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April

4

Thru Apr 25

Dumpling Making Class at Mei Mei

Mei Mei has been cranking out some of Boston’s best dumplings for several years and now you can learn how to make them at home. In this hands-on demonstration led by Co-owner and James Beard-nominated chef Irene Li (who we interviewed on our podcast), participants will learn all the tips and tricks to making Mei Mei’s distinctive dumplings. She’ll cover pan-searing techniques, how to hand-fold a variety of shapes, and how to make your own dumpling sauce. Afterwards, participants can grab a drink at the cash bar and chow down on their dumplings as well as some snacks provided by Mei Mei. Tickets $88. See link for dates.

  • 9:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Mei Mei Restaurant
  • 506 Park Drive
    Boston, MA 02215
April

5

18th Annual Taste of South Boston

Come enjoy all the best that South Boston and Fort Point restaurants have to offer so that you will know the best places to grab dinner nearby before heading to one of the Broadway bars for the night. Some of our favorite places, including Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar and Menton, participated last year so we hope that them and many more will be there this year. Beer will be provided by Harpoon as well so you know you are in for a fun night. Tickets: $55.

  • 5:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Seaport Hotel - Plaza Ballroom
  • 1 Seaport Lane
    Boston, MA 02210
April

5

Brave the Caves: An Underground Cheese Lesson - April 2020

So your friend asks you what you’re doing this weekend. Maybe other weekends you’d say “Taking it easy, maybe watching the Pats game.” But not this weekend. This weekend you will be spelunking for cheese. You heard that right, you will be going into the stone caves below Formaggio Kitchen’s Cambridge store to learn about the secrets of cheese aging, storage, and maintenance. You’ll also get to try a few examples of cheeses you are learning about. Tickets are $65 and be sure to bring a sweater or light jacket for the cave-like conditions.

  • 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen - Cambridge
  • 244 Huron Ave.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
April

7

USA vs. Europe at Formaggio Kitchen

Who doesn’t love a little friendly competition? And how about a competition to become your favorite wine or cheese? Yeah, we thought you’d like the sound of that. At Formaggio Kitchen, you will be able to sample the high-regarded cheese, beer, and wine of Europe with the hundreds of years of tradition while comparing it to the artisanal products of America. American artisans have put their own twist on the traditional European techniques and this evening is all about embracing and enjoying the differences between the two. Get ready to taste the night away. Tickets: $55.

  • 6:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl #13A
    Cambridge, MA 02138
April

8

Empanada Party with Buenas

Formaggio Kitchen is one of the foremost cheese shops in Boston and the US. For one night only, they will be teaming up Buenas (of Bow Market) to host a hands-on empanada making class. You’ll learn everything from the dough to the fillings to the proper way to fold it. Meanwhile, you will be learning about the history of the pastry. Get ready to bring these skills home and impress your friends for your next dinner party! Tickets: $65.

  • 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl #13A
    Cambridge, MA 02138
April

12

Home Bread Baking Class at Forge Baking Company

Forge your own bread baking path at this small-group hands-on bread-baking class at Forge Bakery. In this class, you’ll learn how to make three unique kinds of bread with tools that you will learn how to use in class and then be able to take to use at home. That includes three fresh-baked bread loaves, a kitchen thermometer, a kitchen scale, a sourdough starter, and a dough scraper. During intermission, you can also head to their café for a free meal. If this time doesn’t work for you, check out the other times available. They have several classes coming up. Tickets: $150.

  • 2 - 6 PM
  • Forge Baking Company
  • 626 Somerville Avenue
    Somerville, MA 02143
April

14

Cheese and Wine of Spain

Bienvenidos to Formaggio Kitchen for this one night only event highlighting the delicious cheese of Spain. Formaggio Kitchen’s resident cheesemongers will take you on a tour through the history of eight different cheeses of different regions of Spain and pair them with four flights of wine and traditional accompaniments to go along with the cheese. Get ready for your taste buds to say Olé. Tickets: $65.

  • 6:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl #13A
    Cambridge, MA 02138
April

19

Flour's Lemon Meringue Pie Class

Flour baking and pastry classes are back in 2020 and we are so looking forward to them! If you missed out on the meringue class that Flour held in February or you are just as obsessed with lemon in desserts as we are, then get your ticket now before it sells out. In this hands-on class, you will go through every step of pie-making from the crust to the lemon curd to the meringue and the torching. Your pie-making skills will be sharpened just in time for Spring. Tickets: $150.

