Raise Those Knives And Forks For The 15th Book And The Cook

Posted: March 19, 1999

Back in late 1984, Lenora Berson of the City Representative's Office had an inspiration: Build on the city's restaurant renaissance by pairing food authors from around the country with local restaurants. Get attention for Philadelphia. Tempt suburbanites downtown.

It worked.

The three-day weekend event that paired 27 authors with 26 restaurants in March 1985 has mushroomed, as they say in the food business.

The 15th running of the Book and the Cook, which begins today, is a 10-day eat-athon of nearly 100 events involving 80 chefs - befitting Philadelphia's place of honor in the top tier of U.S. restaurant cities.

Looking back on that first Book and the Cook - 1985 - is an exercise in nostalgia. See the luncheon at Le Bec-Fin for the princely sum of $24. And notice all the many restaurants that no longer exist, including Julia's Don Quixote, Magyar, Adrian Cafe, Frog, Harry's Bar & Grill, and Cafe Nola.

But many of the personalities that define Book and the Cook are still plugging away: Judy Faye, who has helped produce it since 1986; chefs Georges Perrier and Susanna Foo; restaurateur Toto Schiavone; and scores of others. Tourists, lured by mentions on the Food Network cable channel and by national magazine articles, now actually come to visit and eat.

And the hobnobbing! Not only do foodies get their fill of great meals and ``shop talk'' from the authors, but visiting chefs and restaurant workers themselves have a good time. Many authors bring along a helper or two, and the after-hours socializing gets hot and heavy. More than a few restaurant couples met over drinks at the legendary Thursday night party at Jack's Firehouse restaurant in Fairmount.

In short, the Book and the Cook is a happening.

For us mortals, there is still room at the table for many of this year's events, though perhaps not the events featuring the highest-profile authors. Want to have brunch with Jacques Pepin at the Four Seasons ($95)? Word of the event leaked out last October. It sold out in January, shortly after the reservation books opened.

It paid to be fast with a reservation elsewhere as well. Three weeks after the January Book and the Cook announcement, 320 seats for Ming Tsai's appearance at the red-hot restaurant Buddakan had sold out - at $75 a head. Earlier this week, 80 people were on the waiting list.

That's not to say that all the meal tables are full. City Tavern in Society Hill has brought in Curtis Aikens, known for his Pick of the Day features on the Food Network and one of the nicest, most genuine food celebs out there. Seats are available for his midday Sunday supper ($75).

And while two seatings for the Saturday night dinner ($60) with the charismatic Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken at Arroyo Grille in Manayunk filled up fast, there are seats left for the 9:30 p.m. meal with TV's ``Too Hot Tamales.''

Some late additions to the lineup have received limited publicity, and so they have lots of openings. One notable is New York Daily News restaurant critic Daniel Young at Oberon in Old City on Thursday. He's thumping The Paris Cafe Cookbook, and you can order dishes a la carte. Among them: tomato and goat-cheese gateau, golden seared sea scallops with braised leeks, and rice pudding Grand Mere.

Which brings to mind another Book and the Cook point: Not all the events require major financial outlays. Sunday morning's children's bread-making class at the Atwater Kent Museum has a few spots left - and it's $5 for adults and $3 for children. The featured author is Judith Jones, who wrote Knead It, Punch It, Bake It! And Monday's wine-tasting party sponsored by the Wine Brats (a band of young and merry oenophiles) at Circa restaurant is $25, hors d'oeuvres and vino included.

Some events are free, such as the demo kitchens that will be set up Monday through Friday from noon to 2 p.m. at the Shops at Liberty Place and the Gallery's food court. Reading Terminal Market will have a maple syrup festival today andSaturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and will host guest chefs and authors at noon and 1 p.m. Wednesday through next Saturday.

* Following is a schedule of the Book and the Cook events with seating still available. Reservations - make them quick - are a must for all meals unless noted. Note also that events could change during the week, as several already have since the festival's brochure was published. All telephone numbers in the list below are in area code 215 unless noted. The restaurant price symbols are: $ (Under $25 per person); $$ ($25 to $50 per person); $$$ ($50 to $75 per person) and $$$$ (over $75).

