The following events come from this week's dining column, which provides a round-up of weekly dining promotions.
Smokin' Monday at Corner Pub
If anything can make you look forward to Monday, it's the porky pilings at Corner Pub on Monday night. With stores in midtown, Bellevue and Green Hills (the last one is no longer affiliated with the others), the Corner Pub brand has a loyal weekly following when big barrel smokers fire up to grill ribs, sausage, wings and pork loin. About $20 buys more meat than a man can eat--unless of course that's a challenge, in which case it's worth working your way to the bottom of the heaping plate and polishing off the beans and slaw to boot. Since it's already sizzling on the grill when you get your seat, the food arrives fast, but there's no mistaking that slow-smoked flavor. 4111 Hillsboro Circle, 2000 Broadway, 8058 Highway 100.
ChaChah Chef's Table
ChaChah's chef-owner Arnold Myint is anything but conventional, so while other independent restaurants declare Monday a day of rest, ChaChah calls the resting chef's to the table for an evening of high culinary art. With offerings such as spicy gambas toast with quail egg; bacalao-and-chickpea brandade; squid ink fideos; pig ear salad with mango, dill and chili and bison marrow with cardamom braised shank, Myint hopes to attract an adventurous audience who wants to share and talk about food. "If this goes over, I'd love to add suckling pig, sardines, tripe and razor clams," he says. Call 298-1430 for reservations or email info (at) chachahnashville (dot) com for menu and prices, which will range between $35 and $65, depending on the tasting. 2013 Belmont Blvd.