Thursday, September 28, 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) Soall Viet Kitchen, an excellent Vietnamese restaurant in Beverly and Marblehead, has some exciting events coming up next month. First, they are offering two Spring Roll Master Classes, where you can "learn the art of creating authentic Vietnamese spring rolls filled with fresh ingredients and bursting with flavors." Classes are scheduled for October 2nd in Beverly and October 16th in Marblehead.  

Soall is also starting a new Sunday tradition, OnlyNoods! Starting October 22nd, you can dine there for an exclusive noodle-centric feast. "Indulge in a delectable variety of noodle dishes, each crafted with their signature flair and vibrant flavors. Whether you're a pho enthusiast, a stir-fry fan, or adore creamy coconut curries, our noodle creations will take your taste buds on a sensational journey." I haven't seen a menu yet for this event but I suspect it will be quite delicious.

2) NECAT is a local culinary school which trains people from challenging backgrounds, from ex-convicts to recovering addicts, from the homeless to the chronically unemployed. NECAT fills an important need for culinary help while helping numerous people achieve a better life. It's such a worthy school, helping to transform lives, and it really touches my heart. It helps individuals while also helping the community, and I continue, year after year, to try to raise awareness of NECAT so that its good work can continue and even expand. It is one of my favorite causes and is well worthy of your continued support.

You can help support NECAT by attending the Best of NECAT, their Tenth Anniversary Celebration on Saturday, October 21, from 3pm-7pm. The Best of NECAT will bring together some of the top culinary talent in the city for a food festival with live entertainment, gourmet food stations, creative cocktails, a bustling food marketplace, and NECAT alumni pop-up shops. In addition, there will be a dumpling cooking demonstration from Chef Irene Li, founder of Mei Mei Dumplings, and a discussion of her new book, Perfectly Good Food. It’s an event not to be missed!

Tickets cost $75 per person, and there will be a Cash Bar. Tickets can be purchased HERE. I've attended a number of their prior events and they have always been fun and delicious. This is also a great cause and I strongly encourage everyone to attend. 

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