Thursday, February 4, 2021

Thursday Sips & Nibbles

I'm back again with a new edition of Sips & Nibbles, my regular column where I highlight some interesting, upcoming food & drink events. For now, some of these events will simply be the opening of certain restaurants, generally ones dear to my heart for a variety of reasons. And I hope everyone dines out safely, and tips well.&

1) Tambo 22, the excellent Peruvian restaurant in Chelsea, is reopening for Valentine's Day weekend, from Friday, February 12-Sunday, February 14, from 4:30pm - 9:30pm. It is a ticketed event, a 3 course fixed menu, and special cocktails will be available for an extra charge

Valentine's Day Menu
1st Course
Choice of:
- Anticucho de Carne en la Flecha de Cupido GF Grilled Beef Skewers, Panca Pepper & Cumin Marinade, Sauteed Potato and Choclo, Spicy Uchucuta Sauce
- Causa de Langosta GF Beet and Yellow Potato Causa, Maine Lobster, Aji Amarillo Aioli, Caviaroli
- Ceviche de Tarwi GF/V Andean Lupini Beans, Ceviche Style, Vegetarian Leche de Tigre
2nd Course Choice of:
- Ají de Gallina Slow Cooked Pulled Chicken, Creamy Peruvian Pepper Sauce, Yellow Peruvian Potato, Q’s Botija Olive Roasted Pecans, Choclo White Rice, Perfect Egg
- Salmón con Chancaca y Rocoto Skin on Salmon Filet, Raw Sugar Cane Rocoto Glaze, Yuca Frita, Pickled Cabbage
- Quinoa con Champiñones GF/V Organic Quinoa, Shitake, Oyster, Portobello, & Winter Black Truffle
- Tu Eres Mi Costilla Panca Braised Short Rib with Yellow Peruvian Potato purée 
 Dolci Choice of:
- Torta de Chocolate Fondante Chocolate Soufflé Cake with Warm Manjar Blanco and Strawberries
- Suspiro Limeño GF Silky Custard with Port Meringue

The cost is $70 per person and you can buy tickets here. Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included in ticket price. A 24 hour cancellation notice is also required. The menu is also available for take-out and must be pre-ordered through their website as well.

2) In celebration of Valentine’s Day, Lola 42, a bistro and sushi bar located in the Seaport District, is serving four very indulgent specials starting with an East Coast Oyster appetizer ($28) with uni, pickled daikon and micro greens finished with a Yuzu Mignonette; and a small plate of King Crab ($32) with passion fruit buerre monte’ and Truffle Caviar finished with lime zest and a hearts on fire micros.

Couples may also choose an entrée for two ($250) - a 30oz. Wagyu Tomahawk Ribeye with two 8oz. Maine Lobster Tails topped with a jumbo lump crab béarnaise served with a Twice Baked Black Truffle Sweet Potato. Finally for dessert, a Chocolate Ricotta Cheese Cake ($15) will be served with Bourbon-soaked black cherries topped with a whipped chocolate ganache.

Specials will be available Wednesday, 2/10 - Sunday, 2/14. For reservations, please call 617-951-4002.

3) A Tavola, in Winchester, is offering a special Picnic Basket for Valentine's Day. For $200, you will receive a Three-Course Dinner for Two, a bottle of Wine or Champagne, a Rose for your Valentine, and a Picnic Basket.

The 3-Course Menu includes: (all items are also available a la carte)
First Course: Choice of
--True love is never “foie-gotten” (Foie Gras Torchon puff pastry / blood orange sciroppo / cocoa)
--Bittersweet Love (Chicory and Roasted Pear Salad--endive / frisee / pears / pomegranate)
Second Course: Choice of
--Wrapped up in a Warm Embrace (Prosciutto wrapped cod--citrus olive relish / Calabrian chili / fennel)
--Try a little Tenderness (Barolo Braised Short-Rib--duchess potato / pistachio gremolata)
Third Course:
--I “Lava you” (u-bake Chocolate Lava Cake--with instructions provided) strawberry coulis / "thin mint" crumble 

To purchase this Picnic Basket, please call A Tavola at 781-729-1040

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