What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend in Boston
Orange wine, pumpkin pasties, bivalves, and burritos.
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Pop the bottles: It’s officially Orange October at Boston wine bar darlings Haley.Henry and Nathalie. Owner Haley Fortier—who recently earned a nod as one of Food & Wine’s Sommeliers of the Year—and her crew will always open any bottle of wine from the intriguing selections if you commit to ordering two glasses. But this month, there’s added incentive to sip something uncommon: Grab a scorecard, and try an orange wine—there are prizes in store. Regardless of the competition, orange wines are an ideal fall drink anyway. These are white wines allowed to ferment in contact with the grape skins, like red wines, so not only do they have a festive fall color, but they’re fuller and more structured than a typical white, yet less bold than an average red—in other words, a perfect shoulder-season selection. Learn all about this broad category of wines, and sip the spectrum all month long at both bars. Scorecards are now available.
Cauldron Cake and Pumpkin Pasties
Talented pastry chef Joshua Livsey’s Hole in the Square doughnut pop-up is back at Harvest this Saturday—and it’s going to be magical. Themed this time to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, the fun flavors include Fire Whiskey (an apple cider doughnut with a spicy cinnamon whiskey glaze), Fizzing Whizzbee (with a fruit glaze and a sprinkling of Pop Rocks candy), chocolate Cauldron Cake, pumpkin napoleon cream-filled pasties, and more. The pastry wizards take over the Harvest patio beginning at 9 and ¾—aka 9:45 a.m.—and the $3 doughnuts will disappear, so make sure to get there early. (The pop-up will move inside in case of inclement weather.)
Saturday, October 12, 9:45 a.m. until sellout, Harvest patio, 44 Brattle St., Harvard Square, Cambridge, 617-868-2255, harvestcambridge.com.
Harvard Square Oktoberfest (with Burritos)
Stick around Cambridge on Sunday for the 41st annual Harvard Square Oktoberfest, a unique festival full of family-friendly fun, sidewalk sales, free samples, live music from Club Passim and Honk!, and of course, tons of food. This year, the Square-wide street fair boasts five beer gardens hosted by locals Alden & Harlow, Charlie’s Kitchen, the Hourly Oyster House, the Sinclair, and the Harvard-bound Wachusett Brewing Company. At Alden & Harlow’s setup, chef Michael Scelfo and crew will be hosting another pop-up by their newest concept, Misión Burrito. A little rain never hurt anyone, but if you need to seek shelter, cozy up at Grendel’s Den, which will be throwing down with Bavarian-style specials and merriment all day, and which hosts the official after-party beginning at 7 p.m. with a traditional keg-tapping. But if it’s raining too much, Oktoberfest-ivities will move to Monday, Oct. 14. Find more details on Facebook.
Sunday, Oct. 13 (rain date: Oct. 14), noon-6 p.m., Harvard Square, harvardsquare.com.
Bivalves, Beats, and Brews
In case you missed it, KO Pies at the Shipyard actually isn’t going anywhere this year, despite previously announcing plans to close in 2019. The funky business is still for sale, though, so to make the most of his time left in East Boston, chef-owner Sam Jackson is planning a ton of fun events. One such party is happening this Sunday, Oct. 13: Bivalves, Beats, and Brews. Oyster Common shellfish suppliers are bringing the bivalves, Narragansett and Notch Brewing crews will be on hand with special beers, and DJs are spinning hip hop on the enclosed patio.
Sunday, Oct. 13, 1-4 p.m., 256 Marginal St., Bldg. 16, East Boston, 617-418-5234, kocateringandpies.com.
It’s a long weekend, and that calls for three days of brunch. Downtown’s new Stillwater officially debuts a brunch menu on Saturday, and chef Sarah Wade will keep it going through Columbus Day in case your Monday morning calls for crumbly biscuits, puffy pancakes, and “liquid gold cheese sauce.” Somerville’s Rosebud American Kitchen & Bar is doing a special third day of #Rosebrunch this weekend in honor of the holiday; and in Cambridge, Bukowski Tavern re-launches its brunch this weekend with two special appearances by Willie’s Superbrew on Saturday, Oct. 12, and Monday, Oct. 14 from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. (Brunch runs from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m.) You could also take this Monday holiday as an opportunity to check out the institution that is Trina’s Starlite Lounge‘s Monday brunch; visit one of our brunch-every-day buddies like Lincoln Tavern, Deep Ellum, and Lone Star Taco Bar; or check in on your favorite coffeeshop. Cheers to three day weekends!