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A feast for St. Patrick's Day in Event City

10:33 PM, Mar. 13, 2013  |  Comments
The traditional fare of Corned Beef and Cabbage, accompanied by potatoes and carrots, is served at Dublin's Irish Pub.
The traditional fare of Corned Beef and Cabbage, accompanied by potatoes and carrots, is served at Dublin's Irish Pub.
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St. Patrick's Day is celebrated on March 17, the Saint's religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in 5 A.D. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for more than 1,000 years. It falls during the Christian season of Lent and Irish families would attend church and celebrate in the afternoon. Lenten prohibitions against the consumption of meat were waived and people would dance, drink and feast on the traditional meal of Irish bacon and cabbage.

Until the 1970s, St. Patrick's Day in Ireland was a minor holiday. This weekend, hundreds of residents in Wisconsin's Event City will don green and celebrate St. Patty's, Oshkosh style. I thought it beneficial to explore the options of entertainment and dining spots available on St. Patty's weekend.

At Dublin's Irish Pub, the festivities begin Saturday with a tent opening at 1 p.m. in the parking lot. The entertainment begins at 2:30 p.m. with Three Way Street, Star Six Nine and Irish dancers. The Guinness Girls and Jameson Girls will be on hand. Sunday at 9 a.m. is a Fun Run, an Irish Brunch, and bands performing again throughout the day. Proceeds from the tent will be donated to The Oshkosh Humane Society. Proceeds from the Fun Run will be donated to the Oshkosh Fire Department Charitable Trust.

During my visit, I sampled some traditional Irish fare. Shepherds Pie, is made with Angus beef in a Guinness beer sauce topped with mashed potatoes. The Guinness sauce created a very distinct, sublime flavor. The fish and chips basket made me think of Big Ben in London. Let's not forget tradition by digging into Corned Beef and Cabbage accompanied by potatoes and carrots. Chef Zach Clark is a master at creating wholesome recipes that are pleasing to the palate, bite after bite. The experience at Dublin's made me feel like I had been visiting The Emerald Isle.

My next stop was Mahoney's All-American Grill. I was greeted by Tom Traggart, the proprietor, and Chef Nolan Ryan. Tom informed me on Saturday and Sunday Mahoney's will become a Celtic Bar from the Irish Stew to the Grilled Corned Beef Reuben. I sampled the medley of corned beef and kraut, topped with, as I called it, secret sauce, which was hearty and brought my taste buds to new heights. Chef Ryan told me he grew up in the Valley and received his training at the Culinary Institute of America in N.Y.C. His menu for St. Pat's consists of Irish stew, corned beef and cabbage, and Irish rolls that are made from twice baked potatoes, shredded cheese and wrapped in a wonton-like wrapper.

He will be preparing several Irish desserts, including Irish lemon curd, Irish crème cheesecake, and a Guinness and chocolate mousse.

Check out several other establishments for happenings.

? The Roxy's Kathy and Wolfie are hosting a traditional Irish breakfast on Sunday with baked beans, bangers, Irish potatoes, rashers, eggs, and Irish soda bread. Josh, the bartender, informed me he would be serving Shamrock martinis, several blends of Irish whiskey, Guinness on draft plus an Irish Old-Fashioned. The Roxy will be serving corned beef and cabbage Wednesday to Monday.

? Becket's will be celebrating St. Pat's with amazing live Irish music by Sheamus Fitzpatrick and the McNally Boys at 8:30 p.m. Friday, free.

? Fratello's Sunday-Corned Beef and Caber Ale braised cabbage with roasted red potatoes and carrots, authentic Old World Beef Stew with rutabaga and pearl onions. Enjoy a handcrafted Green Fox Beer from The Fox River Brewing Co.

? Robbins is planning Friday through Sunday corned beef and cabbage for lunch and dinner along with soup/salad bar. On Sunday, Wally will serve up green pints of Miller and Bud Lite along with green martinis.

? Brooklyn Grill Dave has created an original corned beef mac and cheese, Reuben sandwich, cream of Reuben soup and corned beef and cabbage, Guinness on tap, plus a green martini. The above comes with soup, salad and homemade chips. Served Thursday through Tuesday.

? The Bar will host Sham Rock the Court, a volleyball fundraiser for Cerebral Palsy and ARC, with Copper Box performing on Friday. On Saturday, Cherry Pie provides the entertainment. The Bar will be featuring Jamesons Irish whiskey drink and shot specials.

? Kodiak Jacks will serve corned beef and cabbage on Saturday and Sunday in addition to their Sunday brunch and extensive menu.

? Molly McGuire's is offering some relief to the weary: AYCE broasted chicken, along with corned beef and cabbage, is being offered Saturday and Sunday.

? Dockside Tavern is serving corned beef and cabbage, coupled with potatoes and carrots, Green beer, Guinness, Jameson and Ginger on Sunday.

? The Finnegan's Pub Crawl Trolley will operate from 2-10 p.m. on Saturday with stops at O'Marro's, Dublin's, Molly McGuire's, Mahoney's and The Parade Tent on Main. For more, go to www.finnegans.org/pubcrawl2013.

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