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Well, it's the COCHON555 weekend in town, which means be prepared to have your foodist feeds jammed with heritage hogs and all the cheffy shenanigans you can stand. But if you're outside the fray, you can still enjoy a new old-school Italian joint, get your jerk on at a Jamaican preview party, or book your calendar up with scotch and beer dinners.
>> Mucci's Italian opens tonight down on West Seventh and Randolph. I poached a seat at last night's training party for a bite and it was delish. Tim Niver's old-school-new-school kitchen helmed by chef Chris Uhrich was kicking. Sure there was fried pizza, but also a fried pizza piled high and then folded into a sandwich! Plus bright green agnolotti with creamy cheese and some fried dark meat chicken thighs, hooboy. It's a one-room shop with about 50 seats and a tiny 8 seat bar in the back, so maybe expect to wait a bit tonight. If you want to get in on the Saturday breakfast action, they're frying up about 800 donuts tomorrow morning.
>> Those do-gooders on Eat Street, Pimento Kitchen, are allllllmmoooooooost open. But they are open this Saturday for a little preview pop-up if you're game and craving a little jerk kick in your face. A $32 ticket gets you a three course meal with beer and wine, plus hijinx and a special insider treat. There are three seatings to sign up for.
>> New Cocktail Room Alert! Norseman Distillery is finally opening their giant, sprawling drinking room, TONIGHT!! Don't forget former Marvellian Keith Mrotek is the man behind their cocktails. It opens at 5pm, then 4pm tomorrow and closed Sunday. The actual Grand Opening will be on the 27th.
>> The first round of Jame Beard Award noms are out. The list will be winnowed and the final nominees named on March 15. Congrats to all who got the shiny star! And chuck on the shoulder to those who didn't, we still love ya.
>> Also, what if you LIKE wood pulp in your parm?
>> Hey beautiful babies, it's Restaurant Week starting on Sunday! Get at it! The most you have to pay is $35 for at least three courses. What? That's Bernie Sandwich approved.
>> Like I said, it's COCHON555 weekend, and there are still tickets to Sunday's big bash, wherein they've planned on roughly 2lbs. of pork for each ticket holder. Who will go on to compete on the national level and steal the crown from King Thomas?
>> Dinner on the Farm has two events coming up next week. First, on Monday, check into a Winter Wellness session all about bone broth, juices, and oils (your April self will thank you) for $25. Then on Thursday, head over to Lakes & Legends brewery for a little Farm to Glass dinner, with four courses from The Third Bird paired with four farmhouse beers for $75.
>> Republic at Seven Corners is launching a new thing called CANTEEN. It's a family style community table dinner situation, and the first one is on Thursday. There are only 20 seats, and it's only $20 a head for a food and beer menu created by chef Keven Kvalsten and owner/ beer nerd Matty O'Reilly. They're thinking a couple of big platters of stuff, a protein, some sides, and some pitchers of beer, and mostly just good times. They're hoping this will be a monthly thing, and in March guest chef JD Fratzke will join in the shenanigans. Low key ... this sounds good to me. Call to reserve.
>> I kinda can't believe this is their first one, but it is. Merlin's Rest, home of the whisky bible, is hosting their first annual Scotch dinner this Saturday at 7pm. You'll get 5 drams of delicious golden Scotch whisky paired with four courses to include black pudding, butternut squash ravioli, and pork belly for $87.50. It's damn well worth it chums. .... If you're going to miss that one, here's a little heads up that Borough is hosting a Scotch dinner on Feb 29, with four courses paired with Scotch cocktails for $75.