Book and Cook: A movable feast The Culinary Market and Showcase site has shifted (again), and new restaurants and authors will take part in the festival.

Posted: February 06, 2003

The 19th annual Book and the Cook Festival will welcome 22 new cookbook writers and 13 new host restaurants to Philadelphia's March 14-23 smorgasbord of author lunches and dinners, cooking classes, and food and product exhibits.

San Francisco chef Jeremiah Tower, who with Alice Waters helped revolutionize American cuisine with a passion for seasonal dishes, will cook at Striped Bass on March 18. New York's five-star chef Daniel Boulud and Parisian dessert maven Dorie Greenspan will host a luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel's Fountain Restaurant on March 15.

The festival's Culinary Market and Showcase, with exhibits of gourmet foods (many offering free tastings) and kitchen accessories, cooking demonstrations, and book signings, is slated for March 21-23 at a new venue, the Fort Washington Expo Center.

As part of the KitchenAid-sponsored festival, there also will be free cooking demonstrations at the Shops at Liberty Place and other locations. A program of cooking classes in six city neighborhoods has been shelved due to low attendance last year, but may be revived next year.

John Mariani, Esquire magazine's restaurant critic and author of The Italian-American Cookbook (Harvard Common Press, $17.95), will receive this year's Philadelphia Toque Award for achievements in food writing. He also will host a dinner at Avenue B on March 19.

In all, 70 authors will participate in 77 dining events at 64 restaurants and other venues, including 30th Street Station, the Reading Terminal Market, and the Philadelphia Fire Fighters' Union Hall in Northern Liberties.

Restaurants participating for the first time include Cadence at the Kimmel Center, Cibucan, Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, and Tir Na Nog at the Phoenix.

Though as many as six to 11 dinners are scheduled most evenings during the 10-day festival, lunch on March 15 may pose the toughest choice for deep-pocket foodies. Three high-profile chefs will be at prime venues: Boulud at the Fountain; David Burke, of the Park Avenue Cafe in New York, at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse; and Edouard Loubet, who earned two Michelin stars at Le Moulin de Lourmarin in Provence, at Le Bec-Fin.

Loubet also will host dinners at Le Mas Perrier in Wayne on March 16 and at Brasserie Perrier on March 17.

Lin Chin Chen, executive chef at the Grand Hotel in Taipei, Taiwan, and source of the recipes used in the film Eat Drink Man Woman, will cook with Susanna Foo on March 14. And Darina Allen is due from Ireland with her Ballymaloe Cooking School Cookbook for a March 18 dinner at Twenty21.

Tower and another first-timer, Edward Bottone (Spirit of Bermuda), are former area residents. Bottone was chef-owner of Lautrec and Borgia Cafe at Head House from 1971 to 1988, during Philadelphia's first restaurant renaissance. He's back after a 10-year stay in Bermuda.

Author Joyce White, whose weekly column, "Soul in the Kitchen," appears in the Amsterdam News in New York City and about 40 other newspapers, will host a dinner at Warmdaddy's on March 19.

Other hot-ticket hosts include such returning favorites as PBS chef-authors Mary Ann Esposito, Lidia Matticchio Bastianich, Jim Coleman, Zarela Martinez and Martin Yan.

Food Network personalities planning meals at the festival include Sara Moulton, David Rosengarten, and first-timers Rochelle Brown and Keith Famie, the adventurous chef who flubbed making rice on CBS's Survivor: The Australian Outback. Famie is due at World Fusion in Old City on March 15.

Local macrobiotics guru Christina Pirello plans to beef up the proceeds of her March 22 benefit for firefighters and cancer education at the Philadelphia Fire Fighters' Union Hall by auctioning off some of Philly's "hottest" firemen as hosts for special restaurant dinners and a firehouse luncheon and tour.

About half of the festival's events are priced at or under $50 - from $12 for coffee and desserts with local author Louise Cianfero Simpson at Anthony's Italian Coffee House in the Italian Market to $50 for a dinner of Hawaiian fusion fare with Roy Yamaguchi at Yangming in Bryn Mawr.

Of the rest, priced above $50 (with a few over $100), several include wines. The Culinary Society is including a copy of host Michael Romano's Second Helpings From Union Square Cafe cookbook in the $110 price of its gala benefit on March 15 at the Restaurant School.

