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

'Wine and Weiners,' a Jewish food blowout, and one of Maine's most famous clam shacks takes over Belly wine bar.

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JP Beer Garden at Kirkland T&T

Chef Owen Royce-Nagel (Row 34) and Lizzie Szczepaniakis (Centre Street Cafe), the husband and wife team behind JP Beer Garden, are heading back to where they first met to host their latest beer-fueled pop-up. Taking place at Tony Maws’ Kirkland Tap & Trotter in Somerville, guests can expect complimentary warm, buttered booze, local beer flights (sour, dark, and hoppy options) curated by Szczepaniakis, and a menu of small, shareable a la carte items. Dishes will included fried fish with pickles, duck liver pate, chicken schnitzel, country pork ribs, and a tarte tatin with a fromage blanc ice cream.

Feb. 22, 9 p.m.- midnight, The Kirkland Tap & Trotter, 425 Washington St., Somerville; No reservations or tickets, first-come first-served.

Beyond Bubbie’s Kitchen

Join Boston’s biggest celebration of Jewish food with luminary chefs like Tony Maws (Craigie on Main), Michael Leviton (Lumiere), William Kovel (Catalyst), Dave Punch (Sycamore), and James DiSabatino (Roxy’s Grilled Cheese), as well as restaurants such as Mei Mei, State Park, and The Chubby Chickpea, as they put their own spin on Jewish classics. Taking place at the Back Bay Events Center on March 1, the gala will also include samples of Notch Brewing beer, Bantam cider, wine, rum, and more.

$36 per person, March 1, 5-7:30 p.m., Back Bay Events Center, 180 Berkeley St., Boston;

ONCE featuring Chef Trevor Smith

Chef Trevor Smith, an alum of Craigie Street Bistro, Craigie on Main, and Gramercy Tavern (NYC), will host a five-course pop-up dinner at the sight of one of his earliest stints, Cuisine en Locale. Expect dishes like pig’s head taquitos and a beef heart pastrami on rye with mustard canapés. Wine, beer, and liquor will be available for an additional charge. This is a great chance to see Smith’s work before he moves on to his next stellar appointment, working for Jamie Bissonnette.

$75 per person or $105 with wine pairings, March 1, 5-9 p.m., 156 Highland Ave., Somerville;

Women, Wine, and Weiners

Chef Suzi Maitland of Trina’s Starlite Lounge, Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang, Nicki Hobson of Island Creek Oyster Bar, and Kate Holowchik of Bread and Salt at Wink and Nod are getting together for a night of creative tube steaks, booze, beer, and casual fun at the inaugural “Women, Wine + Wieners.” Inspired by Trina’s #dogoftheday tradition, each chef will create their own unique hot dog interpretation as one of four-courses to be paired with wine, beer, and cocktails.

$50 per person, March 11, 6-9 p.m., Trina’s Starlite Lounge, 3 Beacon St., Somerville;

Bob’s Clam Hut Pop-up at Belly Wine Bar

Kittery, Maine’s most famous clam shack, Bob’s Clam Hut, is hitting the road and hosting its first-ever pop-up event at Belly wine bar in Cambridge. Finally, you can sate that seafood hankering that’s been haunting you since Labor Day and go belly up on some classic fried seafood. On Thursday, April 30 Belly’s patio will be transformed into a Cambridge-style clam shack experience with Bob’s serving up seafood favorites straight out of the fryer to go along with wine selections chosen by Belly’s Liz Vilardi. Yes, we understand that this one is pretty far away, but that’s how excited we are about this one!

April 30, 5-9 p.m., 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge; 617-494-0968 or