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Tea and empathy for charity.

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Laura Morand Bailey of Ettamae's Cafe launches a charitable concept, Tea and Empathy, at the Jackson Ward eatery on Nov. 13. Guests pay $20 for a light spread served from 4-6 p.m., and half of the fee benefits FeedMore's backpack program, which helps undernourished local children. This will be the start of a series, Bailey says: “The goal of the teas is to bring together people who care about Richmond and the well-being of its citizens and who understand the important role that nonprofits play. Like everything at Ettamae's it's a fun wink to bygone days where people discussed important issues over tea and created powerful social change over dainty finger sandwiches and pastries.” You can reserve a spot at the limited-space event by calling 888-8058. 522 N. Second St. ettamaescafe.com.

Stuff in advance: Among the businesses offering take-home Thanksgiving dinner, Homemades by Suzanne is one of the area's most popular. A tradition-minded, 10-item spread from appetizers to dessert is $24.45 per person; dishes can also be ordered a la carte, including whole roasted turkeys, Surry hams, house-made pickles, salads, rolls and other Southern fare. Find Suzanne's during weekday luncheon hours at the Colony Club, 10 E. Franklin St., 775-2323, or at home base, 102 N. Railroad Ave., Ashland, 798-8331. Reserve by Nov. 20. homemadesbysuzanne.com.

Turkey and peanut butter: Carey Friedman at Grandpa Eddie's Alabama Ribs & BBQ has a different combination for holiday takeout — whole apple wood-smoked turkey and peanut butter pie. Birds come in two sizes, averaging 14 pounds ($55) and 24 pounds ($75) and he'll discount the pie to $30 for a combo order. 11129 Three Chopt Road. 270-7427. grandpaeddiesbbq.com.

Flavors of November: Wild Ginger, just off Robious Road in Midlothian, pairs its Pan-Asian cuisine with four French wines and a sparkling toast from Harlan Wines, in a dinner Nov. 23 at 6:30 p.m. The event is $50 all-inclusive, and seating is limited to 24 guests. Also, the restaurant's bar introduces a new cocktail list, seasonal beers and happy hour Sundays through Fridays from 5-7 p.m. wildgingerva.com.

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