Halloween Plans?

Here are some Where to Eat Pics!

On Saturday October 30th enjoy a night out of the ordinary fireside chat with Absinthe. Halloween Night, join in for their seventh annual every popular, Nightmare on Beacon Street. No cover or reservations needed just come dressed in your costume and enjoy special ghoulish goodies and creepy cocktails. There will be a psychic, tarot card & palm reader on hand. Click here

Aka Bistro: A special Fall/Halloween dinner on Saturday, October 30! “Come in costume or wear a mask” to get a complimentary spooky cocktail! For reservations, call: 781.259.9920.Click here

Fort Point/Seaport Hotels, Restaurants, and Bars: Crawl 13 Locations in One Night – this Thursday for Halloween on the Harbor. Come show off your Halloween costume and collect goodies and prizes at 13 of Boston's best bars and restaurants. Grown up trick or treaters will be shuttled between the fabulously frightening locations via Boston Old Town Trolleys and will enjoy ghoulish cocktails, appetizers, and treats while receiving passport stamps at each Halloween party. At the end of the night, the person at each location with the most stamps will win a prize! Click here

The Ritz Carlton Boston: A special Halloween Cupcake tea on Saturday, October 30th for both Adults and children. Guests are encouraged to dress up in their costumes and enjoy the fun! Reservations required: 617-574-7184. Click here

Grown up goblins will enjoy Halloween Spirits and tasty treats Thursday and Friday evening as well as October 30th. Guests will get to taste Nightmarish Nibbles and choose from the Creepy Cocktail Menu and have an opportunity to meet with Ritz fortuneteller. Click here

BOND: Yelloween, a Veuve Clicquot partnership at Bond on Sunday, October 31st. Also they will be featuring a cocktail and food combination called “The Perfect Combination.” Guests who order the combination which consists of the BOND signature cocktail “The Sawbuck” and the Scallion Pancakes will be given a combination to try and unlock a safe containing prizes. Click here

dbar: Halloween Tea Dance at dbar on Sunday Ocotber 31at from 4-8. Harvest “Hoe” Down Themed Costume Party with DJ Jay Ine. Click here

Boston Harbor Hotel: Spooky Tea on October 29th through Sunday, October 31st from 2:00-4:00pm. Pastry chef Bill Romiza will offer spooky treats to the kids while parents can relax over tea or a glass of bubbly and tea sandwiches, seasonal treats, and holiday cookies. When the kids have completed their quests, they can enjoy witches' brew apple cider and do some cookie decorating. Price is $30 for children and $40 for adults. Call 617.856.7744. Click here

Cafe Fleuri: Spooky Chocolate Bar Boo-Fet at the Langham Hotel. On Saturday Ocotber 30th Pastry chef Jed Hackney transforms Café Fleuri's weekly Chocolate Bar into the spooktacular Chocolate Bar Boo-Fet. chocolate lovers can pile their plates with cocoa treats from a selction of 85 desserts. Costume contest and a caricaturist. The Boo-Fet costs $42 per adult and $28 for kids between the ages of 5 and 12. Call Café Fleuri at 617.451.1900, extension 7125 to book your table. Click here

Pigalle: Reserve a table at Pigalle and enjoy a special five-course Pumpkin Picks menu from chef Marc Orfaly. Plates like Fromage blanc tartine with pumpkin confit and Asian chive. Call 617.423.4944 to make a reservation. Click here

Halloween Cupcake Happy Hour

Tonight at Kickass Cupcakes
try free tastings of mini cupcakes with cocktail inspired flavors


The Black Cat
Vampires Kiss Martini
& The Zombie

Kickass Cupcakes
Davis Square
378 Highland Avenue
Somerville, Massachusetts 02144
Phone: 617-628-CUPS
Fax: 617-628-2878

Farmstead Recipe; Mustard & Herb Marinated Flank Steak

Straight from the Jennings family cookbook...I am so making this tonight. YUM!!!

Before it's too cold to step outside on the deck to grill, we've got the perfect autumn entrée . While we prefer local flank steak from our friends at Blackbird Farm or Aquidneck Farms, any juicy cut will do.With the perfect cocktail of fresh torn herbs, spicy mustard and a touch of tamari, this recipe will sing sweet hymns to the carnivore in you. For best results, mix the marinade in a large, non-reactive bowl (stainless steel is perfect). Next, with the flank steak pre-portioned out into large plastic freezer, Ziplock® style bags, pour the marinade over the steaks, seal and shake to thoroughly coat the meat.

Let the steaks sit in the marinade overnight, in your refrigerator. The next day, carefully empty the bags into your sink, reserving the steaks to set aside. On a very hot grill, sear the steaks for approximately three to four minutes per side, depending on the thickness of the meat. Allow the steaks to rest for five to ten minutes before slicing so that they retain their natural juices, and then shave thin. You can serve this marinated and shaved flank steak over pasta, salad, with roasted potatoes, hearty braised greens, or simply, by itself. For an extra kick, spoon some Baboo's mustard onto your plate and slather it on the steak, as you indulge.

Baboo's Mustard & Herb Steak Marinade
Makes 1 pint of marinade- suitable for 2 pounds of steak
1 level cup of Baboo's mustard

1/3 cup of freshly chopped herb mix (we suggest an unusual combination of cilantro, rosemary & parsley)
1/4 cup of tamari (available at your large grocer)
1/4 cup of red wine vinegar

1/2 cup canola oil, to blend (use extra virgin oil if you are feeling fancy)

In a non-reactive bowl, place all ingredients but canola oil. Whisk them together.Once they are combined, slowly drizzle in the oil, continuing to whisk, until the marinade is emulsified. Once the marinade is finished, pour it into the bags with steak.

