Restaurant Scene: St. Patrick's Day feasting planned

2013-03-01T00:00:00Z 2013-05-20T18:24:04Z Restaurant Scene: St. Patrick's Day feasting plannedEloise Marie Valadez Eloise.Valadez@nwi.com, (219) 933-3365 nwitimes.com

It's prime time to start thinking about all things Irish on the culinary scene.

With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, personnel at T.J. Maloney's Authentic Irish Pub at Star Plaza in Merrillville, recently announced what's on the agenda for their upcoming celebration.

T.J. Maloney's 8th annual St. Patrick's Day Celebration will be held March 14 through 17. Different themes will be featured each day and various activities will be held including a Bushmills Irish Whiskey Tasting, Sunday's St. Patrick's Day party and a midnight countdown on St. Patrick's Day Eve.

Various food specials will be spotlighted including corned beef and cabbage dinner buffets on March 15 and 16.

The St. Pat's Bash on March 16 will feature the corned beef and cabbage dinner buffet, performances by Mayer School of Irish Dancers, Lake County Pipes & Drum and New Element and an appearance by "Tom & Maggie O'Little" from "Those Funny Little People." The O'Littles will also appear on March 17. Cover charge for the bash is $10 for presale; $20 at the door.

Drink specials will also be available throughout the celebration. FYI: For more details, entertainment, and food information, visit TJMaloneys.com or StarPlaza.com/Special-Events

Praises for Chief O'Neill's

The Chicago eatery Chief O'Neill's Pub and Restaurant, 3471 N. Elston, was recently voted one of the Top Ten Irish Pubs in the World by readers of the Irish magazine Ireland of the Welcomes. Chief O'Neill's owners are husband and wife team Brendan and Siobhan McKinney.

The restaurant will have a three-day St. Patrick's Day Celebration March 15 to 17. There will be a buffet of Irish foods served in a heated tent in the restaurant's garden during the celebration. The Sunday Brunch Buffet will also be featured.

On March 16 and 17, the eatery will serve its Celtic traditional Pig Roast. FYI: (773) 473-5263

Spaghetti Dinner

St. Kevin Church, 10501 Torrence Ave., Chicago, will have its all-you-can-eat spaghetti dinner from 4:45 to 7:45 p.m. March 16 at the church hall. Music will be by DJ Rick. Tickets are $8 for adults and $4 for children under 12. Proceeds benefit the Bereavement Ministry. FYI: (773) 721-2563

Celebrating Ireland At All Times

Chicago Gaelic Park, an Irish Cultural Center, restaurant, banquet hall and entertainment venue, in Oak Forest, Ill.,  will have St. Patrick's festivities. The center regularly presents special menus, entertainment and events celebrating all things Irish.

Among festivities are a week-long Ireland on Parade event, running the week before St. Patrick's Day. The venue also has Sunday Celtic Suppers, Monthly Musical Lunches and more. FYI: Chicago Gaelic Park is at 6119 W. 147th St., Oak Forest. Call (708) 687-9323

The opinions expressed are solely the writer's. Reach her at (219) 933-3365 or eloise.valadez@nwi.com.

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