Fall Harvest Fest, Sam’s Kitchen, and short stacks: This week’s restaurant news

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Enjoy free pancakes October 20 in support of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which funds Parkinson's research. File photo. Enjoy free pancakes October 20 in support of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which funds Parkinson's research. File photo.

Pass the syrup
Don’t bother tailgating before UVA’s home football game on Saturday, October 20—just head to the Lawn between 9am and 2pm for the ninth annual Pancakes for Parkinson’s fundraiser. Enjoy free pancakes in an unbeatable setting and help the Michael J. Fox Foundation, which funds Parkinson’s research and awareness, exceed last year’s $40,000 donation. Start your day with a short stack and a good deed and the game’s outcome won’t matter so much.

Hooray for harvest
The earth is offering the last of its gifts before taking its long winter nap, so come celebrate the harvest with the whole family on Friday, October 19 from 5-8pm at the third annual Fall Harvest Festival at Buford Middle School. With free food from Whole Foods, the Korner Restaurant, Albemarle Baking Company, the PB&J Fund, and the Local Food Hub, plus live music, garden tours, cider pressing, kid-friendly activities, and an Iron Chef soup competition, there’ll be plenty of rewards to reap.

If it ain’t broke
Sam’s Kitchen, which served up southern diner delights from 2000 to 2008 in the space where The Cavalier Diner now stands (and for six years before that on the Corner), is back for an encore, this time in the Woodbrook Shopping Center across from Lowe’s. If you go and feel like owner Sam Jean hasn’t missed a beat in the four years he’s been out of the game, then his mission is accomplished. Expect the same menu and the same staff, because why fix something that isn’t broke?

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