Events

2014 Winter Olympics at the BCAE

2014 Winter Olympics Logo

2014 Winter Olympics Logo

Doesn’t it feel like we just watched the 2012 Summer Olympics in London? Doesn’t it feel like just a few months ago the Spice Girls were reunited for a few songs and that gymnast girl was unimpressed with her silver medal? Has it really been almost two years? Apparently.

Strangely enough, I can barely remember the last Winter Olympics in 2010…Apparently it was in Vancouver? I do remember one from 1998, though, where young figure skaters Tara Lipinski and Michelle Kwan were competing for the gold.

Back to the present, though.  This winter the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) is offering Boston’s only up-close and personal look at the Winter Olympics. In celebration of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, the BCAE is bringing together a group of renowned experts including a former Olympian for a series of unique classes designed to provide in-depth knowledge on the Winter Olympics and its competitions including bobsledding, figure skating, skiing, snowboarding and curling.

The BCAE will turn into Boston’s own Olympic village during the last two weeks of January. The series kicked off on January 22nd, 2014 with Skiing and Snowboarding led by Tom Meyers of Wachusett Mountain. Meyers and his expert staff will gave students an insider’s look at the Olympic sports including what to wear, proper form, what to look for while watching the competitions on TV, as well as the different types of skis and snowboards used in various competitions during this two hour class. On Thursday, January 23rd and January 30th, 2014 Anne Stacy will lead Figure Skating. Stacy, an esteemed figure skating coach, will guide students through the technique, pageantry and beauty of this beloved Olympic sport.  The two-part course will teach students everything they need to know about what it takes to become an Olympic skater including the amount of preparation that goes into a four minute routine, training, the history of the sport, an explanation of the esoteric scoring system, and a demonstration session where students will learn how to do lutz and axel jumps in the BCAE’s spacious ballroom.

On Monday, January 27th, 2014 the BCAE will give students a rare look at curling, one of the most intriguing Winter Olympic sports. Broomstones Curling Club will lead a hands-on Curlingclass, demonstrating the methods behind the madness of this unique winter event. Students will learn the rules, regulations and strategy of the sport, and participants will be given the opportunity to test out their skills with a specially-made curling stone created for dry land demonstrations. On Tuesday, January 28th, 2014 two-time Olympian Peter Donohue will lead a rare discussion onBobsledding and what it takes to be an Olympic athlete. After a career as a world-class sprinter in Ireland, Donohoe turned his sites towards bobsledding and qualified for the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics, representing Ireland. This lecture will include notes on Peter’s career, a video demonstration, equipment samples, and a question and answer session about both bobsledding and his career.

For those looking for a cultural taste of Sochi, the BCAE will host aVodka Tasting (chosen as a staff pick!) led by expert Randall Bird onThursday, January 23rd This class will cover production, labeling standards, understanding Vodka bottles, and will of course include a tasting of many Vodkas. Finally, on Saturday, January 25th the BCAE’s Dustin Todd Rennells will present Sochi Succulents: Russian Eating Olympics, a crash-course on preparing Russian cuisine such as blintzes and borscht. These classes are perfect inspiration for Winter Olympic game parties and preparation.

WHEN:            Skiing and Snowboarding: Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014; 6:00PM to 8:00PM; 1 session. $40 / $34 members

Figure Skating: Thursday, January 23rd and January 30th, 2014; 6:30PM to 8:30PM; 2 sessions. $60 / $51 members

Vodka Tasting: Thursday, January 23rd, 2014; 6:30PM to 8:30PM; 1 session. Staff pick pricing: $36 / $31 members, materials $15 (regularly $45/$38 members)

Sochi Succulents: Russian Eating Olympics: Saturday, January 25th, 2014; 2:30PM to 5:30PM; 1 session. $55 / $47 members, materials $18

Curling: Monday, January 27th, 2014; 6:30PM to 8:30PM; 1 session. $40 / $34 members

Bobsledding: Tuesday, January 28th, 2014; 6:00PM to 8:00PM; 1 session. $40 / $34 members

WHERE:          Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington Street, Boston, MA, 02116

RSVP:             To register visit www.bcae.org or call the Boston Center for Adult Education at 617-267-4430

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Tis the Season…For some fun holiday events in Boston

Pretty lights in Faneuil Hall, Boston

Pretty lights in Faneuil Hall, Boston

With snow starting to pile up, lights twinkling throughout the city, and temperatures dropping, the holidays are on everyone’s minds. From tree lightings, to concerts, to parties with family and friends, to work events, to sports games, the list of activities in and around the city at this time of year are endless.

