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Eating (and drinking) for good causes

SEEDS' Annual Harvest Dinner; Corks for Kids; Celebrate N.C. Wines; Fashion for Food

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Hey gang: Let's eat for a good cause this week. Or, I should say, let's eat and drink for a variety of good causes during the next few weeks. Our area's farmers, chefs, restaurants and wine sellers are pitching in. All we need to do is buy tickets, show up and chow down.

First up is SEEDS' Annual Harvest Dinner, honoring local farmers and supporting SEEDS' programs (seedsnc.org). The menu features offerings from Chapel Hill Creamery, Peregrine Farm, Four Leaf Farm and Eastern Carolina Organics.

The dinner begins at 6 p.m. Thursday at Bay 7 in the American Tobacco Campus (150 Blackwell St., Durham, www.americantobaccohistoricdistrict.com). Cost is $100 per person or $800 per table. Frances Mayes, author of Under the Tuscan Sun and a part-time North Carolina resident, will speak. Tickets: 683-1197 or info@seedsnc.org.

If you're a wine lover, you might want to check out Corks for Kids, where you can sample and buy more than 60 wines. Todd Wielar, the owner of Chapel Hill Wine Co. and Hillsborough Wine Co., started Corks for Kids last year to support the N.C. Children's Hospital, because the doctors and staff of the hospital saved his wife's and daughter's lives. Last year, he raised more than $30,000. This year, the goal is $50,000.

Corks for Kids begins at 7:30 p.m. Saturday at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Hors d'oeuvres will be available, and there will also be silent and live auctions. Tickets are $50; call 968-1884.

Wine lovers can also support North Carolina's growing wine industry, as well as the J.C. Raulston Arboretum, by attending the third annual Celebrate N.C. Wines, which "will showcase award-winning North Carolina wines, demonstrations of wine and food pairings, and an inside look at viticulture and enology research" at N.C. State. (North Carolina is home to 61 wine producers and ranks 10th for wine and grape production in the United States.)

Guests can taste samples from several N.C. wineries, as well as heavy hors d'oeuvres, live music and a silent auction. The event begins at 3 p.m. on Oct. 7 at the arboretum (4415 Beryl Road, Raleigh). Tickets are $50 in advance and $60 at the door. To purchase tickets, contact Autumn Keck: autumn_keck@ncsu.edu, 513-3826.

And finally, I draw your attention to Fashion for Food, a benefit for Meals on Wheels Association of America (mowaa.org).

MOWAA is a member organization made up of mostly senior nutrition programs. These programs (including four in the Triangle) provide nutritious meals and other services to people who are elderly, homebound, disabled, frail or at risk.

So dress up, look fabulous, eat the heavy hors d'oeuvres and drink the complimentary champagne, and watch a fashion show featuring clothes from several Raleigh boutiques.

Prime Only Steak, Seafood & Sashimi Bar (505 W. Jones St., Raleigh, 835-2649, www.primeonlydowntown.com) will host Fashion for Food at 8 p.m. on Sept. 27. Tickets are $75; organizers will donate one-quarter of the proceeds to keep someone from feeling hungry.

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