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3 Philly Food Events to Check Out in March

Philly’s most influential women chefs and restaurateurs are joining forces for a James Beard Foundation fundraiser

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Poi Dog’s Kiki Aranita is participating in a tasting event to raise money for the James Beard Foundation’s women’s leadership program.
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Here are three food events in Philadelphia to put on your calendar this month.

One Book, Many Voices Community Dinner

Wednesday, March 11

What: South Philly Barbacoa, Poi Dog, El Merkury, and chef Chris Paul are providing the food for this family-style meal of dishes from the Americas and discussion of indigenous food traditions, tied to the Free Library’s One Book, One Philadelphia program. It’s like a book club but with much better food.

Details: Doors open at 5:45 p.m. and the dinner starts at 6 p.m. at the Cobbs Creek Library, 5800 Cobbs Creek Parkway. It’s free, and first come, first seated. Register here.

James Beard: America’s First Foodie screening

Thursday, March 19

What: Les Dames d’Escoffier Philadelphia hosts a screening of this documentary about James Beard (the namesake of the prestigious James Beard Awards) with director/producer Beth Federici and co-producer Kathleen Squires on hand to introduce the film. Afterward, they’ll head to Fork in Old City for a reception. Les Dames events raise money for scholarships for women pursuing careers in hospitality and agriculture.

Details: It starts at 6:15 p.m. at the Ritz Five, 214 Walnut Street. Tickets for the film are $25. Tickets for both the film and the reception are $65.

Philly Women in Food: Benefiting James Beard Foundation Women Initiatives

Monday, March 23

What: High Street Hospitality Group’s pioneering restaurateur Ellen Yin and Lost Bread Co.’s Ana Caballero host a James Beard tasting event with women restaurateurs, chefs, bakers, bartenders, and cheesemakers to raise money for the James Beard Foundation’s women’s leadership initiatives. The lineup includes Cristina Martinez of South Philly Barbacoa, Aimee Olexy of The Love and Talula’s Garden, Nok Suntaranon of Kalaya, Ange Branca of Saté Kampar, Justine MacNeil of Fiore, and many more.

Details: The event runs from 6-9 p.m. at Triple Bottom Brewing, 915 Spring Garden Street. Tickets are $100.