Thursday, March 7
The Cleveland Pickle (http://www.clevelandpickle.com), a downtown sub shop, reaches a milestone Thursday, March 7, when it crosses the one-year mark. Popular from the start, the mostly take-out eatery has created a bit of "pickle mania" in C-Town that had even the owners Josh Kabat and Kiaran Daley a bit taken aback. "We knew we had a great location and a great concept," says Daley, "but we didn't think we would have such a great first year!" In thanks to their loyal "pickle posse," The Pickle will be offering half-off sandwiches from 1 to 4 p.m. today (March 7). Guests should expect long lines natch, but good things come to those who wait. Right?
Monday, March 11
On Monday, March 11, Buckeye Brewing (http://buckeyebrewing.com) is having a five-course beer dinner (7 p.m.). Guest chef Ray McDonald will be on hand to whip up an ambitious dinner paired with some new releases and classics from the Buckeye brewhouse. On the menu is octopus a la plancha, paired with Buckeye Heidi Lager; butter leaf lettuce roll-ups with prosciutto, paired with Buckeye Yuppie ESB; beef carpaccio and fingerling potato salad, paired with Buckeye Cleveland IPA; lamb and grilled polenta, paired with cask-conditioned Buckeye Cleveland Porter; and dark rum cake served with Buckeye Warm Fuzzy. Winter Saison, brewed by Mike Yingling, will also be offered as a finisher. The cost is $50 (not including tax and tip). 216-226-2337
Monday, March 11
On the heels of a successful West Side Market fundraiser, Players on Madison (http://playersonmadison.com) is at it again, this time with a Northwest Territory Wine Dinner. To be held at 6 p.m. on Monday, March 11, the six-course pairing dinner will kick off with a "greetings" course: tempura-battered shrimp with a mango-pineapple dipping sauce paired with Thief Pinot Grigio. Other highlights include a Willamette Valley Vineyards pinot noir paired with a peppered ahi tuna on crispy polenta with puttanesca vinaigrette. Also a Novelty Hill Royal Slope red blend served with a gorgonzola mac and cheese with slow-braised beef short ribs. The meal finishes off with an Argyle Brut complemented with an apricot cheese strudel topped with cinnamon whipped cream. The tab will come to $60 and reservations are required.
Monday, March 11
The popular monthly dining event Dinner in the Dark (dinnerinthedarkcleveland.com), co-founded by chefs Brian Okin and Jeff Jarrett, will head out to the 'burbs this month to help welcome Walter Hyde's new barbecue spot Tavern of Solon. Starting at 6:30 p.m., the dinner will follow the usual format of six mystery chefs dishing up six mystery courses — complete with cocktails and wine — to benefit one charity. Upon arrival, the dinner guests will learn the identity of all.
Tuesday, March 12
The community of Rocky River is fiercely supportive of its local restaurant scene. Institutions like Salmon Dave's, Bearden's, Danny Boy's and Joe's Deli have become West Side culinary landmarks. Another such eatery is The Woods Restaurant (http://www.thewoodsrestaurant.com). Originally opened in 1965 by Dominic and Vuila Chillemi as Dominic's Pizza, the joint was taken over by son Chad after almost a 20-year run and re-named The Woods. This Tuesday, March 12, the restaurant will be celebrating their 30th anniversary with Italian-themed pizza specials, extended happy hour prices and a live band (Dominic and Ross of the group Chance). "We will also be offering complimentary pieces of cassata cake for dessert to show our appreciation for this special day," explains owner Chad Chillemi.