Red Stag Classes

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Celtic Cooking Classes

McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub invites you to join us for a Celtic Cooking Demonstration. Our guests will have the rare opportunity to watch our chef, Jill Oman, entertain and demo the finer techniques of Celtic cuisine. The menu is unique for each class so keep an eye out for menu highlights plus current and new dates!

Doors open at 6:30pm.
Ticket includes each course being demonstrated. Does not include beverages

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Celtic Baking Classes

Learn the ins and outs of traditional Irish and British baking right in the heart if Bethlehem, Pennsylvania! The Red Stag Pub presents Celtic Baking Classes in the Great Room of the pub, focused on traditional and contemporary Irish and British Isles specialties. Follow the lead from our own skilled, in-house bakers as you create your very own Celtic baked goods & pastries to take home and share! 

Space is extremely limited for these classes, so make sure to sign up early.  Feel free to take one or all of the classes — it’s your choice!  Join us, and you’ll learn the history of each item, how to make it, and of course, sample and take home your luscious goodies.

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Whiskey Tastings

Join us each month for an evening of fun and education as we sample a different whiskey, guided by our knowledgeable whiskey representatives and our very own in-house Whisky Ambassadors.

All Tastings begin at 7PM, and last for approximately one hour.
Ages 21+ only, please

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Personal Whiskey Profile

When is okay to be Profiled ? blind taste eight whiskies and explore distinct properties within the whiskey flavor profile. Receive your own Tasting Guide and Journal, guided by our Whisky Ambassador.

All Tastings are scheduled, and last for approximately one hour.
$100 Admission • Ages 21+ only, please

 

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Upcoming Classes

Nov
2
Tue
November Cooking Demonstration @ McCarthy's Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar
Nov 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
November Cooking Demonstration @ McCarthy's Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar

McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub invites you to join us for November Cooking Demonstration. Join chef, Jill Oman, entertain and demo the finer techniques of Celtic Fusion Cuisine.

We bring the culinary world to you by showcasing ingredients, techniques and traditions from around the country and world. You can relax and enjoy as our Chef presents each dish, making sure you gain a full understanding of the process. Classes include generous samples of each dish prepared and recipes. Classes run approximately 1 hour. 

Want to learn some Italian specialty dishes? Join Chef, Jill Oman, wow you with tips, tricks, and recipes on how to properly make Homemade Ravioli. Who doesn’t love homemade pasta dough pillows stuffed with delicious cheesy goodness? Well, take this class with Jill and learn the art of making the perfect ravioli. Then, for dessert, Chef Jill showcase a perfect Cannoli dessert.

November Cooking Demonstration will begin at 6:30 sharp! Ticket price does not include tax, tip, or alcohol.

About the Instructor: a Graduate of the Art Institutes – Denver 2003 Relocated to Lehigh Valley in July 2003. Worked at Bethlehem Brew Works for 10 years as the Executive Chef. Became a part of the Red Stag family in August 2014!

Check out our newest lineup of Cooking Demonstrations here

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Nov
11
Thu
November Apple of My Rye Whiskey Tasting @ McCarthy's Red Stag Pub And Whiskey Bar
Nov 11 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our November Apple of My Rye Whiskey Tasting at McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Join us in our Great Room for a safe private whiskey tasting conducted by our in house Whisky Ambassadors and staff. The November Apple of My Rye Whiskey Tasting features features Rye Whiskies perfectly paired with small bites to contrast the whiskey profiles and to enjoy!

WHAT YOU’RE TASTING ?

Whiskey – Templeton Rye 4 yr

Food:  Green Bean Casserole

 

Whiskey – Dad’s Hat Pre-Prohibition 4 year

Food:  Thanksgiving turkey w/ parsnip mash & gravy

 

Whiskey – Angel’s Envy Rye

Food:  Sweet Ham cooked, grilled pineapple, baked corn

 

Whiskey – Basil Hayden’s Dark Rye

Food:  Apple Pie a la mode

(*menu and whiskey subject to change)

What to experience?

