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South Street Hot Dog Crawl Sat., July 13, noon, pay as you go
July is National Hot Dog Month, according to … someone with a financial stake in the health of the hot-dog market, we assume. No matter; we hardly need an excuse to get psyched for a hot-dog crawl. Starting at O’Neals Pub at noon, join a band of dedicated hot-dog enthusiasts just like yourself on a quest to down dogs at 14 different South Street spots from the obvious (Hot Diggity, Brauhaus Schmitz) to the “huh!” (Blackbird). Specials will be offered to those wearing an official Crawl T-shirt ($20, $30 for two), but unofficial pop-ins are welcome, too. Check the website for the full schedule of stops, plus plenty more hot-dog-themed revelry throughout the rest of the month. Various locations, hotdogmonthphilly.com.
Sidewalk Sizzle and Ice Cream Freeze at Reading Terminal Sat., July 13, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., pay as you go
As it happens, July is also National Ice Cream Month — and this one was declared by Ronald Reagan, so you know it’s serious. Reading Terminal Market is celebrating this weekend with an outdoor barbecue serving up plenty of frozen stuff in addition to a ton of other food, including the technically irresistible draws of dollar dogs and giant turkey legs (go on and gnaw — it’s what the Gipper would’ve wanted). There will also be plenty of games, live music and arts-and-crafts projects to keep the kids entertained while they work up an appetite for that second cone. Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Filbert sts.., 215-922-2317, readingterminalmarket.org.
Southwark Dinner with Chef Brian Ricci Wed., July 17, 7 p.m., $45-$55
You may know Brian Ricci as the chef at Kennett Restaurant. Or you might be familiar with NIFTY, his line of seasonal chutneys, ketchups and other condiments for sale at the Fair Food Farmstand at Reading Terminal. Or maybe you just like dinner. All good reasons to pencil in this four-courser, hosted by Southwark chef Nick Macri, highlighting Ricci’s preserves. Also on the agenda is a preserving “discussion,” which sounds surprisingly staid — but the meal’s beer or wine supplement is going for a mere 10 bucks and should help keep things lively. Southwark, 701 S. Fourth St., 215-238-1888, southwarkrestaurant.com.
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