Friday, December 26, 2014

Friday Sips & Nibbles

I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting wine and food items that are upcoming. **********************************************************
1)  The 10th Annual CityFeast in Boston’s North End will be held on Sunday, January 25, at 6pm, The event is a fun-filled evening hosted by ten restaurants in Boston, including: Antico Forno, Aria Trattoria, Bricco, Lucca, Lucia, Prezza, Strega, Taranta, Terramia Ristorante, and Tresca.

Tickets include a five-course dinner with wine pairings at one of the participating restaurants; proceeds will benefit Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund, which supports the Center’s greatest needs in research, education and clinical care. The North End’s own Carla Gomes established this spectacular event in 2005 to show her dedication and appreciation to Joslin after her son David was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes on his first birthday. David has received care at Joslin for 23 years.

Tickets are priced at $150 each, of which $100 is tax deductible. Due to high demand, reservations are limited, and will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis.

For more information on CityFeast or to purchase tickets visit:

2) Executive Chef/Partner Robert Sisca and the Bistro du Midi team have created a special three-course prix fixe menu to counteract the winter doldrums. After the hustle and bustle of the holiday season subsides, the dipping temperatures beckon thoughts of a winter getaway. Executive Chef/Partner Robert Sisca and his team already have the escape planned for you with their Passport to Provence. This 3-course prix fixe menu features Provencal delights to warm up even the chilliest evenings.

The menu is as follows:
First Course
Escargot Beignet, Purple Potato, Winter Squash Soup
House Made Pate, Pickled Quail Egg, Truffle Mustard, Olives
Market Greens, Marinated Goat Cheese, Root Vegetables, Sherry Vinaigrette
Second Course
Pan Roasted Hake, Calamari, Mussels, Fregola Sarda, Bouillabaisse Broth
Goat Cheese Gnocchi, Pistou, Pine Nuts, Preserved Lemon
Roasted Statler Chicken Breast, Confit Leg, Polenta, Chicken Jus
Grilled Flat Iron, Black Truffle Potato Puree, Arugula, Sauce Au Poivre
Third Course
Caramelized Bosc Pear Tart, Vanilla Crème, Pine Nut Ice Cream
Vanilla Mousseline, Goats Milk Caramel, Espresso Ice Cream
Cinnamon Beignets, Spiced Caramel

When: Available during dinner service, for the month of January. Sunday through Friday, from 5pm-10pm
Cost: The Passport to Provence menu is $45/person, not including tax and gratuity.
For Reservations, please call Bistro du Midi at 617-426-7878.

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