Thursday, March 17, 2016

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) On Wednesday, April 6, at 6:30pm, Legal Sea Foods in Park Square will host a Rioja wine dinner with selections from Bodegas Muga. Located in the heart of northern Spain, Bodegas Muga joins together Mediterranean, Atlantic and continental influences in great harmony, creating an ideal climate for grapes. As one of the most elegant and old-world Rioja producers, Bodega Muga combines both tradition and modernity to create superior wines.

Legal Sea Foods will team up with owner, Manu Muga, to host a four-plus-course dinner featuring cuisine paired with his selections from the Bodegas Muga vine. The menu will be presented as follows:

Grilled King Crab, Papaya Relish, Baguette
Chaat Masala Sea Scallops, Pimentón Potato Cake, Valencia Orange Aioli
Kung Pao Grilled Cauliflower, Star Fruit
Muga “Conde de Haro” Brut Cava, NV
Orange-Scented Poached Halibut (Mixed Greens, Spicy Marcona Almonds, Strawberry-Rhubarb Vinaigrette)
Muga Rioja Blanco, 2014
Muga Rioja Rosado, 2015
Herb Grilled Lamb Lollipops (Fennel Confit & Pardina Lentil Ragout)
Muga Rioja Reserva, 2011
Venison Tenderloin (Madeira & Peppercorn Demi-Glace, Wild Mushroom & Potato Gnocchi)
Muga “Prado Enea” Rioja Gran Reserva, 2006
Manchego, Tetilla, Mahón (Jamón Serrano, Manzanilla Olive Tapenade, Mission Figs)
Muga “Selección Especial” Rioja Reserva, 2010

COST: $95 per person (excludes tax & gratuity)
Reservation required by calling 617-530-9397

2) This April, Anna’s Taqueria continues its commitment to charitable organizations by welcoming Boston Marathon survivor Adrianne Haslet-Davis to its Beacon Hill location for a special celebrity charity roller event on Wednesday, April 13, from 6pm-8pm. Haslet-Davis lost her left leg below the knee during the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing and will return to run 26.2 miles to raise awareness and funds for the Limbs for Life Foundation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to providing fully-functional prosthetic care for individuals who cannot otherwise afford it.

For one night only, Anna’s fans can get their burrito fix while simultaneously helping a good cause. Guests who visit Haslet-Davis behind the counter will pay $10 for a burrito (plus chips and salsa) with all proceeds going to Limbs for Life.

The core of Anna’s mission is giving back to those that have helped grow the restaurant into a treasured citywide staple. Over the years, Anna’s Taqueria has supported countless organizations and has encouraged fundraising at the grassroots level by helping volunteers champion the causes they’re passionate about.

COST: $10 per person; chips & salsa included.
100% of proceeds for each guest-rolled burrito will go to the Limbs for Life Foundation.

3) One in five children in the United States does not get the food they need. 16 million kids in the United States struggle with hunger every day. These numbers are staggering and upsetting. Childhood hunger is a problem in the U.S that should not exist, and The Massachusetts Restaurant Association is partnering with Share Our Strength and their No Kid Hungry Campaign to help provide all children in Massachusetts with access to nutritious, healthy food options.

On April 11th, 2016 five restaurants across Massachusetts will be participating in Massachusetts Restaurant Day for No Kid Hungry. Inspired by Chef Andy Husbands of Tremont 647, who has graciously hosted a dinner for this important cause for the past 19 years; the MRA is pleased to announce its expansion throughout the state. The event will consist of a multi-course meal at one of five Massachusetts Restaurants, and all ticket proceeds will go to benefit No Kid Hungry’s Nutrition Education program in Massachusetts.

Participating restaurants include: Tremont 647 (Boston), One Eleven Chop House (Worcester), Quarterdeck (Falmouth), Cobblestones of Lowell (Lowell), and East Bay Grille (Plymouth).

Don’t miss this opportunity to donate to an important cause and help Massachusetts stamp out childhood hunger. To learn more about Share Our Strength and their No Kid Hungry Campaign, please visit:

COST: $75-$150
RSVP: Get tickets and more info here

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