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Your Chowder hounds have sniffed down the best culinary events in town. Check back every Thursday for your weekly prix-fixe of foodie feasts, cooking classes, wine tastings, and more.
May 1, 6:30 p.m.
Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel, $250
Help Shelter in their efforts to end homelessness by attending this fundraiser, which will involve 25 of the area’s greatest chefs and restaurants, including Chez Henri, Oishii, The Olive Group, Pigalle, Rialto, Spire, Tremont 647, Upstairs on the Square, and more. Guests will also hear from special guest speaker Jeanette Walls, author of New York Times bestseller “The Glass Castle,” a memoir about growing up homeless.
May 2, 7:30-11:30 p.m.
Taste of the North End
New England Aquarium
Get your Italian fix without the parking fiasco. Forty-four popular North End restaurants, including Antico Forno, Eclano, Fiore, Mare, Mike’s Pastry, Taranta, Terramia, Tresca, and many more come together for an evening of fine dining to benefit the Cam Neely Foundation.
May 1-31, Sun.-Thurs., 5-10 p.m.; Fri. and Sat., 5-11 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Month at Masa
439 Tremont St.
$30 per person
If you need us, we’ll be wastin’ away at Masa-ritaville. Masa is offering $5 margarita specials along with a $30 Southwestern prix-fixe for the entire month of May. The menu includes first courses of tortilla soup with puya and roasted tomato or roasted poblano and banana pepper spring rolls; main courses include crispy chicken breast with cerveza and nopales salsa, Negra Modelo battered fish tacos, or chipolte apricot glazed short ribs. And for dessert, there’s Mexican vanilla bean flan or a chocolate truffle tamale. There will also be a mariachi band and a DJ on the real holiday, Cinco de Mayo.
May 5, 4-11 p.m.
Cinco de Mayo Celebration
Olé Mexican Grill
Olé toasts the Mexican holiday with a hearty fiesta featuring a mariachi band and sawdust-covered dance floor. Guests can partake of south-of-the-border street food (tacos, burritos, churros) served buffet style, plus margaritas, sangria, and Mexican beers.
May 5, 7 p.m.
Cooking Class at Nebo
90 N. Washington St., $165
Instead of taking mom out to dinner, why not take her to a mother/daughter or mother/son cooking class? Sisters Christine and Carla Pallotta, owners of the Italian restaurant Nebo, share dessert-and pasta-making skills that they learned from their own mother. The ladies will teach guests how to make spring pea and prosciutto tagliatelle, veal piccata, and limoncello meringue pie, which will all be paired with wines.
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