Larry Farnese’s ‘Open and Transparent’ Chili; Brunching With Ol’ Blue Eyes

• Tonight is the annual Center City Residents’ Association Chili Challenge, wherein the chili of local home cooks - including state senator Larry Farnese’s “Open and Transparent Vegetarian Chili” - is judged by an esteemed panel of chefs, including Zahav’s Mike Solomonov and Percy Street’s Erin O’Shea. It takes place at the Warwick Hotel from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Admission price is $15 for non-CCRA members, $5 for members and free for kids and includes all the chili you can eat, plus voting rights. [CCRA Challenge]

South Philly Bar & Grill has launched a “Sinatra Brunch” every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., with dishes named after Sinatra songs, Sinatra music on the stereo systema nad Sinatra footage played on the bar’s eleven plasma screens, plus $6 cocktails.

• The Foodery’s beer experts are starting a roving “beer academy,” where they’ll give instruction and samples of 12 different beer types. The first class is on Thursday, February 18, 4 p.m. at Cantina Dos Segundos, the next class is Saturday, February 20 at 3 p.m. at Local 44 and on February 27 at 1 p.m. at Nodding Head. Tickets on sale at both Foodery locations and all participating venues. $15 per person.

Bistrot La Minette will serve a $35 four-course prix-fixe ($50 with wine pairings) focusing on the Périgord region of France on February 24 and 25. The menu includes foie gras and truffles. They’ll also be opening for Sunday dinners starting February 27.

Positano Coast is offering a $55 five-course prix-fixe menu for designed for two to share. It’s available Sundays through Thursdays through March 4.

Larry Farnese’s ‘Open and Transparent’ Chili; Brunching With