Sunday, January 15, 2012

'Dine Around' in West Town is Underway

Arami's fire-roasted kamas (fish collars) with sweet soy and Meyer lemon. (Photo: Arami)

I've been gushing about this one for a couple of months and now it's finally here.

Through March 15 (Sunday-Thursday only), West Town's first-ever Dine Around event happens at nine restaurants mostly along Chicago Avenue.

Its goal is to showcase the diversity of chef-driven eateries in the area. Diners are encouraged to scoop up a "passport" for a $5 donation at one of the participating restaurants and area retailers. The donation goes toward the improvement of Eckhart Park.

Passport holders who visit the restaurants or wine retailers over the nine-week period will receive special off-menu dishes, tastings, or pairings created exclusively for the program. Diners who complete the entire passport will be entered to win a gift certificate for four guests at one of the restaurants.

Participants and initial offers include:

Arami: Complimentary fire-roasted kamas (fish collars) with sweet soy and Meyer lemon.

Branch 27: Goat cheese & mushroom empanada with a glass of Casa De Campo Moscato for $5.

Green Zebra: TBA

Lush Wine & Spirits: TBA

Mexique: Complimentary glass of champagne with purchase of Tartara de Carne.

Leopold: Complimentary house-made charcuterie plate with beer or wine pairing.

Noble Grape: 15 percent off.

Ruxbin: Complimentary Oaxaca cheese and kimchi cigarillo.

West Town Tavern: A complimentary tasting portion of crispy lobster crab cakes paired with 2010 Ravines Cayuga white blend.

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