Wine and Dine for a Noble Cause

May 7th, 2012 join Philadelphia’s culinary superstars at the elegant Loews Hotel to combat childhood hunger with Taste of the Nation Philadelphia. The city’s premier chefs and mixologists generously join forces to create a wildly delectable medley of tastes, a dream for any Philadelphian foodie. Participating restaurants include Mémé, SBRAGA, Davio’s Northern Italian Steakhouse, Marigold Kitchen, Valanni and dozens more. 100% of the proceeds will be donated to Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, an anti-hunger organization that contributes on local and national levels. So come, celebrate the city’s unique flavors, try your luck with exciting live and silent auctions and contribute to a fantastic cause.

For more information or to buy tickets, visit Share Our Strength’s Taste of the Nation.

French Grapes grown in Italy? An evening of great wine at Mémé

David Katz of Mémé Restaurant will host an evening celebrating some of the greatest French varietals that are being produced in Italy. Learn why and have the pleasure of tasting these fantastic wines with David’s guest Federico Dall’Olmo of the Artisians Cellar. Federico is a very passionate Bologna native who lives, eats and sleeps Italian wine. Experience his featured selection of Italian wines that will pair with the fun rustic flavors of Mémé’s cuisine.

Monday, April 30 Meme will offer a four-course meal including a variety of wines for $60. Seating times will be 6 and 8:30 p.m. The restaurant is located at 2201 Spruce St., Philadelphia. For reservations, call 215.735.4900 or visit for more information.

Dine Out, Fight AIDS

On Thursday, April 26th, 2012 over 200 restaurants in the Delaware Valley area will participate in Dining Out for Life benefiting thousands of men, women and children suffering from HIV/AIDS. Dine at participating restaurants and 33% of your food bill will benefit local services in the fight against HIV/AIDS. For a complete list of participating restaurants visit Search for participating restaurants by location, cuisine type, meal served – even for restaurants taking part in a special 20% off Tuesday promotion.

Making a difference is as easy as going out to eat! Make your reservations soon and remember to support these amazing restaurants thought the year – they truly are making a difference in your community.

Main Line Restaurant Week

April 23rd through April 29th marks Main Line Restaurant Week. Participating restaurants throughout the Main Line and Philadelphia’s western suburbs will offer prix fixe menus showcasing their chefs’ signature dishes. Menus feature discounted lunches and three-course dinners which comprise of an appetizer, entrée and dessert. Diners can expect to spend $20 to $50 per person.

What’s better than a discounted meal at your favorite restaurant? Well how about the chance to eat for FREE at some of the best eateries in the Main Line. Lucky Restaurant Week diners have a chance to win gift certificates for up to $100 at participating restaurants including Sullivan’s Steakhouse, Verdad, and The Capital Grille. For details and a full list of restaurants visit:

Happy dining everyone!


Get the dirt from the Gardening Experts at Linvilla

Whether you are a gardening enthusiast or someone who simply enjoys being outdoors and creating your own secret garden, celebrate the emergence of spring with Linvilla Orchards at the annual Plant and Flower Festival on Saturday, April 28th. Linvilla’s professional staff will be on hand to answer all of your gardening questions and offer some skillful advice.

Get a tip or two and learn from the experts at these free demonstrations throughout the day:

  • 9:00 a.m.       Attracting Wildlife to Your Garden
  • 10:30 a.m.     Seed Starting
  • 12:00 p.m.     Meet Linvilla’s Beekeeper
  • 4:00 p.m.       Container Gardens

Makin’ Music will be performing to get kids singing, dancing, moven and grooven! Be sure not to miss Raptors on Tour at 2:00 and 3:30 p.m. At 2:45 and 4:15 p.m., see the Broozers live in concert performing their upbeat reggae influenced music. For a day jam packed with fun, kids can enjoy special visits from costumed characters, get their faces painted, compete in games, win contests, and play on Linvilla’s world-class playground! Take a ride on a real pony or enjoy a hayride through the beautiful blossoming fields. When tummies start to grumble, stop into the market for some sweet treats or enjoy lunch at the Linvilla Grill.

Linvilla Orchards is located at 137 West Knowlton Road, in Media, PA. Call 610-876-7116 or visit

Paws Up for Pet Appreciation Weekend

What a scene it’s going to be: Doggies on leashes with their people in tow, animal lovers sharing stories and advice, and pets playing games and making new furry friends. On Saturday and Sunday, April 14 and 15, Pet Valu presents Pet Appreciation Weekend (PAW), a celebration of our domestic critters and those who love them. There will be games, refreshments, and giveaways. It’s also an opportunity to raise money and supplies for animal charities. A portion of the proceeds from the weekend’s sales will go directly to local animal shelters.

Pet Valu sees this Pet Appreciation Weekend as a chance to build awareness and raise much-needed funds for local animal agencies and services. Last year, during Pet Valu’s annual Pet Appreciation Weekend, over 160 pets were adopted and $250,000 was donated to local shelters. Check out to find a Pet Valu location near you.


A good time for a beer!

All you beer lovers! Can you imagine a time when you weren’t able to sit back, relax and enjoy a tall glass of beer? The thought is scary, but in reality, prohibition did occur. But thanks to President Franklin Roosevelt, who on April 7, 1933,  signed an amendment that allowed the manufacture and sale of beer. This was the first step towards a complete repeal of prohibition that would later occur in December. Upon signing the amendment, Roosevelt remarked; “I think this would be a good time for a beer.”

Celebrate the “regained” freedom to drink beer for the American people 79 years ago at the recently opened Bierstube Tsingtau. With over 150 carefully-selected craft beers from one of Philadelphia’s most impressive and unique beer lists, Bierstube is a great spot to celebrate this day. Bierstube is open Tuesday through Saturday, 5 p.m. until 2 a.m. and is located at 206 Market St. Philadelphia, PA 19106. For more information call 215 922-2958 or visit