  • 11 AM - 2 PM
  • TriMark Innovation Center in the Innovation Design Building
  • 21 Drydock Ave.
    Boston, MA 02210
April

19

PUNCH! A celebration of large format cocktails at No. 9 Park

Tell your friends you learned how to make cocktails from the best! If you didn’t know, No. 9 Park hosts a monthly Sunday afternoon cocktail class covering different topics that reveal some of the secrets on how to make world-class cocktails at home. Complimentary bar snacks will be served as well so you’re not drinking on an empty stomach. This class will be featuring large-format cocktails and why they became, and remained popular. Tickets: $101.18.

  • 3 - 5 PM
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park Street
    Boston, MA 02108
April

21

Sour Beer and Cheese Pairing

Wine isn’t cheese’s only companion! Cheese also flirts a bit with sour beer, and it makes for a delicious taste experience. In this pairing class at Formaggio Kitchen, you will taste some of Formaggio’s artisan cheeses along with sour craft beers to expose you to some unique pairings you haven’t tried before. Tickets are only $55 so grab them before they sell out!

  • 6:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl #13A
    Cambridge, MA 02138
April

24

Brave the Caves Date Night! An Underground Cheese Lesson - April 2020

Looking for a unique date night activity? Look no further than this Brave the Caves Date Night Edition. This is one of Formaggio Kitchen’s regular classes where you will be going into the stone caves below Formaggio Kitchen’s Cambridge store to learn about the secrets of cheese aging, storage, and maintenance. However, this one is a bit later at night for you and your date! You’ll also get to try a few examples of cheeses you are learning about. Tickets are $65 and be sure to bring a sweater or light jacket for the cave-like conditions.

  • 8:30 - 10:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen - Cambridge
  • 244 Huron Ave.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
April

26

Cheese 101

Come to Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge for their most popular class: Cheese 101. Formaggio Kitchen’s cheesemongers will walk you through the history and process of cheesemaking while highlighting how modern-day cheesemakers are honoring artisan traditions. Come up your cheese plate game by learning the basics of tasting and building your own cheese plate while also tasting some wines and beers that pair perfectly with the cheese. At the end of the class, you’ll also get to peak inside the cheese caves. If you want to spend more time learning about the caves, be sure to check out their other class “Brave The Caves: An Underground Cheese Lesson.” Tickets: $55.

  • 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen - Cambridge
  • 244 Huron Ave.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
April

28

Merroir and Terroir: Oysters & Natural Wine with Island Creek Oysters

Head over to Formaggio Kitchen for the collaboration of our dreams. Island Creek Oyster Bar and Formaggio Kitchen are teaming up to celebrate origins of wine (terroir) and oysters (merroir). You will first be joined by Oyster expert Lindsay of island Creek who will take you through tastings of several different oysters from different regions and explain the intricacies of each. Then you will get to enjoy selections of natural wines to celebrate the terroir, or specific growing regions, of wine. Don’t miss this unique, one night only event. Tickets: $65.

  • 6:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl #13A
    Cambridge, MA 02138
April

29

Honey and Cheese Pairing

There’s more to honey than the bear shaped bottle on the grocery store shelf! Come learn more about that at this honey and cheese pairing class at Formaggio Kitchen. Come taste the perfect combination of sweet and savory from Julia, Formaggio Kitchen’s general manager and honey buyer, and Ellis, a cheesemonger and honey enthusiast. They will walk you through tastings of eight different honeys from around the world and what makes them unique. Then they’ll have you taste cheeses that complement each honey perfectly. Of course, it will also include beverages to enjoy. Tickets: $60.

  • 6:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl #13A
    Cambridge, MA 02138
May

3

Brave the Caves: An Underground Cheese Lesson - April 2020

So your friend asks you what you’re doing this weekend. Maybe other weekends you’d say “Taking it easy, maybe watching the Pats game.” But not this weekend. This weekend you will be spelunking for cheese. You heard that right, you will be going into the stone caves below Formaggio Kitchen’s Cambridge store to learn about the secrets of cheese aging, storage, and maintenance. You’ll also get to try a few examples of cheeses you are learning about. Tickets are $65 and be sure to bring a sweater or light jacket for the cave-like conditions.

