November is coming in strong with two major food tastings happening in one night. Which means, if you find yourself hungry and bored on Monday, November 12th, you have no one to blame but yourself.
Boston Chef's Ninth Annual, that's right NINTH, Flavors of Fall will be taking over the Regattabar at The Charles Hotel once again for a night filled with food, drinks and fun. Some of your favorite local brewers and chefs from the Cambridge and Somerville area will be on hand serving up seasonally inspired dishes from their fall menus. This year proceeds go to The Possible Project. Click here for details, see who's participating, and to purchase tickets.
Boston's Mandarin Oriental will also be taken over by some of Boston's best yums as Boston Magazine celebrates their November Restaurant issue which recently unveiled the Top 50 Restaurants in Boston. This years third annual Taste event will celebrate the highlighted restaurants success with a dine around featuring the best chefs and mixologists in the area. For additional details, and to purchase tickets, click here.
There is a new beer, or shall I say brewery, that's totally been blowing my mind this fall and I feel the need to share. Jack's Abby, the family owned craft brewery started by three brothers in Framingham, has been killing it. I can't walk into a bar without immediately tuning my tunnel vision towards one of their offerings. The inspiration for their lagers stems from quality ingredients, mindful labor, community involvement, and remarkable beer. Something I think we can all stand behind.
What I'm sipping now? Smoke & Dagger.
Brewed all year round, this mix between a schwarzbier and smoked porter uses a small percentage of traditional Beechwood smoked malt, adding complexity and balancing out the liberal use of chocolate malt. Made from locally grown unmalted barley, it's full bodied, sweet chocolatey goodness if the perfect treat this Halloween... and for all other necessary beer-drinking purposes for that matter.
There has never been a more necessary day for comfort food. Thanks to Sandy I spent all day cooking and somehow this is what I came up with. When it comes to savory bread pudding, you can use pretty much whatever you have on hand for vegetables and cheese. I'm so glad I had blue cheese though! It turned out to be such a nice contrast to apples, leeks and kale. Cinnamon, clove and nutmeg added a nice spice to the mix as well, making this dish also very seasonally appropriate.
Blue Cheese Bread Pudding with Apples, Kale & Leeks
- 1 day old loaf of bread (ciabatta, baguette or rustic italian bread), cubed
- 1 bunch of kale, coarsely chopped
- 3 leeks chopped *make sure they are thoroughly washed*
- 2 apples, thinly sliced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 2 tbsp. butter
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
- 1/2 tsp. ground cloves
- 1/2 tsp nutmeg
- 5 eggs
- 2 3/4 cups whole milk
- 1/2 cup crumbled blue cheese
- 1/4 cup white wine
- olive oil
- salt & pepper
1 - Preheat oven to 400.
3 - Toss kale with a pinch of salt and pepper and 1 tbsp of olive oil. Roast for 10 minutes and set aside. (Keep oven on afterwards.)
3 - In a saute pan melt butter over medium heat. When melted add leeks and garlic. Cook until wilted, about 3-4 minutes. Add apples, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for 2 more minutes, remove from heat and set aside.
4 - In a mixing bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, blue cheese, and white wine.
5 - Add bread, kale, and apple mixture to the mixing bowl and toss everything together.
6 - Pour in 9 x 13 baking dish, or two smaller ones. Cover with foil.
7 - Bake for 20 minutes covered, and another 20 uncovered.
Although it's not the most photogenic dish I've made, bread pudding is always satisfying on a day like today. Baking uncovered gives a nice crunch to the top layer, and the inside is gooey and moist.
Enjoy! And stay safe!
There aren't a lot of things that can get me outside of this city's limits on a weeknight, however great food somehow always seems to do the trick. I recently ventured over to Newton to visit the new Farmstead Table and let's just say the small farm-to-table newbie located across the street from Newton Station is killing it with their fresh menu, inviting ambience and incredibly gracious staff. At the helm of which is Chef Chad Burns, who thoughtfully selects every ingredient they use to create a beautifully rustic and seasonal menu. Check out some of our favorite dishes below and don't wait long to reserve a seat, this hidden gem won't stay hidden for long.
71 Union Street
Tis the season! Well for pumpkins and ghosts and goblins that is. It also appears to be the season of food events; there's so many coming up in the next couple of weeks we can hardly keep track.
Harvest Fest 2012: The Fourth Annual Fall festival and fundraiser is upon us. This celebration of food, local beer and live entertainment supports Somerville Local First, a nonprofit network working to build sustainable local economies. Taking place at the Arts at the Amory, this years Harvest Fest is broken down into two sessions and features yums from some of Somerville's favorite restaurants along with beer tastings from local breweries like Clown Shoes, Rascallion, and Blue Hill Brewery. For a full list of participants, details on live entertainment and to purchase tickets click here.
