Thursday, September 8, 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) This fall's New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show will take place at the Sturbridge Host Hotel in Sturbridge on Sunday, September 11 and Monday, September 12. Admission is complimentary for qualified buyers of wholesale giftware, specialty food or home furnishings.

The New England Made Giftware & Specialty Food Show features unique, locally-made goods from over 100 businesses from Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut. This fall's Show offers specialty gift and gourmet food retailers an entree into the wide world of artisanal merchandise produced in the region, including everything from quality jewelry to stationery to fine chocolate to maple syrup to leather goods to organic beauty products.

"At New England Made, I really like that I don't have to question what country the products are made in. I'm usually meeting the owner of the exhibiting company and get to hear the story and inspiration behind each product," said Joyce Dossett, owner of Templeton country store The Kitchen Garden and a repeat NEM attendee. "This is important to me and my customers."

An online retailer preview book featuring more than a hundred pages of stories and products by New England companies is now available at

Qualified buyers can register for the show at

2) On Wednesday, September 14, with dinner service starting at 5:30pm, Chef de Cuisine Michael Denk of Bar Boulud, Boston will be joined in the kitchen by Chef and restaurateur Daniel Boulud. The pair will collaborate for a one-night only “Après Summer” supper, featuring a final medley of summer ingredients and a seasonal preview of Chef Denk’s plans for the fall.

Celebrating local sourcing and culinary traditions, the menu will include seasonal dishes. Bar Boulud’s sommelier, David Bérubé, will also be suggesting carefully sourced, exquisite wine pairings for each dish. Most importantly, this special dinner will allow guests the unique opportunity to meet both chefs and be amongst the first to experience these newly-penned dishes before they are officially added to the fall menu.

The Après Summer dinner menu will be served as follows:

Moules Poulette (Steamed mussels, Yukon gold potato, celery, carrots, herb velouté)
Salads d’Automne (Mache, grapes, walnuts, mimolette, king trumpet mushrooms, aged balsamic vinaigrette)
Carpaccio de Poulpe (Octopus, picholine olive tapenade, romesco, piquillo peppers)
Cabillaud aux Lentilles (Pan-seared cod, carrot purée, lentils, bacon gastrique)
Gnocchi de Ricotta Provençal (Eggplant, anchovy, capers, roasted tomato sauce)
Canard à la Prune (Duck breast, braised kale, squash, Indonesian peppercorn, plum glaze)
Crémeux à la Banana (Valrhona Caraibe, Cocoa Breton, chai ice cream, flamed banana)
Pomme-Pomme (Poached gala apple, bitter orange cream, green apple sorbet)
Tarte aux Patates Douces (Sweet potato tart, maple-bourbon ice cream, bhttp://www.ticoboston.comrown sugar meringue)

COST: $38 for three-course prix-fixe menu
             Add $30 for sommelier selected wine pairings
Offered in conjunction with Bar Boulud’s signature à la carte menu
To make a reservation, please call 617-535-8800

3)  Chef Leo Asaro of Tico and Chef/Owner Rachel Miller Muzner of Mamaleh's will go head-to-head in Share Our Strength’s breakfast-themed Neighborhood Food Fight. Tico and Mamaleh's are set to face-off in round one of the Share Our Strength’s 4th Annual Food Fight Series on Tuesday, September 27, from 6pm-8pm, at Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant in South Boston. Chef Leo Asaro of Tico and Chef/Owner Rachel Miller Muzner of Mamaleh's will go head-to-head to win the title of "best breakfast."

The "breakfast-off" competition will benefit Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, which aims to eradicate childhood hunger across the nation.

Tickets cost $30 and include the food created by both talented chefs along with passed bites and two complimentary drinks. Tickets can be purchased at:

4) Respected local chocolatier Lee Napoli has been quietly conducting chocolate-making classes for the past several years in a hidden commercial kitchen, just off Dartmouth Street in the South End, at 23 Dartmouth Street (Rear). Her modest location, however, hasn’t stopped her classes from selling out. Word of mouth has been strong and far-reaching.

The Fall/Winter 2016 class schedule is now available online. Enrollment is limited to 10 students per class, and dates fill quickly. Classes are held on alternate Saturdays from 2 to 4 PM and all materials and equipment are provided. The cost is $75 per person, including classroom time plus hands on participation. Best of all, each student goes home with a one pound box of candy they made themselves.

Chocolee Chocolate Classes: September 17, September 24, October 8, October 22, November 5, November 19, December 10, December 17

To sign up, email

5) On Tuesday, September 20, at 6:30pm, Legal Sea Foods in Park Square will host a wine dinner with selections from Gagliardo Barolo. Since 1948, The Gagliardo family has been deeply rooted in the history of cultivating grapes and producing wines in Piemonte, one of the most prestigious wine regions. Situated in northern Italy, the renowned vineyard’s approach is meticulously traditional with a focus on the environment and sustainability.

