Writing about booze is a trendy, growing field. But it's not just a matter of draining your glass and letting the liquor do the typing. Learn the craft from experts at "The Intoxicating Allure of Drinks Writing," 3:30-4:50 p.m. May 24 at the Mandell Lobby on the Drexel University campus (33rd and Chestnut, events.drexel.edu). Panelists include: David Wondrich, Esquire's longtime drinks correspondent; Lew Bryson, blogger and managing editor of Whisky Advocate; Amy Zavatto, a contributing editor to Imbibe magazine; and Jason Wilson, drinks columnist for the Washington Post and dining columnist for the Daily News.
Music, documentary-style video, storytelling, humor and, of course, cooking and eating are on the menu for Asian Arts Initiative's "The Cooking Show," an interactive culinary and storytelling experience to raise awareness of Type 2 diabetes. Performances through Saturday at Asian Arts Initiative's Salon space (1223 Vine St.). $20 admission includes a meal. 215-557-0455 or asianartsinitiative.org.
Recently opened SoWe (918 S. 22nd St., 215-545-5790, sowephilly.com) now serves brunch 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. Mondays there's a half-price wine deal on bottles. And there's a restaurant industry deal all the time. Show a pay stub or business card and get $2 Miller High Life bottles and $3 shots of Jim Beam.
Philly's among 10 cities in the 8 Great Plates fundraising competition to determine the most-loved international cuisine in 10 U.S. cities. For every vote cast online through July 31, Chase Sapphire will donate $1 to Feeding America. Search Chase Sapphire on Facebook for details.
Weavers Way Co-op holds its Fresh & Local Fair from noon-4 p.m. Saturday at the Chestnut Hill location (8424 Germantown Ave., 215-843-2350, weaversway.coop). Along with Weavers Way Farms, there will be samples and demos from Iron Hill Brewery, Calkins Creamery, Moshe's, Chung's Sushi, Koch's Deli, Bobbies Hummus, John & Kira's Chocolates,Reanimator Coffee, Sun & Earth,My House Bakery, Real Pickles,Martin's Sausage, D'Artagnan, and Philly Cow Share. Live music, too.n
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