Saturday, October 27; Session 1: 1-5pm, Session 2: 6-10pm
Tickets: $30/Advance, $35/Door
Great Pumpkin Festival: If you love Pumpkin Ales (and we all know you do) then head over to the Cambridge Brewing Company on October 30th for the CBC Great Pumpkin Festival where they'll be featuring over 30 variations of the seasonal brew. They'll also be serving up Oktoberfest inspired cuisine, and you won't want to miss the ceremonial tapping of The Great Pumpkin which will go down at 10pm. For additional details and to purchase tickets click here.
Saturday, October 27; 1pm - 12:30am
And now, for one event that's really special. We just caught wind of this but the First Lady of the United States is going to be in the great city of Boston soon! The ticket price may break the bank but an opportunity to meet Mrs. Michelle Obama might just be worth it. Throw in some of our favorite local chefs and we might be sold. For additional details and to register for the event click here.
Tuesday, October 30; 3:30pm
Tickets start at $250
Southie's new one stop shop for all things food and drink is Lincoln, the massive new restaurant that recently opened on West Broadway taking over the former Payless space. The thoughtful design of the space makes it an easy choice for a ton of different occasions, it's a convenient and casual, which is great for a quick weekday bite to eat and it also has an upscale back room which is nice for a date night. Not to mention the option of pre or post dinner drinks at the bar, watching a game, and (my personal favorite) enjoying wood-fired pizza late night. Yeah, they have that too.
The above photo shows the front room, with a huge bar on the right with tons of standing room behind it. (Something tells me they're going to need it.) The booth seating on the left is perfect for casual dining.
Designer Erica Farthing of Assembly Boston worked closely with Cafco Construction and Sousa Design Architects to design and achieve the owners' vision of a classic American Tavern. Inspirations were drawn from classic taverns in the 1930s the original tin ceilings and brick walls of the classic building that was once Gorin's Department store were maintained.
The back room has a more upscale bistro vibe, with a stage for live music. It reminds me of Beehive a little bit. The design of the clock above the entryway kind of gives the space an old train station feel.
And then there's the food. The menu runs the gamut from pizza to comfort food to bar snacks. Here we have a preview of the entrees: buttermilk fried chicken, wood grilled salmon, and peppercorn crusted tuna steak.
I haven't been since the opening week, but I've heard that Lincoln is off to a great start with a ton of people in there and even a line sometimes. Looks like this was just the type of place that West Broadway needed.
All photos by Mike Diskin
Fall is the perfect time to take a drive up to the Burlington area of Vermont. It's only four short hours away from Boston, and has an absolutely killer food scene. Every restaurant puts a ton of emphasis on local ingredients, most of which come from the Burlington area, and none of which is more important than the cheese, Vermont's favorite. The ride up is beautiful too, especially this time of year. The highway weaves through huge tree-covered mountains, you will be staring out the window taking pictures the whole drive up.
In my short 36 hour Burlington trip, I managed to fit in a breakfast, lunch, and dinner, and we stayed an adorable inn right outside Burlington. The way we did it, the agenda was so packed with food there wasn't time for much else, although there are tons of events going on the city at any given time. Church St. in Downtown Burlington was packed with people eating and drinking outside, it really puts you in a festive fall mood, and provides to perfect backdrop for the obligatory foliage photos.
Here is my weekend itinerary for anyone looking for a quick one-night getaway to VT:FULL ENTRY
Last Saturday I was walking around at the Roslindale Farmer's Market and tried a sample of Soula's Homemade Salsa for the first time. This local salsa producer from Boxford, MA sells three different varieties: regular, hot and black bean & corn. All three were really tasty, but it was the regular tomato salsa that had me pulling out my wallet and making an impromptu purchase. It had the perfect balance of tomato and spice, and even more perfect to serve on Sunday when some people came over to watch football.
You can find Soula's at a bunch of different local farmer's markets (Lexington, Gloucester, Salem, Newburyport, SOWA Boston, Dewey Square Boston, Roslindale, Andover, Middleton, Peabody) as well as some gourmet food shops around MA, mostly in the North Shore area: Joppa Fine Foods (Newburyport, MA), Main Street Market (Topsfield, MA), Coastal Green Grocer (Ipswich, MA), Christopher’s Table (Ipswich, MA), West Village Provisions (Boxford, MA). If none of these places are convenient you can also order online.
October 4th is National Taco Day and to celebrate The Taco Truck will be giving away 2 tacos for every order over $5! All you have to do is say the secret password: "Feliz Dia del Taco."
Thursday the Taco Truck will be parked at Harrison Ave and East Concord St in the South End for lunch and dinner hours.
About the authors
Michelle Zippelli is a Boston based hedonist who is committed to finding the best food that Boston has to offer. She has lived in Boston for 6 years and works in online marketing. Michelle loves meatballs, live music, exotic cheeses, Mexican food, spur of the moment dance parties, and all things pickled.
Jacki Morisi is a self-proclaimed bon vivant extraordinaire. A Boston native whose waking hours are exclusively focused on travel, music, food, and fare ... emphasis on food and fare. She's a firm believer that just because you're living on a young professional's budget doesn't mean you have to sacrifice taste, and carries this mantra into each and every dining endeavor.