General information: 1-800-537-7676.

Today

Lou Jane Temple at Palladium 3601 Locust St; 387-3463. The writer of Bread on Arrival and other culinary mysteries joins owner Roger Harman and chef Bola Jamiu for a 3-course luncheon from Revenge of the Barbeque Queens. $21.

Saturday

Luncheons

David Rosengarten, The Ballroom at the Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia 17th & Chestnut Sts; 563-1600. The Food Network host/chef of Taste and author of Taste: One Palate's Journey Through the World's Greatest Dishes works with executive chef Marty Semola on a wine-and-food-pairing event. $75 (with wines).

Dinners

Michael Bonadies at Nick's Fishmarket & Grill, The Rittenhouse Hotel 210 W Rittenhouse Square; 546-8440. The author of Sip By Sip: An Insider's Guide to Learning All About Wine will match wines to executive chef Andre Halston's menu. $65 (includes tasting wines).

Mary Ann Esposito at Il Portico 1519 Walnut St, 587-7000. The host of PBS-TV's Ciao Italia! invites you to Mangia Pasta! with her book and chef-owner Alberto Del Bello. $75.

Susan Feniger & Mary Sue Milliken at Arroyo Grille Main St & Leverington Ave; 487-1400. The Food Network chef-hosts heat things up with chef-owner Derek Davis and their book, Cooking With Too Hot Tamales. $60.

Joyce Goldstein at The Crystal Tea Room 13th & Market Sts (Juniper St. entrance); 625-6053. The author of Cucina Ebraica joins chefs Lou Trope and Kathleen Noonan for a dinner benefiting Hadassah. $100 (includes pre- and post-dinner receptions, tax, gratuity and cookbook; or, $75 for pre-reception and dinner only).

Giuliano Hazan at Moonstruck 7955 Oxford Ave; 725-6000. The author of The Classic Pasta Cookbook represents the second generation of Book and Cook. He joins restaurateurs Claire DiLullo and Toto Schiavone and their chefs for the restaurant's 20th anniversary party. $75 (includes champagne reception, dinner, wines, tax and gratuity).

Barbara Kafka at Beaujolais 261 S 20th St; 732-8000. Following up on her IACP Award-winning book Roasting, the author of Soup: A Way of Life will create a special menu with chef David Grear. $65.

Lou Jane Temple at Palladium 3601 Locust St; 387-3463. The writer of Bread on Arrival and other culinary mysteries joins owner Roger Harman and chef Bola Jamiu for a 4-course dinner from Revenge of the Barbeque Queens. $40.

Jacques Torres at Opus 251/Philadelphia Art Alliance 251 S 18th St; 735-6787. The James Beard Pastry Chef of the Year, author of Dessert Circus and the new Dessert Circus at Home, whips up a three-ring circus of desserts within executive chef Alfonso Contrisciani's 4-course menu. $75.

Sunday

Children's Bread-Making Class

Judith Jones at the Atwater Kent Museum 15 S 7th St; 922-3031.The author of Knead It, Punch It, Bake It! shows kids and parents the fun of making breads. Class at 11 a.m. with tastings by Metropolitan Bakery. $5; children 3 to 12 years, $3.

Brunches

Peter Reinhart at Philippe on Locust 1614 Locust St; 735-7551. The master bread baker, author of Crust and Crumb, collaborates on a 3-course brunch menu with executive chef Philippe Chin. $25.

Alain Sailhac at La Terrasse 3432 Sansom St; 386-5000. French master chef and coauthor of The French Culinary Institute's Salute to Healthy Cooking, Sailhac brings his enlightened contemporary French cuisine to the kitchen of executive chef Yann Chupin. $45.

Andrew Chase at Bohemian Bistro 5th & Bainbridge Sts; 923-7676. The author of The Asian Bistro Cookbook and chef-owner Bill Beck serve an a la carte brunch preview of Sunday night's author dinner.

