Eats Beat: 10/4/12

Posted: October 04, 2012

* Get the science on food physics and chemistry with the free "More Physics and Chemistry in the Kitchen" series led by professor Paul J. Angiolillo at Saint Joseph's University Science Center (Room 317), City Avenue and Lapsley Lane. Sessions are held from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through Nov. 15. This week's topic: "Smell, Taste, and Flavor: Essence of molecular gastronomy." More at wagnerfreeinstitute.org.

* Heirloom (8705 Germantown Ave., Top of the Hill Plaza, 215-242-2700, heirloomdining.com) has a fall menu featuring BBQ Pork Belly-Brie-Arugula Flatbread, Autumn Chive Gnocchi with Butternut Squash and Lamb Shank with Burst Grapes. No entrée tops $29 at the locally sourced, seasonally centric restaurant.

* Crisp fall days are perfect times to go out and gather yourself some crisp fall apples. Find Pennsylvania farm market locations at pennsylvaniaapples.org.

* Restaurateur Jose Garces and his wife Dr. Beatriz Garces will host the first Garces Family Foundation Gala Wednesday at the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts. The foundation serves the region's immigrant population and helps fund health care and nutritional programming. The gala will support Puentes de Salud ("Bridges of Health"), whose co-founder and executive director, Dr. Steven Larson, will be honored. VIP tickets are $1,000 and will feature a cornucopia of local chefs' offerings starting at 6 p.m. The event opens at 7:30 p.m. to $200 ticket-holders, who will sample a Taste of the Garces Group. There will be flamenco dancing and live music, too. Info at 215-518-5526 or gfflaunch.ticketleap.com/the-garces-family-foundation-launch.

* "Martha Stewart's Cooking School" debuts at 10:30 a.m. Saturday on WHYY-TV (Channel 12), with an episode on eggs. No doubt she'll break a few as she demonstrates how to make a fluffy scramble, foolproof frittata and more. Upcoming episodes will go deep as only Stewart can on topics such as vegetables and sauces.

* Are you a great home cook or do you know one? Every month in the Daily News, "Top Cooks" spotlights a home-cooking whiz and one of their recipes. To nominate a cook, email mytopcook@gmail.com, or write: My Top Cook, Philadelphia Daily News, 801 Market St., Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Include your name and a daytime phone number. If we publish your cook's story, he or she will receive a cookbook or other foodie gift.


Send food and restaurant news to Assistant Features Editor Laurie Conrad at conradL@phillynews.com.

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