December’s Culinary Calendar

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Nutcracker Tea
The Four Seasons hosts a holiday tea for aspiring ballerinas and Nutcracker fans of all ages. Adults can nibble on caviar and scones with jam and Devonshire cream, while kids munch on peanut butter and jelly gingerbread men and candy cane Yule logs in between photo ops with the ballet’s main characters. ($75, 3–5 p.m., 200 Boylston St., Boston, 617-351-2037, 12/3

Meet the Chef
Jody Adams turns over the Rialto kitchen to celebrated New York chef Marcus Samuelsson to launch his new book, The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa. Expect a lineup featuring cauliflower fritters with chickpea-eggplant dip and spicy plantain chips during the cocktail hour, followed by snapper wrapped in banana leaves. ($75, 5:30–10:15 p.m., One Bennett St., Cambridge, 617-661-5050, 12/4

Spanish Wine and Tapas Tasting
Tasca serves up a wine tasting dinner that pairs five small courses with under-the-radar Spanish vintages. ($49, 7 p.m., 1612 Commonwealth Ave., Brighton, 617-730-8002, 12/5

Lunch at Excelsior
Pencil in time for power lunches on Thursdays and Fridays this month as Excelsior offers a three-course prix fixe of oysters, venison goulash, dark chocolate panna cotta, and more. ($48, 272 Boylston St., Boston, 617-426-7878, 12/14–12/15, 12/21–12/22

Celebrate Solstice
Conundrum in Cambridge makes the shortest day of the year a little brighter with this dinner of roast pumpkin bisque with black truffles, pan-seared filet mignon, and solstice pudding with bourbon-spice ice cream. ($60, 6:30–9 p.m., 56 JFK St., Cambridge, 617-868-0335, 12/21

Winter at 29 Fair
The crowds are gone, but you can still get great food on Nantucket. Check out 29 Fair’s cold-weather specials, like shellfish-shiitake vol-au-vent, through New Year’s Day. (29 Fair St., Nantucket, 508-228-7800)

New Year’s Eve Dinner
Ring in 2007 in Copley Square with the Palm’s three-course prix fixe celebration, including lobster wontons, smoked salmon salad, filet mignon and half of a five-pound lobster, dessert, and two glasses of champagne for toasting. ($120.07 per couple, Westin Copley Place, 200 Dartmouth St., Boston, 617-867-9292, 12/31