March 9-15, 2006
The Best Kind of Fest
Tue., March 14, 5:30-8:30 p.m., $35Food is good. Scratch that food is excellent. People should spend more time celebrating it. The folks at the Center School agree, and they're holding a food festival to raise money for their children's scholarship fund. Thirty-five restaurants from the city and suburbs will be offering samples of their signature dishes. Granted, some of those restaurants are The Olive Garden and Romano's Macaroni Grill, but that shouldn't stop you from enjoying freebies from Terranova Wine Imports and Nicky Fischer's. Also slated: A silent auction, tarot card readers and the Broad Street Mummers. Spring Food Festival, Center School, 2450 Hamilton Ave., Abington, 215-657-2200.
Tue., March 14, 6-8 p.m., $40
Maestros of mall cookery Kitchen Kapers have invited Coral Reef Bistro's Nikki Weisse to teach a class on the style of seafood fusion found in her Medford restaurant. Entrees include cream of mushroom soup, macadamia-crusted mahi mahi with cornflake plantains, mango salsa and a flourless chocolate torte with raspberry coulis. Best of Coral Reef Bistro, Kitchen Kapers, 1341 Nixon Dr., Moorestown, N.J., 856-778-7705.
Two for One
Thu., March 16, 6:30 p.m., $75After 22 years in the catbird seat, chef Richard Marsh is letting guest chef Alex Capasso share the limelight in Andreotti's Viennese Café's kitchen. The dinner will feature a blend of both chefs' Franco-Italian style and Capasso's slight Thai influence. Menu items include pan-seared black grouper, lobster spring rolls and handmade potato gnocchi. While the price of dinner is fixed, patrons have the option of paying $24 more for a hand-selected wine flight. Reservations required. Dualing Chefs, Andreotti's Viennese Café, 1442 Rte. 70 E. Cherry Hill, N.J., 856-795-0172.