Steve Raichlen (How to Grill) is making his 12th appearance at the Book and the Cook on March 20 at one of three events hosted at Jack's Firehouse by chef-owner Jack McDavid. "Wherever I am on the planet," Raichlen said last year, "I try to get to Philadelphia for Book and the Cook."


Details of this schedule, provided by festival planners and participants, may change. Call the restaurants for reservations and to get exact prices, times and menus. Many events are still being planned.

Symbols denote approximate cost, excluding liquor, tax and tip:

$ ... less than $25;

$$ ... $25 to $50;

$$$ ... $50 to $75;

$$$$ ... more than $75.

Addresses are in Philadelphia unless otherwise specified.

Brochures listing the dining and food-related events of the KitchenAid The Book and the Cook Festival will be available Feb. 13 at the Independence Visitor Center, Sixth and Market Streets, and at participating Book and the Cook locations. For details, visit or call 215-545-4543.

Contact food writer Marilynn Marter at 215-854-5743 or

The Book and the Cook: Schedule of Events

Friday, March 14

Special event:

A Taste of the Market at the Reading Terminal Market, 12th and Arch Streets, 215-739-7394. Benefit for the Greater Philadelphia Food Bank catered by the market's chefs and hosted by Ann Hazan and Irina Smith, the authors of The Reading Terminal Market Cookbook. 7-11 p.m. Advance tickets on sale at the Cook Book Stall in the market. $60, includes wine and beer.


Maricel Presilla at Cibucan, 2025 Sansom St., 215-231-9895. The chef/co-owner of Zafra, a pan-Latin restaurant in Hoboken, N.J., brings her Cuban ancestry and The New Taste of Chocolate to a pairing with chef/owner Owen Lee. $25 tapas; $45 dinner; $60 for both. (See also March 15 dinner.)


Lin Chin Chen at Susanna Foo, 1512 Walnut St., 215-545-2666. The recipes of the executive chef of Taiwan's world-class Grand Hotel inspired the food of the film Eat, Drink, Man, Woman. (See also March 16 dinner.) $$$

Dominique Macquet at Chez Colette, Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 S. 17th St., 215-569-8300. Of French heritage and training and raised in Mauritius, the author of Dominique's Fresh Flavors apprenticed in South Africa, explored Latin and Asian cultures, and is chef-owner of Dominique's in New Orleans. (See also March 15 dinner.) $55.

David & Karen Waltuck at Opus 251, Philadelphia Art Alliance, 251 S. 18th St., 215-735-6787. You'll see how well the staff of Chanterelle in New York eats when the restaurant's owners host a front-of-the-house dinner based on the David Waltuck's Staff Meals From Chanterelle Cookbook. $$$

Coffee and Dessert:

Louise Cianfero Simpson at Anthony's Italian Coffee House, 903 S. Ninth St., 215-627-2586. Sweets from an expert on the Ninth Street Market's food and folklore and author of 101 Italian Desserts From Philadelphia's Italian Market. 7-10:30 p.m. (See also March 15, Coffee and Dessert.) $12.

Saturday, March 15


Daniel Boulud & Dorie Greenspan at the Fountain Restaurant, Four Seasons Hotel, 1 Logan Square, 215-963-1500. Lunch hosted by the chef-owner of Daniel restaurant and author of Cooking in New York City, and desserts with Dorie Greenspan from her Paris Sweets: Great Desserts From the City's Best Pastry Shops. $$$$ (includes wine).

David Burke at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215-790-2533. From New York's Park Avenue Cafe, the author of Cooking with David Burke joins master chef Jean-Marie Lacroix for a meal with a surprise ending by their executive pastry chefs, Richard Leach and Fredrick Ortega. $$

Edouard Loubet at Le Bec-Fin, 1523 Walnut St., 215-567-1000. The author of Un Printemps en Luberon is the chef at Moulin de Lourmarin in Provence. (See also March 16 dinner at Le Mas Perrier and March 17 dinner at Brasserie Perrier.) $$$$

Joanne Weir at Jake's, 4365 Main St., 215-483-0444. The host of Weir Cooking on PBS and award-winning author (Joanne Weir's More Cooking in the Wine Country) joins chef-owner Bruce Cooper to blend vivid tastes of California with flavors of the Mediterranean. $$


Michael Romano at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, 4207 Walnut St., 610-649-6533. An Italian festival hosted by the chef/co-owner of the Union Square Cafe. Grazing menu, wines and silent auction, to benefit the Culinary Society of Philadelphia education fund. Advance tickets required. $110 ($190 a couple) includes tip and a signed copy of Second Helpings From Union Square Cafe.

