Saturday, June 13

Beer tour of Northern Liberties, led by beer reporter and connoisseur Don Russell ("Joe Sixpack") and presented by First Person Arts. Stops include Standard Tap, the 700 Club, the Foodery, and Ortlieb's Jazz Haus. $75 per person, $140 per couple; includes all beer, food, and gratuities. 2-5:30 p.m., starting at the Swift Half at the Piazza at 1002 N. 2 St. Tickets are available at 267-402-2055 or by visiting

Tuesday, June 16

An Evening of Southern Hospitality, featuring a menu that includes Vidalia onion soup with bacon flan, cornmeal-crusted soft-shell crabs, pepper-crusted beef, and blackberry cobbler; all prepared by chef Erin O'Shea and Virginia Willis, author of Bon Appetit, Y'all! Three Generations of Southern Cooking. $50 per person; includes one copy of an autographed cookbook per couple. Available from 5 p.m. at Marigold Kitchen, 501 S. 45 St., 215-222-3699.

Wednesday, June 17

Fish Without Fear hands-on cooking class, deals with a variety of techniques for cooking, as well as choosing the freshest fish. $39. 5:45-7:45 p.m. at Foster's Homeware, 399 Market St. Early reservations recommended at and 215-925-0950.

Chef Wars, a cooking competition between South Jersey chefs with patrons judging the dishes, featuring Saul Cordova of La Esperanza and Lou Imbesi of Catelli's. $40 plus tax and gratuity. 6:30 p.m. at Catelli's, Plaza 1000 Main Street, Evesham and Kresson Rds., Voorhees. For reservations, call 856- 751-6069. Visit www.sjhotchefs. com/chefwars for schedule.

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June 18: Chefs at the Shore, a fund-raiser to benefit the marine and environmental programs of the Atlantic City Aquarium and the scholarship program of the Professional Chefs Association of South Jersey, featuring live cooking demonstrations by 11 chefs, tastings of the food they create, dishes from area restaurants, live music, and a silent auction. $50, or $450 for a group of 10 tickets. 5:30-9 p.m. at the Atlantic City Aquarium, 800 N. New Hampshire Ave., Atlantic City. For information: 609-348-2880, Ext. 22.

June 21: Real Men Cook for Charity, the annual urban Father's Day event to honor the positive accomplishments of men in the community and raise money for Real Men Charities, featuring food, entertainment, children's activities, health screenings, cooking demonstrations, and door prizes. $20 for adults in advance, $25 at the door; $10 for children. 3-6 p.m. at First District Plaza, 3801 Market Street. For information:

June 27-28: East Coast Slow Food and Wine Festival, featuring cooking demos, food and wine seminars, a farmer's market, and plenty of samples. $35 in advance; $40 at the door. Noon-5 p.m. both days at Hopewell Valley Vineyards, 46 Yard Road, Pennington. For information:

- Barry Zukerman