Edible Events: September Edition

From sausage to tea tastings, here's where you want to eat this month.

This could be you on September 28. Photo courtesy of Facebook/Harpoon

It’s officially fall, and the days of plump heirloom tomatoes and crisp lagers are soon to be a distant memory. But don’t fret, along with the cooler temperatures comes the bacchanalian revelry of Oktoberfest and some of the most exciting seasonal foods of the year. Here are some recommendations to mark on your calendar. —Christopher Hughes

Oktoberfest at Back Deck
You might have already rolled your Weber into the garage, but Back Deck is still manning the grill. Come enjoy chef Paul Sussmans’s house made Bauernwurst, Neurenburger Bratwurst and Bockwurst, all accompanied by braised red cabbage, mashed potatoes and whole grain mustard. There’s plenty of seasonal brews on tap, so wash it all down with Long Trail’s Harvest Ale or Cambridge Brewing Company’s insanely popular, Great Pumpkin Ale.
September 22nd-October 7th, 2 West St., Boston, 617-670-0320, www.backdeckboston.com.  $16 for the Grilled Sausage Trio, $3.50 -$14 for seasonal draft beers, $12-$20.50 for pitchers

Sunday Tea Tastings
Most people have been to a wine tasting or even a coffee cupping, but a tea tasting is almost unheard of. Fortunately, Boston is home to Cynthia Gold, one of the only certified tea Sommeliers in the world. Guests at her L’Espalier tea tasting will be treated to five teas Cynthia recently brought back from Nepal, along with discussions on tea culture and techniques to pairing.  Food includes pastries, petit fours, and tea sandwiches.
September 23rd at 3pm. 774 Boylston Street, Boston, 617-262-3023, www.lespalier.com. $50/ person. Call for reservations.

A Night in Emilia Romagna
The Wine Consortium of Romagna is collaborating with Restaurant Dante to kickoff Italian Hertiage Month. Enjoy amazing wines from the Emilia-Romagna region paired with chef Filippo Artiolo’s Piadina Romagnola (a typical flatbread from Romagna), Lasagne Verdi alla Romagnola (Romagnola style lasagna made with greens), Spezzatino di Manzo al Sangiovese di Romagna (beef stew made with Sangiovese wine from Romagna) and much more.
Monday, October 140 Edwin H Land Blvd., Cambridge, 617-497-4200, www.restaurantdante.com. $75/person. Space is limited; call to make a reservation by September 26.

Harpoon Octoberfest
Meet up at the Harpoon brewery on September 28th for the 23rd anniversary of one of Boston’s most raucous parties. Fill a stein with Harpoon’s malty marzen and watch Oompa bands, chicken dancing and a heated round of keg bowling. A local guest restaurant will provide authentic German fare.  Lederhosen encouraged!
306 Northern Avenue, Boston, 1-888-HARPOON, www.harpoonbrewery.com. Cover charge $20.00 and includes a souvenir Pint Cup and one (1) drink ticket (does not include food or additional beers).

Apple Street Farm Cowboy Barbecue Dinner
Frank McClelland of L’Espalier is bringing Farm-to-Table to a whole new level as he prepares a four-course meal inspired by the organic bounty at his own Apple Street Farm. Indulge in barbecue swordfish loin and stewed squid puttanesca as well as pit roasted pig with sugar pumpkin. Seasonal cocktails and wines from Stags’ Leap Winery will be available to imbibe.
September 28-2935 Apple Street, Essex, 617-262-3023, www.applestreetfarm.com. $175/person inclusive of tax and gratuity. Call L’Espalier to make a reservation. Dinners will be held rain or shine.

Legal Sea Foods’ Oyster Festival
Everyone’s favorite creative advertiser is hosting their fourth annual Oyster festival. Kick off oyster season the right way with several varieties of raw oysters (8 varieties from Boston and 6 varieties from out of state), oyster Po-Boys, and Jambalaya with oysters and Andouille sausage. Suck down a plate of Wellfleet’s and Cotuit’s with a Shandy made with Sam Adams Octoberfest
Now-October 16th. All Legal Sea Foods locations throughout Massachusetts, www.legalseafoods.com.

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