What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend in Boston

Sweet corn pizza, heatwave ice cream, patio paella, and more.


Imagine yourself enjoying golden hour tonight with free Eventide Oysters and (not-free) Trillium beer at the first Fenway Fridays of the summer. / Photo courtesy of Samuels & Associates

Eventide Oysters, Trillium Beer, and Yacht Rock

The Fenway Fridays returns this week for the second year in a row, kicking off the bi-monthly series with free (!) Eventide Oysters, a pop-up Trillium beer garden, and a yacht rock soundtrack spun by DJ Frank White. Spearheaded by developer Samuels & Associates—responsible for such projects as the new Time Out Market food hall, and the forthcoming Trillium Brewing greenhouse taproom—the Fenway Fridays parties bring cool collaborations and curated theme parties to the up-and-coming 401 Park lawn twice a month. Check out the upcoming schedule here, and get there early tonight for the oyster free-for-all.

Oysters & Yacht Rock, Friday, July 19, 4-7 p.m., 401 Park Drive, the Fenway, Boston, thefenway.com, Facebook.

Stoked's lobster-and-corn pizza is a must-eat summertime special

Stoked’s lobster-and-corn pizza is a must-eat summertime special. / Photo by Jacqueline Cain

Corn on Your Pizza

One of the sweetest things about summertime? Sweet corn. One of our absolute favorite ways to enjoy this seasonal treat is, nontraditionally, atop a cheesy, crusty, pizza. Sweet corn pizza is an annual special at Coppa; this year, it’s a white pie with Scamorza cheese, corn, morels, scallions. The best neighborhood restaurant in Washington Square, Brookline, also has a seasonal corn-laden treat: Head to Stoked Wood-Fired Pizza Co. for the delightful lobster and corn special, topped with a generous amount of shallot brown butter-tossed Maine lobster, hatch chili flakes, off-the-cob corn, garlicky tomatoes, mozzarella, fresh basil, lemon, and Parmigiano Reggiano. It’s not to be missed—and at $22, it’s priced less than many lobster rolls ’round these parts. Worth it.

Coppa, 253 Shawmut Ave., South End, Boston, 617-391-0902, coppaboston.com.

Stoked Wood Fired Pizza Co., 1632 Beacon St., Washington Square, Brookline, 617-982-FIRE, stokedpizzaco.com.

New City Microcreamery SUNDAE

Get an ice cream sundae on Saturday at New City Microcreamery’s inaugural National Ice Cream Day concert in Cambridge’s Lafayette Square. / Photo courtesy of New City Microcreamery

Ice Cream!

This weekend is going to be a scorcha, Boston. Lucky, then, that we have so much great ice cream—and that National Ice Cream Day lands on Saturday, July 20, this year. Among the icy, creamy special events going on in celebration? My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream and fashion brand Uniqlo are teaming up to offer free mochi ice cream to customers at the Faneuil Hall Uniqlo store from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Across the river in Cambridge, Somerville’s sweet Forge Ice Cream Bar is popping up at the new EHChocolatier shop (145 Huron Ave., Cambridge) from noon-4 p.m., with scoops and ice cream sandwiches. EHChocolatier has iced drinking chocolate on special, as well as iced mochas made with George Howell Coffee. Then, from 4-9 p.m., New City Microcreamery is hosting a free concert in Cambridge’s Lafayette Square (403 Massachusetts Ave.), with Boston-based artists Parissia, Catch a Dinosaur, and Yoni Gordon. The New City folks are dishing up cups, cones, hot fudge sundaes, and milkshakes—and anyone who downloads the New City Microcreamery app will be treated to a free kiddie scoop. Stay cool!

Exhibit 'A' Brewing Co. has a partnership with Black Earth Composting to properly dispose of all the eco-friendly cups they'll serve at their Framingham beer garden

Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Co. has a partnership with Black Earth Composting to properly dispose of all the eco-friendly cups they’ll serve at their Framingham beer garden. / Photo courtesy of Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing

Beer Gardens

To really revel in this weekend’s heat, head to one of Boston’s awesome summertime beer gardens. A few highlights this weekend: Brewer’s Alley at Boston Harbor Hotel has welcomed its latest local beer pop-up, Night Shift Brewing, which is in residence on the waterfront from July 18-August 21. The Rowes Wharf beer garden is open (weather-permitting) seven days a week. Plus: MetroWest gets its very own beer garden beginning Friday, July 19, thanks to Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing Co. of Framingham. And on Sunday, July 21, not only is Malden brewery Idle Hands Craft Ales taking over the SoWa Beer Garden for the day, but the hoppin’ marketplace is belatedly celebrating National Ice Cream Day with a SoWa Scooptacular celebration, featuring free ice cream sandwiches from the Cookie Monstah truck while supplies last. Cheers!

Toro paella. / Photo via Facebook

Photo courtesy of Toro

Patio Paella

Run on over to Toro on Sunday, July 21, to party like we’re in San Fermin. The annual Running of the Bulls party returns this year with unlimited large-format paella, hot and cold tapas (including Toro’s signature grilled street corn), foie gras brats and txistorra dogs (a Basque style of pork sausage), a full Island Creek Oysters raw bar, churros and Basque-style cheesecake, and more. Heck. Yes. Tickets are $85, and include all food and pours from the porrón. More drinks will be available for purchase.

Running of the Bulls, Sunday, July 21, 1-7 p.m., Toro patio, 1704 Washington St., South End, Boston, 617-536-4300, toro-restaurant.com, Eventbrite.

Tiffani Faison and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs president Elizabeth Faulkner

Join chef Tiffani Faison and Women Chefs & Restaurateurs president Elizabeth Faulkner for a networking cocktail party Sunday evening at Tiger Mama. / Photo courtesy of Women Chefs & Restaurateurs

Singapore Street Noodles, Tiki Drinks, and Networking

The venerable chef Tiffani Faison is having some of the restaurant industry’s coolest women over for a meeting of the minds on Sunday evening—and you’re invited. As part of the national Women Chefs & Restaurateurs organization, which endeavors to advance the voice of women in food and beverage through education, promotion, connection, and inspiration, Faison is hosting the likes of New York-based chef, cookbook author, and WCR board president Elizabeth Falkner; Dirt Candy chef and owner and WCR board treasurer Amanda Cohen; award-winning Boston chef Karen Akunowicz; Boston-area food stylist Elle Simone Scott; and more at Tiger Mama. Of course there will be tiki drinks, and snacks: Faison is sharing mini Singie boxes (tiny totes of Singapore street noodles), shrimp toast sliders, veggie egg roll squash blossoms, and desserts from Best of Boston pastry chef Dee Steffen Chinn, including Kalamansi tarts, and mini chocolate turtle pie. The networking event and cocktail reception is for women in the hospitality industry who are looking to network and connect in Boston, and is open to all. The party is free for WCR members, and tickets are $15 for non-members.

Sunday, July 21, 4-6 p.m., Tiger Mama, 1363 Boylston St., the Fenway, Boston, 617-425-6262, tigermamaboston.com, womenchefs.org.