Saturday, June 4

Burger Brawl, a competition featuring burgers prepared by chefs from some of the area's top restaurants and burger joints, including Barbuzzo, Adsum, 10Arts, Butcher & Singer, Rouge, Good Dog, North Third, Royal Tavern, PYT, and many more; to raise funds for the Meredith Elementary School computer lab. $60, includes samples of the burgers. 2-6 p.m. at Meredith, 725 S. 5 St. Tickets available at Information: "Philadelphia Burger Brawl" Facebook page.

Sunday, June 5

Philly Cheese Experiment cook-off, featuring more than 20 area amateur chefs who will prepare cheese dishes for a chance to win cash and prizes. A portion of proceeds will go to the Food Trust of Philadelphia. $10 advance; $15 at door; includes samples or prepared cheese dishes and a beer from Brooklyn Brewery. Noon-4 p.m. at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. Tickets and information:

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June 11: Cuisine, Culture and Community, a symposium on locally grown and produced food, wine, and spirits that features workshops, panel discussions, food demonstrations, hands-on classes and tastings; presented by Les Dames Philadelphia. $85; $25 for students with current ID, includes breakfast, marketplace lunch, and cookbook signing, choice of four sessions, afternoon reception, and goodie bag. 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. at the Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, 4207 Walnut St. For additional information and a mandatory registration form, visit

June 15: Cookbook dinner, prepared by James Beard award-winning chef Michael Schwartz, author of Michael's Genuine Food: Down-to-Earth Cooking for People Who Love to Eat, with Amis chef Brad Spence, and featuring a menu that includes stout-braised clams, chile chicken wings, fettuccine carbonara, slow-roasted pork shoulder, banana toffee panini, and more. $100, includes tax, gratuity, and a copy of the book. 6:30 p.m. at Amis Trattoria, 412 S. 13 St. Reservations: 215-732-2647 or

- Barry Zukerman