Mid-Day Sunday Suppers

Curtis Aikens at City Tavern 138 S Second St; 413-1443. The Food Network host-chef and author draws on his book, Curtis Cooks With Heart & Soul, for a menu collaboration with executive chef-patron Walter Staib. $75 (includes tax, gratuity and cookbook).

Mario Batali at Treetops/The Rittenhouse Hotel 210 W Rittenhouse Square; 546-9000. Two authors, the Food Network's ``Mediterranean Mario'' (Simple Italian Food), and executive chef Jim Coleman (Flavors of America), collaborate on a 4-course menu. (See Sunday, March 28 supper for repeat.) $59.95.

Lidia Bastianich at DiPalma Ristorante & Bar 114 Market St; 733-0545. Chef-restaurateur Lidia Bastianich (La Cucina di Lidia and Lidia's Italian Table) presents a regional Italian dinner with chef-owner Salvatore DiPalma. $60.

Rick Bayless at White Dog Cafe 3420 Sansom St; 386-9224. The Chicago-based restaurateur-chef-author (Salsas That Cook) joins owner Judy Wicks and executive chef-partner Kevin von Klause (The White Dog Cafe Cookbook) for a dinner benefiting Chefs Collaborative 2000 and sustainable agriculture. $50.

Rose Levy Beranbaum at Trinity Memorial Episcopal Church 22nd & Spruce Sts; 546-1288. With her books The Cake Bible and The Pie and Pastry Bible featured, Beranbaum hosts a supper buffet sponsored by Partners for Sacred Places and catered by Jimmy Duffy & Sons in the restored church sanctuary. $75 (includes reception and wine).

Andrew Chase at Bohemian Bistro 5th & Bainbridge Sts; 923-7676. The author and chef-owner Bill Beck work up a pan-Asian menu from The Asian Bistro Cookbook for an a la carte dinner at the former Pompano Grill. $$.

Sam Choy at Philadelphia Fish & Co 207 Chestnut St; 625-8605. The author of Sam Choy's Cuisine Hawaii and The Choy of Seafood rejoins chef-owner Kevin Meeker and chef Trish Morrissey to prepare a Hawaiian menu from his new Island Flavors. $55 (includes complimentary cocktail).

Mitchell Davis at Edge 4100 Main St; 483-4100. Executive chef Michael Sheel's menu for this disco-style dinner-dance - Boogie Night - draws on recipes from Davis' book, Cook Something. $35 (includes tax and gratuity).

Linda Drachman at Joseph Poon Restaurant 1002 Arch St; 928-9333. The author of 365 Ways to Wok joins chef-owner Joe Poon and chef Ying Wei Zhao for a 7-course dinner based on her recipes. $48.

David Garrido at Vega Grill 4141 Main St; 487-9600. The Mexican chef-author of Nuevo Tex-Mex: Festive New Recipes From Just North of the Border shares his innovative recipes with chef Paul Trowbridge and co-owners Lisa Martenson and Gregg Pauwels. $$

Rozanne Gold at The Inn Philadelphia 251-253 S Camac St; 732-2339. Drawing on her Recipes 1-2-3 Menu Cookbook, Gold brings elegant simplicity to a clever collaboration with chef-owner George Lutz. $55.

Amanda Hesser at Susanna Foo 1512 Walnut St; 545-2666. The author of The Cook and the Gardener: A Year of Recipes and Notes From the French Countryside and chef-owner Susanna Foo (Susanna Foo Chinese Cuisine) collaborate on a French-Chinese dinner. $$$.

Ruth Van Waerebeek at Cuvee Notredame 1701 Green St; 765-2777. The author of Everybody Eats Well in Belgium rejoins chef-proprietor Michel Notredame to showcase the special foods of their homeland. (See Wednesday, March 24 dinner for repeat; and Sunday, March 28 dinner pairing beers with food.) $30.

Monday

Wine-Tasting Party

Stewart Dorman/Wine Brats at Circa 1518 Walnut St; 545-6800. The Wine Brats' director of education previews the Wine Brats' Guide to Living With Wine at a tasting with foods by chef Alphonso Contrisciani. $25.