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

Tuna Pâté, Cornichons
Citrus Arancini, Lemon Aioli
Prosciutto & Chicken Liver Crostini
Gianni Gagliardo Favorita “Fallegro,” IGT Roero, 2014
Bacon-Wrapped Herb Quail (charred broccolini, truffle cauliflower coulis)
Gianni Gagliardo Dolcetto d’Alba “Paulin,” DOC, 2013
Gianni Gagliardo Barbera d’Alba “Madama,” DOC, 2013
Hickory Wood Grilled Pork Chop (mushroom risotto)
Gianni Gagliardo Barolo “GG,” DOCG, 2011
Veal Osso Buco (porcini mushrooms, creamy polenta, gremolata)
Gianni Gagliardo Barolo “Serre,” DOCG, 2011
Parmigiano-Reggiano, Gruyère, Asiago (Italian cured meats, grilled ciabatta)
Gianni Gagliardo Barolo “Preve,” DOCG, 2011

COST: $110 per person (excludes tax & gratuity)
Reservation required by calling 617-530-9397

6) Beginning September 12, Terramia Ristorante in the North End is ridding diners of the “pick one” pasta struggle, with its new Monday Night Pasta Flight. Terramia’s Pasta Flight allows guests to mix and match any three delicious pastas off of its new flight menu for $25 per person.

Terramia’s Pasta Flight will be available every Monday night from 5pm-1pm. Not offered on holidays. Pasta options include:

Rigatoni con Salsiccia
Baked rigatoni with sausage & broccoli rabe, San Marzano tomato & basil sauce & Parmigiano cheese
Spaghetti con Pomodoro
Abruzzi style, spaghetti, San Marzano tomato sauce, basil & Parmigiano cheese
Gnocchi Amatriciana
Potato dumplings, buffalo mozzarella, red onion, basil, smoked pancetta, spicy Collina tomato sauce
Spaghetti alla Carbonara
Spaghetti, smoked pancetta, sweet peas, egg & Parmigiano cream sauce
Pappardelle alla Bolognese
Pappardelle pasta, traditional ground veal, beef and pork meat, tomato ragù, basil & Parmigiano cheese
Chef’s creation of the day

To make a reservation please call 617-523-3112.

7) Coda Restaurant Group, owners Michael Moxley and Jim Cochener, and the Canary Square team invites guests to join them for the New England Patriots’ kick-off game and indulge in an all-you-can eat buffet, drink specials, and much more.

For the Patriots’ first game of the 2016-2017 season, on Sunday, September 11, Canary Square is throwing a delicious viewing party sure to satisfy those game-day munchies. In addition to it’s regular dinner service available until 11 p.m., Canary Square is offering guests an all-you-can-eat buffet for $18 from 6 p.m. until half-time and $10 buckets of High Life Ponies and Corona. Throughout the game, guests can also partake in patio games and a game-day wing challenge- if a guest is able to polish off a serving of Chef’s crazy, spicy wings, they will receive the wings complimentary and a restaurant gift card. The game, of course, will be broadcasted with sound on Canary’s multiple screens.

The all-you-can-eat buffet includes:
“Super Healthy” Taco Salad with red beans, pickled fresnos, grilled chicken, and fresh tortilla chips
Build-Your-Own Nacho Bar: queso dip, refried beans, red beans, jalapeños, salsa, sour cream, olives, scallions, beef chili, and chicken chili
House-Smoked Pork Spare Ribs with barbeque sauce
Hand Breaded Fried Chicken Tenders served with a choice of buffalo, barbeque, honey mustard, Ranch
Cheeseburger Sliders with cheddar, lettuce, tomato, and Canary Sauce
Fried Broccoli and Mac and Cheese Fritters with Ranch
Hand-Cut French Fries

8) Eat Boston is producing two upcoming events this September, including:

Sausage Fest
This Saturday, September 10, from 12pm-5pm, the Sausage Fest is being held at the SoWa Power Station (540 Harrison Ave).  There will be 5 food trucks and 6 craft beer/cideries celebrating sausage. Stoked Pizza will be making multiple options, including Spicy Calabrian Sausage and Peppers, and a veggie offering, while The Chubby Chickpea will be making shawarma spiced lamb sausages. Brewers include Two Roads, Lord Hobo, Coronado, Narragansett, Cidergeist, and Brooklyn Brewery. The event is free to attend, food and beer for sale a la carte, and there are a couple of advanced ticketing options which allow attendees to get additional perks.

Tacos and Tequila - 9/24
On Saturday, September 24, the second Tacos and Tequila will be held at Tavern Road from 2:30pm-5pm. Chef Louie DiBicarri's tacos will be paired with a variety of different tequila options for the attendee to sample. Last year's event had over 50 tequilas, and this one should have about the same. A ticket to this event includes tacos from Louie, and 12 tequila samples. Brands participating include Avion, Chinaco, Mescal Amaras Espadin, and Altos. In keeping with their spirits events, there will be a Tequila 101 class across the street at Drink from 1:15-2:15pm where attendees will learn about the different styles of tequila and have a base of knowledge to use at Tacos and Tequila.
Cost is $45 for event & $75 for class.

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