Can’t-Miss Culinary Events in June

A Formaggio barbecue, a lobster fest on the Greenway, Feast of Sorrow in Cambridge, and more delicious summer happenings.

Beyonce performs at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles

Beyonce performs at the 59th annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, in Los Angeles. / Photo by Matt Sayles / Invision / AP

Beyoncé’s Baby Shower Brunch at Back Bay Harry’s

The world is about to welcome two more Carters, and Beyoncé super fans are stoked. That includes the super fans at Back Bay Harry’s, who love to celebrate America’s true first family. This month’s Super Fan Brunch edition is a celebratory shower for Mrs. Carter, complete with streaming Beyoncé videos and performances, a soundtrack of Beyoncé’s greatest hits, and baby shower games and prizes. The three-course menu is Bey baby-themed, too, with options like OK Babies, Now Let’s Get In Formation Breakfast Sandwich, and a Blue-berry mule.

$40+, 21+, Sunday, June 4, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Back Bay Harry’s, 142 Berkeley St., Boston, 617-424-6711,, Eventbrite.

Restaurant Review: Bar Mezzana


One Year of Bar Mezzana

Chef Colin Lynch has been filling the South End with delicate and delicious crudo and more for a year, and he’s bringing some friends in to celebrate. A VIP birthday party this weekend features bites from the James Beard award-winning chefs of Eventide, as well as Haley.Henry, Myers + Chang, Cafe Sushi, and an Island Creek Oysters raw bar, plus drinks courtesy of guest bartender Andrew Volk of the Portland Hunt & Alpine Club. Join the main event later on Sunday, with spritzes and blender drinks by Bar Mezzana’s Ryan Lotz, Italian sausages on the grill, a mozzarella bar, and a cart with house-made ice cream. There will be oversized patio games, plus DJ Brother Wayne spinning soul on vinyl.

$125 / $85, 12:30-2 p.m., 2-6 p.m., Bar Mezzana, Ink Block, 360 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, Eventbrite.

Oak + Rowan. / Photo by Dawn Rabinowitz

Oak + Rowan. / Photo by Dawn Rabinowitz

Friends of James Beard Dinner at Oak + Rowan

Occasionally, local chefs head down to New York City to bring a taste of Boston to the James Beard House—like next week’s Soft Shell Crab-a-Palooza, with Tracy Chang (Pagu), David Bazirgan (Bambara), and more. But this week, they’re sticking around town to pay respects to the legendary chef. Oak + Rowan welcomes five all-star chefs into its kitchen this weekend for a seven-course meal, in support of the James Beard House National Scholars Program. Nathan Gould (O Ya), Will Gilson (Puritan & Co.), Karen Akunowicz (Myers + Chang), Carl Dooley (the Table), and Meghan Thompson (SRV) join Oak + Rowan’s Justin Shoults and pastry chef Brian Mercury. Check out the menu on Eventbrite, and claim your seat.

$150, Sunday, June 4, 6-10 p.m., Oak + Rowan, 321 A St., Fort Point, Boston, Eventbrite.

The Smoke Shop patio photo provided

The Smoke Shop patio photo provided

Crawfish Boil at the Smoke Shop

Among all the new outdoor options on the One Kendall Square plaza is a gigantic patio in front of the Smoke Shop. Celebrate the season with an old fashioned crawfish boil, with a stew of crustaceans, corn, and potatoes, plus corn bread, New Orleans barbecue shrimp toast, Creole boudin and mustard, and okra hush puppies with cilantro ranch. Harpoon Brewery and Deacon Giles Distillery will be on hand, and the bar team is whipping up a special Hurricane, along with the full menu of libations.

$38, Monday, June 5, 5-7 p.m., the Smoke Shop, Kendall Square, Cambridge, Eventbrite.

Taste of the Nation for No Kid Hungry

There are delicious events aplenty this and every season, but there are many people who in greater Boston who do not have enough. More than 270,000 children in Massachusetts struggle with hunger, but you can step up to help. All proceeds from this annual food festival go to the local branch of No Kid Hungry, a campaign by Share Our Strength to eradicate childhood hunger. Last year, Taste of the Nation raised more than $140,000 for the effort. Contribute while also eating your way around more than 60 participating restaurants, like Little Donkey, Buttermilk & Bourbon, Craigie on Main, Townsman, Bar Mezzana, and more. HGTV star and designer Taniya Nayak hosts the event, there will be craft cocktails, and more.

$95 / $150, Tuesday, June 6, 6 / 7-9:30 p.m., Cruiseport Boston, 1 Black Falcon Ave., Seaport, Boston, tickets.

Heritage Foods USA chef-partner Cesare Casella

Heritage Foods USA chef-partner Cesare Casella. / Photo provided

Heritage Foods Dinner

Chefs Mario LaPosta (Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca), Josh Smith (Moody’s, New England Charcuterie), Michael Lombardi (SRV), and Cesare Casella (Heritage Foods USA) join forces for a collaborative dinner showcasing Heritage’s farm-to-table products. The multi-course menu will include a variety of antipasti, contorni, pizza, secondi, and dolce, plus beer or wine pairings. Check out the menu online.

