street

How Much: Menu prices

Old City Eats Block Party

What: Old City District is kicking off the second season of Old City Eats — its Thursday night take on Center City Sips — with an after-work food festival. Fifteen neighborhood restaurants, including High Street on Market, Khyber Pass, and Common Wealth, are participating. This is the second year for Old City Eats. It runs Thursdays through August 31, with restaurants offering at least one half-priced appetizer, one $4 beer, and one $5 cocktail.

When: Thursday, June 15, from 5-8 p.m.

Where: Second Street between Market and Chestnut

How Much: Pay as you go

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Honeycomb ice cream at Franklin Fountain in Old City
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Great Chefs Event

What: More than 40 chefs from across the country will be at the Great Chefs Event, a benefit for Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation and Vetri Community Partnership. Try food from James Beard Award winner Greg Vernick of Vernick Food & Drink, Kevin Sbraga of The Fat Ham, Ryan Poli of The Catbird Seat in Nashville, Derek Dammann of Maison Publique in Montreal, Charles Phan of The Slanted Door in San Francisco, Hugh Acheson of 5 & 10 in Athens, Georgia, and lots more. The after-party, with Michael Solomonov and Jose Garces, is at Lo Speido.

When: Tuesday, June 20, from 6-9 p.m.

Where: Urban Outfitters’ Navy Yard headquarters

How Much: $350 for general admission, $525 for the main event and the after-party

Kevin Fink at Osteria

What: Chef Kevin Fink is visiting from Emmer & Rye in Austin, Texas, to take over the kitchen at Osteria for the night. Emmer & Rye was named one of Bon Appetit’s best new restaurants for 2016 and Fink made it to Food & Wine’s best new chefs list. Osteria’s head chef, Jeff Michaud, ate at the Austin farm-to-table restaurant last year and liked it so much he wanted a chance to collaborate with Fink.

When: Wednesday, June 21, at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Osteria, 640 N. Broad Street

How Much: $85 a head for a four-course meal with dishes like a softshell crab taco with burnt squash mayo and hoja santa, also known as the root beer plant. The beverage pairing is $45.

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