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POSTED: Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 1:29 PM

Typically, slurred or unintelligible speech is the reddest of flags for bartenders — if you can’t properly enunciate your drink order, it’s probably time for you to go home.

But there are always marble-mouthed exceptions, such as the new cocktail list at Twenty Manning Grill (261 S. 20th St.), specifically calibrated to knot up the tongues of drinkers, whether they’re sober or not.

The mischievous lineup, which falls under the seasonal, experimental “261 Labs” section of the drink menu, was developed by GM Jillian Encarnacion and bartender Resa Mueller.

POSTED: Monday, April 21, 2014, 5:00 AM
Whether you’re looking for a multi-course feast from a duo of highly-trained chefs or a chance to sample (and learn how to make) the freshest regional farm fare, there are events for you this week. Got a sweet tooth? Satisfy it this Saturday while helping raise money for hungry Philadelphians.
POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014, 1:45 PM

Crabbie’s Alcoholic Ginger Beer is rolling out its new Spiced Organge flavor with events from Monday, May 5 through Saturday, May 10.

The line-up for “It’s Time for a Crabbie’s Week” includes:

• Monday, May 5, starting at 5 p.m. drink a Crabbie’s to celebrate Cinco de Mayo at Sancho Pistola’s (19 West Girard Avenue, 267.324.3530.)

POSTED: Friday, April 18, 2014, 10:47 AM
"The Champion" has Asian style braised rib cap with giardinera (carrots, onions, red bell pepper, cucumber, green beans, olives, jalepenos, pickled in red wine vinegar and oil) on a corn tortilla.

Sancho Pistola's in Fishtown continues its Fishtown Taco Exchange program - in which it imports local chefs to create taco -  with chef Keith Ballew of Monk's Cafe.

"The Champion" has Asian style braised rib cap with giardinera (carrots, onions, red bell pepper, cucumber, green beans, olives, jalepenos, pickled in red wine vinegar and oil) on a corn tortilla.

It'll be priced at $12 for two from 9 p.m. to midnight Monday, April 21.

POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 2:36 PM
Hard Rock Cafe on East Market Street, Philadelphia. June 2013. ( Reid Kanaley / Staff )

In one of the odder promotions to mark Tax Day, Hard Rock Cafe is giving people a chance to sing for their supper.

From 5 to 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, any guest who performs a complete song on Hard Rock Cafe’s stage in front of the entire restaurant will receive a free dinner entrée from Hard Rock’s new menu.

Among the new menu items: Grilled Vegetable Sandwich, Arugula Salad with Shaved Marinated Chicken or Fiesta Burger (or Veggie Burger).

POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 11:13 AM
This time of year, Philly is as flush with great food events as the trees are with new buds. In sit-down dining you can submit to the wonder of women chefs, get decadent with French champagne or explore a new side of Southern cuisine, and in casual munching you can score gratis cheese pairings or spend the day outside on the Parkway.
POSTED: Monday, April 14, 2014, 9:50 AM

There's no ball on Times Square or anything like that surrounding the Laotian new year.

Vientiane Cafe in West Philly is marking the new year with an eight-course dinner on Tuesday, April 15 and Wednesday, April 16. It's a benefit for the Laos In The House community arts project. Both dinner dates will be hosted by Catzie Vilayphonh, Laos In The House’s Creative Director, and Susie Ratsamy, Managing Director.

Tickets ($50) are available here.

POSTED: Friday, April 11, 2014, 8:00 AM
Robert Irvine, left, and Marcus Samuelsson are the headliners of the Caesars Entertainment 6th Annual Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival.

Atlantic City Food and Wine Festival - thee days of culinary and spirits events organized by Caesars Entertainment Atlantic City - will return for its sixth year beginning Friday, July 25.

Headlining chefs include Robert Irvine (Restaurant Impossible) and Marcus Samuelsson (the chef/owner of New York's Red Rooster and author of Yes, Chef).

Caesars has yet to announce other participants, but among the activities planned are:

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