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BOSTON – Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group plans a new restaurant in Wellesley, MA this coming Spring, its first suburban site, at 583 Washington St.

“Our decision to explore a suburban adaptation of our brand in Wellesley is a recipe of our strong brand recognition here in Boston, our team’s Boston-based presence, and a desire by our guests to have our signature “America’s Steakhouse” experience in their backyard,” says Michael Feighery, CEO & President of Smith & Wollensky Restaurant Group.

“Many of our guests at our Atlantic Wharf and Back Bay locations live in residential communities such as Wellesley and often express that they are looking for upscale dining options close to home. We are excited to deliver an iteration of our brand that will serve as the perfect destination for Sunday suppers, mid-week dinners, and local lunch dining for both business and pleasure in Wellesley, in addition to the special occasion environment that we are known for.”

Smith & Wollensky partnered with an esteemed lineup of Greater Boston area collaborators to create the new restaurant space, the company says. The restaurant will be designed by renowned Boston-based restaurant architect designer, Peter Niemitz of Niemitz Design Group, a long-time partner of Smith & Wollensky Group in producing several new restaurant and renovations projects across the country with the team. Construction Management & Builders, Inc. (CM&B) will build the restaurant and has been a leader in providing construction management services in the Northeast for over 25 years, with a focus on hospitality, restaurant and retail projects. Hospitality experts, Stys Hospitality Initiative (SHI), will lead the project management, with a seasoned senior team that brings more than 20 years each of architectural, engineering, construction and project management experience.

 

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It’s the SEAson to celebrate!

BOSTON – Chef Michael Serpa of Select Oyster Bar in this city’s Back Bay will offer a traditional Italian seafood feast – The Feast of Seven Fishes – on December 20, $95 per guest. Seven seafood dishes (including Grilled Bronzino and Maine Lobster) will be presented family style,

SEVEN FISHES @ SELECT
Join us for this Italian Seafood Feast
Wednesday December 20th, 2017

All dishes below served family style for the table:

Frutti di Mare

Island Creek Oysters & Wellfleet Littleneck Clams
traditional accompaniments

Yellowfin Tuna Crudo
house giardiana pickles, toasted walnut vinaigrette, olive oil

Primi

Flash Seared Dayboat Scallops
warm chestnut puree, blood orange salad, celery root

Eel Livornese
whipped polenta, roasted tomato, olives, basil pesto

Whipped Baccala
golden potato, crispy mushrooms, olive oil + herb crostini

Secondi

Grilled Bronzino & Polpo
octopus vinaigrette, roasted fennel, parsley

Maine Lobster Spaghetti
roasted tomato sauce, basil, bread crumbs, pecorino

$95 per guest
(by reservation only)

 

Wine(s) of the Week – 2 Portuguese wines worth learning about

Two Portuguese wines from Herdade Do Rocim, Touriga Nacional, Vinho Regional Alentejano 2015 and Verdelho Vinho Regional Alentejano 2015, come from the southern part of Portugal between Vidigueira and Cuba, produced on the estate owned by Caterina Vieira and Pedro Ribiero who have invested in the land, regenerating vineyards and creating a new state of the art winery.

The region has soil consisting of clay and sand and the wines are harvested manually and are organic though not certified as such. The wines undergo cold maceration prior to fermentation in French oak barrels for nine months, and are then bottle aged an additional three months.

Touriga Nacional, a rich ruby red with purple notes, is fresh with good minerality and soft tannins. From the aging, it develops spicy notes. The Verdelho is a light gold with hints of chartreuse, with notes of lime, green almond and white peach. It’s 13.5 percent ABV.

Both represent excellent quality and value, pair well with food and would be great additions to wine by the glass lists. Learn about the lovely wines of Southern Portugal with these two as a guide!

 

Wine(s) of the Week – 2 from Portugal

Two Portuguese wines from Herdade Do Rocim, Touriga Nacional, Vinho Regional Alentejano 2015 and Verdelho Vinho Regional Alentejano 2015, come from the southern part of Portugal between Vidigueira and Cuba, produced on the estate owned by Caterina Vieira and Pedro Ribiero who have invested in the land, regenerating vineyards and creating a new state of the art winery.

The region has soil consisting of clay and sand and the wines are harvested manually and are organic though not certified as such. The wines undergo cold maceration prior to fermentation in French oak barrels for nine months, and are then bottle aged an additional three months.

Touriga Nacional, a rich ruby red with purple notes, is fresh with good minerality and soft tannins. From the aging, it develops spicy notes. The Verdelho is a light gold with hints of chartreuse, with notes of lime, green almond and white peach. It’s 13.5 percent ABV.

Both represent excellent quality and value, pair well with food and would be great additions to wine by the glass lists. Learn about the lovely wines of Southern Portugal with these two as a guide!

Wine(s) of the Week

Two Portuguese wines from Herdade Do Rocim, Touriga Nacional, Vinho Regional Alentejano 2015 and Verdelho Vinho Regional Alentejano 2015, come from the southern part of Portugal between Vidigueira and Cuba, produced on the estate owned by Caterina Vieira and Pedro Ribiero who have invested in the land, regenerating vineyards and creating a new state of the art winery.

The region has soil consisting of clay and sand and the wines are harvested manually and are organic though not certified as such. The wines undergo cold maceration prior to fermentation in French oak barrels for nine months, and are then bottle aged an additional three months.

Touriga Nacional, a rich ruby red with purple notes, is fresh with good minerality and soft tannins. From the aging, it develops spicy notes. The Verdelho is a light gold with hints of chartreuse, with notes of lime, green almond and white peach. It’s 13.5 percent ABV.

Both represent excellent quality and value, pair well with food and would be great additions to wine by the glass lists. Learn about the lovely wines of Southern Portugal with these two as a guide!

NIBBLES

Southern Tier Brewing adds open-air beer garden in Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH – Southern Tier Brewing Company recently added a 7,000 sq. ft. open-air beer garden in this city’s North Shore neighborhood. The brewery, based in Lakewood, NY, is expanding its footprint here with the new 30-seat, 30-tap bar with 60 more seats under an all-season rooftop leading into the large, landscaped open-air beer garden. The beers, named “Pittsburgh Brew’d,” are exclusive to the city and match a menu of pub fare. They are distributed by Frank B. Fuhrer Wholesale Co. in the city and its environs.

City Winery officially opens in Boston’s North Station area

BOSTON – City Winery officially opened in Boston last week with a functioning winery, restaurant, musical event venue and private function capabilities.

 

Wine of the Week – Cartizze DOCG

20171113_090404.jpgThe valley outside Valdobiaddene sees temperatures day and night that allow the Glera grapes to mature with complexity of scent and flavor, thanks to the combination of the sun shining on a steep hill at the base of a mountain that faces South. Grapes are able to mature evenly with a high sugar count, as breezes drive out humidity. Prosecco is exclusively found in Northeast Italy in Veneto and the Friuli Venezia Giulia regions.
The Cartizze valley forms a natural amphitheater where the vines grow healthy and strong. Clay in the soil allows rapid rain drainage. This wine from the Mionetto Luxury Collection is often called the Grand Cru of Prosecco, with complex flavors of apple and pear and has won gold, silver and bronze medals in a large number of international wine competitions.