Thursday, December 24, 2015

Thursday Sips & Nibbles

I am back again with a new edition of Thursday Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting, upcoming food & drink events.
1) Night Market Chef Jason Tom invites guests to Night Market for a fun night of dining, drinking, and celebrating this New Year’s Eve. Night Market will be hosting two options for guests on New Year’s Eve- traditional reservations for guests with the regular menu available along with a five course menu option from 5pm-8pm followed by a New Year’s Eve Party starting at 9pm with passed appetizers and Sake Slushies to ring in 2016.

From 5pm-8pm, Chef Jason Tom will offer the traditional Asian Street Food menu for guests to order off of enhanced by a special tasting menu option for guests looking to end 2015 on a delicious note prepared by Chef Tom. The five-course tasting menu is priced at $60 and includes optional $5 sake pairing per course.

Beginning at 9pm, the restaurant will be hosting a Night Market New Year’s Eve Party from 9pm-1am. The party will feature passed Asian Street Fare appetizers such as Night Market Skewers, Wontons, Tea Eggs and Fried Chicken Wings along with Sake Slushies and Sake Cocktails as well as a midnight champagne toast. Night Market New Year’s Eve Party tickets are $35 and include passed appetizers, two drink tickets and a champagne toast.

To purchase tickets or make a reservation, please call the restaurant at (857) 285-6948

2) Legal Harborside’s second level will ring in the New Year by dishing out a decadent three-course menu featuring the best from land and sea. The customizable menu includes the following options:

-choice of-
“Treasures of the Sea” (oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, snow crab, housemade accoutrements)
Lobster Soup (oloroso sherry, puff pastry)
Housemade Gavlax (Beet emulsion, cucumber, rye, horseradish crème fraiche)
-choice of-
Roasted “Rack of Sole” (brown butter, celeriac purée, Meyer lemon, sea beans, caper berries)
Surf & Turf (creek stone beef tenderloin, Maine lobster tail, season vegetable, pomme purée)
North Atlantic Sea Scallops (toasted farro, pancetta, poached pear, Marcona almond, amaretto foam)
Poached Halibut (baby bok choy, ginger champagne nage, citrus)
-choice of-
Cappuccino Mousse (Sambuca cream in a chocolate coffee cup)
Puff Pastry with Fruit (champagne sabayon)
Triple Chocolate (With raspberry coulis, white chocolate anglaise and fresh raspberries)

WHEN: Thursday, December 31, from 5:30pm – 10:00pm
COST: $65 per person
Reservations can be made by contacting 617-477-2900

3) This New Years’ Eve, Abby Lane will be saying goodbye to 2015 by celebrating the biggest movie of 2015- Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Abby Lane’s Star Wars-themed party will feature passed appetizers by Chef Jason Santos, movie clips and highlights on the big screen, a photo area and selfie station with life-sized cut-outs of the Star Wars cast, and a costume contest.

Prior to the Star Wars-themed celebration, Abby Lane will be open for regular dinner service on its first floor until 11 p.m.

WHEN: Thursday, December 31, 10:00pm to 2:00am
Tickets cost $50 before Wednesday December 23rd, and $65 after Wednesday, December 23rd.
To purchase tickets, please visit
For more information please call (617) 451-2229.

4) On January 20, at 6:30pm, Legal Sea Foods in Park Square will host a wine dinner with Far Niente Winery. A popular Napa Valley wine estate established in 1885, Far Niente wines are renowned for their ability to gracefully age and become more nuanced and elegant with time.

Legal Sea Foods will team up with Eastern U.S. Region Manager, Tom Gilhooly, to host an exclusive four-plus-course dinner featuring signature cuisine paired with his selections from the Far Niente vine. The menu will be presented as follow:

Swordfish Kabob, Tamarind, Curry
Scallop Pastry Pie, Grilled Peach, Pepper Relish
Thai Tuna Taco, Jicama, Chipotle Aioli
Far Niente Chardonnay, Napa Valley, 2013
EnRoute “Brumaire” Chardonnay, Russian River Valley, 2013
Cherrywood-Grilled Salmon En Pipian (baby arugula, Peruvian potato cake)
EnRoute “Les Pommiers” Pinot Noir, Russian River Valley, 2013
Ten-Pepper Rubbed Pan-Roasted Duck Breast (mashed parsnip, roasted Brussels sprouts)
Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, 2012
Nickel & Nickel “State Ranch” Cabernet Sauvignon, Yountville, 2012
Herb Grilled Lamb Chop (mushroom ragout, mint chimichurri sauce)
Far Niente “Cave Collection” Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, 2005
Far Niente Cabernet Sauvignon, Oakville, 2013
Cheesecake (orange caramel Sauce, almond Brittle, vanilla whipped cream)
Dolce “Late Harvest Wine,” Napa Valley, 2009

COST: $135 per person (excludes tax & gratuity)
Reservation required by calling 617-530-9397

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