Boston Culinary Events
Hungry? Need to fill your culinary calendar? Here is where you will find all the restaurant and culinary happenings in Boston. We feature a calendar of special dinners, tasting menus, prix-fixe meals, food festivals and other culinary events, including regularly occurring food events as well as special one-time-only events featuring top chefs. Keep checking back so you can know all that's going on in the world of restaurant and food events in Boston. We've also got the latest Boston Restaurant News and Wine Events.
Through May 31
Rialto restaurant will donate 20% of all Long Island Duck sales to Nepal relief. Chef/owner Jody Adams wishes to help raise awareness and funds for the recent Nepal earthquake devastation. Rialto, Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-661-5050.
Through May 31
May is National Burger Month, so to celebrate, Morton's The Steakhouse is featuring its Million Dollar Burger. Named for the best-tasting burger Arnie Morton ever savored, as prepared by his co-founder Klaus Fritsch, the beef burger is topped with with foie gras, black truffle butter and braised short ribs. It is served on a brioche roll and costs $39 (including a glass of "The Investor" from Stag's Leap Winery). Morton's The Steakhouse, Two Seaport Ln., Boston, MA 02210, 617-526-0410.
With vendors and exhibitors from across New England, the Boston Local Food Festival supports the growth of local farms. The festival offers freshly harvested and caught foodstuff, tastings of local brewers, interactive workshops and activities. Dedicated to promoting a zero-waste event, the festival encourages attendees to bring reusable shopping bags and to arrive at the event using public transportation. The festival is on Sunday from 11 a.m.–5 p.m. on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. For more information, visit bostonlocalfoodfestival.com.
The Palm offers a daily three-course "Power Dinner." The menu includes starters like beer-steamed PEI mussels or a shredded kale salad and main entrées such as pan-seared Atlantic salmon filet or a nine-ounce filet mignon and Nova Scotia lobster Oscar. For dessert, choose between a flourless chocolate cake with raspberry sauce or a salted caramel vanilla crunch cake. The Power Dinner is availalble weekdays from 3 p.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays from 5 p.m.-7 p.m. and Sundays from 5 p.m.-9 p.m. for $49 per person. The Palm, One International Place, Boston, MA 02110, 617-867-9292.
Precinct Kitchen + Bar offers $1 oysters daily from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The offerings include briny Malpeques from Prince Edward Island, sweet Powder Points from Duxbury, creamy Katama Bays from Martha's Vineyard and enormous Blue Points from New York City. Local dinner standouts here include a clam bake, braised beef short ribs and seared Georges Bank scallops. Precinct Kitchen + Bar, Loews Boston Hotel, 154 Berkeley St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-532-3827.
If you long for a traditional Sunday dinner, head to Lineage where you can feast on a rotating menu of dishes that will take you on a trip down memory lane. Hearty dinners include everything from roast beef tenderloin topped with a red wine sauce to lamb meatloaf and herb crusted pork loin. Reservations are recommended and dinners are held from 4 to 9 p.m. Lineage, 242 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446, 617-232-0065.
From 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and 9 p.m.-10 p.m. daily, Marliave offers 3-4 different types of oysters for half the price ($1.50 each). Marliave, 10 Bosworth St., Boston, MA 02108, 617-422-0004.
The prices may be a bit steep at Craigie on Main, but chef Tony Maws tries to keep things low-key and homey with a nightly prix-fixe "neighborhood menu" for $65, with the chef's choice of salad, entrée and dessert. Craigie on Main, 853 Main St., Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-497-5511.
Monday through Friday
Executive chef/owner Evan Deluty of Stella is offering a $5 appetizer menu Monday through Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. The cheap bites menu includes Stella classics like spicy mussels and grilled Italian sausage and can be enjoyed at the bar, lounge or outdoor patio. Stella, 1525 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-247-7747.
Chef Tim Wiechmann is at it again, showing off his creativity with prototype Tuesday nights at Bronwyn. Each dinner, which can be paired with regional wines, spirits and beers, is based on a theme related to Germany and the Central/Eastern Europe region. Some dishes to be featured are Serbian steak, Polish charcuterie board, Transylvanian lamb meatballs and Serbian hamburger. Prices vary each week. Bronwyn, 255 Washington St., Somerville, MA 02143, 617-776-9900.
T.W. Food, a French fantasyland that prefers to fly below the radar, is branching out on Wednesday nights. Fastidious chef Tim Wiechmann lets loose a bit with Improv Wednesdays, a free-wheeling five-course meal. For $49, put yourself in Wiechmann's capable hands---no ordering allowed. The whimsical menu is available after 8:30 p.m. and reservations are recommended. T.W. Food , 377 Walden St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-864-4745.
Saturdays & Sundays
L'Espalier serves Fantasy Tea on Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. "Make Way for Ducklings" costs $27 and includes petit fours, tea and pastries like the L'Espalier espresso cream swan. "Red Riding Hood's Basket" costs $36 and includes canapés, tea sandwiches (smoked salmon, curried egg salad, lobster salad on pretzel roll), pastries, petit fours and tea. Tea selections include English "Keemun Hao Ya," Earl Grey, Wild Mint, Crimson Berry and Darjeeling. The "Three Blind Mice" cheese tasting costs $30 and features an assortment of cheeses served with traditional accompaniments. For reservations, please call 617-262-3023. L'Espalier, Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 774 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, 617-262-3023.
Sunday through Thursday
The Barking Crab is well known for its seafood in the summer, it has introduced some great bar snacks that make it a great year-round destination. From sliders and mussels in garlic and white wine to fritto misto and fish tacos, the cheap eats menu features snacks all under $10. "The Barking Crab Bar Bites" menu is available Sun.-Thurs. from 4 p.m.-6 p.m. and 9 p.m. to close. The Barking Crab, 88 Sleeper St., Boston, MA 02210, 617-426-2722.
Top of the Hub offers a prix-fixe Sunday brunch menu from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. accompanied by live jazz in the lounge. The view from atop the Prudential Building is just an added bonus. Adults are $39 and children under 12 are $24. For more information, call 617-536-1775 or visit www.topofthehub.net. Top of the Hub, Prudential Center, 800 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, 617-536-1775.
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