Edible Events: Late Fall Edition

A few food happenings to combat those almost-wintertime doldrums.


OverKill founders, from left: Harvest bartender Kelly Unda, pastry chef Brian Mercury, and executive chef Mary Dumont. Learn more about the event below. Photo courtesy of Harvest.

With November already upon us, it’s only a hop, skip and a turkey drumstick away from the holidays. Take preemptive action for the bingefests to come, and come out for these upcoming, stomach-stretching local food events:

Now-November 27: Mac Attack at Olde Magoun’s Saloon
Every Wednesday in November, comfort food enthusiasts may merrily descend on Magoun’s in Somerville for the saloon’s special Mac and Cheese menu, which offers both rarefied (think seared foie gras) and classical takes on the beloved pasta dish. Wednesday nights, November 6-27, 5-11 p.m. 518 Medford St., Somerville. 617-776-2600, magounssaloon.com

November 18: Mean Creek Rolls Burritos at Anna’s Taqueria in Brookline
Anna’s final celebrity burrito-rollers for the year are Boston-based indie rockers Mean Creek. Swing by, hang with the band, and eat a burrito (or two) for charity. $10 per burrito. All proceeds go to Pine Street Inn Charity. November 18, 6-8 p.m. 446 Harvard St., Brookline. 617-277-7111, annastaqueria.com

November 21: Overkill at the Cambridge Boat Club
The historic Cambridge Boat Club plays host to the aptly named “Overkill,” a charity feast in support of Lovin’ Spoonfuls, and the brainchild of Harvest’s Brian Mercury and Mary Dumont. Combining the culinary chutzpah of 13 local chefs, the event features a 12-course meal, a cocktail reception with passed appetizers from Post 390, and boozy punchbowls mixed by three local bartenders. $150 per person. All proceeds go to Lovin’ Spoonfuls. November 21, 6:30 p.m. Cambridge Boat House, 6 Gerry’s Landing, Cambridge, lovinspoonfulsoverkill.eventbrite.com

November 21: Eat Red Meat, Change the Planet Dinner at UpStairs on the Square
This carnivore-friendly event proposes to debunk your myths about eating red meat. Harvard chemist Matheiu Lallonde and Alan Savory of The Savory Institute will take on the red meat debate at Harvard Law School’s Austin Hall, followed by dinner at UpStairs on the Square, featuring prime rib entrees made from local, grass-fed cows and a dessert of poached pears. $125 per person. November 21, 8:15 pm. Lecture at Austin Hall, 1515 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge, followed by dinner at UpStairs on the Square, 91 Winthrop Street, Cambridge. 617-864-1933register

November 22: Fourth Annual Local Craft Brewfest at the John J. Moakley Courthouse
Whether you’re new to the craft beer, or a microbrewery connoisseur, this beer festival in Boston’s trendy Fort Point neighborhood provides a lively distraction from the wintertime chill. Go for the unlimited beer tastings from the likes of Brewmaster Jack and Blue Hills Brewery, but stay for some delectable finger food and sweeping harbor views. Tickets $45 per person, $85 for two. November 22, 6-9:30 p.m. John J. Moakley Courthouse, 1 Courthouse Way, Boston, bostonlocalfoodfestival.com

November 29-December 27: Pop it Like it’s Hot at the Revere Hotel
Each Friday this December, Boston Common’s Revere Hotel will host a pay-what-you-will hot chocolate pop-up, with cocoa mix from Taza chocolate and unique flavors like “Boozy Candy Cane Cream Pie” and “Nutella with Banana Whipped Cream.” All proceeds go to The House for Little Wanderers. Every Friday, November 29-December 27, 3-6 p.m. 200 Stuart Street, Boston. 617-482-1800, reverehotel.com

November 30: Movember Must Ache Bash at Local 149 in South Boston
No-shave-November diehards are a sure sight at Local 149’s Must Ache Bash, where a gnarly stache may bag you a $400 door prize. The event features passed appetizers from 10 p.m. through midnight, as well as $5 drink specials all night. $5 cover at the door. November 30, 10 p.m.-1 a.m. 149 P Street, South Boston. 617-269-0900, local149.com

December 3: Say Cheese at Piattini
Nibble on a curated selection of rare, Italian cheeses and make your own fresh mozzarella at Piattini’s Say Cheese event. Cheese aficionado Mark Sutherland will be on hand to walk guests through the history and tasting notes of specialty cheeses. $30 per person, $15 extra for wine. December 3, 6:30 p.m. 226 Newbury Street, Boston. 617-536-2020. Limited space, reservations required, piattini.com

December 11: Tenth Anniversary at La Morra
La Morra, Brookline Village’s intimate slice of Northern Italian cuisine, is marking a decade in business this December with a brand new cocktail menu: 10 different drinks for 10 years. Drop by for Chef Josh Ziskin’s authentic Tuscan-inflected dishes and a selection of complementary wines curated by his wife, Jen Ziskin. December 11. 48 Boylston Street, Brookline. 617-739-0007, lamorra.com