Eight Must-Eat (and Drink) Culinary Events in January
Deep Ellum Turns 10
Deep Ellum has been satiating Boston-area beer lovers for a full decade—10 years of rauchbier, rock and roll, and house-made sausages. On Wednesday, January 4—the actual anniversary—the party goes all night with specials like the Blackwater, a highball with Moxie and rye whiskey from the original cocktail menu; a 10-year-cellared keg of the Austrian beer Samichlaus; and the first pours of Fear of the Gods, a revival of a now-defunct favorite, High & Mighty’s Beer of the Gods, brewed especially for the occasion (it’ll last longer than the night, though). The team is popping bottles of bubbly and cutting the the cake at the stroke of 7 p.m., the same time the bar debuted in 2007.
Parlor Ice Cream Co. Scoops for Syria
**This event was postponed due to snow. Stay tuned for a rescheduled date.
Here’s another chance to get a taste of Jacqueline Dole’s cool confections, and it’s for a good cause. The former Mei Mei pastry chef and Parlor Ice Cream Co. maven is spinning Syrian-inspired flavors—tahini, and her baklava ice cream—with proceeds going to the International Rescue Committee’s efforts in Aleppo. Dole is also curating donations for a raffle from friends like Winter Hill Brewing, Apotheker’s, Fresh Prints Press, and more, and there will be a live DJ.
$10 (includes ice cream), Saturday, January 7, 8 p.m.-midnight, Once Lounge, 156 Highland Ave., Somerville, tickets.
The Ultimate Middle Eastern Brunch
Dave Becker’s Juniper isn’t typically open on Sundays, but the chef is teaming up with Avi Shemtov of the Chubby Chickpea for a special 2017 kick-off. On Sunday, January 8, Shemtov will join Becker in the kitchen to make his signature shakshuka, with offerings like lamb belly hash, confit duck Benedict, fried bacon gravy, and more rounding out the Middle Eastern-inspired mid-day meal. The bar staff is also perfecting brunch-appropriate libations for the occasion. Walk in, or reserve a table—everything is priced a la carte.
Sunday, January 8, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Juniper, 13 Central Street, Wellesley, 781-446-6950, juniperwellesley.com.
Live Music at the Smoke Shop
Andy Husbands has long promised live music at his latest, the Smoke Shop, and it officially begins this Saturday, January 7 with Massive Groove Band. Not quite country, but if your boots are made for dancing, head to One Kendall Square. There’s already a lineup of different musicians on the books through February, so keep an eye on social media to keep up.
No cover, Saturday, January 7, 9 p.m.-close, the Smoke Shop bar, One Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-577-7427, thesmokeshopbbq.com.
Watch Tampopo at the Brattle Theatre
For the detoxing food fan who’s looking for a bar alternative, Harvard Square’s indie establishment presents director Jûzô Itami’s classic “ramen Western,” Tampopo. The 1985 film tells the story of a widow who seeks the help of a mysterious group of “ramen rōnin” to perfect the recipe at her hole-in-the-wall noodle shop. The quirky and ecstatic story veers into surreal vignettes about the relationship between food and love. Sound like your bowl of soup? Check out the trailer, and don’t miss these rare, local screenings.
Sunday, January 8, 9:30 p.m., and Monday, January 9, 7 and 9:30 p.m., 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, 617-876-6837, brattlefilm.org.
‘What She Said,’ with Kristen Kish and More
Want to talk girl power with Top Chef and adopted Bostonian Kristen Kish? Here’s your chance. The self-described nomadic chef is in town at her home-away-from-home, the W Boston, for the latest installment of “What She Said,” a W Hotel-wide series of moderated discussions aimed to inspire and empower women. Kish will be joined by panelists including Olives & Grace owner Sofi Madison, entrepreneur Gesche Haas, and Combs Wine & Spirits president Dia Simms. Bites and cocktails will be provided.
Monday, January 9, 6:30-9 p.m. (panel begins at 7:30 p.m.), the Gallery at W Boston, 100 Stuart St., Boston, 617-261-8700, wboston.com.
Full Plate Lunch Returns to Menton
Massachusetts’s First Lady joins chef Barbara Lynch to kick off this year’s Full Plate networking series. The fifth annual go-round, taking place one Tuesday per month through April, has a special focus on Bostonians this year. It begins with Lauren Schadt Baker, a prolific local volunteer, board member for American Red Cross of Massachusetts, and a founding member of the Tiffany Circle Society of Women Leaders—oh, and she’s married to the Guv. The open discussion includes a three-course meal and non-alcoholic beverages with the cost of admission. Call to reserve your spot.
$95, Tuesday, January 10, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Menton, 354 Congress St., Fort Point, Boston, 617-737-0099, mentonboston.com.
Tiki 101 with Todd Maul
Is your New Year’s resolution to make better cocktails? Start off strong. The best in the biz, Todd Maul, is teaching his first-ever cocktail class this month, kicking off a spirited new, one-hour series. The first lesson is all about rum, including intel on Maul’s favorite varieties and history of tiki-style libations. He’ll show guests how to recreate one of his favorite drinks, and taste them through a flight of three unique rums. Bar snacks are also included in the ticket price, so call to reserve yours.
$48, Saturday, January 21, 4 p.m., Cafe ArtScience, 650 E. Kendall Street, Cambridge, 857-999-2193, cafeartscience.com.