>> TACO TIME: Close on the heels of a food-truck launch and a new Northern Liberties locale, Verdad Restaurant & Tequila Bar owner Nick Farina is making his mark on Manayunk. You’ll find the lively Union Taco at 4229 Main St.
>> PARISIAN POP-UP: Dîner en Blanc returns to Philadelphia on Aug. 21. This year’s all-white event has 3,400 seats available, the location announced just moments before. To join the waiting list, visit www.philadelphia.dinerenblanc.info.
>> BREWERY TURNED DISTILLERY: Philly’s Dock Street Brewing Co. expands into the hard stuff with its Vicio Mezcal. The smoky agave liquor is the first product from the new Dock Street Spirits line.
>> TOUCH OF SPAIN: Paella-making champ David Ansill of Philly’s Bar Ferdinand is spilling his trade secrets in an Aug. 23 cooking class. The course features a complete lesson in crafting the classic Spanish dish—from the chopping board to the dinner table. The cost is $40 and includes a take-home starter kit. For reservations, visit www.barferdinand.com.