Thursday, December 15, 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) The Feast of the Seven Fishes, known as La Festa dei Sette Pesci, is a deeply rooted Italian Christmas Eve tradition, originating in Southern Italy and honoring the vigil prior to a religious holiday when no meat was served. Join Davio’s Boston on Saturday, December 24, from 5pm-11pm, to celebrate the Feast of Seven Fishes with good food and great company.

The four-course prix-fixe menu, prepared by Executive Chef Eric Swartz, will feature unique and delectable seafood courses in addition to the à la carte menu.

Artisan Lettuces, Chilled Octopus, Scallops, Crabmeat, Marble Potatoes, Frisée, Champagne Vinaigrette
Squid Ink Spaghetti, Baby Clams, Calamari, San Marzano Tomatoes, Oregano
Swordfish Roulade, Shrimp, Escarole, Mascarpone, Roasted Potatoes, Lemon Caper Butter
Chocolate Caramel Tart, Toasted Cashew Gelato, Sour Cherry Compote

COST: The prix-fixe menu is $65 per guest (excluding tax & gratuity).
Reservations are recommended by calling 617-357-4810.

2) Davio’s Lynnfield will also be celebrating the Feast of the Seven Fishes, on Saturday, December 24, from 5pm-10pm. The four-course prix-fixe menu, prepared by Executive Chef Danny Levesque, will feature unique and delectable seafood courses in addition to the à la carte menu. Reservations are recommended by calling 781.944.4810.

Artisan Lettuces, Warm Octopus, Marble Potatoes, Olives, Cherry Tomatoes, Sherry Vinaigrette
Fritto Misto, Shrimp, Scallops, Oysters, Calamari, Lemon Aioli
Crab Stuffed Lemon Sole, Leeks, Baby Carrots, Zucchini, Roasted Tomato Butter
Pear Crostata, Vanilla Bean Gelato, Chai Spiced Caramel, Spun Sugar

COST: The prix-fixe menu is $65 per guest (excluding tax & gratuity).
Reservations are recommended by calling 781-944-4810.

3) Chefs from Puritan & Company, the Blue Room/Belly Wine Bar, Commonwealth, Craigie on Main, Little Donkey and BISq invite guests to a holiday reception benefitting the East Cambridge Fire Victims.

On Sunday, December 18, from 6pm-9pm, at Puritan & Company in Inman Square, these area restaurants will join together to host a ticketed holiday event to help the Cambridge neighbors who were affected by the devastating December 3rd fire that overtook the East Cambridge neighborhood. Chefs will join together to host a dine around reception that includes food and drinks for a ticketed price of $100 with all proceeds directly going to the Cambridge Mayor’s Fire Relief Fund.

Tickets can be purchased by logging onto Eventbrite here.

4) Every restaurant in the Boston Urban Hospitality family—DeuxaveBoston Chops and dBar —will be offering special New Year’s Eve menus to help make the last night of the year the most memorable one yet. Whether you’re looking for a multi-course blowout with osetra caviar or a late-night dance party until 2am, Boston Urban Hospitality has options to satisfy everyone.

Deuxave (4 courses; $150 + $75 for wine pairings) will feature an extravagant, four-course menu for those looking for a respite from the typical New Year’s Eve happenings. Deuxave’s celebratory affair will include supplemental Israeli Golden osetra caviar and white truffles from Alba; a look at the starts finds a Wagyu steak tartare with forbidden rice chips, papaya salad and crispy shallots; diners will also enjoy a mid course option including seared Nantucket Bay scallops with maitake mushrooms, brodo, fines herbs, and chili oil; the main course features dishes like a prime beef tenderloin with egg yolk ravioli, celery root puree in the style of chef Joel Robuchon’s famed purée de pomme and bordelaise sauce; and dessert ranges from satsuma sorbet with kaffir lime cream and pistachio crumble to coffee biscuit with cardamom ganache and caramelized vanilla glaze.
Seatings from 4pm to 11pm

Diners at Boston Chops (3 courses; $99) will have the opportunity to start their night with pristine oysters, jumbo shrimp cocktail, ceviche, local snappy lobster or go big with a mix-and-match seafood plateau. (Supplemental costs apply.) The three-course menu begins with refined versions of steakhouse classics: caesar salad, iceberg salad and a beef tartare and carpaccio duo with mushrooms duxelles, pickles and pistachio crackers; the main course options include filet mignon with cheesy croquettes and roasted asparagus and salmon with black trumpet mushroom risotto and swiss chard; the sweeter side of the night features a luscious coconut cake with passion fruit sorbet or a chocolate caramel dulce with chocolate short crust, caramel ice cream, and caramel tuile.
Seating from 4pm to 11pm

dBar (4 courses with a glass of champagne; $79) is your Dorchester destination for a rowdier celebration. Stop by between 5pm and 11pm for the four-course meal with a complimentary glass of champagne or come for the DJ and late-night dancing after you’ve eaten at Deuxave or Boston Chops.
Seating from 5pm to 11pm; DJ from 11pm to 2am

To make reservations, please call: Deuxave at (617) 517-5915, Boston Chops at (617) 227-5011 and dbar at (617) 265-4490.

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