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The Yvonne’s team will open contemporary Peruvian restaurant RUKA in The Godfrey Hotel Boston in December 2016. Expect food and cocktails that will also emphasize the influence of Japanese “nikkei” and Chinese “chifa” cuisines. RUKA, The Godfrey Hotel Boston, 505 Washington St., Boston, MA 02111, 617-804-2000 .
Harvard Square welcomes the Mediterranean-inspired En Boca wine bar, sister restaurant to Irish pubs The Asgard in Central Square and The Kinsale in Government Center. Taking over the Sandrine’s bistro space, En Boca has a mid-century meets modern décor, with booths and rich woodwork. Inspired by Turkey, Lebanon, Spain, Morocco and the Middle East, dishes include sharable platters of aged meat and farmstead cheeses, and wood-grilled hanger steak with Vidalia onion, bone marrow and salsa verde, while padron peppers with romesco crumb are among the small bites. A 17-seat bar features several wines from an Enomatic fine wine preservation system, along with craft beers on tap and seasonal cocktails such as the Crimson Crush, cherry cedar-infused rye with spiced honey syrup and draft cider. There’s also a 36-seat private dining room. En Boca, 8 Holyoke St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 857-259-6321.

News Bytes

Dorie Greenspan at Boston Center for Adult Education
On November 30, 2016, Boston Center for Adult Education will host a cookie swap class featuring cookbook author Dorie Greenspan. She will be joined by Joanne Chang of flour bakery + cafe and Myers + Chang as well as journalist Micheline Maynard to discuss a shared love for all things sweet. Following the 6 p.m.-8 p.m. class will be a book signing for Greenspan’s most recent release, Dorie’s Cookies, and books by Chang and Maynard. Guests will also nibble on each chef’s favorite cookie recipes. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-267-4430.
Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge Offers Brunch & Supper Club
Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge has introduced Sunday brunch, offered from 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Executive chef Peter Quinion’s menu includes twists on standard eggs and home fries along with options like grapefruit brûlée, avocado and mint; potato griddle cake with cured salmon, guacamole and spiced tomato chutney; and french toast brioche with fruit compote. Parsnip also hosts a supper club on the first Thursday of every month. Following a reception, guests enjoy a five-course examination of a single ingredient. A recent dinner emphasized mushrooms. Reception begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7 p.m. Supper club tickets are $85 for dinner with an additional $35 for the optional wine pairing. Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, MA 02138, 617-714-3206.
Pabu Boston Happy Hour
Pabu Boston, a new izakaya-style dining spot, presents an approachable way to taste what chefs Michael Mina and Ken Tominaga create with its happy hour menu. All priced under $8, dishes include kaiso seaweed salad with sesame dressing; hand rolls of spicy tuna, salmon, scallop, hamachi or negihama; spare ribs with chili glaze and scallion; and robata skewers. While Pabu has a high-end variety of saké and Japanese whisky, it always also offers a more affordable selection of saké, beer, wine and Japanese chuhai cocktails. Happy hour is in the bar and lounge every weekday from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Pabu Boston, Millennium Tower Boston, 3 Franklin St., Boston, MA 02110, 857-327-7228.
"Monday Mixdown" at Brass Union
Brass Union will launch the music series "Monday Mixdown" with Somerville’s Boston Free Radio on November 21, 2016, from 8 p.m.-11 p.m. Each month, Brass Union will host BFR's show, featuring throwbacks and chart toppers, broadcast live on On its first night, BFR’s DJ Ole Mic Odd and HRTSTPPR will play soul, funk, hip-hop and R&B tracks. Housed in a former police headquarters, Brass Union is a New York City-style tavern in the front, and in the rear are vintage tabletop videogame and shuffleboard tables. Dine on American dishes with global touches, such as lobster pappardelle and Kobe beef hot dogs with kimchi. Sip craft cocktails or choose from among 24 draft lines. Brass Union, 70 Union Square, Somerville, MA 02143, 617-623-9211.
Rosebud Accepting Thanksgiving Pie Pre-Orders
Pre-order your Thanksgiving pie from Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar in Davis Square. While the diner has transitioned into an upscale regional comfort food spot with a long list of whisky and local beer, it also is known for its pie. Orders for Thanksgiving pie are being taken through Sunday, November 20, 2016. Pre-ordered pies will be available for pickup from noon to midnight on Tuesday, November 22 and Wednesday, November 23. Freshly baked whole pies are $25 each and are available for pre-order in the following flavors: Dutch Apple, Pumpkin, Chocolate Cream, Blueberry Crumble, Peanut Butter Fudge and Cranberry Pear. Thanksgiving pie orders can be placed while you're visiting the restaurant for some of its barbecue, or by calling 617-629-9500. Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar, 381 Summer St., Somerville, MA 02144, 617-629-9500.
Cobblestone Café Offers Thanksgiving Turkey Burger
For those who can't wait for Turkey Day, the North End’s Cobblestone Café is adding a limited-time Turkey Burger to its menu. The burger is made with cornbread, pecans, green apples, celery, onions, dried cranberries and turkey broth, and then topped with provolone and brown gravy and served with a side of cranberry sauce. The Turkey Burger will be available until November 30, 2016, for dine-in or takeout. North End restaurateur Carla Gomes of Antico Forno and Terramia opened Cobblestone Café with her two sons to offer quick bites to Hanover Street. Breakfast items include a breakfast burrito and lunch fare ranges from lobster rolls to burgers. Cobblestone Café, 227 Hanover St., Boston, MA 02113, 857-263-8079.

Chef Shuffle

Executive chef/owner Keith Pooler has welcomed Alex Saenz as chef de cuisine at BISq Restaurant, located in Cambridge’s Inman Square. After years of experience working in local kitchens and having just returned from his hometown of Charleston, S.C., Saenz looks to blend Southern food with New England-style cooking. A new upcoming option includes buckets of fried chicken on Game Night Mondays. A native of Peru, Saenz has also worked at LiNEaGe, the Provincetown outpost of Ten Tables, Straight Wharf and Great Bay. BISq Restaurant, 1071 Cambridge St., Cambridge, MA 02139, 617-714-3693.
Erika Rosario has stepped in as head chef at The Regal Beagle in Brookline. The Regal Beagle, 308 Harvard St., Brookline, MA 02446, 617-739-5151.


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