What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend

Lively young wines, bold new espresso from an old favorite, Thanksgiving pie, and more.

Lamplighter Brewing celebrates two years

Lamplighter Brewing celebrates two years. / Photo by Jacqueline Cain

Birthday Treats

A festive weekend awaits: It is several local favorites’ anniversaries. Happy first year around the sun for Somerville’s Neighborhood Produce, the convenient store pioneered by food access advocate Matt Gray. The party is planned for Monday, Nov. 19, but get in there this weekend to wish them a happy one and prep for Thanksgiving. Several Cambridge businesses are marking two years: Start with anniversary brunch Saturday morning at Longfellows, complete with birthday waffles, avocado toast with an oozy six-minute egg, a birthday coffee “cocktail,” and more menu specials. Then, stick around for Lamplighter Brewing’s carnival-themed anniversary weekend of beer releases, food pop-ups by Brato Brewhouse and the Bacon Truck, and more fun and games. On Sunday night, the Automatic gets a little bit fancy with passed apps and caviar, an Island Creek raw bar, and a cheese fountain at its 2-year fête. And in Fort Point, it’s been five years of seafood and bubbles at Row 34. The restaurant toasts the occasion Sunday night with oysters, Champagne, and cake, and of course beer director Suzanne Hays has some extra special bottles to share. Cheers to all of these milestones, and many more years of deliciousness.

 

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Thanksgiving Roll, Aussie-Style

If you can’t get enough the flavors of Thanksgiving, get an early start this weekend at the East Boston Shipyard. Chef Sam Jackson’s handheld take on the classic, the Thanksgiving Roll—house flaky puff pastry filled with ground turkey, cranberries, and sage stuffing—is on the menu throughout the month of November. This might be your last chance to have the annual special, as Jackson (and probably KO Pies) is saying goodbye to Boston next year.

256 Marginal St., Bldg. 16, East Boston, 617-418-5234, kocateringandpies.com.

Iced French vanilla latte and Americano are two new espresso drinks at Dunkin'

Iced French vanilla latte and Americano are two new espresso drinks at Dunkin’. Try the latte for free this weekend. / Photos provided by Dunkin’

Dunkin’s New Espresso (For Free)

Along with the company-wide, “Donuts”-dropping rebrand, the Massachusetts-born caffeinator formerly known as Dunkin’ Donuts is also modernizing its coffee bars with a stronger and more robust espresso blend. The bolder beans debut nationwide this weekend with two days of free samples. On Friday, Nov. 16, stop in between 10 a.m.-2 p.m. for a four-ounce caramel-flavored iced latte, and try Dunkin’s new white chocolate-flavored iced latte on the house during the same hours on Saturday. On Monday, Nov. 19, two new espresso drinks hit the menu for the first time: iced cappuccino, and iced Americano. Espresso launch specials continue for the next several weeks, so check out the full list of promos to really run on Dunkin’ this holiday season.

Beaujolais across the board at Rebel Rebel Wine Bar

Beaujolais across the board at Rebel Rebel Wine Bar. / Photo by Lauren Friel

A Bunch of Beaujolais

It’s time to stock up on vivid, lush, and oh-so-perfect-for-the-holidays Beaujolais Nouveau at the best wine shops in Boston—but first, you have to taste to find your favorite. Hailing from the southern Burgundy region in France, these young wines are released annually around this time, and Beaujolais Nouveau Day is underway Thursday, Nov. 15, around the world. Locally, the Wine Press locations in Brookline and Fenway are tasting tons of different bottles Thursday night until 8 p.m. (and will have them for sale throughout the season). The chalkboard menu at Rebel Rebel Wine Bar is also full of Beaujolais all weekend long. Try these lively wines, then ask for them while you’re shopping for Thanksgiving this weekend.

A 2017 E-Som Holiday Market at La Brasa

A 2017 E-Som Holiday Market at La Brasa. / Tim Correira Photography

A Taste of Holiday Shopping

There are ample opportunities to get started on holiday shopping this weekend—with a drink in hand, of course. Saturday, Nov. 17, marks the second E-Som Holiday Market of the season, a local maker fair paired with La Brasa brunch and guest-bartender drinks. In Chestnut Hill, Simon Pearce himself will be at his store at the Street for a meet-and-greet with sips and snacksAllagash Brewing pops up at the Boston Public Market every Saturday in November. And both days this weekend, sip Narragansett and other beers made on-site at the Guild in Pawtucket during the Made on Honor Market, which will showcase 65 New England artists, small businesses, and more all around its beer-y campus.