$95, Thursday, June 8, 6:30 p.m., Babbo Pizzeria e Enoteca, 11 Fan Pier Blvd., Boston, 617-421-4466,

Fenway Bacon & Beer Festival

2016 Bacon & Beer Festival. / Photo provided

Bacon & Beer

Rescheduled from May 13, the Red Sox Foundation and Eat Boston return in June with the original Bacon & Beer Festival at Fenway Park. The eighth annual edition features 45 restaurants, the most that have ever participated. Porky bites from A&B Burgers, Brewer’s Fork, Gracie’s Ice Cream, Island Creek Oyster Bar, Juliet, SuperFine, Uni, and many more are on the concourse, accompanied by suds from more than 15 different breweries. Eight 3-ounce beer tastings are included in the ticket price. Proceeds from the party go to the Red Sox Foundation, which assists a number of local charitable organizations.

$52, 21+, Bacon & Beer Festival, Saturday, June 10, noon-3 p.m., Gate B Concourse at Fenway Park, 4 Yawkey Way, Boston,

Food Truck Fest by SoWa

Food Truck Fest by SoWa Sundays on Flickr / Creative Commons

The Boston V Party

If bacon isn’t your thing, perhaps Boston’s first vegan food and beer fest is? Eat Boston’s June block party at SoWa Boston is entirely plant-based, featuring bites from FoMu Ice Cream, Mother Juice, Whole Heart Provisions, and more. Smuttynose, Newburyport, Winter Hill, And Aeronaut breweries will be on hand, along with Eden Cider, too.

Saturday, June 10, 10 a.m.-4p.m., 500 Harrison Ave., South End, Boston, Facebook event.

The Boston Public Market plaza. / Photo provided

Red’s Best Lobster Fest

Another excuse to get outside: Boston Public Market vendor Red’s Best is celebrating the arrival of the Tall Ships in Boston with a lobster-filled patio party on the BPM plaza. Just off the Greenway, the fest will feature grilled lobster tails, lobster rolls, bisque, clam chowder, and more, plus outdoor games, live music, local beer, and wine from Massachusetts Farm Winery & Growers.

Priced a la carte, Saturday, June 17, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Boston Public Market, 100 Hanover St., Boston, Facebook event.

Ganko Ittetsu Ramen

Ganko Ittetsu Ramen chef Ken Iwaoka / Photo by Shuhei Teshima

Nagakura Ramen Pop-Up

Ramen lovers, here’s a chance to try soup straight from Japan. Sapporo’s own Nagakura Ramen brings two exclusive bowls Ganko Ittetsu Ramen: chintan, a clear, chicken-based broth; and paitan, a chicken base with creamy white broth. The Nagakura menu takes over Ganko Ittetsu’s typical offerings all day, each day.

Priced a la carte, Tuesday, June 13-Thursday, June 15, 11:30 a.m.-10 p.m. all days, Facebook event.


Formaggio Kitchen barbecue. / Photo via Formaggio Kitchen

Summer Beer Garden with Lamplighter Brewing Company

The newest brewery in Cambridge is joining fellow Cantabrigians across town for a summer kickoff with barbecue, cheese, and, of course, beer. The Formaggio Kitchen Annex turns into a beer garden with abundant Lamplighter samples, plus live music, lawn games, and food. Attendees get a Lamplighter glass to refill (and take home).

Sunday, June 18, 6-8 p.m., Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex, 67 Smith Pl., #13a, Mid-Cambridge, Eventbrite.

Benedetto chef/owner Michael Pagliarini. / Photo by Erik Jacobs / JacobsPhotographic

A Taste of Ancient Rome at Benedetto

We have a lot to thank the ancient Romans for, including cooking tips and recipes that still influence how we cook and eat today. Learn more about the c. 4th century Apicius cookbook with novelist Crystal King, author of Feast of Sorrow, a new story about one of the world’s original gourmands, Marcus Gavius Apicius. Benedetto chef Michael Pagliarini will create a three-course meal with wine pairings inspired by the early cookbook and the new novel, and the ticket price includes a copy of King’s book.

$150, Tuesday, June 20, 6-9 p.m., Benedetto, at the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, Eventbrite.

The Rooftop at the Taj Hotel photo provided

The Rooftop at the Taj Hotel photo provided

Solstice Rosé Lounge

Nothing says “hello, summer,” quite like a pop-up rosé lounge, 17 stories above Back Bay. The Rooftop at the Taj Hotel celebrates the solstice with a selection of drink sponsor Whispering Angel wines, , a small bites to pair, courtesy of chef Gurminder Gidda. Tickets are inclusive.

$65, Wednesday, June 21, 6-9 p.m., the Rooftop at the Taj Boston Hotel, 15 Arlington St., Boston, Eventbrite.