Edible Events: July Edition
(Illustration by Chris Piascik)
The 4th may have already passed (as well as your pounding hangover), but July still has plenty of tricks up its sleeve. The coming weeks are chock-full of grilling, beer, and, of course, ice cream. We couldn’t come up with a better trio if we tried. So, check out the following list of events, and let the summer fun continue.
Ice Cream On-Demand
It’s hot, your mouth is dry, and your sweet tooth is raging. Chill out — private driver service Uber Boston can have ice cream in your hand in 10 minutes or less. This Friday (and this Friday only), Uber is launching an on-demand ice cream truck, serving treats from Good Humor, Magnum, and Klondike, that can serve a party of five for $12. Simply download the Uber app to your smartphone, tag your location, request a truck, and POOF: ice cream at your door. And your parents said there was no such thing as magic… July 13, 12-6 p.m. (Your location here), Uber Boston, uber.com/boston.
Diner Classics Gone Contemporary
Diner food is good for the soul. It’s that simple. And when it’s given a contemporary twist from some of the nation’s best chefs, your soul will leap to new bounds. Mike’s City Diner will host a one-night-only event this Sunday, during which the chefs, including Jamie Bissonnette, Matt Jennings, and Mike’s founder Jay Hajj, will prepare familiar diner classics with a modern approach. The $100, six-course meal will include beverage selections by George Schwartz of Kimera Imports and local produce from Buckle Farms in Dighton. July 15, 7 p.m. Mike’s City Diner, 1714 Washington St., Boston, 617-267-9393. Purchase tickets here.
It’s summer. You should be grilling. Tremont 647 will show you how it’s done at their annual grilling social, featuring three top-notch chefs (including their own Andy Husbands) preparing a ton of searingly good food. Plus, the event is sponsored by Harpoon Brewery, which means refreshing drafts to wash it all down. July 16, 6 p.m. Tremont 647, 647 Tremont St., Boston, 617-266-4600. The social is $29/person and, along with the food, includes two Harpoon draft beers. Call for reservations.
Hosted by Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, the Tacopocalypse gives you the chance to try a variety of taco offerings, such as Thai chicken with peach basil salsa, cherry smoked boar, other chef’s choice specialty tacos, and a dessert taco bar. Tequila Epsolón will be on hand with some tasty treats as well. If an apocalypse really is imminent in 2012, let’s hope it involves tacos. July 17, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Poe’s Kitchen at the Rattlesnake, 384 Boylston St., Boston, 617-859-8555. Purchase tickets here.
Free Love Dinner Party
Dig up those old bell-bottoms and platform shoes and head over to Local 149 for a night of delicious dishes, ’70s music, door prizes, and decor. No, seriously, wear your funkiest ’70s outfit — they’re giving away a grand prize for the best-dressed attendee. The event was inspired by the young adults of the 1970s social movement, when the freedom to love was being questioned, practiced, and celebrated. It will feature cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, including angels and devils on horseback (bacon wrapped dates and oysters) and mini beef wellingtons, and a choice between steak Diane and wood plank grilled salmon for the main course. July 23, 7-9:30 p.m. Local 149, 149 P St., Boston, 617-269-0900. Purchase tickets here.
A Taste of Sonoma
William Kovel, chef and owner of Catalyst, and Joe Donelan, founder of Donelan Wines in Sonoma County, are teaming up for a night brimming with the finest wine Donelan has to offer. The meal includes five courses, featuring beautiful wine pairings: fluke tartare, cucumber, radish, and mustard oil with a 2010 Donelan Chardonnay “Nancie”; Jonah crab salad, summer melon, and Aleppo pepper with a 2008 Roussanne/ Viognier “Venus”; roasted pork, chanterelles, corn, and thyme jus with a 2010 Pinot Noir “Two brothers”; grilled hanger steak, pole bean ragout, and black olive with a 2009 Grenache, Cuvee Moriah; and a caramelized fig and blue cheese tartlet with a 2009 Syrah, Cuvee Christine. Don’t miss this night, when Cambridge and Sonoma collide. July 26, 6:30 p.m. Catalyst, 300 Technology Square, Cambridge, 617-576-3000. Call for reservations.
Sam Adams Beer Dinner
A four-course meal highlighting five of Sam Adams best brews? Yes, please. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House is hosting this unique dinner, which includes carefully crafted dishes from executive chef Derek Barragan, such as prime beef carpaccio with watercress, roquette, bing cherry, and spiced pepitas, and duck confit with rosemary gnocchi, kalamati olives, pan jus, and fried leeks. A Sam Adams brewmaster will also be on the premises to discuss the beers: Sam Adams Summer Ale, American Kriek, Sam Adams Boston Lager, 13 Hour Stout, and Black Lager. July 27, 6:30 p.m. Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House, 250 Northern Ave., Suite 200, Boston, 617-345-3941. Call for reservations.
Brew and Chew
Everyone knows that wine and cheese are a match made in heaven. But what about beer and cheese? Find out from the owner and chefs at Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, one of the city’s finest food trucks, and the local brewmasters of Wormtown Brewery. At this unique one-session class, the experts from Roxy’s will show you how to kick grilled cheese up a notch with a variety of cheeses and ingredients, such as short ribs, guacamole, and, of course, bacon. As you sample your creation, master brewer Ben Roesch will help you choose the perfect beer pairing for your grilled cheese. The class will take place at the Boston Center of Adult Education’s first-rate kitchen facilities. July 30, 6-9 p.m. Boston Center for Adult Education, 122 Arlington, Street, Boston, 617-267-4430. Register here.