Red Stag Classes

FIRST TUESDAY OF THE MONTH:

 

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.
Ages 21+ only, please

 

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Upcoming Classes

Feb
7
Tue
February Cooking Class with guest chef Shawn Doyle @ McCarthy's Red Stag Pub And Whiskey Bar
Feb 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
February Cooking Class with guest chef Shawn Doyle @ McCarthy's Red Stag Pub And Whiskey Bar

ABOUT THIS EVENT

Join guest chef Shawn Doyle – Chef/Owner Savory Grille

What to experience?

Fully equipped prep table, cookbook recipe of your offerings, non-alcoholic beverages, and guidance from our very own Chef Jill and guest chefs.

Check out our newest lineup of Cooking Demonstrations here

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Mar
2
Thu
Saint Paddys Whiskey Tasting @ McCarthys Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar
Mar 2 @ 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saint Paddys Whiskey Tasting @ McCarthys Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar

Celebrate St. Paddy’s a little early in true Celtic style with a St. Paddy’s Whiskey Tasting and food pairing!

Rosemary roasted pork, sweet potato purée; pine nut paired with Yellow Spot

Braised corned beef, Brussel/cabbage salad paired with Knappogue Castle

Black pepper & lemon mussels paired with Tullamore DEW XO

Finish out the night with sticky toffee pudding/candied orange/clotted cream 

*Designated driver tickets available for food only

Mar
7
Tue
March Cooking Class with guest Chef Jerry Rogers – Chef/Sales Associate Driscoll Foods
Mar 7 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
March Cooking Class with guest Chef Jerry Rogers - Chef/Sales Associate Driscoll Foods

Join us for our March cooking class with guest Chef Jerry Rogers – Chef/Sales Associate Driscoll Foods.  

Apr
4
Tue
April Cooking Class with guest Chef Sue Buhosky Roth – retired chef/instructor
Apr 4 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
April Cooking Class with guest Chef Sue Buhosky Roth - retired chef/instructor

Join us for our April Cooking Class with guest Chef Sue Buhosky Roth – retired chef/instructor

May
2
Tue
May Cooking Class at the Red Stag Pub with Guest Chef Mike Vacca @ McCarthy's Red Stag Pub and Whiskey Bar
May 2 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm

Join us at the Red Stag Pub for our May Cooking Class with guest Chef Mike Vacca

Jun
6
Tue
June Cooking Class with guest Chef Mike Geary – Chef/Owner Old School Sandwich Company
Jun 6 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
June Cooking Class with guest Chef Mike Geary - Chef/Owner Old School Sandwich Company

Join us for our June Cooking Class with guest Chef Mike Geary – Chef/Owner Old School Sandwich Company

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.

Red Stag Pub