Najmieh Batmanglij at Ciboulette at the Bellevue 200 S Broad St; 790-1210. The fragrant and subtle cuisine depicted in A Taste of Persia: An Introduction to Persian Cooking is served up by the author and chef-owner Bruce Lim. $$$.

David Burke at Le Colonial 1623 Walnut St; 851-1623. The chef-author of Cooking With David Burke of the Park Avenue Cafe brings his innovative style to the kitchen of executive chef Viet Tran. $60.

Sara Moulton at The Grill/Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia 17th & Chestnut Sts; 563-1600. The Food Network's Cooking Live host will cook live with Grill chef Richard Arnoldi and pastry chef Sebastien Thieffine using recipes she compiled for The Best of Gourmet 99 cookbook. $100 (includes wines).

Daniel Orr at Harrison Row/Sheraton Rittenhouse Square 18th & Locust Sts; 546-9400. The chef of New York's famed La Grenouille and author of Daniel Orr - Real Food teams up with executive chef Tony Clark for a stellar dinner. $$$.

Douglas Rodriguez at Pasion 211 S 15th St; 875-9895. Patria's chef-owner (Nuevo Latino and Latin Ladles) teams up with chef-owner Guillermo Pernot to pool their joint passion for Latin-American cuisine. (See Tuesday, March 23 dinner for repeat.) $65.

Tuesday

Afternoon Tea

Nick Malgieri at Atwater Kent Museum 15 S 7th St; 922-3031. An elegant Chocolate Tea, 3 to 5 p.m., conducted by the author of Chocolate: From Simple Cookies to Extravagant Showstoppers and catered by Tastefully Yours, with teas from Linette Chen of Tea Leaf and chocolates from Lore's. $25 (members, $20).

Bruce Aidells at Cutter's Grand Cafe & Bar 2005 Market St; 851-6262. Aidells (The Complete Meat Cookbook and Hot Links & Country Flavors) and executive chef Scott Grimes have created a best-of-both a la carte menu. $$.

Colman Andrews at Rouge 99 201 S 18th St; 732-6622. The executive editor of Saveur magazine brings his Saveur Cooks Authentic American to an a la carte menu collaboration with restaurateur Neil Stein and chef Peter Dunmire. $$.

Nathalie Dupree at the Union League Broad & Sansom Sts; 587-5565. The author of Nathalie Dupree's Comfortable Entertaining brings her Southern hospitality to a dinner with executive chef Daniel Reilly. $79.50 (includes cocktail reception, tax and gratuity).

Kevin Graham at Nick's Fishmarket & Grill, The Rittenhouse Hotel 210 W Rittenhouse Square; 546-8440. Rated among America's star chefs, the author of Kevin Graham's Fish & Seafood Cookbook comes from his new base at Nicholas Nickolas' Las Vegas venue to collaborate with executive chef Andre Halston. $100 (includes cookbook).

Jessica Harris at Deux Cheminees 1221 Locust St; 790-0200. The author of The Africa Cookbook: Tastes of a Continent and chef-owner Fritz Blank have planned ``An Evening With Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca'' featuring French-Colonial hotel fare. $75.

Margaret Johnson at The Plough & the Stars 123 Chestnut St; 733-0300. The author of The Irish Heritage Cookbook and Cooking With Irish Spirits contributes to a tasting dinner with executive chef Vincent Fanari. $40.

John Mariani at Brasserie Perrier 1619 Walnut St; 568-3000. The Esquire magazine restaurant critic and author (Grilling for Dummies) cohosts a 4-course dinner with executive chef Francesco Martorello. $55.

Zarela Martinez at Venus and The Cowboy 1700 Benjamin Franklin Parkway; 568-3770. The restaurateur-author of The Food and Life of Oaxaca joins chef-owner Alison Barshak to explore the cuisine of this magical Mexican state. $$.

