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Tales of the Cocktail Spirited Dinners

This Thursday, cocktail pairings take the place of wine during the Spirited Dinner series at the Tales of the Cocktail festival ( At 25 participating establishments, local chefs team up with special guests from the booze biz to create menus of four-to-six courses, each accompanied by a different cocktail. Space for each dinner is limited and reservations are required. Visit the Web site for menus and details.

New Magazine St. Restaurant: Rum House

The newly opened restaurant Rum House (3128 Magazine St., 302-9674; is a self-styled Caribbean taqueria, with a menu blending island staples with Latin American fare. Look for jerk chicken, jerk fish tacos and a bar specializing in rum cocktails. First-time restaurateurs Michael Bouchert and Kelly Ponder opened Rum House in late June with help from celebrity chef David Adjey for an episode for his upcoming Food Network series, Restaurant 101.

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