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Mark Your Calendars for These Upcoming Food Events

Attention food lovers! Do we ever have a busy year ahead of us! Here are just some of the upcoming local food events. Make sure to mark your calenders, so you don’t miss even a single delicious moment.

Valentine to the Market, February 26, 2011
Reading Terminal Market

This fundraising event benefits the Reading Terminal Market preservation fund; all proceeds will be used to preserve and enhance the Philadelphia staple for years to come. Reading Terminal merchants will provide delicious food for patrons, and celebrity chefs will make appearances! Three stages will showcase live entertainment, providing plenty of opportunities to do the Mashed Potato! Drinks will be served, and sparks will surely fly at this devilishly delicious Valentine’s celebration.

Brewer’s Plate, March 13, 2011
Penn Museum

Craft beer and local eats have never come together for a more noble cause. Brewer’s Plate is Fair Food’s annual fundraiser; Fair Food promotes local, sustainable food in the Philadelphia region. The event will bring together brewers, chefs, producers and farmers, all of which work at independently-owned establishments within 150 miles of Philadelphia. The event offers a VIP ticket choice, which unlocks the door to Philadelphia’s Foodie Royalty: meet Fork chef Terence Feury, City Paper food critic Drew Lazar and beer writer Lew Bryson, among others. And this year, local libations will be served at the featured speakeasy—so shimmy your way over to the Penn Museum this March to support the local vendors that make Philadelphia so yummy!

Flavors of the Avenue, April 30, 2011
Tasker & Morris Streets

Flavors of the Avenue is a sampling of the various South Philly restaurants that give the area a unique edge, like previous participants Tre Scalina and Los Caballitos Cantina. But the event also showcases live bands, and, of course, along with that comes dancing and celebration! Chefs prepare their favorite and most famous dishes for foodies to experience. In addition, beer, wine and cocktails are included! So dance over to the colorful East Passyunk celebration!

The Ultimate Chef Competition, May 11, 2011
Center for Culinary Enterprises Fundraiser

The Dorrance H. Hamilton Public Media Commons at WHYY
This is a knife fight any foodie would be crazy to miss! The region’s finest chefs come together to wield their swords and faceoff for chef of the city. Talents like Emilio Mignucci of DiBruno Brothers and Chip Roman of Blackfish Restaurant will take the stage, all while guests enjoy a 5-course sampling menu, featuring the evening’s “secret ingredient.” Sounds mysterious. The Top Chef-esque event supports the Center for Culinary Enterprises, which brings training, jobs and fresh food to Philadelphia. It is a noble battle with a noble cause indeed, though with a price tag of $500 a seat, it’s not as accessible as we’d like.

University City Dining Days, July 14-July 28, 2011
University City

University City Dining Days is an event that helps the restaurants you love to stay afloat in the off-season. With the help of local restaurateurs, business leaders and public relations professionals, University City restaurants, like City Tap House and the White Dog Café, promote the “three courses-three prices” initiative. Take advantage of the delicious deal and help your favorite local hot spots brave the sticky, slow summer season!

As you can see, there are plenty of scrumptious options at your feet this year. We won’t stand to hear that you’ve spent a weekend in watching bad reality TV while eating over-processed, dehydrated noodles in a cup! Delicious delicacies await—go forth and eat.

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