July and August Pop-Up Dinners (And Other Notable Culinary Events)
Ice Cream Slosh at Craigie On Main
Craigie on Main is embracing the warm weather with a boozy, beach-themed ice cream social at its bar, full of treats like rum-infused milkshakes, floats, and Mai Tai popsicles. In addition to sloshiness and indoor games, chef Tony Maws and his team will serve up Craigie sliders, a riff off of the restaurant’s must-try gourmet burger.
Tuesday, July 26, 9 p.m.-midnight, Craigie on Main, 853 Main St., Cambridge, 617-497-5511, craigieonmain.com.
Whole Garden Dinners at Alden & Harlow
If you needed another reason to love this Harvard Square spot, Alden & Harlow is reprising its Whole Garden dinner series beginning Wednesday, July 27. Every Wednesday through August, chef Michael Scelfo and his team will bring in ingredients from local favorites like Siena Farms and Island Creek Oysters to craft a seasonal, four-course menu. Space is limited to 10 seats per dinner, and reservations are accepted via email.
$80 + optional $30 for wine pairings, Wednesday, July 27-August 24, 6:30 p.m., Alden & Harlow, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-864-2100, aldenharlow.com.
Jack’s Abby 5th Anniversary Tap Takeover at Meadhall
One of the area’s best breweries is celebrating its fifth birthday by tapping 50 (yes, you read that right) of its lagers at Meadhall in Kendall Square. Choose from a draft menu with dozens of exclusive barrel-aged beers and sours, including a few the brewery hasn’t even offered at its own taproom. You can also grab a pint of the brewery’s newest offering, Beer Geek Helles, brewed in collaboration with New England Brewing Company.
Wednesday, July 27, 6 p.m.-2 a.m., Meadhall, Cambridge,, 4 Cambridge Center, 617-714-4372, themeadhall.com.
Chez Henri Pop-Up at Parsnip Restaurant & Lounge
Paul O’Connell, chef of the late Chez Henri, returns to the Cambridge restaurant scene to partner with Harvard Square spots Parsnip and Night Market for one night only. The menu will bring back Chez Henri staples, like guava ribs, empanadas, and the restaurant’s well-loved Cubano sandwich. A portion of proceeds will go toward the culinary program NECAT.
$48, Thursday, July 28, Seatings at 5:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Parsnip, 91 Winthrop St., Cambridge, 617-714-3206, Eventbrite.
Final Charity Dinner at Lineage
Lineage chef and owner Jeremy Sewall will serve up the Brookline restaurant’s last meal in early August, but not before hosting a charity event dedicated to his mentor, chef Howard “Corky” Clark. Clark is a retired Culinary Institute of America professor of seafood, which shouldn’t be a surprise given Sewall’s affinity for les fruits de mer. After Lineage, the chef will focus on his other spots, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Row 34, and a planned Harvard Square restaurant. The dinner at Lineage begins with a raw bar, then five courses focused on seafood. All proceeds from the night will go toward creating a scholarship fund for students at the CIA.
$125, Tuesday, August 2, 6-9 p.m., Lineage, 242 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-232-0065, lineagerestaurant.com.
The Parlor Ice Cream Co. Pop-Up at Trillium Brewing Company
Ice cream queen Jacqueline Dole is stopping by Trillium’s Canton location to scoop a few collaborative flavors inspired by (and flavored with ingredients from) the brewery’s beers. Expect flavors like Secret Stairs, with roasted barely, cocoa, and dulce de leche, an Uppercase IPA blend with pineapple swirl, and Dusk Trill Dawn with barley malt, cold brew ganache, and coffee from Barrington Coffee Roasters.
Saturday, August 6, noon, Trillium Brewing Company, 110 Shawmut Rd., Canton, 781-562-0073, trilliumbrewing.com.
Guest Chef Matt Louis at the Colonnade Hotel
The Portsmouth, New Hampshire, chef (and James Beard Award semifinalist) is stopping by the Colonnade Hotel as part of their roofTOP chef series. Louis’s menu for the pop-up hasn’t been finalized, but if it’s anything like the fare at his two acclaimed restaurants, Moxy and the Franklin Oyster House, it’ll be delicious. A number of local chefs like Andy Husbands (The Smoke Shop) and Tiffani Faison (Tiger Mama) are also headed for the roof this summer, so visit the ticketing link for a full list.
$20, Tuesday, August 16, 5:30-7:30 p.m., the Colonnade Hotel, 120 Huntington Ave., Boston, 617-424-7000, Eventbrite.
BONUS: Boston Beer and Sweets Fest at Space 57
As a reward for reading this far, we’ll tip you off to something farther down the line: doughnuts and beer. Check out booths from 20 local breweries, like Castle Island and Bantam Cider Co., while you nosh on sweets from Blackbird Doughnuts, Taza Chocolate, Kitchen Millie, and more. Tickets just went live, so snag yours before the rest of the city does.
$55, Friday and Saturday, November 4-5, Space 57, 200 Stuart Street, Boston, Eventbrite.