Georges Perrier at Philippe on Locust 1614 Locust St; 735-7551. The master chef-author of Georges Perrier Le Bec-Fin Recipes and executive chef Philippe Chin join forces to produce an elegant 7-course dinner. $125 (includes champagne reception).

Patricia Quintana at Zocalo 3600 Lancaster Ave; 895-0139. The author joins chef Jackie Pestka for a Tastes of Mexico dinner. (Also, lunch and dinner Wednesday, March 24.) $40.

Douglas Rodriguez at Pasion 211 S 15th St; 875-9895. A repeat performance. See Monday, March 22, dinner for details. $65.

Grady Spears at Rococo 123 Chestnut St; 629-1100. As restaurateur-chef and author (A Cowboy in the Kitchen: Recipes From Reata and Texas West of the Pecos), Spears plans a dinner roundup with chef-owner Albert Paris. $$.

Wednesday

Patricia Quintana at Zocalo 3600 Lancaster Ave; 895-0139. The author returns for luncheon. $25.

Also, a repeat dinner. See Tuesday, March 23 for details. $40.

Charlotte Armstrong at Isabella's 6516 Castor Ave; 533-0356. Chef-owner Ben McNamara and Armstrong, a private chef and author (Charlotte's Table: Down Home Cooking From an Uptown Girl) pair up to produce a special meal. $55.

Teresa Barrenechea at Museum Restaurant/Philadelphia Museum of Art 26th & the Parkway; 684-7990. The New York restaurateur-author of The Basque Table and executive chef Tracey Hopkins are preparing a 4-course culinary preview of a Francesco Goya exhibit. $75 (includes reception and wines).

Lew Bryson at McMenamin's Tavern 7170 Germantown Ave; 247-9920. The author of Pennsylvania Breweries joins owner P J McMenamin and chefs John Staples and Larry Melison for a 4-course beer dinner. $30 (includes beers).

Cesare Casella at Vetri 1312 Spruce St; 732-3478. The former chef of New York's Il Cantonori and Coco Pazzo, coauthor of Dairy of a Tuscan Chef, joins chef-owner Marc Vetri to re-create the flavorful cuisine of Tuscany. $65.

Roberto Donna at La Veranda Pier 3, Penn's Landing; 351-1898. The chef-owner of Washington, D.C.'s, Galileo and author of Cooking in Piedmont collaborates on a dinner with chef-owner Roberto Centofanti. $65.

Steven Jenkins at Deux Cheminees 1221 Locust St; 790-0200. The author of Cheese Primer, a passionate guide to the world's cheeses, joins chef-owner Fritz Blank for a cheese-inspired dinner. $75.

Christopher Kimball at Sansom Street Oyster House 1516 Sansom St; 567-7683. The editor of Cook's Illustrated magazine, author of The Cook's Bible and The Yellow Farmhouse Cookbook, has teamed up with owner David Mink and chef David Green for a definitive seafood dinner. $30.

Rafael Palomino at Bridget Foy's South St Grill 200 South St; 922-1813. Palomino brings his Bistro Latino recipes to a 4-course menu devised with owners John and Bernadette Foy and chef Carlo deMarco. $42.

Christina Pirello at The Restaurant School 4207 Walnut St; 222-4200. The star of PBS's ``Christina Cooks,'' director of the school's Whole Foods Academy, draws on her books Cooking the Whole Foods Way and Cook Your Way to the Life You Want for a dinner selected from interactive food-stations. $40.

Christopher Ray at Nick's Fishmarket & Grill, The Rittenhouse Hotel 210 W Rittenhouse Square; 546-8440. The chef-author of The Wild Menu: A Farm-Raised Game Cookbook brings his prairie cuisine to a dinner pairing with executive chef Andre Halston. $55.

Barry Wine at the Georgian Room/Ritz-Carlton Philadelphia 17th & Chestnut Sts; 21-563-1600. The owner of New York's Quilted Giraffe works with the Ritz's culinary team to produce a dining event. $175 (includes reception and wines).

Ruth Van Waerebeek at Cuvee Notredame 1701 Green St; 765-2777. A repeat performance. (See Sunday, March 21, dinner for details.) $30.

