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A couple of openings, a few charity dos, and some totally random notes.

Nan Zhou Hand-Drawn Noodle House's big move is scheduled to happen on March 18. That's the date it relocates to 1022 Race St. from its walk-up at 927 Race.

Mount Airy-ans surely remember Goat Hollow, the funky bistro at Mount Pleasant Avenue and Lincoln Drive. It's being revived, probably by September, says Bill Campbell, who also owns a piece of Race Street Cafe in Old City.

The Young Friends of Team Jamaica, which sponsors island athletes running in the Penn Relays, is behind a two-day Caribbean theme fundraiser at 10 restaurants April 4 and 5. Participating restos, which will donate a cut of their evenings' take: Caribbean Feast, 1338 Rising Sun Ave., 215-223-2665; GiGi, 319 Market St.,, 215-574-8880; Jamaican Jerk Hut, 1436 South St., 215-545-8644; the Plough & the Stars, 123 Chestnut St., 215-733-0300; Rum Bar, 2005 Walnut St., 215-751-0404; the three Sabrina's (910 Christian Street, 215-574-1599, 1804 Callowhill St., 215-636-9061, and 34th Street and Powelton Avenue, 215-222-1022; Seafood Unlimited, 270 S. 20th St., 215-732-3663, and Elena's Soul, 4912 Baltimore Ave, 215-724-3043.
 

Ten restaurants are getting together to help local theater company Quince Productions on March 18 (5 to 8 p.m.) at Artists' House Gallery, 57 N. Second St. in Old City. A $25 donation gets you bites from Garces Trading Company, Tria, Kanella, Opa, Fish, Leliz Turkish Cuisine, Tokio Global, Bierstube, Marabella Meatball Co., and Cake & the Beanstalk. Info: www.quinceproductions.com.

Two beer-centric activities are aimed at the charitably minded:

  1. This Sunday (3/11) is The Brewers Plate, a beer tasting, at the National Constitution Center from 5 to 9 p.m. General admission is $75, which gets you food and suds from 50 different outlets. Organizer Fair Food sends all proceeds to support Philadelphia-area farmers, Info: www.fairfoodphilly.org.

  2. April 5 from 6 to 9 p.m. is Brews & Bowties, a formal benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society at the Ethical Society of Philadelphia (1906 S. Rittenhouse Square). It's also a beer-tasting/food-nibbles thing. A ticket is $60. Info: www.brewsandbowties.com.

Chopped All-Stars' second season starts April 8, and Philly's Jose Garces will compete against fellow Iron Chefs Cat Cora, Marc Forgione, and Michael Symon in the show's first episode.

Dia Dolce, a suburban Philly cupcake baker, will be on Food Network's Cupcake Wars at 8 p.m. March 11.

In the Random Sighting Dept.: The photo with this blog post shows Georges Perrier back in 1977, mugging for a story about what's in chef's refrigerators. You might not be able to make it out, but there most definitely is a box of Velveeta on the door.
 

And further random: That was Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs (forever Freddie "Boom Boom" Washington in Welcome Back, Kotter) at Cuba Libre last weekend. More random was the fact that a long-ago Washington pal, Booker Urista, was working the floor that night as he is training for his new job at sister restaurant Square Peg at 10th and Walnut Streets.

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