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Thirty-year-old chicken, French food gets a festival, a Dogfish Head beer dinner and more.

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Fried chicken may be dAcclassAc in some parts, but not here. At the Chicken Box, 3000 Third Ave., takeout takes on a life of its own. Customers have been lining up for boxes of the stuff for 30 years, first on West Grace Street, and now in the new Highland Park location, open daily for lunch and dinner carryout. Big sellers are the chunks and fries, which are chicken pieces in a secret breading, as well as the big chix boneless sandwich with cheese, fried crab cakes, fried shrimp and fried flounder. Servings of the spicy big-chick sauce are additional; apple turnovers or minipies are an obvious dessert choice with sweet potato, coconut, pecan and lemon-chess options. Hours are 11 a.m. until 8 p.m. daily, until 9 p.m. on weekends. 228-2442. 

French Food Festival:  Master chef Paul Elbling is the featured presenter at this premiere benefit, April 18 from 11 a.m.-7 p.m., 1508 Michaels Road. Taste French foods and desserts, breads, beer and wine. Buy cookbooks and French merchandise in the boutique. Create a customized crepe, play games and catch the family-oriented live entertainment. Proceeds benefit the elderly poor who are cared for by the Little Sisters of the Poor. 288-6245.

Six Burner Restaurant:  Carol Covell sings jazz Wednesday, April 22, 6:30-9 p.m. A wine and whiskey dinner is scheduled for April 23. Look for details on the four-course meal online at 1627 W. Main St., 353-4060.

Capital Ale House:  Tickets on sale now for Dogfish Head beer dinner hosted by Sam Calagione, May 11, 6 p.m., at the downtown location. $75 per person for a six-course dinner with seven beers and a 22-ounce Dogfish Head snifter. Limited seating. See for details.

Next week:  A visit to Wild Ginger, the newest restaurant in the Osaka family, as far-out as its Powhatan location (in a good way).


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