1. Cook like the Irish 

If you're a fan of Irish fare, it might be time to learn how to cook the Irish way. Greatest Grains, the health food grocery store in Davenport, is hosting a cooking class just in time for St. Patrick's Day. You'll learn how to craft meals such as Irish soda bread, Irish stew, coffee cake and colcannon. The class is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 15, at Greatest Grains, 1600 N. Harrison St., Davenport. Tickets, $15. For more information, call 563-323-7521 or visit greatestgrains.com

2. Lenten fish fry at St. Al's

The season of Lent began last Wednesday, which means St. Alphonsus Catholic Church has started its season of frying fish and pouring beers on Fridays. A fish fry is scheduled from 4-7 p.m. each Friday through April 7 at St. Alphonsus Catholic Church, 2618 Boies Ave., Davenport. Cost is $10 per plate, which includes a drink and $4 for kids. For more information, visit stalphonsusdav.org or call 563-322-0987. 

3. Q-C Food Hub launches cooking class

The Quad-Cities Food Hub is launching a new cooking class focused on the basics, from beginner kitchen techniques to indoor gardening. The first class of the series, called Cooking Basics, is set for 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at the Quad-Cities Food Hub, 421 W. River Drive, Davenport. Cost is $13 per class or $70 for the entire series. To sign up, visit qcfoodhub.com or call 563-265-2455.

4. Wine and chocolate 

Celebrate a classic pairing: Wine and chocolate. A free tasting of wine and chocolate samples is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday, March 9, at Cool Beanz Coffeehouse, 1325 30th St., Rock Island. For more information, visit coolbeanzcoffeehouse.com or call 309-558-0909.

5. 20 years of Bent River 

In honor of its 20th anniversary, Bent River Brewery, which has locations in Rock Island and Moline, is kicking off a year-long party with a three-day bash set for March 15-17 with daily specials including Irish-infused beer tappings, discounted appetizers and pints as well as giveaways at the brew pub, 1413 5th Ave., Moline. For more information, visit bentriverbrewing.com.

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6. Irish beer tapping 

St. Patrick's Day is less than two weeks away, which means it's time to start thinking about Irish beer. Great River Brewery, 332 E. 2nd St., Davenport, is hosting its monthly tapping party, featuring the Dry Irish Stout, set for 1 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at the brewery, which will open early that day for the St. Patrick Society Grand Parade. For more information, visit greatriverbrewery.com.

7. St. Patrick's Day fest 

Kelly's Irish Pub and Eatery's website has displayed a countdown to St. Patrick's Day since, well, the day after St. Patrick's Day in 2016. The pub's St. Patrick's Day Festival returns for its 13th year with festivities, including on-special plates of corned beef and cabbage and pints of beer, set for 5-11:30 p.m. Friday, March 17, and 6 a.m. to midnight Saturday March 18,  at 2222 E. 53rd St., Davenport.  Don't forget about the skydiving leprechauns, green beer, Irish dancing and live music. For the full schedule, visit kellysirishpubandeatery.com/st-pats-day.


Amanda Hancock is a reporter covering food, arts and entertainment in the Quad-Cities (and beyond).