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Helen's: A new fall menu includes appetizers of grilled quail, Cajun-fried frog legs, barbecue venison tacos. Osso bucco and red snapper en papillote, steak and seafood dishes are on the entrAce list at this perennial Fan district favorite. Dinner nightly, weekend brunch. 2527 W. Main St. 358-4370.

Ipanema CafAc: Celebrates its 10th anniversary. Style restaurant critic Brandon Fox gives a nod to the owner and chef: “I think Kendra Feather's done a wonderful job over the years making people forget Ipanema is a vegetarian restaurant. Instead of making what is often a political choice her mission, instead she's focused on making good food that just happens not to have any meat in it. I'm a little old to have ever hung out there at the bar but my Peter Pan friends tell me they have great wine specials and a great bartender.”

Da Lat: Now more than twice as large to accommodate its strong customer base, this Vietnamese restaurant serves lunch and dinner daily at 9125-L W. Broad St. in the TJ Maxx shopping center. 762-9330.

March of Dimes Signature Chef's Auction: Join some of Richmond's most influential chefs at this tasty annual benefit event Oct. 19, 5:30-10 p.m. at the Richmond Marriott Hotel. Tickets are $125, the event is black-tie optional, and the food tastings are first-rate — from chefs including Todd Manley of Pescados, John Yamashita of Sticky Rice and Cous Cous, Adam Schumm of Zuppa, Joseph Comfort and Jaime Gulden of the Ironhorse Restaurant, Lee Gregory of Six Burner Restaurant, Todd Johnson of Mezzanine, Victor Srikusalanukul of Moshi Moshi, culinary students from J. Sargeant Reynolds and others. Call 968-4120 for information.

Agecroft Hall: Chocolate 101, a history and tasting, is Oct. 15 at 7:30 p.m. Discover how chocolate goes from bean to bar and taste various fine chocolates with food historian Francine Segan. $12 per person, $10 for students. 4305 Sulgrave Road.




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