Benefits, odds, and ends

Rosey’s BBQ owner Chad Rosenthal has pledged 10 percent of all his Ambler restaurant’s sales between Oct. 1 and 15 to help Ambler Borough recover from flood damage caused by Hurricane Irene.  Rosenthal will double the donation on Saturday, Oct. 1 during Ambler’s annual Oktoberfest celebration.

Nine Old City bars will host OCFest all day Oct. 9, and the best German costume will win $500 in gift certificates. Idea is to show up at Buffalo Billiards, Mad River, Triumph, Eulogy, Q BBQ, Sassafras, Nicks Roast Beef, National Mechanics, and Philadelphia Bar + Restaurant starting at 11 a.m. Costumed contestants will collect tickets at each place. At 5 p.m., the crowd will gather at Triumph to see who has the most tickets. If there's a tie, a talent contest will settle it. Details will be available on this Facebook page.

The March of Dimes' Signature Chefs Auction is up for Nov. 17 at Memorial Hall in Fairmount Park. Here's the rundown (.PDF).

Two South Philly restaurants -- Fond and Bibou -- made OpenTable's list of top "foodie" restaurants nationally. Details are here. I see that Jessie Prawlucki of Fond has an Oct. 5 hearing date for zoning approval for her dessert shop at 1437 E. Passyunk Ave.

The Dandelion at 18th and Sansom Streets starts weekend breakfast menu (8-11:30 a.m.) beginning this Saturday (Sept. 24), with English Premier League soccer games airing on a new telly.

Fare at 20th and Corinthian Streets in Fairmount starts weekend brunch (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) this weekend (Sept. 24). Menu is here (.DOC).

Philadelphia Brewing Co. will sell World Cafe® Broadcaster Brown Ale to mark the 20th anniversary of the World Cafe® radio program. It goes on sale at various taps at the end of September. It's a "medium-bodied, deep red-brown hued ale brewed with American hops and oats along aromatic German dark malts," goes the press release. Drawback: Every few sips, someone stops you and asks for a contribution.