Keith Famie at World Fusion, 123 Chestnut St., 215-629-1100. Famie put in 41 days on CBS's Survivor: The Australian Outback, wrote Keith Famie's Adventures in Cooking, and hosts Keith Famie's Adventures on the Food Network. $$

Matthew Kenney at Rouge 2003, 205 S. 18th St., 215-732-6622. The author of Matthew Kenney's Big City Cooking has been chef-owner of several New York City restaurants, including Commissary. $$$

Richard Leach at Smith & Wollensky, the Rittenhouse Hotel, 210 Rittenhouse Square, 215-545-1700. The executive pastry chef of New York's Park Avenue Cafe and author of Sweet Seasons: Fabulous Restaurant Desserts Made Simple puts a sweet ending on a meal by chef David Burke (Park Avenue Cafe) and the steakhouse's chefs. $$$

Dominique Macquet at Chez Colette, Sofitel Philadelphia, 120 S. 17th St., 215-569-8300. See March 14 dinner.

Maricel Presilla at Cibucan, 2025 Sansom St., 215-231-9895. See March 14 dinner.

Piero Selvaggio at Toto, 1407 Locust St., 215-546-2000. Italian cuisine from the California restaurateur and author of The Valentino Cookbook. $$$

Louise Cianfero Simpson at Anthony's Italian Coffee House, 903 S. Ninth St., 215-627-2586. See March 14 coffee and dessert.

Sunday, March 16


Cyrus Todiwala at Shivnanda Fine Indian Cuisine, 114 Chestnut St., 215-925-1444. The author of Caf Spice Namaste: Modern Indian Cooking blends the modern Indian flavors of his London restaurant with those of Shivnanda chef-owner Mohan Parmar. Service from 1 p.m. through dinner. $$

Jennifer Felicia Abadi at the Gershman Y, 401 S. Broad St., 215-446-3027. The author of A Fistful of Lentils shares Syrian Jewish recipes prepared by chefs from Stephen Starr's Tangerine restaurant. $60, includes wine.

Lin Chin Chen at Susanna Foo, 1512 Walnut St., 215-545-2666. See March 14 dinner.

Edouard Loubet at Le Mas Perrier, 503 W. Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-964-2588. See March 15 lunch at Le Bec-Fin and March 17 dinner at Brasserie Perrier.

Greg Moore at Django, 526 S. Fourth St., 215-922-7151. The former Le Bec-Fin sommelier, co-owner of Moore Bros. Wine Co. in Pennsauken and Wilmington, and author of The Wine Chronicles: Writing Your Own Fine Wine Book joins Django co-owners Aimee Olexy and Bryan Sikora. Bring your own wines or try Moore's selections at additional cost. $$$

Michael Romano at Zanzibar Blue, The Bellevue, 200 S. Broad St., 215-732-4500. The Union Square Cafe chef/co-owner and author of Second Helpings From Union Square Cafe showcases dishes that keep the cafe at the top of Zagat's list of New York's favorites. $$

John Shields at Philadelphia Fish & Company, 207 Chestnut St., 215-625-8605. Having melded food history, travel, memories and recipes in Chesapeake Bay Cooking With John Shields, the author gives a culinary tour of the Chesapeake's coastline and of Delmarva Peninsula farmlands. $50.

Hiroko Shimbo at Margaret Kuo's, 175 Lancaster Ave., Wayne, 610-688-7200. Called the Julia Child of Japanese cuisine, the author of The Japanese Kitchen brings her refined tastes to Kuo's newest Asian kitchen. $$$

Monday, March 17

Sonny D'Angelo at the Butcher's Cafe, 901 Christian St., 215-925-6100. The owner of D'Angelo's South Philadelphia specialty butcher shop and author of Are You Game? provides the recipes for an Italian American hunter's dinner. $$

Edouard Loubet at Brasserie Perrier, 1619 Walnut St., 215-568-3000. See March 15 lunch at Le Bec-Fin and March 16 dinner at Le Mas Perrier.

Tuesday, March 18


George Faison at Culinary Arts, the Art Institute of Philadelphia, 2300 Market St., 215-405-6766. Sample specialties and recipes from D'Artagnan's Glorious Game Cookbook with the outdoorsman cofounder of the game meat and foie gras supplier. $$.


