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Walter Staib
Walter Staib
Posted: April 12, 2013

* Butchers and fishmongers from Whole Foods Markets are going blade to blade in a national slice-and-dice contest that has its local qualifying event at 10 a.m. April 25 at the Plymouth Meeting store (500 W. Germantown Pike, 610-832-0010). Ten butchers and 10 fishmongers will compete, one each from 10 area stores, in several categories. Finalists will head to a regional event May 23 in Virginia Beach. The final smackdown will be held in September in Portland, Ore.

* Hail to the Chefs, benefiting the Greater Northeast Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Scholarship, will be held 6-9 p.m. April 29 at the Knowlton Mansion (8001 Verree Road). More than 20 Northeast Philly restaurants will participate. Tix for the fundraiser are $42 at gnpccfoundation.org.

* Have a beer and make a hungry kid happy from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday as Brauhaus Schmitz (718 South St., 267-909-8814, brauhausschmitz.com) hosts a "No Kid Hungry Happy Hour." A dollar of every $5 German import on tap will go toward efforts to get food to those in need. You can also purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win two VIP tickets to Taste of the Nation April 28 at the Hotel Monaco. About 25 city restaurants will offer food and drink at that upscale event, led by chef David Katz and mixologist Phoebe Esmon. More at tasteofthenation.org/philadelphia.

* Chef Walter Staib of the City Tavern brings history to life - or at least to the table - with a re-enactment of his Emmy-winning PBS TV series, "A Taste of History," at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Perelman Theater, in the Kimmel Center (300 S. Broad St., 215-670-2300, kimmelcenter.org). The occasion is the 270th anniversary of Thomas Jefferson's birth, and the event is part of the Philadelphia International Festival of the Arts, continuing through April 27. $25-$35 at PIFA.org, 215-546-PIFA (7432), or the Kimmel Center box office.

* You can go home again, at least to Carmine's Creole Café (232 Woodbine Ave., Narberth, 610-660-0160), now known as Carmine's Creole Act II. New Orleans chef John Mims, who left in 2006, is back at the BYOB, open seven nights for dinner, and for Mother's Day Brunch May 12.

* Talk with more than 100 farmers, food artisans and sustainable business owners at Philly Farm & Food Fest, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center annex. Workshops, tastings and more are planned. $15 advance, $20 at the door, under 12 free. Add $15 for entry to the Local Libations Lounge. phillyfarmfest.ticketleap.com, f airfoodphilly.org


Send food and restaurant news to Daily News Deputy Features Editor Laurie Conrad, conradl@phillynews.com.

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