In cautious celebration of the 15th day of March, The Third Bird invites you to Beware the Ides of March, an evening of lurid and lavish feasting inspired by ancient Roman cuisine and hospitality.
The Ides of March was once a celebratory day dedicated to the Roman god Mars. That is, until 44 B.C., when Julius Caesar was stabbed in the back 23 times in the Roman Senate by a group of conspirators. Since then, innumerable misfortunes have beset the date: a French rape and pillage raiding party attacked Southern England in 1360; a Samoan cyclone that wrecked six warships in 1889; abdication papers were signed by Czar Nicholas II, which ended a 304-year-old royal dynasty and ushered in Bolshevik rule in 1917; a one-night deadly blizzard in North Dakota and Minnesota that killed 60 in 1941; The Ed Sullivan Show was cancelled by CBS in 1971. The list of catasrophes on the Ides of March goes on and on. Third Bird would like to keep you safe from doom and disaster with the first in a future of collaborative experiments in dining that will reimagine what a restaurant is and can be.
Beware the Ides of March will welcome renowned chef Brian Hauke, who joins The Third Bird as Executive Chef in March, and artist Sarah Beadle, who recently joined Biltwell Restaurants as Director of Service Development. Hauke and Beadle will collaborate to reanimate and translate ancient Roman cooking and hospitality from Apicius: De re conquinaria  to the parties of Tramalchio in Patronius' Satyricon  to produce an experience to remind us that history is always contemporary.
Three Lavish Periods of Eating in Roman Style
CONVIVIUM all night in the dining room
GUSTATIO (before the pig) 6:30 p.m.
MENSAE PRIMAE (during the pig) 8:00 p.m.
MENSAE SECUNDAE (after the pig)
*While there will be plenty of plonk wine, a luscious cocktail or two (or three) will be available from the bar, as will our entire wine list, for additional purchase.
$65 per person. Ticket includes multi-course dinner, plonk wine, tax and gratuity. Reservation required, limited seating. Tickets available online.
 Apicius: De re conquinaria is the oldest known book on Imperial Roman cookery.
 Tramalchio's parties included course upon course of delicacies such as live birds sewn into pigs, and a dish for every sign of the zodiac.