Main course: Nothing satisfies a Philly craving more than a cheesesteak ("wit" or "witout" onions) — at local standbys such as Pat's, Geno's, or Jim's — or, for more adventurous palates, a fried slice of scrapple, that distinctive mixture of pork, spices, and cornmeal. Reading Terminal Market, one of the country's oldest, has about 75 retailers. Eating and drinking the syllabus is encouraged at Tria Cafe, where wine makers, brewers, cheese makers, and other experts teach at the Fermentation School.
Quick bites: Since 1939 Di Bruno Bros. gourmet food stores have traded in exotic cheeses — and each of the four locations specializes in different kinds. A favorite chef's shopping spot is the Headhouse Farmer's Market.
Restaurant Weeks: January 22-27 and January 29-February 3, 2011. For more information visit the Center City Philadelphia web site.