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On the Menu: More Cool Culinary Events

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Longwood Gardens is traditionally known for winter interest in the garden. But over the next few months, it’s stepping things up with a sophisticated combination of culture-meets-culinary events for your dining, viewing and listening pleasure. Orchids, tapas and jazz await as Longwood blends its new program, “The Jazz Club at Longwood” with the upcoming Orchid Extravaganza (Feb. 4–March 31). Tapas is offered before the concerts from 5 to 7:30 p.m (show time is 7:30). Artists/dates are: Jan. 31, Sophie Milman; Feb. 21, Turtle Island Quartet; March 13, Kenny Garrett and Quartet. For tickets and information, call (610) 388-1000, ext. 100, or click on the live link above to visit the website.

If you want to put on a pre-Super Bowl belly load (since Eagles fans’ stomachs will be in knots during and after this lose-lose game) but could do without the riff-raff at your local sports’ bar, check out Roux 3’s inaugural Sunday Champagne Brunch Feb. 3 (11 a.m.–2 p.m.). There aren’t many good brunch options out this way, so please let us know what you think. Call (610) 356-9500.

If you’re like me and have shied away from Teikoku lately because of inconsistent food, you’ll be glad to hear that a recent visit (for a friend’s 40th birthday celebration) left a positive impression. Twenty-four of us sat in the back room at a semi-private table and sampled several attractively presented and satisfying dishes. The melt-in-your-mouth pan-seared, sesame-crusted tuna served with mashed yams was the hit, although everything we tried (dumplings, spring rolls, satay skewers, house and avocado salads, assorted sushi and chicken teriyaki) was far better than on previous visits. The only minor letdown was a Kobe beef dish, which was not overwhelming tender. I’ll definitely be going back … for consistency’s sake.