AND also mark your calendars for a unique tasting of French wine on Tuesday December 22nd. Sample 5 wines with appropriate matching food items (nibbles) while learning more about these wines, their origin, the range of perceived flavors, aromas and general characteristics of the wines.
550 Adams Street | Milton, Massachusetts 02186 | 617.696.8700
Last Monday I made the 7 mile trip from Boston to the lovely Winchester square and enjoyed a meal to remember. How easily it was to forget where I was settled in our cozy booth. The restaurant is a step into another country, into another dining experience all together.
First course; Calamari Fritti Dorati, lightly fried with a side of spicy tomato sauce... yummy!!!
Entree #1; Gnocchi D' Abbruzzo al Pomodoro, cooked to perfection!
Entree #2; Cotoletta Con Melanzane, so tender and the eggplant was a bonus!
They now feature a new Italian Brunch menu & a weekly 3 course Prix Fixe for $20 (Winchester location only) Their take away menu is always 10% off and if you call and order before 4:30pm they will give you an additional 10% off. This Holiday season, purchase a $100 gift certificate you will receive a $20 gift card as a thank you for your business....!!!
Make sure when you go to check out Pizza in Piazza, downstairs. They serve everything from Homemade Bruschetta to Manicotti. Lucia is also located in the North End on Hanover.
Billy Costa's TV Diner held its 3rd annual TV Diner Platinum Plate Gala at the Herb Chambers Lexus showroom on Saturday, November 21st. With a number of restaurants and food providers, guests got to sample some of Boston-area best dining spots such as Avila, Inn at Pleasant Lake, Stephanie's on Newbury & Stephi's on Tremont, The Spirited Gourmet, Ecco, Samba Sushi and many many more...
A 10-piece Hip Pocket Orchestra kept the crowd rocking and the auction help raise thousands of dollars for Cradles to Crayons.
For more information on the 3rd annual TV Diner Platinum Plate Gala, please click below;
Join us on Tuesday December 1st for a special invite only event at Ardan Medspa & Salon in Wellesley. From 6-8 pm mingle & shop with the girls over Blue Ginger bites and a glass of bubbly. Gift bags look amazing and they will go fast so RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org and I will add you to our list!
Ardan Medspa & Salon
72 Central St # A
Wellesley, MA 02482-5806
Bacardi Cocktails, Global Beer and J.Lohr wines were served for the pre-dinner cocktail hour.
I choose; Sweet Tequila Poached Bosc Pear, Roasted Salmon with Chipotle & Horseradish Crust and Calamari and Octopus Avocado
I choose; Fire Roasted Corn and Yucca Chimichanga, Dia De Gracias Stuffed Local Filet of Sole & Slow Cooked Chicken Breast A La Cervenza
I choose; Caramelized Banana Diavlo Bread Pudding, Pumpkin Cheesecake & a Selection of Sorbet
Mark your calendars for Saturday, Nov. 21, from 7pm to 11pm at Herb Chambers Lexus on Route 1, the Automile in Sharon, MA.
How cool is it? Just ask Billy Costa! "This event is an incredible value for your $100 ticket price!! You get all the fabulous food you can eat from 20 amazing restaurants, including Avila, Stephanie's on Newbury, the Inn at Pleasant Lake, Samba Steak and Sushi, Asana at the Mandarin Oriental Boston, Bove's, Cava Tapas and Wine Bar, Chef Vito/Bellini's, Ecco, Allora Ristorante, Cafe Vanille, V-One Vodka, Accardi Foods, Bin Ends Wine, V. Cirace & Son, The Spirited Gourmet, Seaglass, Champions Boston, Piantedosi Baking, Red Rock Bistro and many more.Get your tickets now before they sell out!!!
We are just 7 days away from the "Festive Table" event at Shreve, Crump & Low on November 5th. Please purchase your tickets today! A fun night full of cocktails, bites, shopping and of course a wonderful Silent Auction and Raffle are in store....below are some of the great prizes you could win.
• An hour of interior design consultation from any of the 7 designers present at the event
• A five course meal prepared by a private chef in the comfort of your own home
• A night out in the city for two, including a night's stay at the gorgeous Liberty Hotel
• A professional photo session with print credit - just in time for the holidays!
