Culinary Calendar

What and when and where to eat and drink this week

On Thursday, May 16, Market Garden Brewery will host "Come Drink, Dine and Dish With The Dames." Les Dames D'Escoffier is Cleveland's association of female culinary professionals, and this night's benefit will celebrate some of the women who helped make the West Side Market the landmark it is today. "The evening will begin with stories of the butcher, the bakers and the sauerkraut makers told by the lady vendors," explains Crickett Karson, spokesperson for benefit. The lively discussion will be moderated by Marilou Suszko and Laura Taxel, co-authors of "Cleveland's West Side Market: 100 Years and Still Cooking." Small dishes featuring prepared foods and artisan products from women-owned stands at the market will be served, along with a unique cocktail created especially for the event. Also on tap is a brewery tour, book signing by co-authors Suszko and Taxel, and a culinary-themed raffle. The cost of the event, which begins at 6 p.m., is $45, with all proceeds benefiting the Northeast Ohio Green Table Initiatives of Les Dames d'Escoffier. Tickets can be purchased through Paypal at

On Saturday, May 18, the Independence Public Library will host a unique culinary event. From 2-4 p.m., Maria Isabella, author of "In the Kitchen with Cleveland's Favorite Chefs," will be on hand to dish about Northeast Ohio's most beloved culinarians. In addition to being the author, Isabella is a food enthusiast and posed the challenge to 35 local culinary greats to share their favorite dishes, which all can be made in less than an hour. Ever wonder what Michael Symon or Jonathan Bennett cook at home? Isabella will be spilling the beans as she showcases some of the recipes and tips -- straight from the chefs themselves. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This is a free event, and more info can be found by calling 216-447-0160.

On Monday, May 20, AMP 150, located at the Cleveland Airport Marriott, will host this month's Dinner in the Dark event. The dinner will begin at 6:30 p.m. and unlike typical events, we know the charity ahead of time. The proceeds from this dinner will benefit the Butterfly Memorial Gardens. Of course, the chef lineup will remain in the dark until the event. "This month's line up is going to be crazy-cool," says co-creator and chef Brian Okin. "It's a line-up that no one will be expecting or could have predicted." Tickets are on sale now via Eventbrite, and we suggest jumping on this event, as it sells out quickly.

On Wednesday, May 22, Bistro 185 is hosting an Off-The-Beaten-Path Wine Dinner. Starting promptly at 6:30 p.m., the event will offer six obscure varietals, all paired with six courses. "We love these wines, and you're going to love them!" says chef-owner Ruth Levine. Up first is a gazpacho shooter, paired with a Zuccardi Seriea Torrontes. Up next, a Johnny cake with maple reduction, smoked trout pate served and a Ferrari-Carano. The fourth course is Korean surf and turf, with short rib and kimchi red rice paired with a Gundlach-Bundschu Mountain Cuvee. The dessert course is a lemon curd tart and Limoncello macerated berries sided by Meeker Zinfandel Ice Wine. Reservations are required for this $65 per person event. Call 216.481.9635 for more details.

991 East 185th St., 216-481-9635,

On Thursday, May 23, chef Douglas Katz and Chef de cuisine Cameron Pishnery of Fire Food & Drink are teaming up with Thirsty Dog Brewery for a wonderful beer dinner. The culinary duo has created a spectacular menu that will be paired with beers from the popular Akron brewery. For $59, guests will enjoy five courses starting with wild Maine mussels paired with Labrador Lager. The second course is a flat iron steak with Morningside Farms spring greens coupled with a Whippet Wheat. The fourth course will feature pecan-smoked Berkshire pork tenderloin with spoonbread, local asparagus and a Hoppus Maximus. Saving the best for last, a steamed treacle pudding with chocolate, strawberries and vanilla anglaise will be washed down with an Old Leg Humper. Seating is limited.

13220 Square Sq., 216-921-3473,