Food Calendar

Posted: January 26, 2012

Nightly, through Feb. 9

Year of the Dragon, Chinese New Year dinner, featuring a menu that includes Pu Pu platter; longevity noodles with pork, tomato and chili; salt and pepper shrimp and scallops; sesame chicken; Peking duck fried rice; and chocolate shortcake. $45 plus tax and gratuity. Reservations available nightly during regular dinner hours at Sampan, 124 S. 13th St., 215-732-3501,

Saturday, Jan. 28

Belgium comes to West Chester beer tasting, featuring Belgian-style craft beers from more than 20 breweries, including Devil's Backbone, Dogfish Head, Harpoon, Peekskill, Stoudt's, Weyerbacher and many more. Free admission; pay for what you drink. 1 p.m. until the beer runs out at Iron Hill Brewery, 3 W. Gay St., West Chester, 610-738-9600,

Sunday, Jan. 29

Gala Siciliana, presented by Italian American Spirit to benefit children of fallen American troops and needy children in Sicily, featuring Sicilian chefs who will prepare a meal that includes assorted appetizers, cream of fava beans soup with seafood and croutons, angel hair-stuffed eggplant rolls, swordfish dumplings stuffed with garden greens, and a special Sicilian dessert. $135. 5 p.m. at Cescaphe Ballroom, 923 N. 2 St. To purchase tickets, contact Frank Costanzo at

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Feb. 2: Cellar Club wine tasting and dinner, with guest winemaker Robert Pepi Jr. and an array of wines, including Extra Brut Sparkling, Bianchi; Sauvignon Blanc, Angel's Secret; Syrah 'Elsa', Bianchi; Petite Sirah, Two Angels; Malbec 'Famiglia', Bianchi; "MacAllister" Red, Eponymous; as well as hors d'oeuvres and a complete dinner. $90 plus tax and gratuity; includes a complimentary bottle of wine and a $20 gift certificate to the restaurant. 7 p.m. at Bistro Romano, 120 Lombard St., 215-925-8880,

Feb. 7: The Philadelphia Singers annual benefit dinner, featuring a menu of French bistro cuisine, wine, and performances by members of the Singers. Tickets range from $150 to $300. Seatings at 5:30 p.m., 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. with performances at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. at Bistrot La Minette, 623 S. 6th St. For further details, call 215-751-9494 or visit

Feb. 7: Taste of Hazon, a dinner prepared by chef Michael Solomonov to support environmental awareness, featuring fluke crudo with beets and tehina, parsnip puree with chives and caviar, chicken and walnut rillettes with green apples, smoked lamb carpaccio, braised short rib, and more. $180. Cocktails at 5:45 p.m., followed by dinner and program at 6:45 p.m. at the National Museum of American Jewish History Gala Ballroom, 101 S. Independence Mall East. For additional details and to purchase tickets, visit

- Barry Zukerman

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