Darina Allen at Twenty21, 2005 Market St., 215-851-6262. The director of the Ballymaloe House Hotel's cooking school in Ireland shares recipes from Darina Allen's Ballymaloe Cooking School Cookbook. A la carte. $$

Zarela Martinez at Zocalo, 3604 Lancaster Ave., 215-895-0139. The Mexican chef-owner and PBS food show host returns with her latest cookbook, Zarela's Veracruz, for a regional meal from Mexico's lush Gulf Coast. (See also March 19 lunch.) $$$

Jeremiah Tower at Striped Bass, 1500 Walnut St., 215-732-4444. As original chef at Alice Waters' Chez Panisse and chef-owner of Stars in San Francisco, the author of Jeremiah Tower Cooks helped shape California and New American cuisine. He will offer a four-course tasting menu. $75.

Wednesday, March 19


Zarela Martinez at Zocalo, 3604 Lancaster Ave., 215-895-0139. See March 18 dinner. $$

Jody Adams at Fork, 306 Market St., 215-625-9425. The chef-owner of Rialto in Boston cooks fresh ingredients Italian-style from In the Hands of a Chef: Cooking With Jody Adams of Rialto Restaurant. $$$

Colman Andrews at Ravenna, 2960 Skippack Pike, Worcester, 610-584-5650. The Saveur magazine editor and author of Saveur Cooks Authentic Italian collaborates on an authentic Italian menu. Bring your own wine. $55

Joseph Bastianich and David Lynch at Vetri, 1312 Spruce St., 215-732-3478. Bastianich (co-owner of six top New York restaurants) and Lynch (wine director at New York's Babbo) cowrote Vino Italiano: The Regional Wines of Italy. With chef-owner Marc Vetri, they will present an Italian culinary feast. $$$$

Edward Bottone at Flying Fish, 8142 Germantown Ave., 215-242-1771. Ten years in Bermuda, the chef and former Philadelphia restaurateur/radio- talk-show host plans an island menu from Spirit of Bermuda, his collection of rum recipes and island culture. No credit cards. $50, with aperitif.

Joyce Goldstein at Penne Restaurant & Wine Bar, the Inn at Penn, 3611 Walnut St., 215-823-6222. The San Francisco chef-restaurateur, author and consultant brings Enoteca: Recipes From the Italian Wine Bar Tradition to a regional wine dinner. $$

John Mariani at Avenue B, 260 S. Broad St., 215-790-0705. The 2003 Toque Award winner, Esquire magazine restaurant critic, and author of The Italian-American Cookbook will collaborate on the menu. $$$

Valerie Nehez at Jack's Firehouse, 2130 Fairmount Ave., 215-232-9000. Countrified fare from the former chef-owner's Caf Pongo Cookbook: More Than 230 Recipes From the Hudson Valley. $$

Virginia Trosino at Islas & Where Else Cafe, 301 S. 11th St., 215-733-0482. Trosino collected recipes for More'n Just Cookin' while trekking back roads in the South. Chef-owner Edgardo Fernandez will conjure up that culture in an a la carte menu. $

Joyce White at Warmdaddy's, 4 S. Front St., 215-627-8400. White's Soul Food: Recipes and Reflections From African-

American Churches captured homestyle cooking. She and executive chef/co-owner Ben Bynum and co-owner Robert Bynum will finish dinner with desserts from her new cookbook, Brown Sugar. $$

Thursday, March 20


Mitchell Davis at City Tavern, 138 S. Second St., 215-413-1443. Food writer, publications director for the James Beard Foundation, and The Mensch Chef author joins chef-proprietor Walter Staib for a luncheon of Jewish humor and food. (See also March 20 dinner.) $27.50.

John Byrne at Bistro St. Tropez, 2400 Market St., 215-569-9269. The owner of La Campagne in Cherry Hill and his chef, Eric Hall, create a Provenal dinner From the Cooking School at La Campagne. $$$

Mitchell Davis at City Tavern, 138 S. Second St., 215-413-1443. See March 20 luncheon. $55

Tom Douglas at the Happy Rooster, 118 S. 16th St., 215-963-9311. A student of Pacific Northwest cuisine, the author of Tom Douglas' Seattle Kitchen: A Food Lover's Cookbook and Guide, shares signature dishes from his three restaurants. $$$

Connie Correia Fisher at 30th Street Station, 215-551-0967. Philadelphia Flavor: Restaurant Recipes From the City and the Suburbs features more than 100 top area restaurants. A tasting "tour" to benefit ALS Hope Foundation. Reservations required. Visa/MC or check payable to: ALS Hope Foundation, Box 40777, Philadelphia 19107. $60.

