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Cake Life Is Pairing Cream Puffs With Wine

Plus a Bastille Day Tastykake tradition and more things to eat this week

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

Block Party at Bar Amis

What: The newly opened Bar Amis at the Navy Yard is hosting a block party with live music, games, and activities for the kids. The food and drink lineup includes $5 Victory, Yards, and Brooklyn brews, $8 mango water ice made with tequila, $5 nachos, and $7 burgers.

When: Wednesday, July 12, 5-9 p.m.

Where: Bar Amis, 4503 S. Broad Street

How Much: It’s free to attend. Food and drink are pay as you go.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade at La Peg

What: Head to the Haas Biergarten outside of La Peg Wednesday nights this summer for outdoor movie screenings. This week, hunt for the Holy Grail with Harrison Ford. For food, order a lobster roll from the beer garden’s Seafood Shack.

When: Wednesday, July 12, 8:30 p.m.

Where: La Peg at FringeArts, 140 N. Columbus Boulevard

How Much: The movie is free; dinner is regular menu pricing.

Sushi at Pod
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Pod Sushi School

What: Learn how to make sushi from a chef at Stephen Starr’s Pod. The fee includes a very specific dinner: a glass of wine, miso soup, a side salad, a roll, four pieces of nigiri, spicy tuna crispy rice, and dessert, plus a take-home sushi kit. There’s only room for eight people per class.

When: Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6 p.m., through August 31

Where: Pod, 3636 Sansom Street

How Much: It’s $50. Call (215) 387-1803 to reserve a space.

Cake Life Bake Shop Summer Pairing Series

What: For the next six Thursday nights, Cake Life is bringing in bartenders and other alcohol experts to pair drinks with the bakery’s desserts. The series kicks off this week with Riley Duffie of VOS Selections matching five wines and Champagnes with five desserts, including this all-star lineup: a strawberry-rhubarb cream puff with vanilla bean custard, a chocolate cupcake with lemon curd, and a dark chocolate-dulce de leche truffle bar. Next week, Friday Saturday Sunday’s Paul MacDonald will be on hand with cocktails.

When: Thursday evenings at 7:30 p.m., July 13-August 17

Where: Cake Life Bake Shop, 1306 Frankford Avenue

How Much: $55

University City Dining Days

What: University City’s restaurant week starts Thursday, and it’s cheaper than the Center City version. Restaurant offer three-course dinners for $15, $25, or $35. Among the highlights in the first two categories: Vientiane Café, Vietnam Café, and Dahlak at $15, and Han Dynasty and Distrito with the $25 meals. Only Co-op, Pod, and White Dog Café are doing the $35 deal, and any of them would be a solid choice.

When: Thursday, July 13, to Sunday, July 23

Where: University City

How Much: $15, $25, or $35, plus tax and tip. Drinks are extra.

The Good King Tavern’s Bastille Day block party
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Bastille Day Block Party

What: The Good King Tavern is throwing a Bastille Day block party with live music, volley ball, bocce ball, and face painting. Instead of the usual menu, the laid-back French restaurant is going with street food like waffle fries and chick pea fritters. Sandwich options include ham, goat butter, and cornichon on a baguette and roasted pork shoulder with sauerkraut and Dijon mustard. The event is cash only.

When: Friday, July 14, 5-10 p.m.

Where: Kater Street between 7th and 8th streets

How Much: Pay as you go

Bastille Day Festival at Eastern State Penitentiary

What: While it’s not a food event per se, there will be Krimpets. Eastern State Penitentiary’s annual Bastille Day festivities include a daytime carnival and a (very loose) reenactment of the French Revolution courtesy of the Bearded Ladies Cabaret. That all leads up the cry of “Let them eat Tastykake!” while 2,000 Tastykakes are tossed down from the prison towers. Nearby restaurants, including London Grill, Urban Saloon, and Belgian Café, will have French-themed specials starting after the performance.

When: Saturday, July 15. The carnival is 2-5 p.m. and the performance is at 5:30 p.m. Restaurant specials start at 6:30 p.m.

Where: Eastern State Penitentiary, 2027 Fairmount Avenue

How Much: The Bastille Day Festival is free. Get in to the Penitentiary afterward for $10.

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