Here are a select few food and wine events that sounded fun to me. Enjoy!

  • Boston Center for Adult Education Classes on Winter’s Best Brews: This season the Boston Center for Adult Education (BCAE) is offering Bostonians a chance to boost their beer knowledge with an all-new “Winter Brews” Series. This three class series led by the Belmont’s Craft Beer Cellar staff and Ben Bouton of Urban Grape’s Urban Hops Program gives participants a chance to sample some of the best winter beverages.  The third and final class in the series is this upcoming Monday: What’s A Craft Beer? Intrigued by IPA? Curious about Kolsch? Join Urban Grape’s resident beer expert Ben Bouton for a class on craft beer basics! Ben will explain the differences between mass and craft production, and divulge the details of several popular beer varieties. The best part? You’ll learn by tasting! Monday, December 16th, 2013; 6:30PM to 8:00PM, $45/$38 Members, Materials $15
  • The Beehive’s Very Merry Performance: Can you hear it? The holiday season is in full swing and The Beehive is hosting a Christmas concert featuring local Christmas repertoire specialist Bailey Cunningham and team on Tuesday, December 17th, 2013. From 8:00PM to 12:00AM guests can enjoy the beautiful sounds of their favorite holiday melodies while enjoying delicious food and drink throughout the evening.In the kitchen, chef Marc Orfaly will serve delicious dishes from The Beehive’s dinner menu such as braised pork osso buco with sweet & sour cabbage and German potato salad ($24), exotic mushroom lasagne with spinach & pomodoro sauce ($22), duck au poivre with kimchee fried rice & apricot chutney ($27) and seafood fra diavolo with lobster, shrimp, whitefish, artichoke and linguine ($29). The Beehive’s bar team will also be serving their highly acclaimed cocktails such as the seasonal cranberry winter mojito made with gosling’s black rum, drunken cranberries, fresh mint and lime ($12.50), and the arroyo made with silver tequila, illegal mezcal joven, agave nectar, black balsam currant and lime juice ($13) all evening long! For dinner reservations or for more information please call 617.423.0069 or visit www.beehiveboston.comNo cover charge, cash bar, reservations recommended.
  • MET Back Bay’s Boston Hot Chocolate Experience: It’s time to add another must-try item to the Boston sweets scene. Met Back Bay, located at 279 Dartmouth Street in Boston, MA, has launched the “Boston Hot Chocolate Experience” featuring Taza Chocolate just in time for the holiday season! Presented in a flight of four miniature glasses for $14.00, they offer four distinct flavors for chocolate lovers including: Classic Hot Chocolate  – featuring Taza Vanilla Chocolate, whipped cream and mini toasted marshmallows, Mexican Hot Chocolate – with Taza Cinnamon Chocolate, whipped cream, a cinnamon stick and grated Taza Guajillo Chili Chocolate, Salted Almond Hot Chocolate  – with Taza Salted Almond Chocolate, whipped cream and an almond biscotti and finally, Peppermint Hot Chocolate – featuring Taza Cacao Puro Chocolate, peppermint, whipped cream & candy cane.  Each flavor can be upgraded to an “adult version” with additions like, Bailey’s White Chocolate, XO Patron, Amaretto and White Crème de Menthe.
  • Beat Hôtel’s Holiday Lunch to Last Minute Harvard Square Shoppers On Christmas Eve: Stressing about last minute Christmas errands? Take the edge off on Christmas Eve and join Beat Hôtel on Tuesday, December 24th, 2013 from 11:00AM to 6:00PM for a special holiday lunch in charming, bustling Harvard Square. Perfect for both last minute shoppers grabbing a quick bite as well as those looking for an extended celebration with friends and co-workers alike, guests can take a break and relax withdelicious lunch fare, unique, high-quality wine & traditional glögg, and a live holiday performance before heading off to their evening festivities. Executive chef Rebecca Newell will be serving Beat Hôtel’s newly launched lunch menu including a variety of sandwiches, a selection of mains including the wedge salad with grilled skirt steak and blue cheese vinaigrette ($19), quiche with spinach, cauliflower, leeks, frites and salad ($14) as well  as Beat’s signature earth bowl.Rushing around and in need of a quick booze re-boot? Swing by one of Beat’s two bars and relax with a glass of glögg, a traditional and festive blend of dry red wine, dark rum, cinnamon sticks, cardamom seedpods, whole cloves, dark raisins and almonds ($5 per glass), or a glass (or two!) of one of Beat Hôtel’s small-crafted, high-quality wines on tap. For lunch reservations call Beat Hôtel at 617-499-0001. For full menu visit BeatHotel.com.

