Thursday, September 28, 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) National Taco Day is October 4 and to celebrate, Margaritas Mexican Restaurants restaurants will once again offer the Taco Gigante Challenge throughout the month of October. The Taco Gigante ($12.99) is a mammoth, 12-inch, 2 pound Taco filled to the brim with lettuce, refried beans, rice, ground beef, chicken, carnitas, cheese, salsa fresca, bacon, queso, hacienda sauce, picante sauce, crema and pickled jalapeños.

Throughout October, if you can finish the entire 2-pound Taco Gigante you will get a spot up on Margaritas Wall of Fame and bragging rights. In addition, on National Taco Day itself, guests who order the Taco Gigante receive a voucher for one Taco Gigante to either conquer the Taco Gigante Challenge for a second time or dare a friend to take on the challenge at their next visit.

These specials will take place in Margaritas Mexican Restaurants in Lexington, Medford, Revere and Waltham.

2) il Molo, located alongside the Boston waterfront in the North End, is serving up $1 oysters on the half shell from 4PM to 6PM, Monday through Fridays. il Molo’s Executive Chef Pino Maffeo focuses on offering the freshest seafood in the city and something on the menu for everyone; oyster offerings include both sweet, crisp oysters from the east as well as plump, subtle oysters from the west, paired with made-in-house mignonette and cocktail sauce. . With this new dining deal, il Molo’s premium quality half shells are available for oyster-lovers on a budget; so, shuck and slurp your heart out without breaking the bank.

3) The SRV team and guest chef Cassie Piuma of Sarma invite guests to join them for complimentary cicchetti party on Wednesday, October 11, from 9pm-11pm. SRV will be hosting its first-ever cicchetti takeover with guest chef Cassie Piuma and guests will be treated to complimentary cicchetti (or Italian small bites) in SRV’s bar and bacaro area.

Reservations are not required. Featured cicchetti will not be available in main dining room. For more information, please contact (617) 536-9500.

4) On Tuesday, October 24th, at 6pm, A&B Burgers will present a four course, Marchesi Antinori Wine Dinner. Antinori Brand Ambassador, Marco Deary, will showcase his top labels alongside Chef Matthew DiBiccari's Italian cuisine. Matt came to A&B from Michael Schlow's Italian restaurant, Altastrada. Chef Matt will transform A&B's kitchen for one night only, into an authentic Tuscan kitchen.

The Menu is as follows:
First Course
Porchetta (Watercress fennel salad, truffle, lemon, shaved Grana Padano)
Wine Pairing
2016 Antinori, Bramito, Chardonnay, Umbria
Second Course
Hand cut Pappardelle with Rabbit (Pancetta, rosemary)
Wine Pairing
2015 Antinori, Guado al Tasso, Il Bruciato, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, & Syrah, Bolgheri
Third Course
Braised Beef Short Ribs (Tomato, fennel, creamy polenta)
Wine Pairing
2014 Antinori, Tignanello IGT, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Tuscany, Italy
Fourth Course
Ice cream with Biscotti (Almond, apricot, honey)
2010 Antinori, Santa Cristina Vin Santo della Trebbiano and Malvasia

Cost: $95/per person (which includes tax & 18% gratuity)
Tickets must be purchased on Eventbrite
This event is 21+. IDs will be checked at door
Additional beer, wine, soda, and food is available for purchase at the restaurant

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