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February

27

Thru Feb 28

Knife Skills Bootcamp

Sharpen your knife skills in this two-session class, which covers selection, maintenance, and care. In addition to learning a few techniques, you’ll be able to apply your newfound knowledge while preparing a number of dishes. Tickets $125.

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • BCAE
  • 122 Arlington St.
    Boston, MA 02116
February

27

Whiskey Cocktail and Cheese Pairing

Alden & Harlow bar manager Dan Pontius knows whiskey. In this one-time class, he’ll be sharing his knowledge on the origins of the spirit, as well as the distinct flavors associated with renowned whiskey regions around the world. Additionally, Pontius will share and demo the recipes for his go-to whiskey cocktails so that you can recreate them at home. While imbibing, you’ll munch on carefully selected cheese pairings for each drink. Tickets $65.

  • 6:30 p.m.
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl. #13a
    Cambridge, MA 02138
February

27

1st Annual Chefs Care: Food & Wine Tasting Fundraiser at Moody's

Nosh on signature dishes from Boston’s star chefs while sipping on fine wine all for a good cause at this 1st annual fundraiser. Josh Smith will be closing his restaurant for the night to benefit Boston Cancer Support. Stations will include grub from the likes of Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions, Area Four, Island Creek Oysters, Brewer’s Fork and more. There will also be a silent auction at the end of the evening. All proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the Treatment Transport program, which ensures patients in need can get to and from their treatments free of charge. Tickets $200 and tax deductible.

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Moody’s Delicatessen & Provisions
  • 468 Moody St.
    Waltham, MA 02453
March

1

"Sip into Spring" Wine & Cheese Fest

The remarkable thing about wine and cheese is that when consumed simultaneously, they actually enhance each other’s flavor profiles. See for yourself why this pairing is so popular while exploring a wide range of artisanal cheeses and cheese-centric bites along side Italian wines hand-selected by Eataly’s in-house sommelier. Tickets $60.

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Eataly
  • 800 Boylston St.
    Boston, MA 02199
March

3

Chef Takeover Series at Moody's: Justin Brunson

This spring, The Backroom at Moody’s is hosting a Chef Takeover Series, and the guest for the second installment is Denver chef/restaurateur and host of The Food Network’s “SEARious Meats,” Justin Brunson. Chef Brunson, who has a passion for heritage-raised meats, sustainable seafood, and locally sourced ingredients, will be whipping up a three-course menu that includes porchetta ribs, lobster poutine, and bone-in pork parmesan with grilled broccoli. Tickets $95.

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • The Backroom at Moody's
  • 468 Moody St.
    Waltham, MA 02453
March

4

Ellie Fund Red Carpet Gala

Stroll down a red carpet and stop by a bevy of chef stations to sample some of Boston’s best fare at the 22nd Ellie Fund Red Carpet Gala. By attending, you’ll be supporting The Ellie Fund, a nonprofit organization that provides support and services to families dealing with breast cancer. The soiree includes live and silent auctions as well as live music, and plenty of restaurants. You can expect fare from Bistro du Midi, Sweet Cheeks, Tiger Mama, Grill 23, Island Creek Oysters, Sonsie, Forage, Capo, and Oak & Rowan, among others. Did we mention you’ll also be privy to a live telecast of the Oscars during the event? Tickets $300.

  • 5:45 p.m.
  • Fairmont Copley Plaza
  • 138 St James Ave.
    Boston, MA 02116
March

5

Fish Tales

Intimidated by fish when it comes to cooking? Never fear — in this one-time class, Oleana’s Executive Chef, Ana Sortun, will guide you through cooking methods ranging from roasting and searing to baking and caramelizing. Additionally, she’ll share spice mix recipes and tips on shopping for fresh seafood. Halibut in grape leaves with sorrel butter and trout spanakopita are just a couple of the dishes you’ll cover over the course of the evening. Tickets $125.

  • 6:30 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Sofra Bakery & Cafe
  • 1 Belmont St.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
March

7

Sea-to-KITCHEN Cooking Class: Seafood Feast with Red's Best

In this hands-on class, you’ll learn how to make three courses that specifically highlight sustainable, locally sourced fish that’s underutilized (as in, you’ve probably never heard of them). Meanwhile, Red’s Best’s Director of Culinary Development, Claude Whiting, will be in attendance to lend insight into the seafood you’re using. The menu includes razor clams, traditional Bouillabaisse, and a whole roasted fish. Tickets $60 – $75.

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover St.
    Boston, MA 02108
March

8

Chew on This: Fairytale Fare – A Fundraiser

This BCAE fundraiser will bring fantasy to reality with renowned chefs in Boston whipping up dishes inspired by their favorite tales. Participating chefs include Karen Akunowicz (Myers+Chang), Jamie Bissonnette (Little Donkey/Coppa/Toro), Will Gilson (Puritan & Co.), Matt Jennings (Townsman), Colin Lynch (Bar Mezzana), Brian Mercury (Oak+Rowan), and Kevin O’Donnell/Michael Lombardi (SRV), among others. Tickets $90 – $145.

