Thursday, June 1, 2023

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) Taste of Somerville returns to Assembly Row on June 14. The al fresco event – forced to take a three-year hiatus amidst the pandemic – will continue its 26-year legacy of celebrating Somerville’s dining and beverage scene while supporting community organizations. This year’s beneficiary is the Somerville Education Foundation whose mission is to promote learning opportunities for all Somerville residents. 

Taste of Somerville will take place on Wednesday, June 14, from 5:00-8:00pm outdoors at Assembly Row’s Baxter Riverfront Park, 330 Great River Road, in Somerville. In the event of rain, Taste of Somerville will take place on Thursday, June 15, or secondarily on Wednesday, June 21, from 5-8pm. 

This year’s event will feature more than 50 restaurants spanning Somerville’s eclectic offerings complemented by local spirits, wines, and craft breweries. The participating restaurants include: American Flatbread, Carolicious, Celeste, Civility Social House, Elm Street Taproom, Fat Hen, Five Horses Tavern, FoodDys Kitchen, Foundry on Elm, Fuji at Assembly, Gracie’s Ice Cream, Juicygreens, Juliet, Koshari Mama, La Brasa, La Posada Restaurant, Los Amigos Taqueria, Lucky Strike, Machu Picchu Restaurante Turistico, Mike's Food & Spirits, Neighborhood Restaurant, Olde Magoun's Saloon, Orleans, Premiere on Broadway, Redbones Barbecue, Revival, Ruth's Chris Steakhouse, Saigon Tiger, Saloon, Salt + Stone, Shake Shack, Smoke Shop BBQ, Somerville Chocolate, The Burren, The Grounds Café, The Independent, Tony C’s Sports Bar & Grill, True Grounds, Union Square Donuts and Vera’s.

To wet the whistle, imbibe in sips from Remnant Brewing, Aeronaut Brewing Company, Sav Mor Liquors and Portico Brewing as well as spirits like Charlestown’s Chattermark Distillers and Aperol. Tito’s Handmade Vodka will serve up mixologist-curated specialties at the main event as well as in the “Tito’s VIP Lounge” where Island Creek Oysters will be shucked.

After three long years, we’re so excited to bring people together again for this celebration of Somerville’s dining and nightlife options,” said Jess Willis, Event Chair for Taste of Somerville which is organized by the Somerville Chamber of Commerce’s Dining & Nightlife Group. Added Stephen Mackey, President of the Chamber: “We created this event in 1997 to spotlight Somerville’s diverse food and beverage communities while supporting a local nonprofit. We’re grateful to be a part of the resurgence of large-scale food festivals.

Tickets and VIP experiences, starting at $55 per person, to Taste of Somerville are available now by visiting Ticket Union. Tickets include admission and unlimited food and beverage tastings. This event is open to all ages with special ticket pricing and activities for children.

2) Summer is finally approaching, and Kane’s Donuts has new flavors to celebrate. The month of June is filled with celebrations such as National Donut Day and Pride Month. Kane’s June flavors of the month include Soft Honey Cruller, Chocolate Sprinkle Donut, Zagnut Donut, Gluten Free Donut, Pride Donut and a Strawberry Vegan Donut.

The Soft Honey Cruller is a yeast dough twisted in the shape of a cruller cooked to a light golden color and then drenched in Kane’s Signature Honey Glaze. The Chocolate Sprinkle Donut is an old-fashioned cake-style donut frosted with Kane’s homemade chocolate frosting, then dipped in chocolate sprinkles. The Zagnut Donut is a yeast donut frosted with Teddy peanuts, then dipped in toasted coconut and topped with lines of our homemade chocolate frosting. The Gluten-Free Donut of the month is a Clementine Donut. Clementines are a deep, orange-colored hybrid fruit, a combination of mandarin and sweet orange; the refreshing flavor is unmistakable! Kane’s folds the fruit into their old-fashioned dough and then dipped in their Signature Honey Glaze drizzle with Clementine Icing. 

The Pride Donut, Love is Love, will be featured Friday, June 9 through the 12th. The donut is a yeast ring frosted with a creamy vanilla frosting festively decorated. This month’s Vegan Donut is a Strawberry Donut with a cake-style donut topped with a frosting made with fresh strawberries!

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