Chinese New Year Banquet
Here’s a great way to atone for all the sins you’ve made since Jan. 1: Starting Feb. 17, take a do-over and head to Margaret Kuo’s Malvern, Media or Wayne locations for a nine-course banquet in honor of the Chinese New Year. It’s the Year of the Pig, which gives you an excuse to overindulge on Kuo’s legendary Peking duck
and Four Happiness hors d’oeuvres platter. Through February; margaretkuos.com.
Christine Havrilla (Boxrilla Music)
On her latest CD, Conshohocken-based Christine Havrilla and her six-piece band offer an edgy, eclectic and introspective mix of raw electric guitar and subtle violin. Havrilla was named one of the Top 10 Indie Artists of 2006 by The Advocate, and her song, “Loneliest Girl,” was featured on Sirius Satellite Radio’s OutQ Hot 20. Havrilla performs Feb. 3 at the Tin Angel, 20 S. 2nd St., Philadelphia, (215) 928-0770; christinehavrilla.com.
Making Artisan Chocolates: Flavor-Infused Chocolates, Truffles, and Confections
By Andrew Garrison Shotts (Quarry Books, 176 pages)
February and chocolate go together like coffee and cream. And for connoisseurs, any old confection won’t do. Lucky for us, this glorious book is filled with anything and everything you’d ever need to know about making chocolate. Shotts, an award-winning pastry chef and chocolatier, makes it look easy, with straightforward text, charts and photos from former Main Line Today photographer Madeline Polss.