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Organizers of VegWeek 2012 are asking everyone to abstain from eating meat for a full seven days. For the most carnivorous among us, that’s asking a lot. True story: the last time I tried to go vegetarian, I barely lasted six days.  Here’s a reason to stick it out for at least a few hours this evening: free beer. Beginning at 5 p.m., Mellow Mushroom is offering a free pint of Starr Hill pilsner to anyone who orders a vegan calzone, whole vegan pizza, or full vegan hoagie. Ten percent of the proceeds benefit the local animal-rights non-profit Compassion Over Killing.

Coming up: On Wednesday, Birch & Barley is serving a five-course meal of Nordic-inspired cuisine to pair with beers from Norwegian brewery Nøgne Ø. On the menu: beet-cured arctic char, pork-pumpernickel dumplings and rosemary honey-roasted squab. The price is $73 per person. And, on Sunday, Sou’Wester kicks off a season of outdoor festivities with a backyard-style barbecue, featuring three courses for $42 per person.

For more info and other options, click on any link in the Y&H food events calendar above.

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