Here are a few items of note, which have piled up since my wife and I welcomed twins earlier this month and I decided to back off work (somewhat) for a few weeks:
Doughnuts and beer: In a brilliant pairing straight out of The Simpsons, the Philly Krispy Kreme folks will offer their finest alongside craft beers at Devil's Den, 11th and Ellsworth Streets in South Philly, on Tuesday, Oct. 25 from 11 a.m. to 2 a.m. A beer and doughnut "flight" is $10, with $4 from each being donated to Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS). They'll pair the Original Glazed with PBC’s Joe Porter; the Cinnamon Bun doughnut with Yards’ Thomas Jefferson Ale, and Pumpkin Spice Cake Doughnut with Weyerbacher’s Verboten, a Belgian-style pale ale.
Tune in to Captain Pat Croce: The former Sixers front man owns three bars in Key West, Fla., and HDnet's Drinking Made Easy (with host Zane Lamprey) will visit Croce’s Rum Barrel, Island Dogs Bar and The Green Parrot on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m.
Pop-up restaurant: The guys behind Green Eggs Cafe are planning to open Stateside, a whiskey bar/small-plater, at 1536 E. Passyunk Ave. As a test-drive, they'll run a $55 sample menu Saturday, Oct. 29 (two seatings) at the South Philadelphia Green Eggs location. Here is the menu.
Real Food Festival: The Swarthmore Co-op, Swarthmore Sustainable Table and The Good Food Project at Swarthmore College will host the first Real Food Festival on Nov. 5 and 6. Planned are hands-on workshops for families at the Swarthmore Farmers Market, panel discussions, a pig roast at the college, and a farm-to-table dinner prepared by local chefs. Details are here.
See food folks: First Person Arts' Reading Terminal Market tour with Inquirer alum Rick Nichols sold out in like five minutes. Here are a few other programs: On Nov. 11, Di Nardo's in Old City hosts a seafood dinner and book talk by Erin Byers Murray, author of Shucked, a memoir about Murray's adventure as the novice member of a rugged oyster farming crew. ($45); on Nov. 16, journalist Annia Ciezadlo visits Sahara Grill to share tales from Day of Honey, her memoir about the six years she spent breaking bread with Shiites and Sunnis, warlords and refugees, matriarchs and mullahs while working as a reporter in Baghdad and Beirut ($45); and on Nov. 17, a "peace meal" of food from Zahav will follow a screening of the Palestinian-Israeli documentary film My So-Called Enemy ($35). Details are here.
In the openings department: The city's second Yogorino (1205 Walnut St.) is open officially after a VIP party on Tuesday, Oct. 25. ... Molly Malloy's, the craft-brew spot run by the Iovine produce guys at Reading Terminal Market, debuts on Wednesday, Oct. 26. ... Besides Il Pittore's debut on Wednesday, Oct. 26, get set for the Willow Grove location of Mad Mex on Nov. 11. ... This may be a ways off, but PBandU, the peanut butter-themer in Wayne, is planning a second spot in Moorestown Mall. ... Also a ways off is the city's first Crumbs Bake Shop, coming to 133 S. 18th St. (off Rittenhouse Square); a rep tells me it'll swing open "at the beginning of 2012."