Food Friday: Casey's Street Fest, Green Cooking Class, Celebration de la Terra

It certainly won't be this calm this weekend.

Whether you're in the mood to kick off St. Patrick's Day a little early with some drunken shenanigans, or scoff at the drunken shenanigans from inside a posh Beverly Hills bistro, there's plenty to do in L.A. this weekend, whether you're Irish or not.

From Saturday morning through the wee hours of Sunday morning, Casey's Irish Pub will be staging their annual St. Patrick's Day Street Festival, taking over two downtown city blocks and letting 20,000 drunk revelers do their thing. This year's outdoor stage lineup includes the Young Dubliners, and tribute bands to both AC/DC and Led Zeppelin. The bar's also making it known that the event will go on, rain (which is highly likely this weekend) or shine!

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At the downtown Border Grill, a modest $75 price tag gets you into a special St. Patrick's Day "green-themed" cooking class by Top Chef Masters Mary Sue Milliken and Susan Feniger. However, in this case "green" doesn't mean "environmentally friendly" as much as it means "literally, green." The dishes students will learn how to cook include pork chili verde, key-lime squares, and probably plenty of avocado-heavy dishes. Classes are at 11am and 2pm.

All weekend Bouchon Bistro in Beverly Hills is hosting the "Celebration de la Terre," a special three-course dinner to highlight dishes from San Luis Obispo's own Windrose Farms. For $48 a pop, diners get chilled potato-and-leek soup and veal breast that's been stuffed with preserved Meyer lemons and capers. There's a 5pm and 10pm dining time on both Saturday and Sunday, and reservations are strongly recommended.

[Photo from Casey's Irish Pub's website]

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