3/11/2013 10:22:00 AM

Philadelphia Dining Deals and Events, March 11-17

If you haven’t yet scored a glass of Pliny the Younger this year, Monk’s Cafe’s charity event is a good place to get your taste. Starting at 11:30 AM, the 16th Street bar will begin selling eight-ounce glasses of the sought-after Russian River beer for $15 each (cash only). There will also be other rare brews available for purchase, and all proceeds go directly to Alex’s Lemonade Stand Foundation. Last year’s event raised $20,000, and organizers are determined to beat that milestone in 2013 (215-545-7005).

Jet Wine Bar pays homage to the Ides of March with a wine tasting event featuring the vintages from Caesar’s vast kingdom. Sip five different pours and nibble on snacks while discussing the wine with expert Bob Barrett. The class is $25 per person (here) and you’ll also get 15% off your bar tab if you stick around afterwards (6:30-8:30 PM; 215-735-1116).

Jeremy Nolan of Brauhaus Schmitz is joining chef Peter Woolsey at Bistrot La Minette in Bella vista for a dinner featuring the flavors of Alsace. The collaboration of the German and French chefs is appropriate, since the region has been traded back and forth between those two European nations for centuries. Four courses include Cornish hen with spaetzle and pork shoulder with pickled turnips, and reservations are available for either Wednesday or Thursday evening ($35 or $55 with wine pairings; 215-925-8000).

Seafood chili? Yes, at Jose Garces’ Cira Centre restaurant JG Domestic. Chili con cockles is on the menu at a special four-course dinner featuring Avery Brewing beers. Hog Heaven brew is the pairing with that course, and three other beer-food matchups are just as appropriate. The entire meal runs $65 per person for food and drink. Call for reservations (7 PM; 215-222-2363).

Start your St. Paddy’s celebrating early... in the morning. From 6-9 AM, Fox TV29 will be broadcasting live from Cavanaugh’s Headhouse, and if you show up you’ll not only have a chance to get on the air, you’ll be treated to a free breakfast. Will there be green eggs? Green beer? Head over to find out (215-928-9307).

Ready for a weekend at the shore? If you do make it down for a pre-spring taste of the seaside, sign up for the cooking class at Phillips Seafood Restaurant in Atlantic City. For $75, you’ll follow along with chef Paul Drew and learn how to make clams casino, stuffed flounder, tempura shrimp and other ocean faves. Call to register (11:30 AM; 609-348-2273).

If you are of the mind to venture out on St. Patrick’s Day instead of barricade your doors, you might as well go traditional. Fado Irish Pub in Center City kicks things off with “pints and pancakes” from 7-10 AM, continues with Irish dancers at 3 PM and  “lima bean riot” at 4 PM. A DJ will spin from 3 PM to whenever you throw in your shamrock towel (215-893-9700).


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