Thursday, August 24, 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) On October 13,  from 7pm-9pm, Identità Golose, the international culinary organization highlighting the best of contemporary cuisine, hosts its inaugural dinner in Boston at Eataly Boston’s Terra, featuring acclaimed local and Italian chefs.

Identità Golose, founded in 2004 by Italian food journalist Paolo Marchi, aims to highlight the best of contemporary cuisine and honor the chefs who proudly blend traditional techniques with modern methods. The first Identità Golose Chefs’ Congress was held in Milan in 2005, and many more have been held since, each one showcasing the greatest Italian and international chefs. In 2010, Identità Golose decided to share the talent of Italy’s finest chefs with an American audience and brought the event to Eataly New York, followed by Identità Golose Chicago in 2014. This year Identità Golose expands its US reach to include Identità Golose Boston.

Marchi adds, “The debut in Boston, the most European among American cities, will be a dinner that brings together culinary personalities from the homeland and those located in Boston to highlight the quality of Italian ingredients and demonstrate the pleasure of Italian hospitality.

At the dinner, four celebrated chefs will wow guests with international dishes while discussing this year’s theme “Great Italy at the Table.” The dinner commences with an aperitivo welcoming guests to the restaurant followed by a seated, coursed meal featuring a refreshing seafood starter by Chef Michele Carter, a pasta dish compliments of Chef Caterina Ceraudo, a stuffed pasta dish from Chef Michael Schlow, and a hearty main course by Chef Chris Fischer, ending with a dessert created by Chef Caterina Ceraudo.

Tickets are $150 per person and available on the Eataly website.

2) Executive Chef Matt Drummond, Bar Manager Kaitlyn Fischer, and the crew at Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar continue endless summer with a special Luau-themed Labor Day Brunch on Monday, September 4, from 10am-3pm. Kick back, relax, and embrace the spirit of the islands with live music at this special Labor Day Weekend installment of Loco’s brunch featuring a variety of tropical bites and cocktails to toast to endless summer.

In addition to Executive Chef Matt Drummond’s signature brunch items (Avocado Toast with marble rye, aji Amarillo goat cheese, smoked mahi mahi, avocado; Fried Chicken & Waffles with a jalapeno cornbread waffle and chile maple butter sauce and Breakfast Tacos with carnitas, scrambled cheesy eggs, smoked tomatillo salsa, chile de arbol) guests will be treated to tropical-inspired specials and ceviches.

Those looking for a liquid brunch can sip on signature cocktails from Bar Manager Kaitlyn Fischer including the cult-favorite Coco Margarita and Rum Punch specials like the refreshing Watermelon and Pineapple Punch Bowls served in a hollowed out watermelon to keep the island vibes flowing or sip on the indulgent, newly-debuted Dirty B cocktail made with Myer’s Rum, Rum Chata, Kahlua, freshly muddled bananas, chocolate drizzle.

To make reservations, please call 617-917-LOCO

3) Tony Maws, Chef/Owner, Craigie On Main and The Kirkland Tap and Trotter is thrilled to welcome friend and fellow chef Seamus Mullen to his two kitchens on September 12 and 13. It will be Two Chefs, Two Nights, Two Dinners. Chef Seamus Mullen will be cooking some of the delicious, wholesome recipes featured in his new cookbook, Real Food Heals: Eat to Feel Younger + Stronger Every Day.

Seamus, chef of Tertulia and El Colmado, both in NYC, recently had to confront his own health after a near-death experience brought on by an autoimmune disease he had struggled with for years. This battle has changed the way he cooks and eats both at his restaurants and at home, and he shares more than 125 Paleo inspired recipes in his new book, Real Food Heals.

Seamus is an extraordinary chef” shares Maws. “We can all learn something from his battle and his new outlook. We share many of the same passions, from food to biking to family and searching for balance. I am delighted to welcome him to my kitchen and cook with him. It’s going to be a blast and absolutely delicious. I think we will be surprising people with what we prepare together.

September 12: Dinner With Tony & Seamus at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter
Tony is welcoming Seamus to the kitchen at The Kirkland Tap and Trotter. Seamus and Tony will bring the dishes to the table family style, speak with the guests and share stories. This is an intimate, candid dinner with two seatings of 12, at 6pm and 6:30pm.
Price: $85.00 (Dinner includes an autographed copy of Real Food Heals by Chef Seamus Mullen)
Beverage pairings will be available.
Reservations: Required. Please visit their Eventbrite page:

September 13: Chef Tony Maws Welcomes Chef Seamus Mullen to Craigie On Main: 
Tony will welcome Seamus to his kitchen at Craigie On Main. Tony and Seamus will cook side by side, bringing seasonal ingredients to new heights from the perspective of Real Food Heals. This will be a very special and memorable evening with two chefs creating spectacular dishes that not only are seasonal but good for you too.
Price: $115.00 (Dinner includes an autographed copy of Real Food Heals by Chef Seamus Mullen)
Wine pairings will be available.
Reservations: Required. Please call Craigie On Main, 617-497-5511

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