|Get your green on at Fado Irish Pub|
Each spring, shad come inland and head upriver to spawn, creating a brief period of opportunity for area chefs to capture and prepare this richly flavored fish and its prized roe. On Sansom Street, Oyster House’s Andy Kitko is one of the first to lay his hands on a catch, and is launching a special three-course shad dinner for $40 per person. Look for pickled shad with beets, cucumbers and rye croutons; smoked shad and roe croquette; and seared shad with fava beans and grilled cippolini onions (215-567-7683).
Until recently, Jason Cichonski was a teetotaler who touched nary a drink, but you would never know it from the creative cocktail list the chef put together for his Queen Village bistro Ela. That prowess will be on display at a five-course dinner complete with drink pairings using locally-run Art in the Age Root, Snap and Rhuby liquors. What sips well next to a foie gras carpaccio with baby octopus? We’re not sure, but we’re certain Cichonski has figured it out! Seats are $65 per person and reservations are required (627 S. Third St.; 267-687-8512).
Chef Rich Landau knows all about great plants, as is apparent in the sparkling fresh vegetable fare that makes up the menu at Locust Street’s Vedge, so it’s appropriate that he will host winemaker Gideon Beinstock, whose Clos Saron vineyards occupy a special terrior in the Oregon House Valley. Hors d’ouevres at 6 PM followed by four seated courses at 7 PM will be paired with assorted varietals at this $75 per person dinner (215-320-7500).
Whether their namesake had hair or not is unknown, but today’s St. Baldrick Foundation makes a play on words for a good cause. The organization raises money for childhood cancer (during treatment for which kids often lose their hair) by hosting fundraisers where participants shave their own heads. As part of St. Patrick’s week celebrations, Center City’s Fado Irish Pub is again hosting this event, during which volunteers and staff will become “shavees,” raising money and awareness while kicking back plenty of Irish brew and grub (4-7 PM; ).
Start your weekend with a bit of educational fun in Old City at Pinot Wine Boutique’s one-hour wine class. This month, the focus is on the region of Tuscany, so you can expect to sip Trebbianos, Sangioveses, and Super Tuscans as you learn what makes them special. The entrance fee of $19 includes both the lesson and the wine (7 PM; 227 Market St.; 215-627-9463).
If by some chance you haven’t partied yourself into a St. Patrick’s Day slumber by early afternoon, Bella Vista’s Hawthornes is putting out a traditional Irish feast in celebration of the holiday. From 5-10 PM, the beer cafe will serve up house-cured corned beef and cabbage, red bliss potatoes, carrots, Irish soda bread and a good, thick pint of Guinness for just $20 per person. Slainte! (215-627-3012)
In order to help shine the spotlight on the many emerging artists they feature, Old City’s Artists’ House gallery is holding their third annual Taste of Philadelphia art show. A $30 entrance fee gains you admission to the show, where you can admire paintings of all kinds while sipping wine and tasting food from Tria, Kanella, Opa, Fish, Bierstube, Marabella Meatball Co. and more. Live piano and a fundraising auction will round out the night (5 PM; 57 N. Second St.; 215-923-8440).