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.
August 17-22 & 24-29
There is no easier (or cheaper) way to experience some of Boston's best restaurants than through Restaurant Week. Diners all over town can choose from a two-course lunch for $15.13, a three-course lunch for $20.13 or a three-course dinner for $38.13 from participating restaurants August 17-22 & 24-29, 2014. For more information, visit www.bostonusa.com/visit/restaurantweek/
Through September 1
Aragosta Bar + Bistro, located inside the Fairmont Battery Wharf Hotel, is hosting daily waterfront lobster bakes through September 1. Cooked on an open fire pit and served in a cast iron pot, the dinner features a one-pound lobster, clams, chorizo, corn on the cob, roasted fingerling potatoes and, of course, a side of drawn butter for dipping. A dessert of s'mores finishes off the authentic experience. Price is $45 per person and reservations are required. Aragosta Bar + Bistro, Fairmont Battery Wharf, 3 Battery Wharf, Boston, MA 02109, 617-994-9001.
Martha’s Vineyard celebrates its seventh annual world-class wine and culinary extravaganza. Some festival features include wine tasting seminars, nationally recognized award-winning chefs, culinary dinners and an auction. The main attraction is Saturday's Grand Tasting event, which consists of wines, celebratory chefs and wine pairings. The weekend culminates on Sunday at the culinary Grand Sunday Brunch at the Harbor View Hotel. For more details, please visit www.mvfoodandwine.com
Taste Boston, a culinary event to benefit the James Beard Foundation, is being held October 24-25 at the Revere Hotel. The evening's events incliude a four-course dinner with Ludo Lefebvre from Los Angeles and James Beard Boston winner Jamie Bissonnette (from Coppa). The reception will also feature tastings by Aaron Chambers of Bar Boulud, Mary Dumont of Harvest, Michael Leviton of Lumiere, Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow and Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks. Tickets start at $250 per person. For more information, call 212-675-4984 or visit www.jbftasteamerica.org/event/boston. Revere Hotel, 200 Stuart St., Boston, MA 02116, 855-673-1800.
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.
Union Bar & Grille's "Beer and Burger Monday" offers a revolving list of burgers like chargrilled Texas Wagyu cheeseburger or a lamb buger and craft beer. Burgers are $10.50 and beers are $6, served all night at the bar only. Union Bar & Grille, 1357 Washington St., Boston, MA 02118, 617-423-0555.
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.
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.