Eight Pop-Up Dinners (and Other Notable Culinary Events)
Stumptown Brunch at Alden & Harlow
Alden & Harlow is launching Saturday brunch service this weekend, and to help celebrate, they’re inviting in some friends from dynamic Portland, Oregon coffee roaster, Stumptown. “Coffee sommeliers” will set up shop for a day of coffee-focused fun, such as coffee flights highlighting new releases like the Columbia el Jordan and Sulawesi Toarco, which will be brewed with a unique drip method; special brunch-only cold-brew concentrate cocktails created by beverage director Seth Freidus; and a chance to chat with the people behind one of the most successful roasteries in the country.
March 7, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge; 617-864-2100 or aldenharlow.com.
La Dolce Vida Dessert Tasting at Cafe ArtScience
Cafe ArtScience pastry chef Renae Connolly will host the restaurant’s first-ever dessert-only tasting menu on March 9. La Dolce Vida will be a five-course menu with optional wine and cocktail pairings from bar manager Todd Maul and general manager/wine director, Tom Mastricola. Guests are invited to embrace their sweet tooth with prix fixe dessert courses inspired by Connolly’s travels through Spain, France, and Italy. Menu items include: petit rose macarons with yuzu curd and pistachio ice cream, sourdough beignets with apricot jam and chicory, urfa soft chocolate, and more.
$45 per person, March 9 at 8:30 p.m., 650 Kendall St., Cambridge; 857-999-2193 or cafeartscience.com.
Bourbon Street Pop-up at Bergamot
Mardi Gras might be over, but’s that not going to stop Bergamot chefs Keith Pooler and Dan Bazzinotti from exploring the traditional food, music, and drinks of New Orleans. Bergamot’s Bourbon Street pop-up on March 11 will include dishes such as chicken etouffee, house-made beignets, and sausage po’ boys, to go along with plenty of jazz music. The after-hours bash will have a cash bar featuring Bourbon Street specials, beer, and more.
$20 per person, March 11 at 10 p.m., 118 Beacon St., Somerville; 617-576-7700 or eventbrite.com.
Tiki Drink Class at No. 9 Park
No. 9 Park bar manager Ryan Lotz is kicking off his series of Sunday afternoon cocktail classes on March 15 with an exploration of tiki drinks. Lotz will discuss the history and craft of the cult favorite, including the different types of rums to procure, various styles of tiki cocktails, the art of crafting your own syrups, and even tricks for cheeky garnishes. No. 9 Park chef de cuisine Ben Weisberger will create specially designed, complimentary bar snacks for the class.
$65 per person, March 15, 2-4 p.m., 9 Park St., Boston; 617-742-9991 or no9park.com.
Loophole Dining Icelandic Feast
After staging at chef Gunnar Karl Gíslason’s Dill restaurant in Reykjavik in January, renowned personal chef Mike Betts (formerly of Clio and Sandrine’s Bistro) returns to Boston to prepare a special dinner inspired by the techniques and philosophies he learned overseas. Each intimate dining experience (there’s only 16 seats per evening) includes items like parsnip bisque, pickled blueberries, cured cod, egg yolks cured in shiso salt, braised lamb, and an Omnom Chocolate Tart.
$75 per person, March 19-20 at 7 p.m., Rita’s Cafe, 224 Cypress St., Brookline; loopholedining.com.
The 2nd Annual Whiskey Rebellion Boston comes to Moksa in Cambridge for two days at the end of March. After selling out in only four hours last year, Whiskey Rebellion Boston has been expanded into an entire weekend, with whiskey tastings focused exclusively on American-made spirits, as well as an educational ABCs of American Whiskey class scheduled before the main event. At the class, taught by Nick Korn of Offsite, attendees will get a primer of the various categories of American whiskey, the history, geography, chemistry, and, of course, tasting.
$42 per person, March 21-22, 2:30-5 p.m., Moksa, 450 Mass Ave., Cambridge; wheretoeat.in.
Bingo Night at State Park
Who doesn’t love bingo? And fried chicken? And really good cider? That’s the simple premise behind State Park’s first-ever bingo night which will include games, socializing, Bantam cider, and chef-owner Barry Maiden’s kick-ass fried chicken. Tickets are guaranteed to go fast.
$30 per person (fried chicken and bingo), March 25, 6-8 p.m., 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge; eventbrite.com.
Tavern Road’s Second Anniversary Party
Chef Louis DiBiccari and his team are celebrating their second anniversary by inviting in some of the best culinary talent from Maine, New York, and Boston. Guest chefs Ashley Abodeely (NoMad Hotel, NYC), Chris Gould (Central Provisions, Portland), Matthew Gaudet (West Bridge, Cambridge), Alex Crabb (Asta, Boston), and Jiho Kim (The Modern, NYC) will be collaborating on a special menu for evening. Dinner is just the beginning of the birthday celebration, though. After 11 p.m., Tavern Road continues the party with a killer lineup of guest bartenders making batidas, boozy lassis, and other creative cocktails.
$85, March 31, 6:30-10:30 p.m., 343 Congress St., Boston; 617-790-0808 or eventbrite.com.