2/25/2013 10:00:00 AM

Dining Deals and Events, February 25-March 3

Free beer alert!

Tonight’s happy hour just got a whole lot happier thanks to a free Duvel beer tasting at Paris Club. The Belgian brewery is pouring samples of Liefmans, De Konincks, Brasserie d’Achouffe and Maredsous from 5-9 PM (312-595-0800).

On the list of favorite pairings, Burton’s bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup paired with a Woodford Reserve bourbon cocktail ranks pretty high. Enjoy a three-course dinner inspired by this tasty pair at Deca in the Ritz-Carlton Hotel. Courses include bourbon-brined and roasted Gunthorp Farm duck with parsley root and maple sour cherry jus (312-573-5160).

Get a sneak peek at the flavors of spring at Katherine Anne Confections preview party at 5:30 PM. The chocolatier will launch her March truffles and caramels, which include grapefruit-cava-mint, bananas foster, baklava and chai tea. Tickets cost $30 and include candies and wine (773-245-1630).

Frontier turns two and to celebrate, they are throwing a birthday party complete with small bites from 7-8 PM and a mixology sampling hosted by Nolet's, Kettle One and Bulleit from 7-9 PM. The party will also host a DJ and serve cocktails from the new spring menu for $6 (773-772-4322).

Nightclub Excalibur, has undergone a serious makeover over the past six months and will reopen at Castle. Renovations include upgraded decor, furnishings, sound system, lighting and special effects. Re-opening night kicks off with Grammy Award winning producer, remixer and DJ, Roger Sanchez making an appearence.

The arrival of March triggers the countdown to St. Patrick’s Day. Get your liver in shape at the “St. Practice Day” bar crawl. The stops include four bars (Timothy O’Toole’s, D4, Quay and Lizzie McNeil’s), which will feature specials such as $5 Guinness and $4 20-oz green beer (7 PM-midnight; details can be found here).

For our friends in the north, The Glenwood Sunday Market hosts the fourth annual chili cook-off. “Heat it Up” pits professional and amateur chefs against each other to create the tastiest chili in a meat, vegetarian or vegan category. The cook-off begins at noon at The Glenwood and tickets cost $15.


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