Seven Pop-Up Dinners (and Other Notable Culinary Events)

Taiwanese top chefs, 'Gansett-infused tiki drinks, and the first-ever Somerville food truck festival.

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Shojo Hosts Taiwanese Top Chefs
Shōjō Asian Bar & Bistro in Chinatown will be hosting a group of visiting Taiwanese top chefs, who will be cooking a special five-course dinner alongside Shōjō chef Jeremy Lee. For only $35, the dinner will offer diners a chance to experience authentic Taiwanese cuisine cooked by real Taiwanese chefs, like Kai Tun Hsu, director of the Taiwan Chef’s Association. Courses include pork soup dumplings, Taiwanese chive dumplings, beef noodle soup, an appetizer sampler, and dessert. The price of admission also includes a bitter melon-infused rum cocktail by Shōjō’s main bartender, Markus Yao.

$35 per person, June 2, 6 p.m., 9 Tyler St., 617-423-7888 or

Street Meat Volume 1: Puerto Rican Remix
Samuel Monsour, last seen slinging chicken liver mousse-stuffed Snickers bars and haute Filet-O-Fish sandwiches as part of his Future of Junk Food series with Mark O’Leary, is now teaming up with Roxy’s Grilled Cheese for a summer picnic series called “Street Meat.” The pop-up series will run all summer featuring different types of food more typically found at street fairs across the country. The series kicks off on June 4 with Street Meat Volume 1: Puerto Rican Remix on the Greenway across from the Rowes Wharf. Each $35 ticket will provide food and drink for two people with a menu that includes lechon, morcillas, mamposteao, tostones, mofongo, pique, and horchata. Picnic blankets will be provided for a true summer picnic experience.

$35 per person, June 4, 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m., The Greenway (Rowes Wharf Plaza Area);

Narragansett Beer Luau at Wink & Nod
Every Monday night in June, the Wink & Nod team will don Hawaiian shirts, crank up the Beach Boys, and break out their Tom Selleck tiki mugs for a kitschy, South Pacific-themed celebration. Along with guest bartenders like Elizabeth “Sarge” Powell (June 9), Brother Cleve (June 16), GrandTen house mixologist Lonnie Newburn (June 23), and Sichuan Garden II‘s Ran Duan (June 30), general manager Curtis McMillan and his team will be pouring Wink & Nod’s signature Tiki drinks like the Sheena Easton, made with Bacardi 8, Aperol, lemon juice, peach syrup, falernum, Angostura bitters. In addition, Whisk chefs Philip Kruta and Jeremy Kean will be serving up Polynesian dim sum to pair with specialty cocktails like the all ‘Gansett-infused lineup of tiki drinks on June 9.

June 9, 5 p.m. 2 a.m., 3 Appleton St., Boston; 617-482-0117 or

Texas BBQ in Beacon Hill
Katrina Jazayeri and former Beacon Hill Bistro chef Josh Lewin continue their pop-up tour of Texas fare with a Father’s Day barbecue. Located at the beautiful Sloane Merrill Gallery on Charles Street, the duo will be serving brisket, Hill Country-style sausage, coleslaw, potato salad, and plenty of beer. Enjoy a round of canapes and small bites designed to celebrate both modern and traditional Texas cuisine and bring your cowboy boots, because there will be two-stepping. Tickets include appetizers, a full dinner paired with Lewin’s mango barbecue sauce, and two drinks.

$45 per person, June 15, 7-9 p.m., 75 Charles St., Boston;

Somerville Food Truck Festival
Food Truck Festivals of New England is hosting the first-ever Somerville Food Truck Festival at Assembly Row on Saturday, June 7. Over 20 of Massachusetts’ most popular food trucks will be participating, including the Bacon Truck, M&M BBQ Ribs, Roxy’s Grilled Cheese, as well as newcomers such as Uyghur Kitchen and Makin’ Jamaican. The Somerville Food Truck Festival will also launch the second season of ASSEMBLED: The Handmade Arts Market at Assembly Row, which will include New England Etsy artisans, a beer tent, live music, and children’s activities.

$5 per person/free for children under 12, June 7, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Assembly Row, 300 Grand Union Blvd., Somerville; 617-782-7117.

Big Bottle Carnage at Belly Wine Bar
What do you do with a wine cellar overflowing with magnums, jeroboams, and salmanazars? Why have a party of course. On June 19, Belly Wine Bar in Kendall Square will fire up its outdoor grill to roast-off lamb legs, whole pigs, and other carnal delights to pair with large format bottles of champagne, lambrusco, and a keg of Bordelet cider. We’re going to open a six-liter bottle of Chateau de Pibernon Bandol, a nine-liter bottle of ‘Perbacco’ Nebbiolo, and other big red wines that we’ll chill down,” says owner Liz Vilardi. “Besides all the lamb and pork, we’ll also have grilled olives, squash, and other veggies for a Provencal-style backyard barbecue.”

$65 per person, June 19, 6- 10 p.m., 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-494-0968 or

Dogfish Head Beer Dinner at The Merchant
One of craft beer’s biggest names, Sam Calagione, returns to Boston to host a special Dogfish Head beer dinner at The Merchant. The founder and president of Delaware’s Dogfish Head Brewery will bring along some rare extreme beers to pair with chef Tim McQuinn’s four-course menu. Clam chowder, steak frites, and strawberry shortcake will be poured alongside Dogfish’s Festina Peche (a neo-Berliner Weisse with peaches), Spruce Beer ( a spruce-infused pale ale), Bitches Brew (imperial stout), and Rosabi (a high octane wasabi-infused ale). Each guest will receive a complimentary hat, glass, coozie, and a portion of  all proceeds will be donated to Nature Conservancy.

$100 per person, June 29, 3:30 – 5:30 p.m., 60 Franklin St., Boston; 617-482-6060 or