Jessica Harris gets cooking on March 18 at World Café Live.

If you’re crazy about food and the master chefs and experts behind some of your favorite dishes, then mark your calendars from March 11 through 20 for the regional celebration, “KitchenAid The Book and The Cook.” In the neighborhood, three venues will be turned into food havens: the Penn Museum (3260 South St.), World Café Live (3025 Walnut St.) and Abbraccio (820 S. 47th St.). For a complete list of events, go to

Friday, March 11

  • International beer and scotch expert Michael Jackson (“Michael Jackson’s Bar and Cocktail Companion”) hosts a reception and three-course dinner featuring his selection of fine beers. 6:30 p.m. at the Penn Museum. Tickets: $85; members $75. Reservations required: 215-898-4890. Info:

Saturday, March 12

  • Come taste microbrews from around the country and world with Michael Jackson at the 15th Annual Beer Tasting. This year’s theme is “Golden Treasures,” and Jackson will comment on recent gold medal winning brews. 1 p.m., 3:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. at the Penn Museum. Tickets: $45; members $40. Reservations/tickets through the Annenberg Box Office: 215-898-3900. Info:

Friday, March 18

  • 2005 KitchenAid Philadelphia Toque Award recipient Jessica Harris (above) presents special recipes for sides, salads and condiments. Time TBA at World Café Live. Dinner will be in the $25 to $50/per person range. Info: 267-295-2932.

Saturday, March 19

  • Chef Bobo invites guests to spend some time in Italy as he creates healthy and simple meals for the whole family. Lunch at 1 p.m. at Abbraccio. Dinner runs continuously from 5 to 9 p.m. Lunch and dinner will be in the $25 to $50/per person range. Info: 215-727-8247.

Originally published on February 24, 2005