The Philadelphia Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) invites you to join them for an extraordinary culinary event. Food lovers will experience some of the best restaurants and bars from Midtown, Passyunk Square, Rittenhouse, Fishtown, Fairmount, and more, all under one roof. Opt to be a VIP ticket holder and get early access for a preview hour with all of the top chefs. VIP attendees will also have exclusive access to the Chefs' After Party as well as access to an intimate lounge, where food will be butler-served. Skybox, 2424 E. York St., phillypaws.org
From January 7 through February 3, delve into the city’s rich cultural diversity through celebrating the Chinese New Year at Fashion District Philadelphia. Guests can expect a picture-ready array of free installations, such as a 60 ft dragon, a lantern tunnel and an interactive wishing wall. On January 19, the festivities will peak with a day-long celebration featuring live entertainment and traditional activities. 901 Market St., 215.952.7162, fashiondistrictphiladelphia.
From January 12 through January 24, 2020, Center City District Restaurant Week kicks off with $35 3-course dinners and $20 3-course lunches. Presented by Beam Suntory’s Roku Gin and Suntory Whisky Toki and supported by Open Table, TD Bank, and The Met Philadelphia, Center City District Restaurant Week gives foodies the limited-time opportunity to enjoy the city’s most-notable restaurants at discounted prices. Various locations; centercityphila.org
From January 15-18, Philadanco! partners with the International Association of Blacks in Dance for a four day festival at The Merriam Theater. Over 40 companies and styles help to educate audiences on Black Dance history and technique. Expect to see world renowned companies like the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Dallas Black Dance Theatre and more. Times vary, tickets from $45; purchase tickets here.
From January 15-19, shop high-end designer fall/winter styles from the likes of Rick Owens, Dries van Noten, Maison Margiela, Balenciaga and more at Joan Shepp. Bites and bubbly will be served. Wednesday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Thursday-Saturday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m., Sunday 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., 1811 Chestnut St., joanshepp.com
On January 21, Art in the Age is hosting the first of its quarterly Seasonal Chef's Pairing Dinner series with cocktails from the tasting room and food from Chef Katie Briggs of Eclectik Domestic. Guests can expect a four-course prix fixe menu comprised of seasonal dishes, all of which are paired with an Art in the Age cocktail. 6-8 p.m., tickets $100, 116 N. Third St., 215.922.2600; artintheage.com
On Thursday, January 23rd, Chef Nicholas Elmi of Royal Boucherie and Heather Thomason of Primal Supply Meats host Butchering at the Boucherie, an educational event focused on whole animal—more specifically, pig—butchering. Attendees will be taught cutting and cooking techniques as well as how to choose the best meat for charcuterie boards. Charcuterie bites and other delicious refreshments will be available. 6-9 p.m., tickets $25, 52 South Second St., 267.606.6313; purchase tickets here.
On Friday, February 7, the latest of the High Street Pizzeria pop-up series brings Palizzi Social Club's chef/owner Joey Baldino to High Street on Market. Expect some of the club's favorites to be served, straight from Baldino's new cookbook Dinner at the Club: 100 Years of Stories and Recipes from South Philly's Palizzi Social Club, co-written by Adam Erace. Guests can expect family-style starters, pizza, italian sweets, aperitifs and digestifs—along with a signed copy of Baldino's cookbook. Call the restaurant to reserve your spot! 5-10 p.m., 308 Market St., 215.625.0988, highstreetonmarket.com
What better way to woo your beloved than with a traditional burlesque show centered in the heart of Old City on the eve of Valentine’s Day? Indulge your inner romantic at this Gatsby-style event and enjoy French-fusion hors d’oeuvres, such as sweet potato dumplings and duck meatballs. If the live show and delicacies aren't enough, visit the open-bar serving Absinthe cocktails. 52 S. Second St., 267.606.6313, royalboucherie.com/gift-cards-
On February 16, channel your inner sommelier at The Rittenhouse Hotel's cellar tasting. Sip wines from over 50 vineyards at 10-plus tasting tables manned by Philadelphia's best importers, representatives and sommeliers. 2-5 p.m., tickets $75, 210 W. Rittehouse Square, 215.546.9000; rittenhousehotel.com; purchase tickets here
On February 20, the Greater Philadelphia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce (GPHCC) celebrates the organization's 30th anniversary with its annual fundraiser at The Union League of Philadelphia. The event is widely known, and attracts approximately 300 business leaders to support the GPHCC's mission of building wealth in the Hispanic community. Guests can expect a duet performance by the Pennsylvania Ballet; a presentation of the Excelencia Hispanic Business Awards; and more. 5:30-9:30pm, tickets from $355, The Union League of Philadelphia; Purchase tickets here.
On Saturday, March 28, 2020, The American Red Cross is hosting Red Ball. This event is the American Red Cross’ largest fundraiser in the Philadelphia area and 2020 marks the 20th anniversary. Red Ball is a reception-style black-tie gala – it’s elegance without the long sit-down dinner and program. All funds raised support the Red Cross House, the center for disaster recovery in Philadelphia. Purchase tickets here. Vie by Cescaphe, 600 N Broad Street.