Thursday, February 1, 2024

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. For this edition, I'll be mentioning some spots for Valentine's Day celebrations. I hope everyone dines out safely, tips well and are nice to their servers.
1) Chef Kevin HanQing alongside The Red 8 and Encore Boston Harbor teams invite guests to join them for a special Lunar New Year feast on Saturday, February 10th. Encore Boston Harbor’s signature, authentic Chinese restaurant Red 8, will be offering a prix fixe, Lunar New Year feast from Saturday, February 10th through Saturday, February 24th. 

Available in addition to Red 8’s regular menu, Chef Yuan's multi-course Lunar New Year menu will be available for $148 per person and feature dishes including: 
Roasted duck & pork rib
Seaweed salad
Fish maw & seafood soup
Half garlic steamed lobster
Yi mein noodles with mushroom
Pan-fried sweet nian gao

For more information, or to make a reservation, please visit HERE.

2) On Sunday, February 18th, from Noon to 5pm, Rochambeau presents Brunch, Burlesque, and Beats.  The French fête will treat guest to a brunch spread alongside a live DJ spinning fun beats and captivating burlesque performances by talented burlesque artist, Mistress Manifest. Brunch tickets cost $40 and can be purchased HERE.

3) South Street Diner, one of Boston’s longest running late-night restaurants is hosting an all-day Mardi Gras celebration in honor of “Fat Tuesday” – the last day of the Carnival season. Owner Sol Sidell is recreating that authentic New Orleans feel inside the walls of the late-night restaurant on Tuesday, February 13th from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Come on down and enjoy an all-you-can-eat jambalaya feast for $9.95 along with other Louisiana-style Mardi Gras items including signature Beads & Beignets. You can wash down the southern cuisine with the late-night restaurant’s very own Voodoo Punch for $9 per glass.

The atmosphere will make you feel like you’re right on Bourbon Street. The staff will be handing out Mardi Gras beads and dressed head to toe in traditional Mardi Gras garb. Come join South Street Diner and groove into the night with the New Orleans Zydeco music bumping from the jukebox.

4) Crane River's Cheese Club is ‘Game Day’ ready with their newest prepared food options for your Super Bowl celebrations.  Created by Chef Poe and Chef Guzman, the following signature dishes are packaged for customers’ football delight. 
  • Poe Pizza, a 10-inch cheese pizza featuring a tantalizing blend of extra sauce and extra cheese.
  • Korean Chicken Wings:  Each wing is a harmony of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors, with chile, citrus, sesame & tamari marinated gochujang type oil, and spicy ranch dipping sauce. Crispy on the outside, juicy on the inside. 
  • Wild Boar Meatballs: These meatballs are a twist on a classic favorite with spicy ginger and a cilantro broth. 
  • Crane Rivers Pork Dumplings: with ginger, garlic & cabbage, and house-made sriracha & soy broth. 
5) Join Forcella for a Campania Wine Dinner on Thursday, February 22nd at either 5:00 p.m. or 7:15 p.m. Indulge in a five-course meal with wine pairing to experience a Taste of Italy. The variety of dinner dishes include seafood, steak and pasta all paired with Italian wines to compliment the flavors. 

Polpetti Affogate
(Tomato Braised Baby Octopus, Garlic, Chili, Warm bread)
2021 Fiano Beneventano
Beef Carpaccio (Tenderloin, Roasted Garlic Aioli, Oven Dried Tomatoes, Toasted Hazelnuts)
2020 Cabernet Sauvignon “Rython”
Mushroom Risotto (Roasted Mushrooms, Black Winter Truffle, Grana)
2019 Aglianico del Taburno Riserva “Iovi Tonant”
Pan Roasted Swordfish (Carrot Puree, Black Lentils, Pickled Beet Sauce, Toasted Pistachios)
Sparkling Aglianico “Prestige Rose”
Short Rib (Creamy Potatoes, Broccoli Rabe, Montepulciano Demi)
2019 Aglianico Appasito “Kapnios”

Cost: The Campania Wine Dinner costs $125 per adult. Guests must be at least 21 years old with a proper ID to attend. Reservations must be made online in advance as there is limited seating available. 

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