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.
Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake hosts the competitive Burrito Bowl IV on January 31, 2015, from 1 p.m.-3:30 p.m., when local chefs come together to create their own specialty burritos. Each creation is then judged by attendees as well as guest judges. This year's competitors include Papagayo’s Chris Damian; Taranta’s Jose Duarte; Yohni Aldana from Estelle’s; El Pelón’s Jim Hoben; Tico’s Leo Asaro; Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake’s Uri Abragimovich; El Centro’s Allan Rodriguez; and Ashmont Grill’s Chris Douglass. Tickets are $25 and can be purchased at www.burritobowl4.eventbrite.com. Poe's Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, 384 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-859-8555.
On February 10, Legal Sea Foods in Park Square hosts a pre-Valentine's Day pairing dinner in their wine cellar. For $40 per person, the four-course dinner feautres oysters on the half shell, seared diver scallops, grilled tuna steak and strawberry-rhubarb bread pudding for dessert. Each dish is paired with an exclusive wine from the restaurant's 10,000-bottle wine cellar. Reservations are required by calling 617-530-9397. Legal Sea Foods, 26 Park Plaza, Boston, MA 02116, 617-426-4444.
Through March 17
Bar Boulud is hosting Braise Days every Sunday, Monday and Tuesday now through St. Patrick's Day (March 17). Dinners, which feature everything from beef bourguignon to corned beef, are $23 and can be ordered with a wine pairing for an additional $7. The menu changes weekly. The week's specials are announced on Facebook and Twitter. Bar Boulud, Mandarin Oriental, Boston, 776 Boylston St., Boston, MA 02199, 617-535-8800.
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.
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.