Food & Wine

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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BCAE Offers Thanksgiving 101: Survival Guide

Thanksgiving-Turkey-Dinner

Thanksgiving Turkey

October, the World Series, and Halloween are over. November is here.  And for me, November means one thing — Thanksgiving.  A long weekend full of food, family, friends, football, MORE FOOD, the start of holiday shopping and decorating, and did I mention FOOD?

As a “youngish professional” living in Brookline and working in Boston, I still go home to my parents’ house for most of the weekend.  Wednesday night (Thanksgiving Eve), everyone that went to my high school will go out to the bars in the Leominster/Fitchburg area, and Thanksgiving morning I will go for a long run and/or go to the Thanksgiving day game.  Stuck in my youth for as long as possible, I won’t be cooking any family Thanksgiving dinners anytime soon, but I’m sure when the time comes I will need help. A LOT of help.  This year, though, I’ll be spending my afternoon relaxing, chatting, watching football, and eating. NOT cooking. If I was, I would nee TONS of help. I mean, I can cook some mac and cheese or chicken and veggies. That’s about it. Turkeys scare me.

So if you’re like me and need a little Thanksgiving help, check out the classes below.  Even if  you aren’t hosting anyone for the holidays, the BCAE’s Thanksgiving survival classes will be beneficial for any upcoming classy dinner party, wine and app party, or Friendsgiving.  And, you get to eat and drink while you’re there.  Some education, food, and wine. Doesn’t get much better.

On Wednesday, November 6th, 2013 Lars Liebisch will lead “Who you calling a Turkey?: Breaking Down Thanksgiving Dinner.” In this one-session class Liebisch will walk students through roasting basics, holiday side dishes and everything in between. Perfect for novices that have never prepared a holiday meal, or for those just looking to switch things up, the class will learn how to prepare an entire Thanksgiving meal in just three hours. Afterwards everyone will sit down, sip wine and indulge in their creations while asking the instructor for additional turkey tips and tricks.

On Wednesday, November 13th, 2013 BCAE instructors Dustin Rennells and Adam Centamore of Formaggio Kitchen, will show students how to tackle the second hurdle of hosting the elaborate meal; cost. During Budget Thanksgiving: Food and Wine on the Cheap” Rennells & Centamore will review their personal tips and tricks for cutting costs when it comes to planning the big meal. From decorating ideas on a dime, to saving time on stuffing and browsing for beverages, this one-session class will have students prepared to avoid all the pitfalls. Throughout the class students will sample adult-beverages and their own creations.

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

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