Friday, Feb. 29
North of the border tasting, featuring Quebec cheeses from Denis Cottin Estate Selections, as well as Unibroue Brewery craft beers from the same region. $45. 6-8 p.m. at Di Bruno Bros., 1730 Chestnut St., 215-665-1659.
Sat-Sun, March 1-2
Barrels on the Brandywine, an opportunity to sample the new 2007 wines at six participating Brandywine Valley wineries, includes barrel tastings, cellar tours, music, art shows, food and more. $25 for a Wine Trail Passport, which can be purchased at all six wineries. For a list of wineries, locations and contact information, visit www.bvwinetrail.com. Repeats every Saturday and Sunday in March except for Easter Sunday.
Monday, March 3
Trimbach wines of Alsace dinner, featuring a menu that includes pea and goat cheese ravioli with leek fondue and fresh tomato butter, crispy black sea bass with lobster basmati rice and kaffir lime sauce, and more, all paired with Trimbach Alsatian wines. $75. 6 p.m. at Brasserie Perrier, 1619 Walnut St., 215-568-3000, www.brasserieperrier.com.
March 7-16: Philly Beer Week, featuring more than 100 events, including dinners, festivals, meet-and-greets and more, all celebrating Philadelphia's beer culture. For more information and a calendar of Beer Week events, visit www.phillybeerweek.org.
March 9: Chinese royal banquet, to celebrate The Year of the Rat, presented by Albertson Cooking School and the Philadelphia Chapter of Les Dames d'Escoffier with proceeds benefiting culinary education for local women, and featuring a multi-course menu that includes royal Peking duck, Mandarin lobster tail, and much more. $85, includes wine. 3 p.m. at Margaret Kuo's Restaurant, 175 E. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-688-7200.
March 9: Annual Brewer's Plate, featuring unlimited sampling of gourmet food and craft beers from 21 area restaurants, including Fork, Southwark and Ansill, as well as 21 area breweries, including Dogfish Head, Flying Fish, Legacy and Triumph. $60 general admission; $100 VIP. 6:30-9 p.m.; starts at 6 p.m. for VIP ticket holders at the Independence Visitor Center, 6th and Market Sts. Tickets must be presented at the door and are available at www.thebrewersplate.org.
March 9-14: South Jersey Restaurant Week, featuring more than 60 Garden State restaurants, all of which will be offering a four-course dinner for $35 per person, not including beverages, tax or gratuity. For a complete list of participating restaurants and contact information, visit www.sjhotchefs.com.
March 10: Yards Brewery beer dinner, prepared by chef Alison Barshak and featuring a menu that includes salt-crusted red drumfish, shrimp and sweet potato cake with nuoc cham sauce, molasses cured Berkshire pork, date and foie gras stuffing, chocolate panna cotta with caramel semi-freddo and nut brittle and more, all paired with one of Yards Brewing Company's craft beers. $65. 6:30 p.m. at Alison at Blue Bell, 721 Skippack Pike., Blue Bell, 215-641-2660. For more information and a list of beers, visit www.alisonatbluebell.com.
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