Table Talk Online + This Week's Edible Events

Brookline’s La Morra restaurant reopens this week after a fire in the kitchen shut them down back in early March. The damage was contained to the kitchen and duct work, thankfully, but the repairs were lengthy enough to require the staff to find temporary work elsewhere. (Tremont 647 and Gargoyle’s on the Square took many of the cooks in.) Chef-owner Josh Ziskin admits he might have watched a bit more television than usual these past few weeks but has kept himself busy catering a number of charity and private events. He and his wife, partner Jen Ziskin, also put on a pop-up dinner at the Boston Wine School on April 12. The dinner featured a number of classic La Morra dishes including a cavatelli primavera with ramp pesto and a whole pig porchetta (above), all of which Ziskin prepared with the help of his staff and the donation of various kitchens.

Look for the reopening (with a new spring menu) later this week or hit them up this weekend for their Mother’s Day brunch (details below).

This Week’s Edible Events

5/2-8 – Boston Bakes For Breast Cancer
Choose dessert from one of 270 area restaurants and the proceeds will go directly to breast cancer research. (Find a list of participating restaurants at

5/3 – Yes You Can Eat That: A Supper Club
Join health coach Marissa Dana and nutritionist Kristen Grieshaber as they kick off a new supper club at Oleana where, over three courses, they’ll teach you how to eat healthy when dining out. ($75, 7 p.m., Oleana, 134 Hampshire St., Cambridge. Register online.)

5/5 – Mi Casa Bee Casa
The Beehive does Cinco de Mayo with Patron margaritas, buckets of guac, and a late-night mariachi band. (5 p.m.-2 a.m., 541 Tremont St., Boston, 617-423-0069,

5/7 – Youth Gardening Class at Verrill Farm
Enroll your kiddo in this 20-week summer class which will help teach them how to reap what they sow. (Register by calling 978-369-4494; details online at

5/8 – Mother’s Day Brunch at La Morra

The restaurant celebrates its reopening with a three-course brunch for mom. ($25, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. 48 Boylston St., Brookline. For reservations, call 617-739-0007.)