IHOP will give away a free stack of buttermilk pancakes to each diner 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 5, National Pancake Day. The chain hopes to raise $3 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals this way -- guests will be encouraged to make a donation during their visit. IHOP has raised more than $10 million in the last seven years of doing the event. More info: www.ihoppancakeday.com.
Tapas to tacos, foie gras to fries, Helen Schwab has written about food in and around Charlotte for more than 20 years. Her related experience includes traveling (pizza in Naples to pizza in New York), waitressing (she understands about tipping from both sides), journalism (a B.S. from Northwestern University), and cooking at home, the less said about which the better.