Thursday, December 9, 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, tips well and are nice to their servers.
1) Prezza, one of my favorite Italian restaurants in the North End, celebrates the ‘Feast of the Seven Fishes’ all month long with their December specials, honoring the age-old Italian tradition. Available a la cart, Prezza’s December specials menu, available through Friday, December 24, features seven seafood options allowing customers to do a full feast with all seven or pick and choose their favorites.

The ‘Feast of the Seven Fishes’ menu includes:
Fried Smelts with Lemon Caper Aioli
Scallop Crudo with Blood Orange, Fennel, Citrus Vinaigrette & Calabrian Chiles
Fried Oysters with Cherry Pepper Aioli
White Anchovy Crostini with Garlic, Wine, Cherry Tomatoes & Olive Tapenade
Grilled Octopus Salad with Potatoes, Celery & Black Olives
Shrimp Scampi Flatbread
Linguine White Clam with Littleneck Clams, Garlic, White Wine, Parsley & Lemon

2) The Boston Harbor Hotel is modernizing a celebrated tradition of presenting seasonal events with the return of its annual Boston Wine Festival, which will now be known as the Boston Wine & Food Festival®. Entering its 33rd season, the nation’s longest-running wine and food festival will be led by newly appointed Boston Harbor Hotel Executive Chef, David Daniels, and longtime industry expert, Nancy Bean, Executive Director of WISE UP Events.

With the new name brings new programming and unique events, along with the classic all-star lineup of intimate winemaker and vintner-hosted dinners, seminars, and regional tastings. This year’s programming also includes a weekend complete with a cocktail reception, wine dinner, and brunch.

The Boston Harbor Hotel has always been synonymous with fine wine. We realize that after over three decades and new culinary leadership, it is time to enhance the Wine Festival and that starts with the name change to the Boston Wine and Food Festival,” says Boston Harbor Hotel General Manager Stephen Johnston. “This year we will bring some new and exciting events and programming to the three-month long festival, courtesy of the hotel’s new Executive Chef, David Daniels and respected wine veteran, Nancy Bean.”

Some of the events include Château La Nerthe Dinner, James Bond’s Bordeaux Dinner, Wine & Theatre with Laura Catena, Battle of the Cabs!, Judgement of Paris, and more.

Events will run on the waterfront destination from January through March, kicking off with the opening weekend on January 21, 2022. Tickets to select events for this year’s festival are available HERE. Additional programming will be available on December 15, 2021.

3) To celebrate the new year, Chef Michael Serpa, Executive Chef Reggie Da Silva, and the Grand Tour team invite guests to join them for its new weekend Brunch service. Kicking off on New Year’s Day, the Parisian-inspired bistro, will serve a brunch menu in addition to its regularly available menu from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. every Saturday and Sunday. Grand Tour’s brunch will feature classic French dishes like croque madame, caviar-topped omelets, and more. 

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