12 Must-Eat Culinary Events in September

The James Beard Foundation farm dinners, end-of-season patio parties, pop-up dinners, and more things you absolutely must eat this month.

September 2017 food events Boston

(L to R) 1. the Skinny Dennis at the Smoke Shop BBQ PHOTO BY RICE WALES PROVIDED / Ellia Tiglao photo by NABEELA VEGA PROVIDED / Oleana patio photo by Kristin Teig provided / Louis DiBiccari photo provided

Create Boston

Founded by Tavern Road chef Louis DiBiccari in 2012, Create pairs trios of chefs, bartenders, and artists for an inspiring tasting event like no other.

$55 / $75, Sunday, September 10, 2-5 p.m., Innovation and Design Center, 1 Design Center Place, Seaport, Boston, tickets at create-boston.com.

Chefs Josh Lewin and Moe Kuroki at las year's Kaizen dinner at Juliet

Chefs Josh Lewin and Moe Kuroki at las year’s Kaizen dinner at Juliet. / Photo provided by Juliet

Kaizen, by Oisa Ramen and Juliet

Oisa Ramen chef Moe Kuroki presents a four-course menu at 6 and 8 p.m. featuring shoku-pan bruschetta, lobster tsukemen, and more. At 7 p.m., Juliet’s Josh Lewin joins her on a few extra courses. All seatings have an optional $25 beverage pairing add-on, and tickets are required.

$50 / 75, Tuesday, September 12, 6 + 8 p.m. / 7 p.m., Juliet, 257 Washington St., Somerville, 617-718-0958, julietsomerville.com.

Tavolo Turns 9

Celebrate a near-decade of this Italian spot from chef/owner Chris Douglas (Icarus, Ashmont Grill)—and meet the new executive chef, Eric Buonagurio. Instead of the typical dinner menu of cicchetti, house-made pastas, and pizza on Tuesday, September 12, Buonagurio will be dishing out complimentary food to thank the neighborhood. No cover charge, cash bar.

Tuesday, September 12, 7-9 p.m., Tavolo Ristorante, 1918 Dorchester Ave., Dorchester Center, 617-822-1918, tavolopizza.com, Facebook.

Chefs Seamus Mullen (Left) and Tony Maws

Chefs Seamus Mullen (Left) and Tony Maws. / Photos provided by Tony Maws

Two Nights of with Seamus Mullen and Tony Maws

Seamus Mullen, New York City chef of Tertulia and El Colmado, just published Real Food Heals, a cookbook full of wholesome recipes inspired by his struggle with an autoimmune disease. “We can all learn something from his battle and his new outlook. I am delighted to welcome him to my kitchen and cook with him,” Maws says. This week, he has two opportunities. Mullen is hosting a family-style “Dinner with Tony” on Tuesday, September 12, at Kirkland Tap & Trotter. Then on Wednesday, the two chefs will cook side-by-side at Craigie on Main, “bringing seasonal ingredients to new heights from the perspective of Real Food Heals.” Reservations are required for both events.

Dinner with Tony, $85 (includes signed copy of Real Food Heals), Tuesday, September 12, 6 p.m., the Kirkland Tap & Trotter, 425 Washington St., Somerville, 857-259-6585, kirklandtapandtrotter.com, Eventbrite.

Celebrating Real Food Heals, $115.00 (includes signed copy of Real Food Heals), Wednesday, September 13, Craigie on Main, 853 Main St., Central Square, Cambridge, 617-497-5511, craigieonmain.com.

B.T.’S SMOKEHOUSE. / PHOTO BY PAT PIASECKI for “New England’s Best Barbecue Restaurants

Operation BBQ Relief Benefit

Since 2011, the entirely donation-fueled Operation BBQ Relief has been feeding first responders and others affected by disasters with comforting barbecue. Here in Massachusetts, our top-tier barbecue restaurants can’t all set up in Houston, but they can join forces to raise money for the unique, barbecue-driven disaster relief organization. Tickets include appetizers from host, the Smoke Shop, as well as East Coast Grill, Blue Ribbon BBQ, B.T.’s Smokehouse, and Firefly’s BBQ, plus two drinks from the night’s beverage sponsors. There will also be a live auction and raffle. All proceeds will go to Operation BBQ Relief.

