Thursday, March 9, 2017

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) Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign, Event Chair Andy Husbands, and Boston-area restaurants invite guests to join them in the fight against childhood hunger at upcoming “Cooking Matters Dinner” and “Massachusetts Restaurant Day” dinners. On Monday, March 27th, Andy Husbands will partner with Share Our Strength to raise funds for the organization’s No Kid Hungry campaign at a special, ticketed “Cooking Matters Dinner.” Taking place at Tremont 647, the event will include a 6 p.m. cocktail reception followed by a multi-course seated dinner with wine pairings at 7 p.m. All proceeds will benefit the No Kid Hungry campaign.

Multiple ticket levels are available including:
Individual ($150 | includes: ticket to event, tax deductible amount of $50)
Summer Meals Supporter ($1,000 | includes: four individual tickets to event, recognition on website, tax deductible amount of $600)
After School Meals Friend ($2,500 | table for 6 at event; recognition on website and email invitation; tax deductible amount of $1,900)
School Breakfast Champion ($5,000 | preferred placement table for ten at event; group photo opportunity with Chef Andy Husbands; recognition on website, email invitation, and in remarks of host committee; tax deductible amount of $4,000)

Tickets are required as space is limited. All attendees must be 21 years of age or older. Tickets can be purchased at:

On the same night, March 27, Share Our Strength will also partner with eight Massachusetts Restaurant Association restaurants to participate in “Massachusetts Restaurant Day,” serving prix fixe dinners to benefit No Kid Hungry. Each participating restaurant will offer guests a special multi-course meal with all proceeds benefiting Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign’s work to end childhood hunger in MA.

Participating restaurants include: 111 Chop House, Bucatino, Cobblestones of Lowell, Davios Northern Italian Steakhouse at Patriot Place, East Bay Grille, Hotel Northampton, and Turner’s Seafood.

Tickets for the individual dinners will be available for purchase at

2) On Monday, March 13, from 6pm-8pm, Bastille Kitchen, an intimate Parisian bistro nestled in the heart of the city’s Fort Point neighborhood, invites cocktail enthusiasts to join spirits expert Victoria Bizzozero for a night of “Charcuterie & Cocktails” in Chalet Lounge from 6pm to 8pm.

Guests in attendance will learn how to make specialties like a Bulleit Rye Old Fashioned, as well as a twist on a classic Don Julio Margarita, as they nosh on light bites prepared by the restaurant’s talented culinary team. Designed for those seeking to sharpen their DIY cocktail making skills, Bastille Kitchen’s “Charcuterie & Cocktails” event is guaranteed to leave attendees with the ability to impress guests with their newfound mixing “expertise” at their next gathering. For those needing a not so subtle step-by-step refresh, recipes for the Bulleit Rye Old Fashioned and Don Julio Margarita will be provided to take home.

COST: $40 per person (includes demonstration, seasonal cocktails and light snacks)
For tickets, please visit or call 617-556-8000.
$5 Validated parking at 10 Necco Street (located directly behind Bastille Kitchen)

3) The Capo Restaurant Team is excited to debut the brand new downstairs supper club, introducing a new way for Bostonians to enjoy a night out with dinner, live music, and dancing all under one roof. Capo Restaurant welcomes guests to the newly debuted Supper Club at Capo, where guests can enjoy live music and dancing the new 4,000 square foot downstairs space. The new space completes Capo’s vision of being a modern supper club where live music and dancing can be part of a fun night out. Guests will be treated to nostalgic décor (think your grandmother’s basement with wood paneling and thematic 70’s design elements) in the new lounge. In addition to an expansive bar, the Supper Club at Capo features a large stage outfitted with the latest technology and state-of-the-art sound and lighting systems, featuring a rotating lineup of live music Thursday, Friday, and Saturday evenings.

Supper Club at Capo guests can enjoy cocktail creations from Beverage Director Kevin Mabry, who offers a variety of Capo’s signature cocktails including the Don Corleone (Don Julio blanco, Pierre Ferrand Dry Curacao, blood orange, lime), Capo Old Fashion (on tap), and the famous Capo Espresso Martini (Titos vodka, housemade cold brew coffee, Galliano Ristretto, cacao, cream).

Doors open to the Supper Club Thursday – Saturday at 7pm, with live music on stage from 8pm – 11pm, followed by a DJ 11pm until close. Early dinner reservations are highly suggested for entry to the lounge. Admission is not guaranteed.

Thursday, March 9
Conscious Reggae
Errol Strength and the Conscious Reggae Band incorporate classic and modern sounds of the Reggae tradition.
Friday, March 10
Alex MacDougall Band
Singer and songwriter Alex MacDougall has been performing around Boston since the 1990s. Alex has earned a reputation of having a chameleon-like vocal ability, his most notable being that of Frank Sinatra.
Saturday, March 11
Felix Brown Brand
Felix Brand Band is a collaboration of seven creative minds fusing rock, blues, R&B, jazz and frunk.
Thursday, March 16
Friday, March 17
Alex MacDougall Band
Singer and songwriter Alex MacDougall has been performing around Boston since the 1990s. Alex has earned a reputation of having a chameleon-like vocal ability, his most notable being that of Frank Sinatra.
Saturday, March 18
The Classic Yellow
Lead by Lead Singer/Guitarist Steve Memmolo, this funky, eclectic party band specializes in everything from Pop to Hip hop, Funk to Jazz, and everything in between.

Early dinner reservation (5pm – 6pm) at Capo Restaurant are recommended for guests who are interested in experiencing the Supper Club at Capo. Please note that you’d like to go to the Supper Club after dinner while making your reservation. Private lounge seating is available for parties and reservations. For additional information and pricing please call 617-993-8080.

4)  The Hawthorne will be hosting New York Times journalist and author Robert Simonson on Monday, March 20th from 5pm-9pm to celebrate the launch of Simonson’s latest book, “A Proper Drink”. In the book, Simonson retraces the birth and development of the contemporary craft cocktail movement and interviews more than 200 key players in the industry, including The Hawthorne’s Jackson Cannon.

The event is free and open to the public – guests will be able to purchase craft cocktails from The Hawthorne, meet Robert Simonson and buy a signed copy of his latest work.

5) Rowes Wharf Bar, located inside the iconic Boston Harbor Hotel, invites guests to kick off their St. Patrick’s Day celebrations with a special Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey Dinner presented by Chef Daniel Bruce. On Tuesday, March 14, at 6:30pm, guests will enjoy a variety of whiskeys from Tullamore D.E.W., the original triple distilled and triple blended whisky, known around the world for its smooth and gentle complexity. Chef Daniel Bruce’s three course dinner has been designed to complement the whiskeys and bring their unique flavors to the forefront.

The full menu for the Tullamore D.E.W. Irish Whiskey Dinner is as follows:
Irish Mule
Finnan Haddie Soup Sip
Duck Prosciutto on Toasted Irish Soda Bread
Minted Brown Sugar Glazed Grilled Lamb Chops
First Course
Tullamore D.E.W. 12 YR
Salt Cured Char Seared Irish Salmon (Dried Fruit, Wild Rice, Spinach Purée)
Second Course
Tullamore D.E.W. 14 YR
Smokey Irish Whiskey Braised Corned Beef (Whipped Potatoes and Braised Cabbage)
Third Course
Tullamore Phoenix Irish Coffee
Warm Spice Cake (Irish Coffee Ice Cream, Candied Hazelnuts)

Cost: $85 per person
Reservations are required in advanced and available on Eventbrite.

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