• An iconic Shreve, Crump & Low "Gurgling Cod" and Winston's floral display
Keep in mind, all ticket sale proceeds go directly to feeding the hungry and Shreve Crump & Low is generously donating 10% of all sales November 5th! So get your shop on!
Click here for more information or to purchase your tickets. THANK YOU!
On October 24th, 6 independent café’s headed to Ashmont Hill, Dorchester to compete in front of a live and online audience of spectators for the coveted title of Boston’s 2009 ‘White Chrome’ Barista Champion.
During the daylong event, the public enjoyed complimentary beverages prepared by the competitors during the practice rounds as well as a cupping hosted by Flat Black’s master roaster and co-founder, David House. The public also attended informational discussions on Fair Trade, organic certification and espresso machine/brewer maintenance. Special guest, Billy Costa of NECN’s TV Diner, filmed a segment for the show to be aired in the near future. The day concluded with the winner announcement and celebration at neighboring Tavolo Restaurant. Over $2000 in donations were collected through T-Shirt and raffle ticket sales to directly benefit The Greater Boston Food Bank.
Local celebrity judges included;
Annie Copps, Food Editor for Yankee magazine
Allison Arnett, former Food and Restaurant Critic at The Boston Globe
Gerra Harrigan, Specialty Coffee Association of America (SCAA) Certified Judge evaluated each performance, including barista knowledge, the taste of beverages served, cleanliness, creativity, technical skill and overall presentation demonstrated by the competitors.
And the winners are...
1st Prize - Alison Novak of Simon’s Coffee Shop in Cambridge
2nd Place - Cheena Marie Lo of Ula Café in Jamaica Plain
3rd Place - Sydnie Loboda of Flat Black
Here is a sneak peak to Chef Philip Aviles "Taste of Masa" menu for Next Week!!! A choice of 3 apps/ 3 entrees & 3 desserts.... looks amazing and we wouldn't expect anything less!
First Course (pick 3):
Calamari and Octopus Avocado
fire roasted red bell peppers, lemon, smoked salt
Sweet Tequila Poached Bosc Pear con Chicharrones
chile pasilla “porto” glaze, goat cheese
Spicy Tuna Tartare with Jalapeno Soy-Ginger Vinaigrette
organic field greens, avocado mash and crispy totopos
Braised Short Rib Fried Tamales
manchego crema, drunken tequila figs
Entrees (pick 3):
Fire Roasted Corn and Yucca Chimichanga
cilantro avocado chimichurri, salsa roja picante
Dia De Gracias Stuffed Local Filet of Sole
apricot mole, jamon Serrano, chorizo, hot cherry pepper salsa, grilled
Sweet Cinnamon Braised Beef Short Ribs
sauce sangria, sweet yam and corn puree, smoked paprika beet sauerkraut
Masa’s Slow Cooked Chicken Breast A La Cervenza
chile puya tortilla sauce, white bean sopes, marinated mushroom salsa
Desserts (pick 3):
Caramelized Banana Diavlo Bread Pudding
vanilla caramel sauce, burnt sugar ice cream
cranberry, raisins, port wine salsa
Mexican Ibarra Chocolate Flan
Selection of Ice Cream or Sorbet
Did you know the ‘World’s Best Cheddar” is made right here in our own backyard? Cabot Creamery Cooperative and its 1,200 local farmers across New England and upstate New York have together won every major taste award for their cheddar cheese –including the prestigious World Cheese Awards. Now, those same farmers are opening their doors to thank the public during Open Farm Sunday, on November 1, 2009 from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.
Visitors will experience the family traditions and local flavors that are Cabot Cheese when Cabot Creamery Cooperative farmers “open their barn doors” for Open Farm Sunday. Guests of all ages are invited to meet the farmers, see their cows, join in barnyard activities and of course sample Cabot Cheddar Cheese!
A list of Cabot Cooperative farms across Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Connecticut are available here: www.cabotcheese.coop.
For those who can’t make it on November 1, Cabot Creamery Cooperative has created a virtual ‘Open Farm’ where the public can visit the some of Cabot family farmers online at www.OpenFarmSunday.com.