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Tasting notes: Irish whiskey and St. Pat’s eats (starting now)

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A few upcoming drinking and dining notes for the coming week — and with St. Patrick’s Day on Monday, Irish is naturally a common theme. If you know of other St. Pat’s food and drink specials (ideally, something cooler than green beer?) share with the group by posting in the comments section.

Irish Lamb Stew

Irish Lamb Stew

Now: Mr. Bacon BBQ has their once-a-year smoked corned beef sandwich on today's menu. Henry T’s St. Patrick’s Day food specials include Irish Stew with lamb and prime rib and corned beef with smashed potatoes, according to their Facebook page. Brit’s is highlighting Irish snacks, too.

Saturday: Irish whiskey tasting at the Oread, according to their monthly email newsletter. For more information or to RSVP call 830-3921.

Monday: St. Patrick’s Day feast, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Eldridge (the Jayhawker) and the Oread (Ten Restaurant). Festive specials will include beef and Guinness stew and corned beef and cabbage. Also available will be the hotels’ March “cause” martini, the Gilded Shamrock (citron vodka, white chocolate liqueur, melon liqueur), with $3 from each sale benefitting Tiny-K Early Intervention.

Wednesday: Irish whiskey tasting, 6 p.m. in the La Parrilla wine cellar. The evening will feature five styles of whiskey paired with Irish-inspired foods including duck prosciutto with grilled apples, Ardrhan cheese, Irish soda bread and Irish beef stew. Cost is $55 per person. To reserve a seat call 841-1100.

Thursday: Pinot noir tasting, 6 p.m. at Genovese, featuring wines from Pali Wine Co. The planned four-course tasting menu includes prosciutto-wrapped shrimp salad, Wakarusa Valley mushroom crostini, duck ravioli and stuffed pork loin. Cost is $51 per person. To reserve a spot call 842-0300.

Tips welcome!

Try something unusual or know of something interesting going on at a Lawrence restaurant? Send me an email at sshepherd@ljworld.com or contact me on Twitter @saramarieshep. For more local food and restaurant news, click here.

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