* Can you eat 38 hot dogs? Would you if you could? Think carefully before you answer. Trump Plaza's Beach Bar (Boardwalk and Mississippi Avenue, Atlantic City, N.J.) will host Nathan's Famous Hot Dog Eating N.J. Regional Qualifying Contest at 2 p.m. Saturday, and that's how many franks contestant Bob "Notorious B.O.B." Shoudt ate last year. The Jersey winner competes in Nathan's Famous International Hot Dog Eating Contest, apparently a July 4th tradition on Coney Island, N.Y., since 1916.
* 2010 James Beard Foundation Award-winning Chef Jeff Michaud of Osteria Restaurant (3835 Germantown Pike, Collegeville, 610-489-9886) will do a cooking demonstration at Linvilla Orchards (137 West Knowlton Road, Media, 610-876-7116) at noon on June 5. The event is free and open to the public.
* Do deli for dinner now that Delicatessen BYOB (703 Chestnut St., 215-923-4560) is offering dinner from 4-8 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. You'll think you've died and gone to bubby's with a menu that includes Eddy's Savory Brisket, Pop Pop's Pastrami Mac and Cheese, and Hanukkah Salmon - latke-crusted salmon with garlic spinach and a lemon butter sauce. Sandwiches are available too. And the new "Deli Night at Home" takeout deal offers two half-pounds of house-made meats or salads, bread, potato salad, Russian dressing, spicy mustard and pickles for $25.
* Brown Betty is marking its sixth year with a new Brown Betty Petite, opening June 7 at Liberty Place (1650 Market St.), near the 17th Street entrance. We couldn't be more thrilled. This means that BB's rich, moist signature cupcakes and 6-inch layer cakes (not to mention "Nudies," all-natural goodies with no added sugar) will be that much easier to find. On opening day, get a coupon for a free cupcake, redeemable in July. Brown Betty was recently named the No. 2 Bakery in the country on TLC's "Best Food Ever."
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