Friday, January 22, 2010

Boston Winter Foodie Events


Rum Tasting with Tony at Redbones in Somerville
Monday, January 25 from 5 - 7 pm

(617) 628.2200

Downtown Wine & Spirits' Tony Iamunno returns with rums. From the Berkshires to Brazil and islands in the Caribbean to India, Tony has selected eight excellent rums for sipping & mixing:

Hurricane Rum, Triple 8 Distillery, Nantucket
Ragged Mountain Rum, Berkshire Mountain Distillers, Great Barrington, MA
Matusalem 15 Year, Matusalem & Co., The Spirit of Cuba made in the Dominican Republic
Patron Pyrat XO, Anguilla Rums Ltd., BWI, for Patron
Pampero Ron Añejo Aniversario, Industrias Pampero, Venezuela
Barbancourt 15 Year, Rhum Barbancourt, Haiti
Leblon Cachaça, Brazil

Old Monk, Mohan Meakin, India
8 1/2 oz. pours & appetizers for $15.00.
Reservations not necessary but come early to get a seat. Tasting starts at 5:30 pm.

19th Annual Boston Wine Expo
January 23-24, 2010
Seaport World Trade Center and Seaport Hotel 

From the Boston Wine Expo Site:

Grand Tasting
Sample wines from over 450 international wineries in one location. Some 1,800 wines in all!
Celebrity Chefs
Watch over 15 celebrity chefs in action on two stages, taste samples, and bring their recipes home with you.
Guided Tastings/Seminars
Learn something new at 26 continuous seminars with topics for both the novice and the connoisseur. 
Grand Cru Wine Lounge
Pamper yourself by visiting the ultra-special Grand Cru Wine Lounge. The Lounge is located in a private setting away from the show floor for your enjoyment. Sample the best of the best and relax in this intimate area. Featuring an al-new lineup of vintages!
"Meet and Greet" the Winemakers
Meet your favorite winemakers in this special feature area returning in 2010 and learn the secrets of their wines.  Sponsored by JetBlue.


Cheese Fondue Sundays @ Beacon Hill Bistro

5:30- 10:00 pm $26 per pot for two

What could be better than a fondue dinner on a cold winter Sunday night? Served up by the cozy, French, Beacon Hill Bistro, this is a can't miss recurring event. Pots of cheese fondue for two people are priced at $26 will be available in addition to the regular menu.  BHB of course serves their fondue with all the proper accompaniments: small boiled potatoes, cornichon, pickled vegetables like ramps, cipollini onions and cauliflower, and rustic bread from Iggy's. Reservations are recommended so call 617.723.7575 to book your table anytime between 5:30 to 10:00pm.

Wine & Dine Mondays @ Beacon Hill Bistro

7 pm $55 per person

BHB has recently announced their 2010 Winter/Spring Wine & Dine Monday line-up.  These are twice monthly events that are wonderfully social, gastronomic, and informative all at the same time. Having attended the BHB Wine & Dine with Languedoc-Roussillon wines in November 2009, I will be sure to join them as often as I can for the 2010 series. 

Monday, January 25th - Mendocino and Lake County
Monday, February 8th - Puglia
Monday, February 22nd - It's all Greek to me!
Monday, March 8th - Barossa Valley/Langmeil Winery
Monday, March 22nd - Tempranillo
Monday, April 12th - Alsace - Maison Hugel
Monday, April 26th - Austria
Monday, May 10th - Blind Tasting

Seating is limited so make sure to reserve your spot by calling 617.723.7575.

Wine Mondays @ L'Espalier
7 pm $60 per person

Since its inception in 2002, Wine Monday evenings have consisted of a selection of wines, inspired by the changing seasons, wine regions or varietals, paired with a four-course tasting menu composed by Chef McClelland. With menus and pairings ranging from the classical to the adventurous, guests at Wine Mondays are often the first to taste a dish that ultimately shows up on L’Espalier’s Prix Fixe menu.

Participants are seated at large tables that foster lively conversation, while sommelier Erich Schliebe leads an engaging, informal talk that is appropriate for a range of enthusiasts, from newcomers to experienced wine lovers.

The four-course meal, which costs $60, begins at 7:00pm in the restaurant's book-lined library. Reservations can be made by calling L'Espalier directly at 617.262.3023.

1/4 - Wine Resolutions
1/11 - Australia
1/18 - (MLK day) - Burgundy

1/25 - Red Letter Day
2/1 - American ABCs (Anything But California)
2/8 - Wine and Chocolate
2/15 - (Presidents' Day) - Washington
2/22 - Cab'n Fever
3/1 - Italy
3/8 - Loire
3/15 - Rhône
3/22 - Spring Fling
3/29 - March Madness
4/5 - (Easter Monday) - Rosé Colored Glasses

Wine Wednesdays @ Sel de la Terre Long Warf
7 pm $38 per person

Sel de la Terre's Long Wharf location offers Wednesday evening wine tasting dinners. Wines are chosen to compliment the season and the rustic french fare offered by Chef Knack.  To reserve your spot, check the schedule below and call 617.720.1300.

Wednesday, January 6th
- New World Wines for the New Year
Wednesday, January 13th
- Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc
Wednesday, January 20th
- Southern Hemisphere

Wednesday, January 27th
- Red in the Face
Wednesday, February 3rd -Loire Valley
Wednesday, February 10th - Wine & Chocolate
Wednesday, February 17th - California
Wednesday, February 24th - Southern France
Wednesday, March 3rd - Italy
Wednesday, March 10th - Rhône Valley
Wednesday, March 17th -
French ABCs
Wednesday, March 24th
- Spain
Wednesday, March 31st - Seth's Favorites


Show & Taste Tuedays @ Sibling Rivalry

7 pm $50 per person

Sibling Rivalry's Show and Taste Tuesdays offers a 3-course meal and some extra special kitchen insight the first Tuesday of each month. Chef David Kinkead will choose three courses from the Sibling Rivalry menu and demonstrate how to prepare them. The $50 per guest cost includes dinner and the demo. Call Sibling Rivalry at 617.338.5338 to reserve your seat.

Cheese Tuesdays @ L'Espalier
7 pm $68 per person

For cheese lovers, L’Espalier’s renowned cheese tray is the ultimate indulgence. Born out of Fromager and mâitre d’ Louis Risoli’s desire to satiate diners passion for cheese, Cheese Tuesday has become one of the most exciting and popular nights at L'Espalier. Once a month, in-house cheese expert Risoli, hosts a special evening of cheese and conversation. Chefs McClelland and James Hackney build a four-course menu around the various cheeses, while wine director Erik Johnson, pours matching wines.

Risoli covers all aspects of cheese, including artisanal cheese production, differences in taste and texture, cheese producing regions, and cheese selection - informing guests how to choose particular cheeses, determine when a cheese is ripe, and how to experiment with new and exciting varieties.

Similar to Wine Monday, guests are seated at communal tables that encourage spirited conversation the singing doesn't hurt either!

Feb. 2 - Island Hopping: Some of our favorite cheeses come from exotic locales.

Feb. 23 - Fondue Party: A fun cheese meltdown, featuring Raclette, Fontina, and Tarentaise, served up in sommelier Kate Moore's extraordinary collection of vintage fondue pots.