Maine Restaurant Week kicks off Thursday and runs through March 12. Between sampling the custom three-course meals that many local restaurants will offer (See menus at mainerestaurantweek.com), do check out a Maine Restaurant Week special event, too:

CRAVE

WHAT: Local chefs, bakers and confectioners incorporate Coffee By Design coffee into their creations, and you get to eat them.

WHEN: Noon to 2 p.m. Sunday

WHERE: Coffee By Design, 1 Diamond St., Portland

HOW MUCH: $30 in advance, $35 at the door

TICKETS: brownpaper tickets.com

SPIRIT QUEST

WHAT: A self-guided cocktail and paired bites walking tour that takes participants to restaurants and bars in the Old Port and Congress Street Arts District.

WHEN: 2 to 5 p.m., March 11

WHERE: Old Port and Congress Street bars and restaurants

HOW MUCH: $45 in advance, $50 at check in

TICKETS: brownpaper tickets.com

— MEREDITH GOAD