Whiskey, food pairings, and whiskey knowledge from our very own certified whisky ambassadors.

(*menu and whiskey subject to change)

What to experience?

Whiskey samples, small food pairings, and whiskey knowledge from our very own certified whisky ambassadors. 

Check out our newest lineup of Monthly Whiskey Tastings here

Looking for a private guided tasting ? We have experience with all special event formats, contact us here

SHOP GOODS | WHISKEY MENU | WHISKEY PROFILE | VISIT DONEGAL SQUARE

Dec
7
Tue
December Cooking Demonstration @ McCarthy's Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar
Dec 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
December Cooking Demonstration @ McCarthy's Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar

McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub invites you to join us for December Cooking Demonstration. Join chef, Jill Oman, entertain and demo the finer techniques of Celtic cuisine.

Holiday Party: A variety of appetizers and must have holiday party dishes 

Demonstrating: Spiced Egg Nog Jill’s Famous Meatballs

We bring the culinary world to you by showcasing ingredients, techniques and traditions from around the country and world. You can relax and enjoy as our Chef presents each dish, making sure you gain a full understanding of the process. Classes include generous samples of each dish prepared and recipes. Classes run approximately 1 hour. 

Want to learn some Italian specialty dishes? Join Chef, Jill Oman, wow you with tips, tricks, and recipes on how to properly make Jill’s Famous Meatballs.  Then, for dessert, Chef Jill showcase a perfect Spiced Eggnog. Learn the art of making the perfect Eggnog and Meatballs like a pro

December Cooking Demonstration will begin at 6:30 sharp! Ticket price does not include tax, tip, or alcohol.

About the Instructor: a Graduate of the Art Institutes – Denver 2003 Relocated to Lehigh Valley in July 2003. Worked at Bethlehem Brew Works for 10 years as the Executive Chef. Became a part of the Red Stag family in August 2014!

Check out our newest lineup of Cooking Demonstrations here

SHOP GOODS | MENUS | EVENTS | VISIT DONEGAL SQUARE

 

Dec
9
Thu
December We Whiskey You a Merry Xmas Whiskey Tasting @ McCarthy's Red Stag Pub And Whiskey Bar
Dec 9 @ 7:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Join us for our December We Whiskey You a Merry Xmas Whiskey Tasting  at McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Join us in our Great Room for a safe private whiskey tasting conducted by our in house Whisky Ambassadors and staff. The December We Whiskey You a Merry Xmas Whiskey Tasting features Fruity Whiskies. Then for pairings, our in house Bakery prepared home made cookies to contrast the whiskey profiles and to enjoy!

WHAT YOU’RE TASTING ?

Sagamore Double Oak- caramel, vanilla, hazelnut, pecan, honey

Food:  White Chocolate & Macadamia nut cookies

 

Smooth Ambler Contradiction – Buttery, dried fruits, vanilla, almonds

Food:  Gingerbread/ gingersnaps (stag shape?!)

 

Glendronach 12 – toffee, vanilla, dark fruits, raisins, spices

Food:  brown butter toffee chunk cookies 

 

Aberlour 16- plum, raisins, malty honey, light spices, long finish

Food:  oatmeal raisin cookies

(*menu and whiskey subject to change)

What to experience?

Whiskey samples, small food pairings, and whiskey knowledge from our very own certified whisky ambassadors. 

Check out our newest lineup of Monthly Whiskey Tastings here

Looking for a private guided tasting ? We have experience with all special event formats, contact us here

SHOP GOODS | WHISKEY MENU | WHISKEY PROFILE | VISIT DONEGAL SQUARE

Red Stag Pub | Bethlehem Pennsylvania Pub

For almost 15 years, the Cafe grew from a Bakery & Tea Room into a restaurant — minus the alcohol — following trends of great cafes like Betty’s Tea Room in Harrowgate in Northern England and the Avoca Cafe in Ireland.

Any guest or visitor to my house in Lambeg, County Antrim, had to be served a pot of tea and some kind of home baked treat. My Granny McCarthy, who did a lot of my rearing, made sure I knew the proper way to make the tea.

