Tamarack Cultural Dinners - Mulligan's 

Globe Trottin' Grub at Tamarack

Amidst city summers of vintner's dinners and al fresco excursions downtown, the hinterlands are fiercely competing for your culinary attention with some unique dining events. Tamarack hosts international dinners monthly featuring entertainment and global fare from cultures well known and slightly more obscure. April's event treated guests to Egyptian cuisine and belly dancing, while May's international dinner featured locally popular Basque fare. And July's event promises to be particularly interesting with Nez Perce food and entertainment.

This month, Tamarack goes south of the border with its Mexican Fiesta Night from Chef Lulu Pedraza. Taking Mexican cuisine beyond chips and salsa and into the realm of the fine, Chef Pedraza's menu for the evening includes starters of tequila martinis, Botana Tarasca (a "typical dish from Michoacan region" with fried chilis, coriander and queso fresco), and ceviche de Acapulco; an entree consisting of three dishes from the State of Neuvo Leon (chicken mole, chorizo taco and beef cortadillo); and desserts of rose petal ice, various candies and cookies and traditional spiced coffee. Throughout dinner, diners will enjoy entertainment from Latin Grammy Award nominee singer/songwriter Myrza Maldonado.

Mexican Fiesta Night, June 24, 7 p.m., $75 per person, Tamarack Resort. Reservations and information on upcoming cultural evenings, call 325-1037 or visit www.tamarackresort.com.

Mulligan's get serious about food

Formerly well-versed solely in the dubious art of deep fat frying, the kitchen crew at Mulligan's is expanding its horizons with a new menu that includes soups, sandwiches, burgers and such borderline posh options as a ribeye sandwich and a seafood platter. As much as I do love the west downtown hangout, my previous food forays have been limited to moments of alcohol-induced desperation spawned by long stints in front of the darts boards, but methinks perhaps the smell of change lingers on the culinary wind.

Mulligan's, 1009 Main St., 336-6998.

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