Thursday

Mark Bittman at London Grill 2301 Fairmount Ave; 978-4545. The author of Fish: The Complete Guide to Buying & Cooking brings his latest book, How to Cook Everything, to this collaboration with chef-owner Michael McNally. $$.

Peter Boizot at San Marzano 1509 Walnut St; 564-3562. Chain founder and author of The Pizza Express Cookbook hosts an evening of signature pizzas and jazz with chef Jon White. $30 (includes wine and cookbook).

Joe Bonanno at The Restaurant School 4207 Walnut St; 222-4200. The author of The Healthy Firehouse Cookbook revolutionized menus at New York's Engine Company 229. Inspired by his Firehouse Grilling, instructors and students turn out a four-alarm dinner to benefit the Burn Foundation of Delaware Valley. $45.

Edward Brown at Striped Bass 1500 Walnut St; 732-4444. The chef of Rockefeller Center's Sea Grill, coauthor of The Modern Seafood Cook, brings his love of fish to a 4-course collaboration with owner Neil Stein and executive chef Terence Feury. $80.

Anna Teresa Callen at Pompeii Cucina d'Italia 121 S Broad St; 735-8400. The Italian-born author of Italian Classics in One Pot and chef Joseph Tucker, a South Philadelphia native, give their version of a ``Big Night'' dinner. $60.

Jim Coleman at Jack's Firehouse 2130 Fairmount Ave; 232-9000. Chef-owner Jack McDavid works up a special dinner menu with author Coleman (Flavors of America) with special guest Grady Spears (A Cowboy in the Kitchen). $65.

Longteine De Monteiro at Le Colonial 1623 Walnut St; 851-1623. The author of The Elephant Walk Cookbook shares Cambodian recipes from her Cambridge, Mass., restaurant with executive chef Viet Tran. $50.

Caprial Pence at Fork 306 Market St; 625-9425. The author of Caprial's Bistro Style Cuisine shares her Northwest regional foodways with chef-co-owner Anne Marie Lasher. $$.

Steven Raichlen at Cin Cin 7838 Germantown Ave; 242-8800. The author of The Barbecue Bible joins owner Michael Wei and chef James Huang to ignite a passion for sizzle and smoke. $46.

Leslie Revsin at The Prime Rib, The Warwick Hotel 1701 Locust St; 772-1701. The chef-author of Great Fish, Quick will help chef Patrick Dwyer switch his menu focus, briefly, to a prime fish dinner. $$.

Daniel Young at Oberon 126 Chestnut St; 629-8337. New York Daily News restaurant critic and author of Paris Cafe Cook Bookjoins with chef-owners Albert Paris and Mustapha Rouissiya to travel through the neighborhoods of Paris. $$.

Friday, March 26

Mary Evely at The Garden 1617 Spruce St; 546-4455. The culinary director for California's Simi Vineyards, author of A Vintner's Table Cookbook, joins executive chef-owner Kathleen Mulhern for a vintage 3-course feast. $32.50 (includes wines).

Christina Pirello & Jim Coleman at Nick's Fishmarket & Grill, The Rittenhouse Hotel 210 W Rittenhouse Square; 546-8440. The host of PBS-TV's Christina Cooks! and author of Cooking the Whole Foods Way joins Rittenhouse executive chef Coleman (The Rittenhouse Cookbook) for a dinner prepared with Nick's executive chef Andre Halston. $65.

Shirley Corriher at Cresheim Cottage Cafe 7402 Germantown Ave; 248-4365. The chemist/author of CookWise: The Hows and Whys of Successful Cooking will answer food questions at a meal cooked up with owner Ken Weinstein and chef Jeffrey Gutstein. (See Sunday, March 28 repeat dinner.) $45.

Michael Jackson at the University Museum 33rd & Spruce Sts; 898-4890. The author of Ultimate Beer will wed beers to foods prepared by Museum Catering's Bruce and Beatrice Nichols and executive chef Pamela Horowitz. $85 per person; $150 per couple (includes beers).

