Put these two worthy eating events on your good-deed calendar, please:
Great American Dine Out: Pacific Grill is the only Tacoma restaurant to participate in the Great American Dine Out, an annual restaurant event taking place now through Sept. 26 at restaurants across the United States. The event, sponsored by the Share Our Strength organization, raises money to help fund programs that feed children. At Pacific Grill, diners who offer up a donation will get a free Julia Child Warm Brown Sundae dessert. Information: Pacific Grill, 1502 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-627-3535 or Pacific Grill website.
Bee Lady auction and soup contest: The Sixth Avenue Farmers Market will have a "Best Fall Soup" contest from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 29 at the Sixth Avenue market. Tickets are $10 and are available this Thursday at the Tacoma Farmers Market information booth (tickets must be purchased in advance). Money raised will go to support the Ludwig family, which suffered an unexpected loss when Peter Ludwig, husband of "Bee Lady" Chanetta Ludwig, died in August. The couple raised bees and seven children together on their Lakebay farm. I wrote a story about them last May, you can read it here. The soup feed will feature local chefs making soups judged by the audience. The event also will feature an auction and live music. All proceeds benefit the Ludwig family. The family has sold honey products at the Key Peninsula, Tacoma Broadway, Tacoma Sixth, Gig Harbor and Puyallup Farmers Markets for several years, but they have not been back to the market since the loss of Peter. Information: www.tacomafarmersmarket.com or call 253-272-7077.