Eight Pop-Up Dinners (and Other Notable Culinary Events)
Kaki Lima’s Last Indonesian Pop-Up of 2014
Retno Pratiwi is hosting her last Indonesian street food pop-up dinner of the year on October 14. Taking place at KO Pies in the East Boston Shipyard, Pratiwi and her partner, Pete, are rolling out a whole new three-course menu with specialities like Soto Ayam (an Indonesian-style chicken soup in a turmeric and citrus broth) and Nasi Campur Bali (chicken satay skewers with vegetables, steamed jasmine rice, and hard boiled eggs marinated in fiery sambal). Tickets are limited, so snatch up the remaining few before Pratiwi heads back to Indonesia for the winter to research recipes, write a cookbook, and finalize investors for her upcoming Boston restaurant. Beer, wine, and other beverages will be available through KO Pies.
$50 per person, Oct. 14, 7:30-9:30 p.m., 256 Marginal St., Boston; kakilimabostonpopup.splashthat.com.
Bergamot’s Laval Champagne Dinner
The toast of the grower champagne world, Vincent Laval, will make his first ever visit to the Boston area on October 16 to host a five-course dinner with Bergamot chef Keith Pooler. Laval’s stunning, old-vine, small production bubbles take center stage with complementary dishes such as butter-poached Brooks Cloud beef, sea scallops, a cheese course, and poached oysters with grilled oyster mushrooms. The event will feature all four of of Laval’s organic wines, including a rose and the super rare “Les Chenes” premier cru.
$250 per person, Oct. 16, 8-11 p.m., 118 Beacon St., Somerville; 617-576-7700 or eventbrite.com.
Urban Affairs: A Cornucopia of Brews and Bites
Rich Morin, chef de cuisine at Lineage and Ben Bouton, manager of Urban Hops, will explore the concept of seasonality in food and beer with their upcoming dinner at Urban Grape in the South End. Over four courses, Morin will present his takes on seasonal New England dishes, all paired with a beer from one of the regional states. Bouton will not only present fall selections that go beyond typical Oktoberfest and pumpkin beers, but go into depth about all the chosen breweries. As a special bonus, chef Jeremy Sewall (Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34) will be on hand to chat about his new cookbook, The New England Kitchen, which was released at the end of September. Signed copies of Sewall’s book will be available for purchase.
$25 per person, Oct. 19, 7-9 p.m., 303 Columbus Ave., Boston; eventbrite.com.
Cambridge Brewing Company’s 7th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival
Celebrate all things fall at the 7th Annual Great Pumpkin Festival at Cambridge Brewing Company. The event, which takes place over three ticketed sessions, is a must-see for both pumpkin lovers and naysayers alike. Check out rare beers from brewmaster Will Meyers, as well as autumnal favorites from breweries such as Avery, Sixpoint, and Uinta. Costumes are highly encouraged and admission includes a limited edition Great Pumpkin fest pint glass. Grilled fare will be available outside on the patio.
$15 per person noon-7 p.m. or $20 per person from 8 p.m.-midnight, October 25, 1 Kendall Square, Bldg. 100, Cambridge; brownpapertickets.com.
Jared Forman’s Final Farewell Dinner at Strip-T’s
Paul Maslow of Strip-T’s drew some serious public backlash when he recently announced that they would be resorting back to a more casual concept. Now Maslow’s Watertown restaurant suffers another major loss (albeit an “amicable” one) with the departure of chef du cuisine Jared Forman (formerly at Gramercy Tavern, Per Se, Momofuku Ssam Bar) who officially ended his three-year tenure on October 10. As a final goodbye, the Strip-T’s crew will prepare a final four-course prix fixe menu that will be an anthology of Forman’s best dishes. Wines will be poured by Clio wine director Jonathan Fenelon and beer and punch will also be available courtesy of Ribelle bartender Sean Woods.
$65 per person (does not include beverages), Oct. 26, 3-7 p.m., 93 School St., Watertown; eventbrite.com.
Trillium Dinner at Lord Hobo
J.C. and Esther Tetreault from Trillium Brewing will host a unique, intimate beer dinner at Lord Hobo on October 27. Chef Nicholas Gardner says that both Lord Hobo and Trillium wanted to avoid another “cookie cutter” dinner concept, so they’re modeling the evening after a wedding reception with five courses inspired by foods that have personal significance to both J.C. and Esther. The ticketed event will be the first ever Trillium dinner focused on the brewery. As a bonus, the meal will finish with a dessert course that is paired with a special mystery Trillium beer. Only 80 seats are available.
Oct. 27, 6-9:30 p.m., 92 Hampshire St., Cambridge; 617-250-8454 or lordhobo.com.
Overkill, a 12 Course Blowout Dinner
Join Will Gilson (Puritan & Co.), Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow), Mike Stark (Toro), Karen Akunowicz (Myers & Chang), Monica Glass (Clio), Heather Schmidt (Union Square Donuts), and many others as they prepare 12 courses to raise money for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry program. Organized by Harvest’s Mary Dumont and Brian Mercury, the event will pair up six pastry chefs and six savory chefs to create a dozen inspiring dishes that go toward ending childhood hunger. In addition to all the culinary talent on display, Overkill will host some of Boston’s best bartenders including Kevin Mabry (Merrill & Co.) and Naomi Levy (Eastern Standard).
$175 per person, Oct. 30, 6:30 p.m., 23 Bradston St., Boston; nokidhungry.org.
Whiskey Tasting and Pig Roast at Citizen Public House
Lew Bryson, the managing editor of Whisky Advocate magazine, will discuss his new book, Tasting Whiskey at Citizen Public House on November 2. Bryson will give a short presentation after which guests can enjoy a whiskey flight and the spoils of a whole suckling pig roast. All event goers go home with a signed copy of Bryson’s book.
$100 per person, Nov. 2, 1-4 p.m., 1310 Boylston St., Boston; eventbrite.com.