Absolut Boston?

So the tally's are in! Boston has been nominated as the third city-inspired spirit after New Orleans and Los Angeles... Absolute Boston is flavored with elderflower and black tea and will hit shelves of our local bars and pubs this Fall.....Grub Street has put up a few "Tasting Notes" online, but you be the judge! Seems to me it has a lot going on, incorporating everything from the 1773 Tea Party to The Green Monster!

Tasting Notes
• "It smells medicinal."
• "It smells like Gummi Bears."
• "It smells like carrot cake."
• "It's easy to sip, but it has an unpleasant aftertaste."
• "I definitely would not want a whole drink made of this."

Outstanding In The Field

Just recently did I hear about this amazing culinary experience....

Culinary celebrations at the source
Set between the soil and the sky, Outstanding in the Field's long, linen-draped table beckons adventurous diners to celebrate food at the source. Bringing together local farmers and food artisans, chefs and winemakers, we explore the connection between the earth and the food on your plate. Join us as we feast on the gifts of the land.

Outstanding In The Field Farmstead Dinner in Aquidneck Farms in Portsmouth, Rhode Island

This past Sunday, Farmstead in RI, provided a multiple course dinner, under the open sky and open pastures of Aquidneck Farms, adjacent to the Narragansett Bay. It was a gorgeous setting, only improved by the guests (many of whom were local farmers) and gracious hosts- The Van Buren family, Michael Victor and Jim Booth of Aquidneck Farms.

How amazing is this! Way to spice up the average night out... Outstanding In The Field

Looks like a job well done!

Wayland Retail
184-188 Wayland Avenue
Providence, RI 02906
Phone: 401-274-7177

Mussels & Wine O my!

En-oh-TECK-a, a common term used mostly in Italy, refers to a place where one can find simple foods to accompany the wines served there. Stopped in yesterday for a quick bite after work and enjoyed "the calm before the storm" feeling at the bar.
Bin 26 supports small family-run farms in New England and around the world. As a result, artisinal cured meats, imported cheeses, fresh seafood and vegetables - especially from around New England. Mussels with Spicy Tomato Broth are a must!

26 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114-4602
(617) 723-5939

Meritage chef heads into the woods to pick delectable varieties

Daniel Bruce loves mushrooms. So much so that, at least once a week from April to November, the executive chef of the Boston Harbor Hotel gets up before sunrise to search for wild mushrooms he will use at Meritage restaurant and share with family and friends.
Meritage chef heads into the woods to pick delectable varieties

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Frying solo: Paula Deen whets appetites for Boston visit

The Food Network star, famous for her country-fried feasts, will appear at the Bank of America Pavilion on Saturday to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. 
Frying solo: Paula Deen whets appetites for Boston visit

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Star Chefs Pays a Visit to Chef Lawrence Klang, Natalie's at the Camden Harbour Inn

Photos from Antoinette Bruno's recent trip to Boston and the Camden Harbour Inn are now online at StarChefs.com. Bruno, the CEO and Editor-in-Chief of Star Chefs and StarChefs.com, visited Natalie's restaurant at the Camden Harbour Inn to experience some of Klang's most innovative creations: a cucumber avocado soup, seared Serrano-wrapped loup de mer with a tomato emulsion, and a tempting grilled lamb loin. Other images feature Natalie's warm, modern decor and Chef Lawrence himself. Of the visit from Bruno, Chef Klang said that it was a pleasure to host Antoinette at Natalie's that day. We were able to showcase some of Natalie's freshest menu items, and the food photographs turned out beautifully.

A gala dinner in Boston will celebrate Rising Stars sometime in November of this year.

Diner for a Day; Sensing

Restaurant Week Favorites???

Where to Eat & Drink Magazine would like to know which restaurant offered the best menu for the $33.09 price tag? Which ones filled up the fastest for reservations and which ones guests will return to after Summer RW comes to an end?

