Coming Right Up: Beer and Lobster, Together at Last

By Anne Vickman

Get your bibs ready: This Saturday marks the first-ever Beer and Lobster Party.

About a year and a half ago, EatBoston’s founder Aaron Cohen created a Twitter feed to keep followers informed about the haps in Boston’s restaurant scene. But now, Cohen organizes widely popular fundraising events like last spring’s Bacon and Beer Festival, which sold around 1,500 tickets. (The last 300 sold out in two minutes.) You may also remember EatBoston’s Ice Cream Showdown, Guacaholics Anonymous, and Ginger Explosion events…

For the Boston Lobster Party, a smart smattering of local restaurants (Garden at the Cellar, Gaslight, Petit Robert Bistro) cook up a lobster-themed lunch while much-loved local craft brewers bring the suds (Mayflower, Peak Organic, Boston Beer, and more). Cohen expects nearly 1,000 attendees, and all the proceeds benefit Community Servings, Share our Strength, and Lovin’ Spoonfuls.

“The goals of each of these events are to make everyone really excited about Boston food, make sure everybody has a good time, and connect diners with local restaurants,” says Cohen. But giving back plays a big part, too. “People my age like volunteering and giving back, but not many of them do it very often because it’s hard to figure out what to do.” Cohen estimates that total donations from all his events will be close to $45,000 by the end of the year.

While specifics for future culinary adventures are off the record — “I like to keep the events a surprise,” he says — you can be the first to know by subscribing to EatBoston’s mailing list or following Facebook and Twitter.

Saturday, October 16, 2 p.m. $35-$46; Trolley Barn, 540 Harrison Ave., Boston. Purchase tickets here.