Cooking Tip: After marinating the steak, grilling the steak, and resting the steak, look carefully at the beautifully grilled meat. You will notice that there is a 'grain' running through the meat. You will want to cut across this grain, in order to ensure you steak remains tender and juicy!

Farmstead Inc.
email: info@farmsteadinc.com
phone: 401.274.7177

Congratulations to Joanne Chang!!!

The Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce recognized Flour Bakery owner Joanne Chang for 'small business of the year' awards.
The chamber also recognized her as “entrepreneur of the year.” She started Flour Bakery and Cafe in the South End and has since expanded to the Fort Point Channel and Cambridge. She also runs Chang Myers with her husband, Christopher Myers.

Met Back Bay to Open Next Week

I am sure most of us have been to the old Joe's when it was 279 Dartmouth St. Next week check out the transformation when Met Back Bay opens its doors... the forth location in Kathy Trustman Metropolitan Club empire.

The completely restored, historic 1877 brick townhouse will feature four different dining areas, including The Living Room, a dining room overlooking Newbury Street and adorned with contemporary Venetian glass chandeliers; The Library, a clubby place for oversized drinks; Met Bar Game Room, a casual bar serving up bar bites and Red Sox games; and The Terrace, a heated outdoor dining area in a garden setting. There will also be an exclusive private dining venue adjacent to the restaurant, Townhouse, which can accommodate up to 80 guests.

More information on Met Bar and Grill here

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Lovin' Spoonfuls, Friday @ Myers + Chang

Join Hosts Joanne Chang, Christopher Myers and Founder of Lovin' Spoonfuls Ashley Stanley at an Asian Night Market for the Launch of Lovin' Spoonfuls

Enjoy Inspired Asian Plates from Chefs
-Matthew Barrows of Myers and Chang
-Ming Tsai of Blue Ginger
-Jamie Bissonnette of Toro & Coppa
and Island Creek Oysters

Sip on signature cocktails from Bols Genever and beers from Peal Organic Brewery

Friday, October 15th
7pm - 10pm
Myers + Chang

Lovin' Spoonfuls is a local non-profit facilitating the recovery and distribution of unserved foods destined for waste. lovinspoonfulsinc.org

And the Improper Dining Awards go to...

Lydia Shire/ The Hall of Fame Award
Bergamot/ Best New Mid-Priced Restaurant
Dante de Magistris/ The Cracker Jack Award
Basho/ Best Late Night Newcomer
Les Zygomates/ The Supper Club Standout Award
Bistro du Midi/ The Anti-Trophy Award
The Aquitaine Group Restaurants/ The Fantastic Four Award
Ginger Park/ The CPR Award
Noche/ The Night and Day Award
Meritage/ Best Dessert Trend
Deuxave/ The Utterly Unjined Award
Journeyman/ The Biggest Balls Award
Eastern Standard/ The Tenth Player Award
Taberna de Haro/ Sexiest Date-Night Venture
Masa/ The Northeast by Southwest Award

Congrats to all the winners!

A big "HUGE" congrats to Chef Peter Davis

of Henrietta’s Table at The Charles Hotel in Cambridge. Named Sustainer of the Year by Chefs Collaborative this past Monday, at the Chefs Collaborative National Summit right here in Boston, Mass. Chef Davis was among a top notch group of finalists, including Sam Hayward of Portland’s Fore Street, Johnathan Sundstrom of Seattle’s Lark and Ana Sortun of Cambridge’s Oleana. Congrats Again!!!

Davis, whose motto is “fresh and honest”—as in “fresh from the farm and honest to goodness New England cooking”—is an avid conservationist with close ties to the region’s fishing and farming communities. His dishes mirror his passion for delicious, fresh foods and the New England Farmers who supply them.

here for more information on Henrietta's Table and Chef Peter Davis

Start Rockin’ the Bubbles Early

with Cava Seminars this October at Taberna de Haro in Brookline. There is still some availability on the dates below but attendance is limited to 8ppl so call today to reserve.

Wednesday, October 6th -4 spaces

Wednesday October 13th - 4 spaces
Wednesday October 20th -4 spaces

Wednesday October 27th -2 spaces

Classes take place Wednesday nights from 6:30-8:30pm at Taberna de Haro at 999 Beacon Street, Brookline, MA 02446

Tonight @ The Lagham Hotel "Beauty, Fashion and Wellness"

Beauty and Fashion is the combination of a Photography Exhibition and a Runway Show during the Boston Fashion Week.

Every year a guest designer's collection is selected to be photographed and presented at the exhibit as well as on a runway show.

This year, the term of "Wellness" has been included. Ten yoga teachers have been photographed in their meditation positions, wearing the latest yoga-inspired apparel of Lululemon Athletica.

The net proceeds of the event are funneled to support the Zakim Center for Integrative Therapies at Dana Farber Cancer Institute; and not only to raise funds, but to enhance the presence of the Spirit of Yoga to the concept of Integrative Therapies.

Celebrate one more time the Beauty of Wellness, surrounded by the luxury and timeless elegance of the Boston's Langham Hotel. Ki Bar Event+Cocktail Design will be behind the bar, so you are guaranteed good refreshments!

Please visit Beauty, Fashion and Wellness for more information!