First Thursday Eats 

Nibble on these great deals

Have your (cup)cake and eat it, too.

Kelsey Hawes

Have your (cup)cake and eat it, too.

If you're clever enough, you won't need to plan dinner on First Thursday. Hit up the right galleries and you can dine on a varied spread of hors d'oeuvres and the occasional glass of beer or wine. If the vagabond lifestyle isn't your thing, however, consider these excellent meal deals instead: For appetizers, start at Capital Cellars for a new take on an old favorite. Pinney's Potato Croquettes are stuffed with Idaho potatoes, prosciutto, Gouda cheese and thyme, then breaded and fried and served with green pea puree and pea shoots. The bite-sized delights cost $8, and diners can also enjoy 25 percent off a bottle of Idaho wine.

For mains, head to The Melting Pot, where $22 nets you two glasses of house wine and a cheese fondue--take your pick from aged medium-sharp cheddar blended with Emmenthaler swiss, lager beer, garlic and seasonings; the Wisconsin Trio, featuring fontina, Butterkase and gorgonzola blended with white wine, scallions and sherry; or the fresh spinach artichoke, which mixes fontina and Butterkase with fresh spinach, artichoke hearts and garlic. End your evening at Lilly Jane's Cupcakes, where you'll get one free cupcake per guest and special pricing on the rest. Choosing from the Plain Jane, Super Chocolate, Black and White, Caramel Apple, Red Velvet, Lemon and Caramel Macchiato flavors may be the most difficult decision you face all night.

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