$35, Wednesday, September 13, 6-8 p.m., the Smoke Shop, 25 Hampshire St., Kendall Square, Cambridge, Eventbrite.

Koji at Commonwealth

OurCookQuest and Commonwealth chef de cuisine Nicco Murature are hosting an all-day, educational pop-up on this umami marinade, including a koji-inspired lunch.

$100, Sunday, September 17, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Commonwealth Market & Restaurant, 11 Broad Canal Way, Kendall Square, Cambridge, Eventbrite.

Araguani 72% Chocolate Budino with honey crunch, brûléed quince, ras el hanout, caramel gelato at Benedetto. / Photo by Erik Jacobs / JacobsPhotographic

La Dolci Vita!

Best of Boston-award-winning pastry chef Renae Connolly’s five-course “sweet life”—dessert tasting with beverage pairings—gets Italian inspiration at Benedetto this year.

$75, Monday, September 18, 7:30-10 p.m., Benedetto, the Charles Hotel, 1 Bennett St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, Eventbrite.

Cheers! A Filipino American Beer Dinner

Chef Ellie Tiglao explores the Filipino diaspora with her Pamangan pop-up series, and this five-course meal features takes on pulutan, or savory dishes traditionally paired with beer. Fitting, then, it’s paired with five complementary, eight-ounce beers from Lamplighter Brewing. There will also be a brewery tour, and something to take home. Check out the full menu online, and get your tickets ahead of time.

$100, Monday, September 18, 7 p.m., Lamplighter Brewing Co., 284 Broadway, Cambridge, kulinarya.us.

The bar at Island Creek Oyster Bar in Burlington.

The bar at Island Creek Oyster Bar in Burlington. / Photo by Michael Harlan Turkell provided

Other Half Tap Takeover

Ahead of the Copenhagen Beer Festival in Boston, the Burlington outpost of Island Creek Oyster Bar is hosting an exclusive tap takeover with this highly regarded Brooklyn brewery. Eight drafts will include All Citra Everything, Space Diamonds, Baby Diamonds, and more, plus there will be brunch specials to pair from chef Matt Celeste.

Priced a la carte, Sunday, Septemer 24, begins at 11:30 a.m., Island Creek Oyster Bar, 300 District Ave., Burlington, 781-761-6500, islandcreekoysterbar.com.

James Beard Celebrity Chef Tour at Wright-Locke Farm

A stacked lineup of chefs takes over this Winchester farm for a five-course feast. The Table at Season to Taste chef Carl Dooley and pastry chef Mary Edinger host, with help from Karen Akunowicz (Myers + Chang), Kevin O’Donnell and Michael Lombardi (SRV), Lydia Reichert (Sycamore), and Kate Smith (Toro).

$165, Mon, September 25, 6:30 p.m., Wright-Locke Farm, 78 Ridge St, Winchester, jamesbeard.org.

Toro paella. / Photo via Facebook

Toro paella. / Photo via Facebook used with permission

Paella on the Porch Battle

When two James Beard Award-winning chefs argue over who makes better paella, nobody loses. The Automatic owner and general legend Chris Schlesinger, whose paella has been featured in the New York Times, throws down versus Toro chef-partner Jamie Bissonnette, who headlined this year’s Food & Wine Classic in Aspen with his outstanding, iconic paella. Guests vote on which dish is better. Fun starts at 6:30 p.m., and food is served at 7:30. Tickets include paella and a glass of Ameztoi Rosado rosé. Email or call for reservations.

$45, Monday, September 25, 6:30-9:30 p.m., the Automatic, 50 Hampshire St., Cambridge, 617-714-5226, theautomaticbar.com, Facebook.

Ice Cream Party on the Oleana Patio

Enjoy the waning warmth in this beautiful backyard. Dana Cree, author of the new book, Hello, My Name is Ice Cream: The Art and Science of the Scoop, is joining forces with Oleana’s sweet genius, Maura Kilpatrick, for a make-your-own ice cream sundae party. Tickets can include a signed copy of the book. Pop in anytime throughout the afternoon for a sundae and a seasonal sparkling beverage. If the weather’s bad, the party will move inside.

$20-$40, Saturday, September 30, noon-3 p.m., Oleana, 134 Hampshire St., Cambridge, Eventbrite.