Charitable corned beef
Sean Harbaugh of Pipin’ Hot Smokers BBQ wanted his friends at Fountainhead Brewing Co. to make an Irish stout. They agreed if he’d make a traditional St. Patrick’s day meal. And so, to benefit the Oak Park Farmers Market, Harbaugh will be whipping up corned beef and cabbage while Fountainhead pours a limited release of the beer of Harbaugh’s dreams from 5 to 8 p.m. on March 17 at the brewery (4621 24th Street). Tickets ($18-$20) can be purchased online or at the event, and all proceeds from the dinner, plus $1 from every beer, will go toward a program that provides recreation, education and a little spending money to local children so they and their families can buy healthy foods at the McClatchy Park farmers market. And don’t be fooled by his company’s name: Harbaugh will be slow-boiling his corned beef because smoking it turns it into—that’s right—pastrami.