Chocolate will be the star of an elegant five-course feast served at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History on Valentine’s Day.
The Feb. 14 “Natural History of Food” event will be prepared by chef Chris Hodgson of Driftwood Catering. A graduate of Le Cordon Bleu, Hodgson brought the very first food truck to Cleveland in 2010. He gained nationwide recognition when he finished second on the Food Network’s “The Great Food Truck Race.” He and Scott Kuhn opened Hodge’s in Cleveland in 2012 and Rothschild Farms in 2013. Hodgson is also a consulting chef for the Driftwood Restaurant Group and president of Driftwood Catering.
The distinctive affair at the museum starts with a sparkling wine and hors d’oeuvre reception featuring a presentation by Mike Malley, chairman of Malley’s Chocolates. Museum astronomer Clyde Simpson will offer a special show, “Romancing the Stars,” in the Shaffran Planetarium. Then, Hodgson’s meal will accentuate the various tastes and textures of chocolate. Gary Twining of Cutting Edge Selections will expertly pair wine with each course. The cost is $150 per person and includes valet parking. Call 216-231-4600, ext. 3279, for tickets. The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is at 1 Wade Oval in University Circle.
Head to Merwin’s Wharf on Feb. 16 for the second installment of the 2015 Beer Dinner Series. Enjoy a four-course meal paired with four beers. This month’s dinner features Thirsty Dog Brewing Co.
The evening begins with complimentary hors d’oeuvres from 6 to 7 p.m. Dinner begins promptly at 7, with pork tenderloin with Brussels sprout and apple hash paired with Siberian Night Stout. Braised lamb ribs with root vegetables and fig balsamic reduction will be complemented by Cerberus Belgian Trippel. Shrimp served over pepper jack grits with watercress and tomato jam will be accompanied by Citra Dog IPA. Chocolate cassata cake will be paired with a raspberry ale.
The cost is $50 a person, plus tip. Phone 216-664-5696 for reservations. Merwin’s Wharf is at 1785 Merwin Ave. in the Flats.
You do not have to visit the Big Easy to enjoy its Cajun and Creole flavors. The House of Blues is serving a New Orleans-inspired menu and drink features on Feb. 17.
The Zydeco Kings will take the Crossroads State at 5 p.m. to kick off an evening of Mardi Gras festivities and live music. The Blues Chronicles will play in the Foundation Room Lounge. There is no cover charge for these two concerts. Call 216-274-3366 for reservations. Badfish, A Tribute to Sublime, will be playing in the Music Hall beginning at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and are available for purchase at the box office or online at www.ticketmaster.com.
The House of Blues is on East 4th Street. Phone 216-523-2583 for restaurant reservations. Visit www.hob.com/cleveland/mardigras for more event details.