NIBBLES 4-28-17

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Taj Boston offering Sunday Brunch on the rooftop

BOSTON – The Rooftop at the Taj Boston with its covered terrace and views of Boston Common and the Public Garden, will complement Sunday Brunch and Chef Gurminder Gidda’s broad menu of traditional favorites and specials such as Chicken and Waffles, sushi, dim sum and more. The brunch is $89 per person and includes a glass of rosé wine. Children (ages four to 12) are $39, while youngsters under four are free.

 

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Is fast casual the future?

BOSTON – We asked that question of Chef Jody Adams recently and she feels it is. Her fast casual Greek concept, Saloniki, is poised for growth with several units now open and more to come, she discloses. She went into the segment with partners who, she recalls, told her “come on, have fun!” Expect the fun to continue with additional units, Adams says.

 

Batali’s first restaurant closing in NY

NEW YORK – Mario Batali’s first restaurant, Po, which he opened in 2000 with Steven Crane and later left, is closing, thanks to a 120 percent rent increase. The real story, however, which some publications have buried in their reports, is what Batali points out when asked about the closure. He calls it a “sign of the times” and points to rising costs, tougher legislation on labor, and customer “ambiguity” over tipping policies. Those issues, he’s quoted as saying, will lead to a closing of possibly 15 to 20 percent of freestanding establishments in the city in the next several years. And that’s a sad story.

 

Taste of the North End returns tomorrow

BOSTON – Coming up this weekend is a favorite neighborhood event – Taste of the North End, a night of food and philanthropy hosted by Donato Frattaroli, owner of Il Molo on nearby Commercial Street.

It’s an event that began with Frattaroli and his wife in 1993, seeking to raise money for Casa Monte Cassino after learning of a family staying there while their child was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital and were moved to help them.
Today, Taste of the North End has more than 45 participating restaurants and foodservice suppliers taking part. Restaurants serve small plates that represent their menu offerings and diners get to taste them all as part of the entrance fee.
This year, Taste of the North End begins at 7 p.m. at the Steriti Memorial Skating Rink, 563 Commercial St. Tickets purchased prior to the event are $99 and will be $125 at the door. It’s a great event for families, singles, and friends.

Come celebrate 24 years with the North End neighborhood and thank the Frattaroli family for creating this special occasion. Go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2906733

NIBBLES 4/26/17

Learn about the sensory quality of cheese

BOSTON – MA Cheese Guild plans one-day workshop May 15 at 9 a.m. at Boston Public Market on “Sensory Evaluation of Cheese” at The Kitchen at Boston Public Market. Visit www.brownpapertickets.com.

 

Au Bon Pain makes ordering easier and simpler

BOSTON – Au Bon Pain introduces ABP Pickup, a new service designed to save customers time and let them skip waiting in line. It’s a new mobile app that lets guest place orders via ABP Pickup, select a convenient pickup time and skip long waiting lines. The app is being rolled out in MA sites and will be available across other regions by May 25. It’s available on the App Store and Google Play. Go to http://www.aubonpain.com for details.

Third edition of Mediterranean Diet Roundtable coming

BOSTON – The third edition of the Mediterranean Diet Roundtable comes to Boston May 15-16 at U-Mass Club at 1 Beacon St. , 32nd floor. The conference brings international scholars, Dr. Antonia Trichopoulou from Greece, Dr. Miguel A. Martinez-Gonzáles, MD, PhD, MPH, from Spain and Prof. Eugenio Luigi Iorio from Italy, as well as Harvard professors and Belmont residents, Dr. Immaculata De Vivo, MPH, PhD, and Prof. Frank Sacks, MD. Ken Toong, executive director of UMass Auxiliary Enterprises/UMass Dining, whose foodservice operation was ranked #1 in the nation and has earned many national and international awards and recognitions will make opening remarks. Toong calls MDR “educated and inspirational.”

The event is sponsored by Barilla, Olivio, NAOO, Society for Nutrition Education and Behavior, Order of AHEPA, the International Trade Center of Washington and Boston and the American Hellenic Institute. Learn more and register at www.MDRproject.com

 

 

 

What’s Brewin’ – Amstel Light

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Heineken USA recently launched Amstel XLight in three markets – Boston, Arizona and Texas. It’s a light brew – 90 calories and two grams of carbs, 4.2% ABV. The goal is to set a new standard for a session able, premium beer with full flavor not found in other ‘light’ offerings.

