12 Baltimore’s homage to Downton Abbey and other weekend possibilities

keep-calm-022114The joy of “Downton Abbey” is watching living history. Now you can take a bite of that history. 12 Baltimore’s executive chef Justin Voldan has prepared a Downton-themed three-course dinner for Sunday at the cafe in the Hotel Phillips (106 W. 12th St.). You can start with beef rissole or smoked salmon deviled eggs, move on to the apple brandy glazed duck or baked black bass, and then have bread pudding and Grand Marnier for dessert. The dinner is $45 per person. Call 816-346-4410 for reservations. KCPT is hosting a viewing party at the hotel the same night for the show’s season finale with overnight stays available.

Riverwood Winery, about an hour away in Rushville, Missouri, is hosting a small batch and single barrel bourbon tasting Sunday. The tasting of six bourbons will run in two parts. The first will be about the bourbon with tasting notes and aroma wheels for each of the participants, while the second half will focus on food pairings (meats, cheeses, nuts, fruit and dessert). The class runs from 2 to 4 p.m. and is $60. You can call 816-579-9797 to make a reservation.

The Free State Brewing Company turns 25 years old on Sunday. And for those who can claim February 23 as your birthday, you get your age as a discount (they’re still waiting for that 99-year-old Copperhead Pale Ale lover to show up). Ink had a profile this week of founder Chuck Magerl and the Lawrence brewery if you don’t know the story. The anniversary brew, on draft now, is a combination of their Ad Astra and Old Backus Barleywine. Weighing in at 7.9 percent alcohol by volume and 36 IBUs, the brew is “deep mahogany, full-bodied and malty, with hits of chocolate, graham cracker, stone-fruit and just enough citrusy hop character to balance.”

The Hi-Dive Lounge (1411 W. 39th St.) only has 24 years to go before it catches Free State. The dive bar (with the only beer can vending machine in town) with upscale bar food celebrates its first anniversary Saturday. There are $1 Boulevard Wheat drafts and $3 Paddy shots from 3 to 7 p.m. tomorrow.

Wood + Salt will walk you through the art of picking, seasoning and cooking roast beef at their Cascavel Rose class at the Farm to Table Kitchen in the City Market. The class, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, is $25.

Dine Downtown, the Power & Light District’s restaurant week, kicks off today and runs through Sunday, March 2. Lunch is between $10 and $15 and dinner is between $25 and $30 at 11 restaurants in the downtown entertainment district. Like Kansas City Restaurant Week last month, you should take your $15 and head over to the Bristol Seafood Grill (51 East 14th Street), where they’ll give you lobster bisque and lobster mac n’ cheese. Each meal comes with a gift card that can be used on your next visit.

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Jonathan Bender

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