The General's Banquet, a benefit for Historic Waynesborough, the ancestral home of Revolutionary War hero Gen. Anthony Wayne, featuring a five-course dinner presented by Georges Perrier of Le Bec-Fin and prepared by chefs from Brasserie Perrier and Georges' with accompanying wines. $200. 6:30 p.m. at Historic Waynesborough, Waynesborough Rd. just off Route 252, Paoli. For reservations and more information, call Marie Hageney at 610-695-9516.
Sept. 27: Modern meets classic Middle Eastern dinner prepared by executive chef Michael Solomonov and featuring a menu that includes eggplant salad, braised swordfish with classic tomato stew and poached egg, smoked loin of lamb with stewed prunes, and a peach-themed dessert. Bring your own wine. $50. Call 215-222-3699 or visit www.marigoldkitchenbyob.com for reservations and more information.
Sept. 28: James Beard Foundation 20th anniversary celebration dinner, to take place simultaneously with celebrations in 19 other cities, prepared by an all-star team of local chefs led by Marc Vetri and featuring numerous honorees who will be present as table hosts, including Gov. Rendell, Stephen Starr, Lynne Abraham, Howard Eskin and many more. $350, includes wine with dinner; $3,000 for a table of eight and $4,000 for a table with a private sommelier and additional wine component. 6:30 p.m. at the Water Works Restaurant and Lounge, 640 Waterworks Dr. For reservations and more information, call Jennifer Mansfield at 215-731-2000, Ext. 213.
Sept. 29: Victory Brewing Fall Fest, featuring various Victory beers and German food in a beer-garden style setting, a hop seminar, live music, and children's activities. Admission is free. 2-9 p.m. at Victory Brewing Company, 420 Acorn Lane, Downingtown. For more information, visit www.victorybeer.com or call 610-873-0881.
Sept. 29-30: Great Grapes wine, arts and food festival, with more than 100 wines from Pennsylvania wineries, cooking and wine-making demonstrations, live music, and plenty of art for viewing and sale. $25 at door; $20 in advance; $15 for designated drivers. Noon-6 p.m. both days at the Mann Center at Fairmount Park, 5201 Parkside Ave. For more information or to order tickets, visit www.uncorkthefun.com or call 1-800-830-3976.
Oct. 1: Pottstown Area Police Athletic League annual food festival, featuring food and beverages from more than 20 area restaurants, breweries and wineries, as well as live jazz and live and silent auctions. Proceeds benefit PAL. $50 donation per person. 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Brookside Country Club, Adams and Prospect Sts., Pottstown. For tickets and more information, call 610-327-0527 or visit www.PottstownPAL.org.
Oct. 5: Hands-on class on the role of sugar in winemaking with wine expert Marnie Old. $49, includes general museum admission, 6 p.m. at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's Museum Restaurant, 26th St. & the Ben Franklin Parkway, 215-235-7469. - Barry Zukerman
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