Diane Forley at Simon Pearce on the Brandywine, 1333 Lenape Rd., West Chester, 610-793-0948. The soaring flavors of the Anatomy of a Dish author and chef-proprietor of Verbena in New York highlight a four-course menu. $50.

Viana LaPlace at Moonstruck, 7955 Oxford Ave., 215-725-6000. Five years in Puglia led the author/coauthor of nine Italian cookbooks to her latest, La Bella Cucina: How to Cook, Eat & Live Like an Italian. $$

Steven Raichlen at Jack's Firehouse, 2130 Fairmount Ave., 215-232-9000. The author of How to Grill fires up the grill to create a menu with chef-owner Jack McDavid. $$

John Stage at North by Northwest, 7165 Germantown Ave., 215-248-1000. Stage draws on his makeshift grilling at biker gigs and on Dinosaur Bar-B-Que: An American Roadhouse, a book on the barbecue-blues joint in Syracuse, N.Y., to add a taste of slow-cooked barbecue to this dinner. (Harleys and other vehicles welcome.) $

Norman Van Aken and Janet Van Aken at Pasin!, 211 S. 15th St., 215-875-9895. The chef-owner of Norman's in Coral Gables, Fla., gave Florida/Caribbean foods culinary credibility and put The New World Kitchen: Norman Van Aken's Latin American & Caribbean Cuisine on the map. $$$

Roy Yamaguchi at Yangming, 1051 Conestoga Rd., Bryn Mawr, 610-527-3200. Using local foods in Hawaiian fusion fare is this chef-restaurateur's forte. He will draw on Roy's Feasts From Hawaii to help create a New American menu. $50

Martin Yan at Susanna Foo, 1512 Walnut St., 215-545-2666. Forays into 11 Chinatowns in seven countries led to Martin Yan's Chinatown Cooking, companion book to his latest PBS television series. $75

Patricia Yeo at The Grill, Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia, 10 Avenue of the Arts, 215-735-7700. A menu of New American dishes with Asian accents like those served at AZ, Yeo's restaurant in New York, and in Patricia Yeo: Cooking From A to Z. $$$

Friday, March 21


Jacques Haeringer at Cadence Restaurant, Kimmel Center, 300 S. Broad St., 215-670-2388. Dinner conceived by the chef de cuisine at L'Auberge Chez Francois in Great Falls, Va., his father's restaurant. He is the author of Two for Tonight: Pure Romance From L'Auberge Chez Francois. $$

Andrea Immer at Pantheon, Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia,

10 Avenue of the Arts, 215-735-7700. One of only 10 women worldwide to qualify as a master sommelier, Immer is dean of wine studies at New York's French Culinary Institute and wine columnist for Esquire magazine. With executive chef Philippe Reininger and executive sous-chef John Hamme, she will pair wine with food as in her Great Tastes Made Simple. $$$

Michael Jackson at the University of Pennsylvania, Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 33d and Spruce Sts., 215-898-2680. A reception with the beer expert (Michael Jackson's Great Beer Guide) and craft beers of local home brewers matched with food courses served by Beatrice and Bruce Nichols, co-owners of Museum Catering Co., and chef Pamela Horowitz. Reservations required. Must be 21. $85

Richard Sandoval at Teller's Bar & Restaurant, Loews Philadelphia Hotel, 1200 Market St., 215-231-7267. The chef-owner brings Mayan favorites from Maya restaurant in Sonoma, Calif., and his Modern Mexican Flavors to the menu. $50

Michele Scicolone at Palladium, 3601 Locust St., 215-387-3463. The author preserved recipes in Italian Holiday Cooking. She and her husband, Charles (sommelier at New York's I Trulli and Enoteca), offer a menu of holiday dishes. (See also March 22 for a Sopranos-style Italian American meal.) $$

Scott Uehlein at Passerelle,

175 King of Prussia Rd., Radnor, 610-293-9411. The executive chef at Canyon Ranch Tucson and author of Canyon Ranch Cooks prepares light fare with chef Allan Vanesko. $$$

