Imbibe like an Irishman this Week in Food

We hope you like corned beef and Guinness, because this week in food leading up to St. Patrick's Day is all about indulging Irish-style.

3/13 Brit's rescheduled its Cask Ale Fest due to weather, so it's taking place Tuesday! Participants will sample cask beers from Surly, Summit, Fulton, New Belgium, and Crispin Cider, and as an added bonus guests can chat with a brewer, owner, or representative from all the breweries. There's also an hors d'oeuvre buffet to help the brews along. The event kicks off at 6 p.m. and costs just $40 (plus tax and tip). To reserve a spot email [email protected] or call 612.332.8011 x 128.

If beer's not your bag, you can get your nerd on at Amsterdam, where chef Doug Flicker (Piccolo Restaurant) and University of Minnesota food scientist Gary Reineccius will discuss how science and art interplay in the creation of gourmet dining and cuisine as part of the Science Museum's popular lecture series. Guests will be invited to enjoy drinks and food during what is sure to be a buffet of lively talk beginning at 6:30 p.m.

3/14 In the lead up to St. Patrick's Day Kieran's is hosting a bevy of activities, and Wednesday is Guinness Pint Glass Giveaway night. Come on in for $4.50 pints of Guinness for an extra hour, and from 6 to 7 p.m. they will be giving away collectors edition Guinness glasses while supplies last.

3/16 6 p.m. local time means its midnight in Ireland, which means Kip's is beginning its St. Patrick's Day celebration using the Irish clock. The usual fish special will be available-- including fish and chips with your choice of walleye or cod--and live music begins at 8 p.m. when Inside Out take the stage. Irish karaoke follows, so buckle up for a long night of Irish debauchery.

3/17 Can't wait for farmers market season? Neither can the Mill City Farmer's Market, which will be having a special market featuring its popular vendors Saturday at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. Load up on home-grown food products like maple syrup, pickles, freshly milled grains, honey, and artisan cheeses from vendors like Ames Farm, Singing Kiss My Cabbage, and many more. The market will run 10 a.m.-2 p.m., and visitors can also take advantage of two other activities at the Arboretum on Saturday: a "Composting and Improving Your Soil" gardening class and a Weekend Family Fun activity that runs from 12 to 4 p.m. For more information about the market or the day's activities call 952.443.1422 or visit

Enjoy a green Jello shot without feeling like a tool
Enjoy a green Jello shot without feeling like a tool

Looking to get your eat on Irish-style on St. Patrick's Day? Head to Cork's in St. Paul, where $6 gets you Reuben-stuffed potato skins and $13 nets a full corned beef dinner. The Serfs take the stage from 12 to 3 p.m, so Cork's is an ideal spot to land following the parade. Don't forget the booze though, as Cork's surely hasn't--green Jello shots are $2, Finnegans taps are $4, and Crispin cider with a shot of Tullemore Dew Irish whiskey is $6.

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