- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Green is the color of the day on March 17, St. Patrick’s Day, and the Dupont Grille (Jurys Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Ave. NW; 202/939-9596) will be serving traditional Irish-American dishes as specials in honor of St. Paddy: corned beef and cabbage, Irish stew, and shepherd’s pie, at $13.95 each. Hot corned beef sandwiches ($7) along with pints of Guinness, Harp and Smithwick’s will help in the toasting.

Jurys is hosting Walk-Around Wine and Food with California’s Paso Robles Wineries. The tasting is open to the public from 6 to 8 p.m. March 27 in the hotel’s Doyle Ballroom. Producers and wines from more than 30 wineries will be on hand. Tickets are $45.

Green eggs and ham breakfast extravaganza celebrating the 50th anniversary of Dr. Seuss’ “The Cat in the Hat” takes place 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the Four Seasons Hotel (2800 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202/342-0444). The menu will be chosen from the new “Green Eggs and Ham Cookbook,” and the Cat will be there. There will be special events for children, who are encouraged to arrive in pajamas or dressed as their favorite Dr. Seuss character. The cost is $47 per person and includes a signed copy of the new cookbook — $35 without the book.

At Taberna del Alabardero (1776 I St. NW; 202/429-2200), the color is gold, not green. For all of March, chef Santi Zabaleta is introducing his new six-course saffron tasting menu. Priced at $78 per person, the menu is available at lunch and dinner and includes such delectable dishes as cauliflower and saffron soup, seared saffron pineapple with foie gras and langoustine with saffron rice.

On March 8, Morton’s: The Steakhouse (11956 Market St., Reston; 703/796-0128) will welcome winemaker Peter Mondavi Jr. for a reception and dinner where the winner of the auction of an enormous 27-liter bottle of 2002 Charles Krug Vintage Selection Cabernet Sauvignon will be announced.

The public is invited to bid on the wine through part of Thursday. Proceeds from the auction and the dinner will be donated to the Make-a-Wish Foundation of the Mid-Atlantic, which has granted the wishes of more than 5,500 children in the Washington area since 1983. Mr. Mondavi will introduce his 2006 Charles Krug Sauvignon Blanc to guests at the three-course dinner, which starts at 7:30 and is priced at $150, paired with wines from the Mondavi family collection.

Throughout March, Morton’s is continuing to serve its Classic Combo Dinner of filet mignon with either Australian lobster tail or Alaskan king crab legs at its six area restaurants. Dinner is priced at $69 per person and includes salad and vegetable.

McCormick & Schmick’s Seafood Restaurant (1652 K St. NW; 202/861-2233) is celebrating Dungeness crab season until mid-March. Chef Fernando Giacomini is preparing such dishes as Dungeness crab and shrimp enchiladas, crab and salmon Wellington, Dungeness crab imperial, and whole steamed Dungeness crabs, priced from $20 to $33 per dish.

At Charlie Palmer Steak(101 Constitution Ave. NW; 202/547-8100), Wine Wednesdays are in full swing. Sommelier Nadine Brown is introducing merlots in March: 2004 Pine Ridge (Napa) next Wednesday; 2004 Raphael (Long Island) on the March 14; 2004 Duckhorn (Napa) on March 21; and 2004 Nelms Road (Columbia Valley) on March 28.

The featured wine will be available during lunch and dinner by the bottle or the glass at half price in the dining room and the bar. Chef Bryan Voltaggio is preparing some special dishes to complement the wines.

Scott Clime, wine and beverage director of Acadiana, Ceiba, TenPenh and DC Coast is offering insights into the variables of a wine’s reaction to flavors in foods, as well as suggestions for reds and whites to have on hand for spring at his behind-the-scenes restaurant training in a wine component and pairing class at DC Coast (1401 K St. NW; 202/216-5988) from 1 to 3 p.m. March 24. The cost is $75.

Ceiba (701 14th St. NW; 202/393-3983) is offering a three-course pre-theater dinner from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Monday through Friday for $29.

Beginning next week, Acadiana (901 New York Ave. NW; 202/408-8848) will be open for dinner on Sundays.

At TenPenh (1001 Pennsylvania Ave. NW; 202/393-4500), chef de cuisine Cliff Wharton will continue to offer his special Year of the Pig three-course menus until Saturday. The menus feature roast suckling pig or Thai braised pork belly among other dishes. The menu is priced at $47.05, the price corresponding to the new year in the Chinese lunar calendar.

Jose Andres’ new Oyamel (401 Seventh St. NW; 202/628-1005) is now open in the District, serving many of the small plates he made popular at the former Crystal City locale. Mr. Andres’ second cookbook, “Passport to Spain,” will be published by Clarkson Potter next year.

Anthony Chittum has left his job as executive chef at Notti Bianche and Dish in the District and has been appointed executive chef at Vermilion (1120 King St. Alexandria; 703/684-9669).

It’s not too late to join the fun at Hotel Helix & Helix Lounge (1430 Rhode Island Ave. NW, 202/462-9001) from 6 to 9 p.m. today, when pet lovers are invited to enjoy cocktails at the second annual Pet Fete.

The occasion is a benefit supporting the Washington Humane Society with proceeds going to the society’s Good Home Guarantee program, which aims to find a home for every adoptable dog or cat that enters its shelters by 2010.

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