I was accustomed to providing hospitality (even at an early age) to anybody who came to my house. The origins of hospitality and recipes used at Granny McCarthy’s came from my upbringing, baking, and the personalities of my Mother and Grandmother — all the lessons and priorities I learned from my family.

In 2013, McCarthy’s morphed into McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar — adding the Red Stag emblem from the McCarthy Coat of Arms to the name. The name change indicated our intention to keep our customers’ favourites, but we also had a vision to significantly expand our offerings.

We created our menu to become that of a true British Isles style Gastro Pub and Restaurant  — retaining the best qualities of the original Granny McCarthy’s Restaurant while adding more great family favourites and dishes inspired by Irish and Scottish cuisines.

The evolution is a unique blend of pub and restaurant with the desserts, breads and teas of a traditional Irish Tea Room in the space of a great destination — complemented by an amazing collection of whiskey, beer, and cocktails. Slainte!

Red Stag Pub | Bethlehem Pennsylvania Pub

A CELTIC DESTINATION: NO PASSPORT REQUIRED

Our vision for McCarthy’s Red Stag Pub was to give our guests an authentic experience of the Irish and Celtic culture that they could not find anywhere else in the Lehigh Valley (or elsewhere!). From the freshest homemade Irish food such as a boxty and scones, to our hand-selected loose tea and whiskeys (not to mention the live Celtic music!). Our mission is to provide a unique, stress-free dining atmosphere where friends come together.  Our warm, attentive service in a lively, fun atmosphere makes you feel right at home.

THE ORIGIN OF OUR  RECIPES 

Many of our original recipes came from a bundle of handwritten notes from my mother’s handbag that I found when she died. Many other recipes came from family members or friends.

The Brown Bread Pilgramage

When Granny McCarthy’s opened in 1997, I felt it was important to make the very BEST Brown (wheaten) Bread (outside of Ireland), so after a week of tasting brown bread ALL OVER IRELAND, we ended up with a recipe from The Lifeforce Mill in Cavan. Their wholemeal and oats were locally grown and ground to make their bread. Eventually we figured out our own mixture of locally grown organic grains right here in Pennsylvania (which we feel is second to none in the U.S.).  

Love our bread? We’ve developed our own fool-proof mix — not only for Brown Bread, but Soda Bread, Shortbread and also several of our scones. 

In our 20 years of existence, we have developed many great concepts based on traditional ideas, such as out Eggs Paddywac and The Punjab Paddy. These two breakfast dishes, which incorporate the Northern Ireland Potato Farl (in Scotland it’s a Potato or Tatty Scone), are variations on Eggs Benedict (we even offer a vegetarian version).  We offer our own Jamison Whiskey BarBQ sauce, and a Guinness Mustard Sauce, both of which are incredible on Chicken Wings or Chips (french fries, the Irish way).  We were required (naturally!) as an authentic Irish Pub to serve amazing Fish n’ Chips with a made-fresh Smithwicks’ Beer Batter, Bangers and Mash with our homemade onion gravy, and Cottage Pie (Shepherd’s Pie, made with beef).  

Sweet Traditions Made at the Pub

Since my mother’s family loved to bake, I grew up with fabulous home cooking, and especially great desserts. All of our breads and desserts are made onsite, and we use our knowledge of authentic Irish and British Isles Cuisine to develop new dishes and drinks on an ongoing basis. Our amazing selection of teas infuse our Creme Brulees and truffles. Pair anything with coffee from a french press —just as you could get it in Ireland.

The key to our cuisine is that it’s almost completely made from scratch and it’s a unique spin on the nouveau Irish/British Isles style (which has transformed itself completely in the past 20 years). The ideas of great Celtic chefs like Gordon Ramsey and Darina Allen, combined with my McCarthy family traditions, have been allowed us to create a dynamic menu with lots of fresh ideas.

Love our bread? We’ve developed our own fool-proof mix — not only for Brown Bread, but Soda Bread, Shortbread, and also several of our scones.

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