Thursday, April 14, 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 Thursday, May 5, from 5pm-1am, The Beehive is going south of the border in celebration of Cinco de Mayo with its annual event featuring live music and amazing food & cocktail specials. Guests will be able to indulge in Mexican-inspired food specials from Chef Gregory Torrech while getting in the spirit with tequila cocktails from Milagro and listening to authentic music from Telemundo star Veronica Robles and her mariachi band.

From 9pm-1am,  guests can enjoy a special appearance by Telemundo star Veronica Robles and her mariachi band. Veronica is widely recognized as the most authentic representative of Mexican music and culture in New England and is known by fans as La Mera, Mera (The Real One). She has six albums and has performed in such prestigious venues as Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall in New York City, JFK Presidential Library and Museum and Berklee Performing Center in Boston.

Mexican appetizers, entrées, desserts and tequila specials will be served all night long. In classic Beehive spirit there will be plenty of surprises and there is never a cover charge. Reservations are highly recommended by calling 617-423-0069. Sombreros welcome!

2) Since 1956, Bob’s Clam Hut has served fresh, award-winning seafood in a classic atmosphere. The iconic roadside stand is celebrating 60 years of elevating the clam shack experience in Kittery, Maine, with a festive special, a good old fashioned “Clam Suppah,” and new ice cream options.

The celebrations begin on May 1 when guests can get their fill of food and fun with a clam roll plus a 60th Anniversary tote bag. To commemorate the year that Bob’s began in a then-vacant backyard on Route 1, the clam roll & tote bag will be priced at $19.56. Available until September 1, Bob’s fans can celebrate all summer long.

The “Maine” event takes place on Thursday, June 9, when Bob’s fans are invited to the lawn at the Kittery Trading Post (adjacent to Bob’s) to celebrate the clam hut’s milestone year at Bob’s 60th Anniversary Clam Suppah. Bob’s favorites will be served alongside creative clam dishes prepared by notable guest chefs throughout New England. Wash down the fare with beer from neighboring Tributary Brewing Company and Smuttynose Brewing Company while enjoying live jazz, blues and swing music from The Seasmoke Trio and ice sculpting by Subzero Ice Carvings’ Jay Bluck.

Tickets for the tented event range from $20 for kids to $35 for adults and can be purchased by stopping by Bob’s Clam Hut or visiting

To make an extra special sweet summer memory, order one of Bob’s new Rococo Artisan Ice Cream flavors. Beginning April 18, enjoy kicked up classics like Salty Sweet Cream, Dark Chocolate, Maine Whoopie Pie, Goat Cheese Blackberry Chambord and Chocolate Coconut Cream as well as various rotating seasonal flavors. Guests can order one scoop for just $3.95, $4.95 for two or $5.95 for three.

3) I was surprised to learn that Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar has a list of about 130 whiskies. That fact is not listed on their website but definitely should become more well known.

Now, Rosebud is inviting whiskey lovers to join their new whiskey club and celebrate its launch on April 29 at an event featuring rare Kentucky Bourbon. On Friday, April 29 at 4 p.m., Rosebud American Kitchen and Bar will host a special whiskey tasting event to celebrate the launch of its very own whiskey club. For $110 per ticket, guests will have the rare opportunity to taste rare Kentucky bourbon. Al Rand of Buffalo Trace will lead the tasting and Chef John Delpha will provide guests with bites complementing the whiskey varietals.

In addition to the ticketed whiskey club launch event, all Rosebud guests will be able to celebrate the club’s launch by ordering special menu additions from 11:30 a.m. to close on the 29th including Chocolate Bourbon Pecan Pie and whiskey flights.

With approximately 130 whiskeys on the menu currently, Rosebud’s whiskey club members will receive incentives as certain “whiskey milestones” are reached. Once members have tried 25 different whiskey, they will receive an engraved Glencairn glass and a whiskey book, "The Art of Whiskey Making"; at 50 whiskeys, members will receive a four-course dinner for two at Rosebud with whiskey pairings, and at 100 whiskeys, members will receive round-trip airfare to Louisville, Kentucky! A free app, searchable by entering Rosebud Kitchen and Bar in the app store, will allow members to track the whiskeys they have tried.

A limited amount of tickets are available for $95 each and can be reserved by calling 617-629-9500.

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