Fenway Green Monster Celebrity Chef Cookout- 8/22

Tickets-for-Charity® Hosts VIP Red Sox vs. Yankees
Green Monster Celebrity Chef Cookout

Celebrate the most intense rivalry in baseball- New York versus Boston- with an unprecedented takeover of Fenway Park’s legendary left field wall. Enjoy the best of a celebrity chef gourmet cookout with Boston’s own Todd English (a Red Sox fan) and New York-based Chef Mike Crain (a Yankees fan). Select packages include Front Row Center Monster seats, an authentic Boston Red Sox jersey with your name on the back autographed by your choice of David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon or World Series MVP Mike Lowell, photo ops with the World Series Trophies, a pre-game tour and chance to watch batting practice from the warning track.

WHEN:       August 22, 2009 | 1:00 PM—VIP Event begins | 4:10 PM—Game Start
WHERE:      Fenway Park | 4 Yawkey Way | Boston MA. 02215-3409 | (800) 530-9340

Fourth Row VIP Package- $500, includes Monster Deck seating and VIP access to Monster Cookout Event. Third Row VIP Package-$750, includes Third Row Green Monster seats and VIP access to Monster Cookout Event. Second Row VIP Package- $975, includes Second Row seating and VIP access to Monster Cookout Event. Front Row VIP Package- $1,500 includes Front Row seating and VIP access to Monster Cookout Event. Front Row Center Ultimate VIP Package - $2,500, includes Front Row Center Green Monster Seats, Authentic Red Sox Jersey signed by your choice of David Ortiz, Jonathan Papelbon or World Series MVP Mike Lowell, Pre-Game Tour and Warning Track Photo during batting practice.

To purchase VIP packages call 1-866-567-4576 or for more information, visit: http://www.ticketsforcharity.com/BostonRedSox/2009/VIP-Event/VIP-Monster-Cookout.asp.  Proceeds benefit the Red Sox Foundation and its work serving children and families in need across New England.

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This Weekend Picks!

FRIDAY 14TH -  MFA/David Eure Ensemble
Summer Fridays
The Museum of Fine Arts' First Fridays make the move from monthly to weekly and indoor to outdoor becoming Summer Fridays for the season. Socialize under the stars - with old friends or new acquaintances - over a glass of wine or a cocktail in the Calderwood Courtyard from 5:30-9:30pm. With a fully stocked cash bar and a whole summer's worth of musical entertainment lined up, Summer Fridays are the perfect spot to start your weekend. Once you've worked up an appetite, sneak away from the mixing and mingling for dinner at Bravo where chef Jacqueline Kelly is serving her summer menu. Admission to Summer Fridays is free with Museum admission, so check the schedule below to see what's on the musical agenda and head down Huntington Avenue for a little end-of-the-workweek fun. Click here.

Italian Barbeque for the Fisherman's Feast 
Prezza presents a Fisherman's Feast barbecue celebration combining Italian tradition with inspired barbecue fare. Caturano will transform the space in front of Prezza into a barbecue spot, and each  night the featured chef will be bringing their own special twist to classic barbeque delights including steak tips, sausages, and more.  Indulge in delicious cuisine as Chef Caturano hosts fellow chefs Evan Deluty from Stella, Carla and Christine Pallotta form nebo, and Matt O'Neil from The Blue Ox. They will be grilling up an array of barbeque delights including steak tips, sausages, and more starting at 5:00p till 10:00p. Tickets are $25 each which includes 2 drinks of either Peroni or Campari and soda, and all you can eat.  Visit prezza here.
* In honor of the legendary Julia Childs birthday, all guests at the Aquitaine group’s various eateries (Aquitaine, Metropolis CafĂ©, Union Bar and Grille, and Gaslight) will be treated to a complimentary glass of bubbly on August 15 to celebrate the birth of the bubbly TV host.

Tasty Cheese Class
The Best Of California Cheese & Wine...(and maybe some other goodies) 
Cheesebuyer Liam Maloney and Beverage Director Eric Taylor double team a class on the best of boutique wines and artisan cheeses that California has to offer. This class will feature tasty artisan cheeses from throughout the state as well as the fine wines of places like Sonoma, Napa, Central Coast, Santa Barbara and more. Class will start at 3pm, and will cost $45 per person. Reservations are required, so give them a buzz....401-274-7177 or click here to visit site

Set to Open August, 26th!!!

