* Chef Jeremy Nolen of Brauhaus Schmitz restaurant and beer hall (718 South St., 215-909-8814, brauhausschmitz.com) will make his dinner debut at New York City's James Beard House at 7 p.m. Feb. 2. It's an honor you can share in by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org for specially priced tickets, which otherwise run $170 a person.
* Their pending expansion into Bala Cynwyd has given the folks at honeygrow (16th & Sansom, 215-279-7724, honeygrow.com) quite an appetite. Justin Rosenberg has added three egg-white noodle dishes to the menu: 5 Spice Stir-Fry, Gluten Free Coconut Curry Stir Fry and Lemon Miso Tahini Stir-Fry, $8.25 each. Look for the new location in February.
* There's payback at Jake's Wayback Burgers, where the chain (with locations in Voorhees and in and around Philadelphia, waybackburgers.com) is giving away $5,000 to one customer nationwide, and a burger a month for a year to one customer in each of its 60 locations. The contest ends Feb. 28.
* Recently opened Ralic's on South (119 South St., ralicsonsouth.com), a family friendly, fish-centric restaurant/sports bar, will start brunch service in February. Kids under 5 eat free at that meal, too.
* Are you a fabulous home cook, or do you know someone who is? On the third Thursday monthly, "Top Cook" spotlights a home-cooking whiz and one of their recipes in the Daily News. Your nominee, if profiled, will receive a cookbook or other food-related gift. (And, yes, you can nominate yourself.) Email email@example.com or write: Top Cooks, Philadelphia Daily News, 801 Market St., Suite 300, Philadelphia, PA 19107. Include your name and a daytime phone number.
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