Five Pop-Up Dinners (And Other Notable Culinary Events)

A Thriller-themed cocktail party, a savory Party of Two preview, and a star-studded Harvest Fest kick off October.

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Justin Burke-Samson and Stephanie Cmar of Party of Two. Photo courtesy of Doug Levy.


Thriller Cocktail Party

Mom and Pop-Up, the same Fenway series that have given us the glorious Union Square/Toscanini’s doughnut ice cream sandwich, is coming back with a Thriller-themed cocktail party. On October 1, just in time for the start of Halloween season, Mom and Pop-Up will pair food from Treats on Washington, cocktails by former Eastern Standard bartender, Kevin Martin, and an all-Michael Jackson soundtrack. Martin will be pouring his “ghoulish punch” to go along with spicy garlic confit chicken wings; a roasted autumn salad with harissa dressing, ham biscuits with sweet red pepper honey mustard; sausage skewers with pickled yams and mushrooms; a Jack D’Or fondue with kale fairy toast; and ginger cayenne meringues.

$12 per person, Oct. 1 from 6-10 p.m., 1377 Boylston St., Boston;

Party of Two at Coppa

Party of Two’s Stephanie Cmar and Justin Burke-Samson are taking over Coppa’s kitchen on October 4 for a breakfast pop-up that will give guests a better glimpse into the duo’s future brick and mortar. Along with cookie dough candy bars and Big Deb’s (Burke-Samson’s version of a Little Debbie’s oatmeal cream pie), Party of Two will be introducing Cmar’s donut breakfast sandwich, a fried egg layered between a maple bacon cheddar doughnut. Guests can also expect a variety of donuts and trademark tarts, a surprise breakfast pastry, coffee, and a meet-and-greet with the chefs. Then on October 15, Party of Two returns to Coppa to serve a collaborative late night created by Cmar, Burke-Samson, and Coppa chef de cuisine Meghann Ward. Donuts, trademark tarts, and breakfast pastry are $3 each and the donut breakfast sandwich is $5. Cash only.

Oct. 4 at 9:30 a.m and Oct. 15 at 9 p.m., 253 Shawmut Ave., Boston; 617-391-0902.

Harvest Fest at The Butcher Shop

Barbara Lynch’s celebrated South End restaurant, The Butcher Shop, will host Harvest Fest on October 5. The all-day culinary fest will include endless small plates from over 20 restaurants and purveyors. Indulge in delicacies like foie gras, oysters, lobster, charcuterie, grilled Wagyu, and seasonal vegetables prepared by some of Boston’s best chefs. Participating restaurants will include Alden & Harlow, Neptune Oysters, Fairsted Kitchen, Myers + Chang, and the highly anticipated Cafe ArtScience. The afternoon festivities will also include small-grower wines, local craft beers from Harpoon Brewery, doughnut decorating with Party of Two’s Stephanie Cmar, dancing on the B&G Oysters patio with DJ Butch, pasta making, a knife sharpening workshop, and much, much more.

$135 per person, Oct. 5 552 Tremont St., Boston; 617-423-4800 or

Giant Kielbasa at Bronwyn

Bronwyn continues its Sunday tailgate special when the Pats play the Bengals this week. Chef Tim Wiechmann will be serving up his giant smoked kielbasa, available by the pound and served with potatoes and house-made sauerkraut and mustards. These huge sausages are hand-cased, infused with coriander and garlic, lightly smoked, and finished on the grill. The Kielbasa special and giant pretzels will be served alongside the Bronwyn football beer special: $12 liters of Stiegl Goldbräu Marzen.

Oct. 5, 255 Washington St., Somerville; 617-776-9900 or

Whole Animal Dinners at Tavern Road

Starting this week, Tavern Road chef Louis DiBiccari is bringing back his popular whole animal dinners. Available to private parties of 12 or more, guests can choose from a range of animals (lambs, goats, pigs, ducks, and other game birds), and experience a range of presentations and dishes made from that animal. The three-course dinner comes with small bites such as tartare and charcuterie, braised and grilled cuts of meats, and sides such as fried potatoes, spaetzle with gruyere, potato gnocchi, and seasonal vegetables.

Price available upon request, 343 Congress St., Boston; 617-790-0808 or