Lucky Dip – Thursday, March 1st, 2012

In Toronto:

Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day, Fionn MacCool’s (70 The Esplanade, plus others) will be offering an Irish-themed menu starting Monday, March 5th, running until April 29th. Look for colcannon pie, lamb stew, corned beef and cabbage and a prime rib burger with corned beef.

You should go:

Jamie Kennedy and Gilead Cafe (4 Gilead Place) host an “Order of Good Cheer” dinner on Monday, March 12th featuring Prince Edward County wines from By Chadsey’s Cairns. Hors d’oeuvres plus a 4-course dinner costs $75, with wine pairings an additional $25. Call 647-288-0680 to reserve a spot.

In other food news:

Is a little bit of really good (expensive) sushi better than a lot of mediocre stuff? [New York Times]

And speaking of cheap grub, NOW’s got a guide this week on where to find it in Toronto. [NOW]

In years to come, your perigord truffles could come from Appalachia, where they’re taking off like gangbusters. Brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “squeal like a pig!” [NPR]

Look out wine lovers, thanks to high-end craft beers, beer sales are rising significantly in restaurants. [QSR Magazine]

Nose-to-tail and all that is good, but 20% of the meat produced in the US isn’t consumed. If you like the tasty animals, you have to make an effort to change that. [Grist]