  • 6:45 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • BCAE
  • 122 Arlington St.
    Boston, MA 02116
March

9

Thru Mar 10

Boston Beer and Cheese Fest

This popular annual festival will feature 25 New England breweries and cideries in addition to 12 local creameries. Enjoy unlimited samples of cheese, charcuterie, and craft beer as well as cider from local favorites such as Artifact Cider Project, Cambridge Brewing Company, Castle Island Brewing, Exhibit ‘A’ Brewing, Far From the Tree Cider, and Night Shift Brewing. Tickets $60.

  • Time varies
  • The Cyclorama
  • 539 Tremont St.
    Boston, MA 02116
March

10

Bourbon and Bacon Fest 2018

Can you think of any other beverage that compliments bacon quite like bourbon? Well, you’ll get your fill of both at this annual event! Sample specialty bourbons from around the country (including local favorites like Bully Boy Distillers and Berkshire Mountain Distillers) along with smoky bacon-centered dishes made by local restaurants. (Note: VIP ticket holders receive two extra sample tickets and early access to the event by one hour). Tickets $50 – $100.

  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m. & 5 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • The Castle at Park Plaza
  • 130 Columbus Ave.
    Boston, MA 02116
March

14

Chef Takeover Series at Moody's: Jonathan Benno

For the third installment of The Backroom at Moody’s Chef Takeover Series, Chef Jonathan Benno (owner of the Michelin-starred Lincoln Ristorante in New York City), Chef de Cuisine Stephen Conklin, and Pastry Chef Lindsey Bittner will all be in the kitchen preparing a multi-course meal. The menu for the evening will include a calabrese crostini with coppa and burrata, porchetta with turnips, apricot mostarda, and dandelion greens, and a blood orange polenta cake with mascarpone gelato. Tickets $85.

  • 6 p.m-9 p.m.
  • The Backroom at Moody's
  • 468 Moody St.
    Waltham, MA 02453
March

19

Cooking with Spring’s Local Bounty with Bondir’s Jason Bond

From artichokes and asparagus to arugula and apricots, springtime brings some spectacular produce. In this class, Bondir chef Jason Bond will coach you through cooking some of his favorite recipes using seasonal ingredients, while also letting you in on some preparation tips, tricks, and techniques. Tickets $49.

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • BCAE
  • 122 Arlington St.
    Boston, MA 02116
March

20

Taste of the South End

It’s no secret that the South End is home to some of Boston’s best restaurants — and for one night only, you can savor fare from 45 of them, while chefs whip up bite-sized versions of popular dishes off their menus. The best part? Samples are unlimited. Participating restaurants include Area Four, Banyan Bar + Refuge, Bar Mezzana, Blackbird Doughnuts, Flour Bakery + Cafe, Formaggio Kitchen, Frenchie, The Gallows, Myers + Chang and more. There will be live cooking demonstrations throughout the event. Did we mention the wine and beer tastings, too? Tickets $150 – $200.

  • 7 p.m.-9:30 p.m.
  • The Cyclorama at the Boston Center for the Arts
  • 539 Tremont St.
    Boston, MA 02116
March

22

Lady Crush! Great Wines from Great Women

It’s time to hone in on some wonderful wines — specifically, made by women. In this seminar, wine writer Ellen Bhang (The Food Lens/The Boston Globe), and sommelier/writer Lauren Friel (Committee Boston, Chef’s Feed) will reveal the stories behind certain wines, as well as details on where and how they’re made. Tickets $35.

  • 7 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • BCAE
  • 122 Arlington St.
    Boston, MA 02116
March

26

Gin Cocktail Intensive with Boston’s Bully Boy Distillers

Trying to step up your cocktail game in 2018? In this hands-on class, Bully Boy Distillers’ Alexandra Koblan will be diving into gin — its characteristics and complexities, as well as how to integrate it into a number of both classic and contemporary cocktails. Tickets $35.

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • BCAE
  • 122 Arlington St.
    Boston, MA 02116
March

28

Chef Takeover Series at Moody's: Aaron Brooks

For the fourth installment of the Chef Takeover Series hosted by The Backroom at Moody’s, Aaron Brooks will be in the kitchen crafting a special prix fixe menu. As Executive Chef at Miami’s Edge Steak and Bar, he has a knack for curating top-notch charcuterie from heritage pork and other sustainable meats. Tickets $85.

  • 6 p.m-9 p.m.
  • The Backroom at Moody's
  • 468 Moody St.
    Waltham, MA 02453
April

19

Flavors of Spain, Peru & Hawaii: Ceviche & Poke Workshop with Red’s Best

Explore a range of traditional ceviches, all leveraging locally-caught seafood, in this special workshop from Red’s Best. Learn how to prepare Peruvian-style white fish marinated in citrus juice, a Hawaiian sweet and savory tuna poke, and more, while enjoying pours of various local wines. Tickets $60 – $75.

  • 6 p.m-8 p.m.
  • Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover St.
    Boston, MA 02108

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