* The East Coast Food and Wine Festival, to be held noon-5 p.m. June 26-27 at Hopewell Valley Vineyards in Pennington, N.J., will feature celebrity chefs Michael Colameco, Mary Ann Esposito and Barbara Seeling-Brown, and a banquet of restaurateurs, vintners and foodies. Tastings, tours, a farm market and much more are also planned. $35 advance, $40 at the door; two-day pass $55/$60. A portion of the proceeds goes to Share Our Strength, which fights childhood hunger. Call 609-890-7103 or go to


* Move over soft custard, Morey's Piers has opened Joe's Fish Co., a family restaurant at Morey's Surfside Pier (25th Street and Boardwalk), in North Wildwood, N.J. Joe's is named after the late Joe Marchiano, founder of Curley's Fries. Local seafood and imported wines, beer and liquor (including a signature margarita) are the emphasis here. Brick-oven pizzas, salads, sandwiches and, of course, Curley Fries, are on the menu, too.

* Through July 11, London Grill (2301 Fairmount Ave., 215-978-4545) will celebrate soccer's World Cup with live game telecasts, drink specials and prizes. London also has partnered with Great Lakes Brewing Co. to support youth soccer through Manayunk's Starfinder foundation; during Argentina games (the brewery's pick), $1 from Great Lakes draughts will go to the foundation.

* Philly Beer Week founder and Museum Catering owner Bruce Nichols and longtime local restaurateur Madame Saito are partners in The HeadHouse (122 Lombard St., 215-625-0122), a craft-beer café featuring 20 drafts and more than 100 bottled beers emphasizing local brewers. A beer-friendly menu includes Spicy Pork Carnitas, Chicken Shwarma and Seared HeadHouse Gourmet Crab Cakes with bacon-vegetable stew. Executive chef Jimmy Chiu has worked with Nichols at Museum Catering for more than 11 years; food-and-beverage director Tom Pittakis was formerly at Alison Two, in Fort Washington.

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