9/17/2012 01:08:00 PM

Los Angeles Dining Deals and Events, September 17-23

Today marks the halfway point to St. Patrick's Day, a.k.a Half-Way Day, and Tom Bergin’s is celebrating in true Irish style. To mark the six month mark until the big, drunken party, anyone who wears green to the bar and restaurant today gets a Guinness or Irish Coffee for half price (840 S. Fairfax Ave.; 323-936-7151).

Osteria Drago, the latest from chef Celestino Drago, is now serving lunch during the week from 11:30 AM to 2:30 PM (Monday-Friday). You'll find soups and salads, including entree ones like the chopped salad with chicken, quinoa, corn and avocado, plus pastas, risottos and grilled meats and seafood (8741 W. Sunset Blvd.; 310-657-1182).

Want to know more about your coffee? Three different locations of Cafecito Organico has comparative coffee classes this week: Today in Malibu (1 PM); Thursday, Sept. 20 at Costa Mesa (6 PM); and Friday at the East Hollywood original (6 PM). Cost is $10 and includes a one-pound bag of coffee to take home.

LA Beer Week kicks off today, which means you'll have a slew of fun beer-drinking events to choose from over the next couple of weeks. Here are six picks to get you started, but it's just the tip of the frosty cold iceberg.

For those who get enough of gravy-covered cheese curds and French fries, P'tit Soleil has a special five-course menu tonight - all poutine, each paired with a different Schneider-Weisse wheat beer. Cost is $40 per person. There are two seatings at 6:30 and 8:30 PM; call for reservations (1386 Westwood Blvd.; 310-441-5384).

Chef Farid Zadi hosts the second annual Cous Cous Fest at his new Spanish Fly Gastropub this weekend. The event features North African street foods - cous cous, tagines and dishes not usually on the menu at the Mid-City restaurant. You'll find things like slow-roasted lamb and goat heads, spicy snails, Algerian chicken wings, and other dishes Zadi calls North African stoner food. "Ancient Berbers were the original stoners," he adds. The event runs Saturday and Sunday from noon to 10 PM, with tagine cooking demos at 2 and 5 PM (3800 Wilshire Blvd.; 213-412-2992).

Another Beer Week event worth checking out: Beauty of the Barrel at The Victorian in Santa Monica. Distillers age spirits in barrels, brewers age beers in those same barrels, and now you get to drink them side by side. You'll tast 10 barrel aged beers, a few spirits and a few barrel-aged cocktails for $40. Get tickets here.


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