Johanne Killeen & George Germon at The Marker/Adam's Mark Hotel City Ave & Monument Rd; 581-5010. The chef-owners of Al Forno in Providence, R.I., authors of Cucina Simpatica: Robust Trattoria Cooking, lend inspiration and recipes for a regional Italian dinner with executive chef Vince Alberici. $$.

Theresa Lin at Palladium 3601 Locust St; 387-3463. The chief food designer for the Academy Award-nominated film Eat, Drink, Man, Woman and chef Philip Ebling will re-create Chinese recipes from the film for a 5-course dinner following a 6 p.m. screening. (See Saturday, March 27 dinner for repeat.) $80 inclusive.

Eileen Yin-Fei Lo at Philippe on Locust 1614 Locust St; 735-7551. With her New Cantonese Cooking, Lo takes a fresh look at a classic foodstyle for a 5-course Taste of Hong Kong dinner planned with executive chef Philippe Chin. $50.

Sheila Lukins at Jack's Firehouse 2130 Fairmount Ave; 232-9000. A Southern-inspired meal is planned by the author (USA Cookbook and All Around the World Cookbook) and chef-owner Jack McDavid. $$.

Fred Parks at Sansom Street Oyster House 1516 Sansom St; 567-7683. ``Cap'n Parks'' shares the recipes and sea tales he collected in The North Atlantic Seafood Cookbook for a menu planned with owner David Mink. $30.

John Shields at Founders, the Park Hyatt Philadelphia, The Bellevue Broad & Walnut Sts; 790-2814. The author of Chesapeake Bay Cooking joins executive chef Anthony Arbeeny and chef de cuisine Robert Capella for a celebration of regional cuisine. $55 (reception and dinner inclusive).

Saturday, March 27

Patricia Wells at Dock Street Brasserie 18th & Cherry Sts; 496-0413. The author of At Home in Provence joins chef Olivier de St. Martin for a meal from France's culinary heartland. (See Sunday, March 28 dinner for repeat.) $35.

Beer-Tasting

Michael Jackson at the University Museum 33rd & Spruce Sts. For tickets, call 898-3900. The author of Ultimate Beer matches brews to Museum Catering's food and conducts an open tasting of more than 100 microbrews. Patrick McGovern, Ph.D., discusses historic beer-food connections. $40.

Ethel G Hofman at Tira Misu 528 S 5th St; 925-3335. The author of Everyday Cooking for the Jewish Home and chef-owner Alberto Del Bello create a meal for lovers of Roman-Jewish cuisine. $$$.

Matthew Kenney at Vetri 1312 Spruce St; 732-3478. Food Network host-author (Mediterranean Cooking) adds his special touch to the Mediterranean-inspired cuisine of chef-owner Marc Vetri. $65.

Theresa Lin at Palladium 3601 Locust St; 387-3463. A repeat movie-and-dinner performance. See Friday, March 26 dinner for details. $80 inclusive.

Sunday, March 28

Mid-day Supper

Mario Batali at Treetops/The Rittenhouse Hotel 210 W Rittenhouse Square; 546-9000. A repeat performance. See Sunday, March 21 supper for details. $59.95.

Shirley Corriher at Cresheim Cottage Cafe 7402 Germantown Ave; 248-4365. A repeat performance. See Friday, March 26 dinner for details. $45.

Michael Jackson at Monk's Cafe 264 S 16th St; 545-7005. The author of The Beer Companion and other beer compendiums will consult with chef-owner Tom Peters on a Belgian/American dinner. $$$ (includes beers).

Ruth Van Waerebeek at Cuvee Notredame 1701 Green St; 765-2777. The author (Everybody Eats Well in Belgium) returns for a 4-course beer dinner, with matches by Jim Anderson, publisher of Beer Philadelphia. See Sunday, March 21, and Wednesday, March 24, dinners. $50 (includes beers).

Patricia Wells at Dock Street Brasserie 18th & Cherry Sts; 496-0413. A repeat performance, this time for dinner. See Saturday, March 27, luncheon for details. $50.

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