Eat, drink & be merry for a good cause

We are fortunate here in Bucks County to have a strong community, interested in supporting a myriad of great causes. Here’s a few special events coming up in April that you might want to put on your calendar.

red wineAre you a wine rookie ready to learn more? Or are you an aficionado ready to put your taste buds to the test? Either way, you’ll want to come to the first annual Taste for Life to sample premium wines from around the world, dance to live music and eat delicious food.

David Presti was a big fan of wine and cuisine. So it’s fitting that to celebrate his life and raise money for cancer research there should be a big party. Taste of Life, organized by David’s wife, Nancy, will take place at Aldie Mansion on Sunday, April 6 from 4 – 7 pm. David and Nancy both battled cancer twice over in the last ten years, all while raising two amazing teenagers, but David succumbed last March at the too young age of 55. His family is excited to begin this tradition, and to celebrate at Aldie Mansion, where Nancy and David were married. To learn more and buy tickets, go to

Brunch-framed“I’d rather have art than bingo,” says Anne, a resident at Neshaminy Manor. So be it. Arts for the Manor brings local artists to Neshaminy Manor, the nursing care facility in Warrington, to teach art to residents on a weekly basis. This year is the 12th Annual Benefit Brunch and Art Show featuring food from some of the area’s best local chefs. Brunch will include fresh baked pastries, eggs, a waffles station, ham, sausage, prime rib of beef, chicken dishes, cold marinated salads, salmon, cheese boards, fruit, and much more. The art exhibition and sale will feature paintings, prints, drawings, pottery, and jewelry from local artists and Manor residents.

The event takes place on Sunday, April 6 at 11 am. To buy tickets—only $30 per person—visit Neshaminy Manor at 1660 Easton Road. You can also call Kathy Bates at 215.345.3858 or email her at

meatballs-ricotta-tomatoThe Friends of the Free Library of New Hope-Solebury are presenting their own version of the Hunger Games with Meatball Madness on Tuesday, April 8. Four chefs from New Hope restaurants pull out all the stops as they compete for your votes for the tastiest meatball in town. Dinner includes pasta, meatballs, salad and a cash bar, all beginning at 6:30 pm, and taking place at Jon & Peter’s at 96 South Main Street in New Hope. Proceeds benefit the operations of the New Hope-Solebury Library. The cost is $15 per person. For more information or to make reservations please email the Friends of the New Hope-Solebury Library at

April in RioWho needs to go to Brazil when you can dance and eat the night away in carnival-style? On Saturday, April 12, come to the James A. Michener Art Museum for April in Rio, a grand event to raise money for cancer research at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. There will be Brazilian music by Sambagrilo and a performance of Samba dancers to accompany the cocktail hour. Brazilian-themed delicacies will be served at dinner in the glass-walled dining room of the Edgar N. Putman Event Pavilion and Bill Schutt will conduct a live auction featuring items such as trips to Tuscany and Scotland, and tango lessons for six people followed by dinner. The museum galleries will also be open to guests. To receive an invitation, email or visit the event website.

Finally, don’t miss an 8-course dinner at Honey in Doylestown on April 23 to benefit Animal Lifeline. Animal Lifeline is located in Warrington, PA and was founded in 2006 as a non-profit organization to create humane solutions for animals locally and nationally. They provide animal rescue and transport, disaster response, shelter and rescue rehabilitation, humane education, adoption, and local spay/neuter and food bank programs. See this delicious 8-course vegetarian, seasonally inspired and locally sourced menu at Honey’s website (under “What’s New”). The cost is $150 per couple and 100% of the food sales from this dinner will be going to Animal Lifeline. To make reservations, please call 215.489.4200.

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