French Grapes Grown in Italy Dinner at Mémé
Mon., April 30, 6:30 p.m., $60
Acknowledging an interesting wine phenomenon, David Katz of Mémé is hosting a wine dinner highlighting French varietals grown in Italian soil. Importer Federico Dall'Olmo of the Artisan's Cellar will be on hand to discuss the particulars of each vino — four in total, each of which will be paired with a savory course from Katz (grilled lamb chops with kale, quail with polenta, pasta with guanciale and scallop crudo). Reservations required. Mémé, 2201 Spruce St., 215-735-4900, memerestaurant.com.
A Week of Earth Day at Davio's
Through Sun., April 29, $65
Earth Day has passed, but Davio's is offering a special menu for the remainder of this week. The springy four-courser features branzino with white asparagus, trumpet mushrooms and mussel jus; heirloom tomato salad with grilled spring onions and baby basil; and a special "dirt" dessert. Most of the fruits and vegetables in the meal were grown sustainably at Blue Moon Acres, located right here on Earth in Buckingham, Pa. Reservations required. Davio's, 111 S. 17th St., 215-563-4810, davios.com.
Dining Out for Life
Thu., April 26, pay as you go
Dozens of restaurants throughout the Delaware Valley are participating in this fundraiser, which benefits the fight against AIDS and HIV. Simply dine out at any of the participating restaurants — Lolita, Matyson, Il Pittore, JG Domestic, Bistrot La Minette, Southwark and Vedge are just a few participating this year — and one-third of your bill will benefit ActionAIDS. Dining Out for Life raises upward of $250,000 locally every year. See the website for a full list of restaurants. diningoutforlife.com/philadelphia.
Second Annual Cupcake Smash
Sat., April 28, 1-5 p.m., $20-$25
At P.Y.T. and Philabundance's second annual Cupcake Smash. professional and amateur bakers will create their best cupcakes, to be judged by CP's own Drew Lazor, P.Y.T. owner Tommy Up, Phrequency.com's Leah Kauffman, Tony Luke Jr. and Wendy Rollins of Radio 104.5. Winners will get their cupcakes on P.Y.T.'s menu for the month of May. St. Germain, Pabst Blue Ribbon and Fuze are handling beverages. The Piazza at Schmidts, 1050 N. Hancock St., 215-339-0900, philabundance.org.
The Food Trust Pancake Breakfast
Sun., April 29, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., $25-$80
Mitch and Jennifer Prensky of Supper are serving pancakes, apple-rhubarb compote and more at this benefit for the Food Trust. The meal will include locally sourced ingredients from Spring Hill, Three Springs and Philly Fair Trade Roasters; proceeds go toward the Food Trust's farmers-market programming. Advance tickets required. Headhouse Shambles, Second and Lombard streets, 215-575-0444, thefoodtrust.ticketleap.com/pancake-breakfast.