What’s the Dish?

Your Chowder hounds have sniffed down the best culinary events in town. Check back every Friday for your weekly prix-fixe of foodie festivals, cooking classes, wine tastings, and more.

1226067967Phantom Gourmet Beer & Food Phest
Nov. 8, Noon-midnight
Suffolk Downs

The brew masters have hand-picked enough local and international beers to fill a 400-foot-long hall. Of course, there will also be some phan-tastic food from favorite spots to keep you satiated amongst all those suds.

Dante’s Ball Brawl
Nov. 9, 2 p.m.

Chef Dante de Magistris has organized a ball game, challenging local chefs to a meatball cook-off on the patio. Guests judge the entries, with the winner claiming the immodest title of “Best Balls of ‘Em All.”

1226068017Tempranillo Dinner
Nov. 10, 6 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.

Beginning with a cava aperitif, Ken Oringer will prepare a seven-course tasting menu paired with a variety of Tempranillo wines. Expect dishes like chorizo, serrano, and pate, lentil soup with crispy duck and piquillo peppers, and lamb leg with foraged mushrooms and chimi churri.

Umbrian Wine Dinner
Nov. 11, 5-10:30 p.m.

Chef Marc Orfaly will take guests on a food and wine tour through Italy’s Umbrian region. The dinner includes Island Creek bay scallops, Risotto di Baccalà (salt cod, confit tomatoes, diced potatoes), Piccione Arrosto (pan roasted squab with truffled mushroom ravioli), and Porchetta (roasted suckling pig, currants, pine nuts, au jus).

Neck Ties
Nov. 12, 6 p.m.
Franklin House

Loosen up your neck tie and relax at this night full of the South End’s best cuisine, in support of the Washington Gateway Main Street‘s work to preserve the neighborhood. A reception at the Franklin House will include a live auction, and at 8 p.m., a trolley will arrive to take guests to a surprise South End restaurant for dinner.