DEPASQUALE'S INSPIRATION for Splash came from a visit to the Las Vegas night clubs, Tao Beach, Wet Republic, Rehab at The Hard Rock Hotel and Venus at Caesar’s Palace. “My vision was to introduce something with a water-theme to the day and night life scene that’s unlike anything else in Boston,” said DePasquale, who owns and operates DePasquale Ventures in the North End. “It’s going to offer that same loungy, hip, modern feel similar to Vegas, L.A. and Miami.”

Splash’s entrance will feature a glass wall with trickling water leading to its main attraction, a spacious, picturesque roof deck with a dazzling decorative fountain surrounded by plush cabanas, beds and lounge chairs garnished with shrubbery. In addition to its roof deck, Splash’s interior will offer a relaxed atmosphere with house music, low- slung leather seating, TVs, billiards, private function rooms and a private celebrity lounge.

Frank De Pasquale

DePasquale, who is best known for Italian eateries, Bricco, Mare and Trattoria Il Panino, will focus Splash’s cuisine on a gourmet burger bar. Chef creations include the Kobe burger, Sirloin burger, Lobster burger, Veggie burger, and Tuna burger. Splash will also offer a list of Mediterranean Tapas as well as creative cocktails and specialty martinis. As a new prime 25 year old + destination, the ultra-lounge will cater to diners until 2 a.m. Wednesday through Sunday.

ON WEDNESDAYS, THE FOCUS WILL BE ON THE LADIES, as Splash spotlights designer fashion shows; Sundays will play host to “Rehab”, where diners can enjoy brunch and cocktails in a private cabana or while relaxing in the sun.

Jean-Georges Vongerichten coming to Boston!

The wasabi peas alone keep me coming back, and of course the atmosphere and people watching at Spice Market NYC doesn't hurt either....I can not wait until the W opens up!!!! His n
ew venture, Market, will features Jean-Georges Vongerichten's "greatest hits;" reinventing classic dishes by infusing eclectic flair. 

According to the W Hotels Web site, the new W Boston Hotel will be open on October 22, so Market by Jean-Georges will likely be open on or near that date.

New Burger Joint Coming Soon!

Celebrity chef Todd English plans to open a burger joint in Boston’s Theater District later this year. English says he’s in final lease negotiations to take over the former Dominic’s Restaurant on Tremont Street, next to the W Boston Hotel & Residences slated to open in October. Click here to read more.

Gearing up for Summer Restaurant Week!!!

Hello Hotness!!!! Wednesday's press conference for Restaurant Week took place at the Colonnade rooftop pool and it was quite sticky in the sun!

Mayor Menino, Jenny Johnson and Pat Moscaritolo spoke of what a wonderful opportunity it is for people to dine out at the city’s best restaurants for a great price. This year's beneficiary "Community Servings"
provides home-delivered meals throughout Eastern Massachusetts to people homebound with life-threatening illnesses, so even more reason to EAT OUT.....EAT OUT OFTEN during these two weeks!

An event that started out with little to none has grown to over 200 participants. Chefs this year really did go all out offering up creative and new choices. Check out the complete list here or complete menu offering's here or for some of W2EAT favorites, click here.

*offered Sunday, August 9 - Friday, August 14 and Sunday, August 16 - Friday, August 21, 2009.
3 course dinner $33.09/ 3 course lunch
$20.09 & $15.09 for a lighter 2 course Lunch!

Cookin' with Costa: Azita Bina

Azita Bina of Lala Rokh in Boston's Beacon Hill neighborhood is whipping up some Persian comfort food at The Viking Center. And, yes, you'll want to make this dish at home.


2-Pounds Chinese Eggplant

1-Pound Ripe Plum Tomatoes

2 1/2-OZ Cleaned Garlic

¼ Teaspoon Turmeric

½ Cup Olive Oil

2 whole Eggs (optional)

Grill the eggplant till the skin is burned and the inside is cooked about 20 min and set aside to cool and peel.

Blanch the Tomato in boiling water so the skin could be peeled.

Brush the garlic with oil and place in aluminum foil, roast for about 25 min and mash it.

Heat the Olive Oil and place the garlic, Eggplant and the tomato season with salt, pepper and the turmeric.

When the mix is totally blended together add the eggs and taste the seasoning.

Serve with either flat bread (lavash or Syrian) as a cocktail dip or rice as a vegetarian dinner