3/11/2013 10:10:00 AM

Chicago Dining Deals and Events, March 11-17

Monday
We've found a case of the Mondays typically disappears with a free taste of vino. Test the theory out by joining experts from Mauritson Vineyards tonight as they sample some of their wines with hors d’oeuvres from Paris Club (5-8 PM; free; 312-595-0800). 

Tuesday
A big birthday deserves a big dinner. To celebrate its 15th birthday, 312 Chicago will serve a three-course “Everything’s Better with Age” anniversary menu for $40. The meal includes 18-month aged prosciutto, 24-day dry-aged rib-eye and banana bread cake with 25-year-old aged chocolate balsamic (312-696-2420).

Wednesday
Because it’s the week of St. Patrick’s Day in Chicago, we have not one beer dinner, but three. Start at City Tavern with Moylan's beers from Novato, California. The four-course meal includes duck rillettes crostini, slow-cooked Scottish salmon and venison osso buco each paired with a different beer ($45; 312-663-1278).

Thursday
The next beer dinner happens at BellyQ with not one brewery but two. Join brewers from Solemn Oath and Half Acre for a five-course dinner followed by a brew-fueled karaoke throwdown in the lounge ($55; 312-563-1010).

Friday
This is the last beer dinner of the week, we promise, and it takes place at 2 Sparrows with more local breweries. Spiteful Brewing teams up with 18th Street Brewery for a four-course meal with a Lent-friendly alternative ($55; 773-234-2320).

Saturday
While everyone else is getting mindlessly intoxicated, you can learn the essentials of Italian at Bar Toma. Join chef de cuisine Erik Freeberg for an interactive cooking class that includes a “pantry-raid” about how to stock a proper Italian kichen and what to cook with quality oils, vinegar and flour. The class costs $45 and begins at 1:30 PM.

Sunday
Do you have a reservation (or seven) yet? Chicago Chefs Week begins with several dozen restaurant offering prix fixe lunch and dinner menus for $22 and $44 (respectively and some exceptions apply. This is the excuse you have been looking for to dine at Blackbird, Perennial Virant and North Pond.

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