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Crawfish boil in Midtown, new restaurant opening specials and more in metro Atlanta this week

Crawfish boil in Midtown. Cuban and Caribbean food deals. Champagne tasting. There are several fun, food events happening in metro Atlanta, so add one or all four of the following activities to your calendar. Be prepared to eat, drink and have a grand ole time.

Now through March 17: To celebrate the recent opening of its newest location in Emory Point, Papi’s Cuban & Caribbean Grill  is offering food and drink specials each day. Here’s the rundown for this week only:

Tuesday – Buy one adult entrée after 5 p.m. and get one free kids meal for children 10 and under.

Wednesday – $3 mini version of Papi’s popular chicken and pork wraps after 3 p.m.

Thursday – $5 mojitos and $5 empanada samplers as well as goodie bags for the first 50 ladies.

Friday$5 Reuben Cuban special all day to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

1540 Avenue Pl., Atlanta. 404-320-0165,

Thursday, March 16: Laugh a little or a lot during Cocktails & Comedy, a rotating series of comedians who take the stage 10 p.m. on Thursdays at The Pinewood . This week, Mia Jackson of "Last Comic Standing" will perform. Doors open at 9:30 p.m. Advanced tickets are $10 and can be purchased here; at the door will be $12. Each ticket is valid for a $10 credit toward food and drink.

254 Ponce de Leon Ave. N.E., Decatur. 404-373-5507, .

Thursday, March 16: The Mandarin Oriental, Atlanta , in partnership with Cover Books, will present a champagne tasting and book signing event with David White, author of “But First, Champagne” from 7-9 p.m. Tickets, which are $80 each and may be purchased here, will include five glasses of champagne paired with passed hors d’oeuvre and a copy of the book.

3376 Peachtree Road N.E., Atlanta. 404-995 7545 ,

Sunday, March 19: Sunday’s forecast calls for sunny weather, making it the perfect time for a crawfish boil and spring shindig on the patio. From 2-5 p.m., chefs Craig Richards and Pat Pascarella will serve traditional crawfish boil to the live tunes of a Cajun-inspired band at The Optimist . The festivities will cost $20 per person; a variety of Fish House punch and canned beer will be $5 each.

914 Howell Mill Road, Atlanta. 404-477-6260,

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