What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend

Dieu du Ciel! Péché Mortel stout (and Peach Mortel), doughnut cake (!), and more.
Ravioli verdi at Via Emilia inside Eataly Boston

Ravioli verdi at Via Emilia inside Eataly Boston. / Photo by Jacqueline Cain

A Taste of Emilia-Romagna

Another winter weekend, another insatiable craving for Italian cuisine. With the unrelenting chill in the air, why not take solace in the classic flavors from Emilia-Romagna, home to iconic ingredients like prosciutto di Parma, balsamic vinegar, and Parmigiano reggiano? Michael Schlow’s menu dedicated to the northern region, the pop-up restaurant Via Emilia at Eataly Boston, is around through the end of the month.

800 Boylston St., Back Bay, Boston, 617-807-7300, eataly.com.

Frenchie Restaurant Boston

Frenchie. / Photo by Lauren Hallion provided

Brunch at Frenchie

The South End’s newest wine bar debuted lunch a couple weeks ago—complete with our new favorite snack, escargot toast—and last Sunday, brunch began. The menu (check it out in full below) features oeufs bénédictine, with two poached eggs and hollandaise over a croissant; a mushroom crepe, a selection of Croques Monsieurs et Madames, and more mid-day classics. Brunch continues every weekend.

Saturdays and Sundays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., 560 Tremont St., South End, 857-233-5941, frenchieboston.com.

The bar at Row 34. / Photo by Morgan Ione Yeager

The bar at Row 34. / Photo by Morgan Ione Yeager

Péché Day at Row 34

Montréal microbrewery Dieu du Ciel! releases an imperial coffee stout, Péché Mortel, every year, much to the devilish delight of craft beer fans. The 9.5 percent-ABV stout—whose French name translates to “mortal sin”—and variations on it have a limited annual release at beer bars around the world, and this year, Row 34 is the only Boston-area spot tapped to host one. Beer director Suzy Hays has brought in six special kegs for Péché Day—this year’s batch, a bourbon barrel-aged version, Peach Mortel, an experiment born of non-French speakers accidentally asking for that, and more. The kegs will be tapped when the seafood spot opens at 11:30 a.m., and will flow until they’re dry.

Saturday, March 11, begins at 11:30 a.m., 383 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-553-5900, row34.com.

The bar at Café ArtScience

The bar at Café ArtScience. / Photo by Wayne Chinnock provided

Bourbon with Todd Maul

The Café ArtScience cocktail connoisseur is waxing poetic about this American whiskey during his cocktail class this month. There are still seats available to learn about Maul’s favorite bourbon varieties, to make home-mixologist-friendly cocktails—and of course, to sip bourbon. Tickets are available online.

$60, Saturday, March 11, 4 p.m., Café ArtScience, 650 E. Kendall St., Cambridge, 857-999-2193, cafeartscience.com.

Doughnut Cake

Because this is a thing that exists now. By special order only, this sweet treat features doughnut dough layers, a bakery-made berry jam core, and buttercream frosting.

Blackbird Doughnuts, 492 Tremont St., South End, Boston, 617-482-9000, blackbirddoughnuts.com.


Jacqueline Cain Associate Food Editor at Boston Magazine jcain@bostonmagazine.com