Thursday, May 12, 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) Chef/Owner Michael Schlow and the Tico Boston team invite guests to join Tico for An Evening of Hope with The Ellie Fund. On Friday, May 19, from 5pm-10pm, Tico will officially launch their patio season in support of the Ellie Fund. The celebratory evening will feature a complementary rosé tasting and hors d'oeuvres from 5:30 pm. to 7 p.m. and an exciting raffle ending at 10 p.m.

Based in Needham, The Ellie Fund works tirelessly to provide essential support services for breast cancer patients to ease the stresses of everyday life, allowing the focus to be on family, recovery and healing. The Ellie Fund provides critical support services including transportation to medical appointments, childcare, housekeeping, groceries and nutritious prepared/delivered meals free of charge helps to relieve patients’ burden while in treatment.

A $20 donation is suggested at the door. For more information or to make a donation for the raffle, please contact

For more information, please call (617) 351-0400

2) Boston Urban Hospitality Co-Owner Brian Piccini and Co-Owner/Chef Chris Coombs invite guests to experience their recently launched Prime Wine & Dine series at Boston Chops. Together with Brix Wine Shop, Boston Chops features a four-course dinner with wine pairings for only $79/person. The dinners are held on the first Monday of every month and the theme will rotate focusing on various regions. Guests can enjoy commentary on the pairings from both Brix and Boston Chops experts, and also have the option to purchase the wine and have it shipped directly to their homes.

The next Prime Wine and Dine installment from Boston Chops and Brix Wine Shop showcases wines of France. On June 6, at 6:30pm, French wine enthusiasts can delight in an exquisite menu paired with a selection of handpicked wine from Carrie and Klaudia, the BRIX chix.

The five-course menu for the evening is as follows:

First Course
Shellfish Plateau of Island Creek Oysters, Shrimp, Clams, & Mussels
Puech Haut Saint Drezery Prestige 2015
Second Course
A Seared Local Scallop, Crispy Pork Belly, Grilled Ramp, Ramp Puree
Claude Riffault Les Boucauds Sancerre 2014
Third Course
Crispy Duck Confit, Fava Beans, Fiddlehead Ferns, Pickled Shallot, Sauce Moutarde
Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils Borgogne 2013
Fourth Course
Whole Roasted Beef Tenderloin in the Style of "Prime Rib," Potato, Asparagus, Béarnaise
Chateau D'Aggassac Haut Medoc 2010
A Selection of Truffles from Our Pastry Chef

Cost: $79 per person, not including tax and gratuity.
Reservations are required, please call 617-227-5011

3) On Tuesday, May 24, at 7pm, Brass Union will host the next event in their “Brass Pair” series – a recurring pairing dinner where the Union Square eatery and lounge joins forces with local brewers, distillers, importers, wine makers and sommeliers – for a night of interactive cuisine and beverage.

At this “Brass Pair” evening, Brass Union will welcome Norwood-based Classic Wine Imports for a savory four-plus-course dinner prepared by executive chef Jonathan Kopacz with accompanying wines hand-selected by Classic Wine Imports sales manager, Stefanie Korman, and Brass Union’s beverage director, Paulo Pereira.

Chef Kopacz and Classic Wine Imports will present the menus as follows:

Avocado Toast with Lardo
Buglioni "Vigliaco" Sparkling Rose
Softshell Crab & Mussels with Old Bay
Cantina Taburno Falanghina
Sole with Meyer Lemon and Sorrel
Saint Michael Eppan Weissburgunder
Rabbit with Asparagus, Ramps and Mushrooms
Paitin Nebbiolo
Lemon Cake with Herb Meringue
Centorri Moscato

COST: $50 per person (excludes tax & gratuity)
Tickets are available via EventBrite:

4) Chef/Owner Michael Schlow and the Doretta Taverna team invite guests to a sultry summer with the launch of Santorini Sundays. Get a taste of Greece and sip in style this summer with Santorini Sundays on the new Doretta patio. Featuring Doretta's new brunch and rosé menus, afternoon fashion shows and DJs spinning chill beats.

The schedule of fashion shows is as follows:
GrettaLuxe 5/15
Converse 5/22
Daniela Corte 6/5
Anne Fontaine 6/12
LA Perla 6/19 (Father's Day)

Santorini Sundays are brought to you by Doretta Taverna, emerging mixed media artist Adrienne Schlow, Miss Fit for Society, Mother Juice, Maggie Inc. and Whispering Angel wine.

WHEN: Every Sunday from noon to 5 pm
For Reservations, please call (617) 422-0008.

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