Merry Christmas, Happy New Year, Happy Holidays. Enjoy the rest of the holiday season!

Goodbye for now…I’ll try to stay drama-free until after 1.2.14…..Adios. #silverliningsmarketing

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The Ultimate Tailgate Party (football, food & charity)

It’s that time of year again.  The leaves are changing, temperatures are dropping, and sports and drinking are taking over our televisions and our lives once again.  I’ve never been a huge sports fan, but while working at Sports Depot during and after college, I gained an appreciation of the food, fun, and friends that surround football Sundays, college games on Saturdays, and daily Red Sox playoff games. Beer, buffalo wings, sports. The perfect Sunday.

Well, I’ve found the ideal event that combines a few of my favorite things — sports, food, and nonprofits.

On Sunday, November 10th, 2013, Lovin’ Spoonfuls, will host the third annual Ultimate Tailgate Party overlooking Boston’s scenic waterfront on the lawn at Sam’s. The annual event, hosted by Esti and Drew Parsons, co-owners of Sam’s and emceed by Charlie Rose of City Year, features 17 of Boston’s “MVP” chefs cooking high-end versions of their favorite tailgate food, cocktails shaken by Sam’s own Jon Parsons & the legendary Josh Childs, a silent auction, entertainment and much more. This year’s event will also be honoring Mayor Thomas M. Menino for his hard work and service to the city of Boston. The theme of the event resonates Lovin’s message: combatting hunger is a team sport.

Currently 1 in 5 Bostonians are classified as food insecure, meaning they don’t know where their next meal will come from. Since founding Lovin’ Spoonfuls, 501(c)(3) non-profit, in 2010, Ashley Stanley and her team have collected more than 785,000lbs of fresh, healthy food that would otherwise be thrown away, and distributed it at no cost to local soup kitchens, homeless shelters and crisis centers throughout the city. 2012’s ultimate tailgate party allowed Lovin’s team to put a third truck on the road, drastically increasing their ability to pick up and drop off rescued food, and this year aims to do the same!

This year’s event will include previews from three highly anticipated restaurants (Row 34, Alden & Harlow, and La Brasa), as well as an all-star team of 17 of Boston’s premiere chefs who will join the party by cooking their own creative takes on their favorite tailgate food. Guests will be able to enjoy creative comfort food from Lovin’ Spoonfuls board members, Joanne Chang (Myers & Chang andFlour), Jeremy Sewall (Lineage, Row 34 and Island Creek Oyster Bar) and Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa and Toro), as well as Karen Akunowicz (Myers & Chang), Alex Sáenz (Lineage), Asia Mei (Sam’s), Jason Bond (Bondir), Colin Lynch (Menton and No. 9 Park), Mary Dumont (Harvest), Will Gilson (Puritan & Co.), Louis DiBiccari (Tavern Road), Joe Cassinelli (Posto) who will be bringing Posto’s mobile pizza oven, Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow), Daniel Bojorquez (La Brasa), and Christine & Carla Pallotta from the newly re-openedNeboFrank McClellandexecutive chef and proprietor of New England’s most decorated independent restaurantL’Espalier, will be hosting a tailgate to the tailgate during VIP hour from 6PM to 7PM. 

That’s not all! The event, emceed by Charlie Rose of City Year, will feature a silent auction with fun and unique experiences, a photo booth stocked with everyone’s favorite football memorabilia, and complimentary beer from Peak Organic Brewery, as well as wine & champagne from sponsor M.S. Walker.

What would a party be without cocktails? Popular Boston mixologists, Jon Parsons (bar manager at Sam’s) and Josh Childs (Silvertone, Parlor Sports and Trina’s Starlite Lounge) will be throwing down and shaking up specialty drinks all evening.

WHERE:           Sam’s| 60 Northern Avenue Boston, MA 02110, (617) 295-0191. The event will take place under a tent outside of Sam’s along the waterfront.

WHEN:             Sunday, November 10th, 2013; VIP Hour from 6:00PM to 7:00PM, event from 7:00PM to 10:00PM.

COST:              All proceeds benefit Lovin’ Spoonfuls. General admission tickets are $100. A limited number of VIP tickets are available for $250 and include access to the VIP hour from 6:00PM to 7:00PM which includes a special tasting as well as a VIP gift bag. VIP ticket holders will also have exclusive “buy it now” privileges for all silent auction items. All tickets are available for purchase here: http://lovinspoonfulstailgate13.eventbrite.com

PARKING:       Complimentary valet parking will be available.

ADDITIONAL:  For more information, please visit http://lovinspoonfulstailgate13.eventbrite.com

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