This beer meets its goal of delivering premium imported beer taste while meeting the needs of those with active lifestyles and offering refreshing flavor. It’s a low-cal, low-carb beer that is available in 6-pack bottles, 12-pack cans and bottles, and a 24oz. single serve can. It will be bolstered with a marketing campaign around the slogan: “90 Cals, 2 Carbs. Finally, an Extra Light Beer with Great Taste.”

Amstel’s brewing tradition in Amsterdam dates to 1870. Visit www.amstelxlight.com.

Taste of the North End returns this week

BOSTON – Coming up this weekend is a favorite neighborhood event – Taste of the North End, a night of food and philanthropy hosted by Donato Frattaqroli, owner of Il Molo on nearby Commercial Street.

It’s an event that began with Frattaroli and his wife in 1993, seeking to raise money for Casa Monte Cassino after learning of a family staying there while their child was treated at Boston Children’s Hospital and were moved to help them.
Today, Taste of the North End has more than 45 participating restaurants and foodservice suppliers taking part. Restaurants serve small plates that represent their menu offerings and diners get to taste them all as part of the entrance fee.
This year, Taste of the North End begins at 7 p.m. at the Steriti Memorial Skating Rink, 563 Commercial St. Tickets purchased prior to the event are $99 and will be $125 at the door. It’s a great event for families, singles, and friends.

Come celebrate 24 years with the North End neighborhood and thank the Frattaroli family for creating this special occasion. Go to: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2906733image001.jpg

What’s Brewin’ – Amstel Beer – XLight

WHITE PLAINS, NY – Heineken  USA recently launched Amstel XLight in three markets – Boston, Arizona and Texas. It’s a light brew – 90 calories and two grams of cards, 4.2% ABV. The goal is to set a new standard for a session able, premium beer with full flavor not found in other ‘light’ offerings.

This beer meets its goal of delivering premium imported beer taste while meeting the needs of those with active lifestyles and offering refreshing flavor. It’s a low-cal, low-carb beer that is available in 6-pack bottles, 12-pack cans and bottles, and a 24oz. single serve can. It will be bolstered with a marketing campaign around the slogan:  “90 Cals, 2 Carbs. Finally, an Extra Light Beer with Great Taste.”

Amstel’s brewing tradition in Amsterdam dates to 1870. Visit www.amstelxlight.com

Thirst Boston returns to town this weekend

BOSTON – A favorite beverage events with a spirited spirits focus takes place this weekend here, kicking off its educational seminars at BCAE (Boston Center for Adult Education) in the city’s South End.

The pre-eminent cocktail event combines educational seminars about spirits, cocktails and locally made beverages with lively evening spirits-focused events.

Making it happen are Mauren Hautaniemi who began her career at age 13, carrying trays and today works with OFFSITE to produce events for the spirits industry. Joining her is Nick Korn who calls himself a “life-long student and self-identified nerd” with a background in anthropology and a love of travel. He brings his academic “lens” to the eating/drinking industry after a decade of working as a professional in the bar industry. Today he owns and manages OFFSITE, a boutique event and strategy firms with a beverage industry focus.

Thirst Boston kicks off with an opening party on April 28 at Shojo from 8 to 11 p.m. Cocktail Atlas with Beam Suntory will be followed by an after-party sponsored by St. Germain at Drink from 11 p.m. -2 a.m.

Saturday kicks off with a round of classes at BCAE…check them out on www.thirstboston.com, as many are already sold out and the rest, going fast. A unique event, the Ghost of Cocktails Past, will be a walking tour of Boston dive bars from 3:30 to 5 p.m. with Brother Cleve.

Saturday evening is State Lines – Spirits and Carnival Games at Boston’s Innovation & Design Building in the Seaport from 6 p.m.to 10 p.m. Then move on to Kentucky Tiki with Four Roses at Tavern Road in the Fort Point Channel.

On Sunday, check out Rhum Barbancourt, a look at Haitian spirits going beyond rum from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at BCAE- Ocean Room followed by an Afternoon with Nico de Soto of New York’s MACE and Paris’ DANICO at Drink from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. at Drink. Go to ThirstBoston.com for the rest of the afternoon’s excellent looks into whiskey blending, Gin Lab, Irish Whiskey and Sugar, Sugar: Pastry & Cocktails.

The evening’s big event is Gender Bender Blender Bender, presented by Vitamix at Whiskey Saigon from 8:30 to 11:30 p.m., with an After Party with Fernet Branca to follow from 11:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m. at Silvertone.

 

PHOTO: Caitlin Cunningham