Wednesday, 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

Saturday, June 18

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

Food and Wine Pairing for Dads, featuring mini crab cakes with 2008 chardonnay, BBQ chicken quesadillas with sour cream with NV sangria, open-faced mini corned beef Reuben sandwich with 2008 Merlot, ramekin of beef chili with chipotle and cilantro with NV Vintner's Select Red, and peach cobbler with NV Peach Wine. $65 per person, plus tax and gratuity; reservations required. 1 p.m. at Crossings Vineyards, 1853 Wrightstown Rd., Washington Crossing. Reservations: or 215-493-6500, Ext. 19.

Sustainable Saturday, a series of activities including West Philadelphia Farm-to-Table Trolley Tour: tour three urban farms, meet the farmers, taste fresh food, and end tour with family-style dinner using local and regional foods at MidAtlantic Restaurant and Tap Room, 3711 Market St. $45 per person; for tickets, visit 3-7 p.m. Ice Cream Tour & Tasting: Learn about the history of ice cream making in Philadelphia, pick fresh ingredients and hand-crank from milk and cream fresh from local dairy. $10 adult. 2-3:30 p.m. at Bartram's Garden, 54th Street and Lindbergh Boulevard. Pre-register: or 215-729-5281, Ext. 112 Edible Landscaping, workshop by Phil Forsyth of Forsyth Gardens and the Philadelphia Orchard Project. Free. 1-2 p.m at Chester Avenue Community Garden, 4713-15 Chester Ave. For more information on these or other activities offered at this event, visit

Sunday, June 19

Father's Day Supper, featuring house-baked dinner rolls, Louisiana-style gumbo, Jersey tomato salad, local baby greens, smoked baby back ribs, fire-roasted BBQ London broil, and peach cobbler, plus live music. $40 person; reservations suggested. 4-9 p.m. at JG Domestic, 2929 Arch St., 215-222-2363.

Monday, June 20

Taste of the Nation, a benefit by Share Our Strength that brings local and regional chefs and mixologists together to prepare food and drink to aid local groups who fight childhood hunger; also includes a silent auction. $85 advance, $95 at door; $135 VIP advance; $145 VIP at door (VIP includes extra hour access to chefs, preview of auction items, more). 21 and over only. 5:30-9:30 p.m. VIP; 6:30-9:30 p.m. general admission at Millennium Ballroom, Loews Hotel, 1200 Market St., Philadelphia. Purchase tickets at

- Barry Zukerman