Saturday, March 22

James Peterson at Lacroix at the Rittenhouse, 210 W. Rittenhouse Square, 215-790-2533. The chef-restaurateur turned teacher and award-winning cookbook author (Glorious French Food: A Fresh Approach to the Classics) brings his energy and imagination to the kitchen of chef Jean-Marie Lacroix. $$

Beer Tasting:

Michael Jackson at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology, 33d and Spruce Sts., 215-898-3900 (reservations taken from noon to 6 p.m. beginning Feb. 15). This 13th annual tutored beer-tasting explores the range and impact of home brewing with international microbrews, farm beers, monastic brews, and top area home brews. $32

Jim Coleman at Jack's Firehouse, 2130 Fairmount Ave., 215-232-9000. The corporate chef of Blue Bell Country Club and Normandy Farm hosts A Chef's Table on WHYY-FM and Jim Coleman's Flavors of America on PBS, and wrote Jim Coleman's Flavors. $$

Mary Ann Esposito at Davio's,

111 S. 17th St., 215-563-4810. The star of PBS's Ciao Italia! draws on her eighth book, Ciao Italia in Umbria: A Traveling Cookbook From the Heart of Italy for a regional menu. $$$

Margaret Johnson at Tir Na Nog, The Phoenix, 1600 Arch St., 267-514-1700. Johnson's love of Ireland permeates The New Irish Table and inspires this dinner, which showcases that nation's culinary renaissance. $$

Cary Neff at Sansom Street Oyster House, 1516 Sansom St., 215-567-7683. Two Cary Neffs? The executive chef at the Miraval Life in Balance Resort and Spa in Arizona and author of Conscious Cuisine shares his name and a flair for culinary innovation with the chef-owner of this Philadelphia nouvelle/classic seafood restaurant. $$$

Christina Pirello at Philadelphia Fire Fighters' Union Hall,

415 N. Fifth St., 215-440-4414. A night with Philadelphia firefighters and the host of the PBS series Christina Cooks includes an auction and dinner catered by Pirello, the author of Glow (a health and beauty cookbook) and Cooking the Whole Foods Way. Proceeds benefit the Philadelphia Fire Fighters and the Center for the Advancement of Cancer Education. $35 (cash bar)

David Rosengarten at the Dilworthtown Inn, 1390 Old Wilmington Pike, West Chester, 610-399-1390. The chef-host of the TV Food Network show and author of Taste brings his culinary sensibilities to the menu. $95 includes wine.

Michele Scicolone at Palladium, 3601 Locust St., 215-387-3463. Her culinary contribution to the Sopranos Family Cookbook (by Allen Rucker as Artie Bucco) supports this dinner's Italian American family menu. With videos, favors and prizes. (See also March 21 dinner for an Italian feast.) $$

Sunday, March 23

Lidia Matticchio Bastianich at Savona, 100 Old Gulph Rd., Gulph Mills, 610-520-1200. The PBS cooking show chef is co-owner of Felidia and two other New York restaurants and the author of Lidia's Italian-American Kitchen. $$$$

Rochelle Brown at Philadelphia Fish & Company, 207 Chestnut St., 215-625-8605. The TV Food Network producer wrote The Chef, the Story, and the Dish. $50

Andrew Jaeger at McCormick & Schmick's, 1 S. Broad St., 215-568-6888. The third-generation New Orleans chef and author of New Orleans Seafood Cookbook presents a Cajun/Creole menu. $$

Karen MacNeil at the Capital Grille, 1338 Chestnut St., 215-545-9588. The wine-studies director at the Culinary Institute of America, Napa Valley, and author of The Wine Bible pairs wines with the food of executive chef Steve Annable. $$$$ (includes wines)

Kitty Morse at Little Fish, 600 Catharine St., 215-413-3464. The Casablanca-born author lends her sense of Sephardic cuisine (a Spanish-Moorish-

Jewish mix), reflected in her book Scent of Orange Blossoms, to this dinner's Moroccan-inspired menu. BYOB. $$

Sara Moulton at Novelty, 15 S. Third St., 215-627-7885. She's host of Cooking Live and Sara's Secrets on the Food Network, Gourmet magazine executive chef, food editor for ABC-TV's Good Morning, America, and author of Sara Moulton Cooks at Home, and she cooks with chef-owner Bruce Cooper. $45

Don Pintabona at Bleu,

227 S. 18th St., 215-545-0342. A pioneer of contemporary American cuisine, he has been executive chef of New York's Tribeca Grill since it opened in 1990. $$$

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