Thursday, June 3, 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 and drink events. I hope everyone dines out safely and tips well. 

1) On Sunday, August 15, Encore Boston Harbor and Northshore Magazine will partner for a Taste of Encore Summer Soiree on the South Lawn. This food and wine festival-style event will showcase Encore’s culinary collection featuring dishes from the resort’s dining concepts along with paired beer, wine and specialty cocktails from Martignetti Companies. DJ Chris Roxx will provide music and entertainment - all set within the beautiful backdrop of Encore Boston Harbor’s lush gardens and Harborwalk. 
Restaurant station menu items will include braised short rib and shrimp ceviche from Rare Steakhouse paired with California based wines from Foley Family Wines; peaky toe crab with pomelo and coconut salad and Shanghainese black truffle and pork buns from Red 8 paired with a Mount Gay Tiki cocktail experience and Riesling wine tasting; salsa verde chicken chilaquiles and asparagus vichyssoise from Garden Café paired with a Rosé experience. Additional participating venues will include Cheese Meet Wine, Night Shift Brewing Kitchen & Tap, Encore Boston Harbor catering and banquets, Fratelli and Mystique, all matched with Martignetti beverage samplings. 

The event will take place from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. VIP general admission tickets are $95. Ticket price does not include service fees. For more information, or to buy a ticket, please visit 

This event is open to all ages however guests must be 21 years of age or older to purchase or consume alcohol. Wristbands to be issued for patrons 21+. 

2) Join Davio’s Seaport on Thursday, June 17th, at 6:30pm for a fun Tequila tasting experience just in time to kick off the summer season. The Davio’s Culinary Team will prepare a four-course dinner paired with small--batch tequila from Cincoro

Bluefin Tuna, Hearts of Palm, Avocado, Aji Amarillo, Lime Citrus
Cincoro Tequila Blanco
Spaghetti, Lump Crab, Red Jalapeño, Asparagus, Lemon Butter
Cincoro Tequila Reposado
Carne del Giorno
Sous Vide Prime 55 Day Strip Steak, Spicy Corn, Cactus Leaf Salad, Tequila Gastrique
Cincoro Tequila Anejo
Warm Butter Cake, Mint Gelato, Cinnamon Anglaise
Cincoro Tequila Extra Anejo

This event costs $195 per person (excluding tax and gratuity). Tickets can be purchased online via link:

3) D’Artagnan Foods, an expert in sustainable proteins and the purveyor to chefs across the nation for the last 35+ years, has taken a dive into the waters of sustainable seafood. This expansion is in direct response to consumer’s growing culinary sophistication and interest in responsibly sourced proteins being conveniently delivered to their homes.

During the early months of the pandemic we partnered with a local fish purveyor to both support their business and provide our customers the convenience of home delivery on a range of grocery items. Seafood was so popular we wanted to make it a permanent addition to our offerings, specifically for our website customers,” said Andy Wertheim, President of D’Artagnan.

D'Artagnan is committed to working with conscientious farmers, ranchers and fishers who respect the environment and the ecosystems that support animal life, on the earth and the seas. That’s why all D'Artagnan seafood is certified sustainable, fair trade, or organic by gold-standard international watch groups.

Because of our name and reputation, we were able to partner with outstanding sources for our fish,” said Ariane Daguin, CEO and Founder of D’Artagnan. “We are proud of the choices we now offer – from jumbo scallops and sockeye salmon to organic shrimp and Chilean sea bass. And now you can get surf and turf ingredients together at dartagnan.comFish is a great choice for summer cooking - it is always a fast and delicious meal. With the rise of keto and emphasis on gluten-free eating, fish fits so many dietary needs today.” 

All are flash-frozen at sea immediately after catch, or soon after on shore to protect the flavor, texture and freshness, and portioned individually for convenience. The selection includes: Organic Black Tiger Shrimp, King Turbot, Norwegian Salmon, Sockeye Salmon, Red Grouper, Mahi Mahi, Ahi Yellowfin Tuna, Jumbo Dry Sea Scallops, Hawaiian Pink Snapper, Chilean Sea Bass, North Atlantic Cod, and Swordfish.

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