  • 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen - Cambridge
  • 244 Huron Ave.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
May

5

Spring Wine Preview: Rosé

Are you looking to step up your rosé game? Look no further than this rosé showcase at Formaggio Kitchen. Twice a year, Formaggio Kitchen chooses a wine varietal to preview for the next season and this Spring’s event features rosé. You will be led through a guided tasting of 10 wines of various price points by Formaggio’s buyers. If you find some you like, you will be able to get them for 10% off the night of the envet and if you buy 12 bottles or more, you will get your ticket price ($45) refunded. Snacks will be served buffet style from 6 – 6:30 PM so get there a little early so you’re not tasting on an empty stomach. Tickets: $45.

  • 6:30 - 8:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl #13A
    Cambridge, MA 02138
May

5

Master Class: Annemarie Ahearn of Saltwater Farm

For over 10 years, Annemarie Ahearn has been teaching at her cooking school, Salt Water Farm in Maine and she will be making her way to 177 Milk St. to teach you the three tenets that guide her cooking: Ingredients that are locally-sourced and seasonal, learning a range of cooking techniques, and learning traditional cooking skills that have served generations before us and will continue to. Recipes you will make in this hands-on cooking class include Orecchiette with Green Peas and Ricotta, Cast Iron Chicken Thighs with Leeks, Mushrooms, and Cream, and a Strawberry Galette with Vanilla Bean Custard. In addition to the newfound knowledge, you’ll also go home with her new book “Modern Country Cooking: Kitchen Skills and Seasonal Recipes from Salt Water Farm.” Tickets: $150.

  • 6 - 8:30 PM
  • 177 Milk Street
  • 177 Milk Street
    Boston, MA 02109
May

6

Chocolate, Wine and Cheese

Come enjoy all 3 of your favorite culinary pleasures in one class at this Cheese, Chocolate, and Wine class at Formaggio Kitchen. Chocolate Buyer and Cheese monger Julia will have your taste buds dancing with her expertly-crafted chocolate selections paired with cheeses from across the globe. We bet you wouldn’t think to pair dark chocolate with blue cheese, but you’ll get to try it in this class. Along with the chocolate and cheese, you will get to enjoy wine pairings meant to be consumed with both chocolate and cheese. Your charcuterie nights will never be the same! Tickets: $65.

  • 6:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl #13A
    Cambridge, MA 02138
May

8

Thru May 9

Martha's Vineyard Oyster Fest

If you’ll be in Martha’s Vineyard for the season starting in May, or you want to take a quick weekend trip, then you can celebrate your favorite mollusk at the Martha’s Vineyard Oyster Fest from May 8-9. Through the weekend, they will be bringing together growers, farmers, chefs, brewers, sommeliers, and mixologists all surrounding the great seafood scene in New England. The weekend will include talks, tastings, and more so you can pick your journey, or you can shell out (pun intended) for a weekend pass to enjoy it all. Ticket prices vary based on what event you attend.

  • See event details
  • Martha's Vineyard Museum
  • 151 Lagoon Pond Road
    Vineyard Haven, MA 02568
May

10

Thru Jun 7

Dumpling Making Class at Mei Mei

Mei Mei has been cranking out some of Boston’s best dumplings for several years and now you can learn how to make them at home. In this hands-on demonstration led by Co-owner and James Beard-nominated chef Irene Li (who we interviewed on our podcast), participants will learn all the tips and tricks to making Mei Mei’s distinctive dumplings. She’ll cover pan-searing techniques, how to hand-fold a variety of shapes, and how to make your own dumpling sauce. Afterwards, participants can grab a drink at the cash bar and chow down on their dumplings as well as some snacks provided by Mei Mei. Tickets $88. See link for dates.

  • 9:30 - 11:30 AM
  • Mei Mei Restaurant
  • 506 Park Drive
    Boston, MA 02215
May

13

Thru May 17

Nantucket Wine & Food Festival

It’s almost summer in New England and that means it’s time for the Nantucket Wine & Food Festival coming back for its 24th year. This will be a week full of over 50 unique seminars, wine tastings, meals, galas, and more. There is a full calendar of events but some seminar topics include the Great Wine Families and the different wine regions and varietals. Some of Boston’s best restaurants will be participating in the event including Sofra Bakery & Café, Sarma, SRV, and Island Creek Oyster Bar. Get your tickets before its too late and get ready to enjoy a great week on Nantucket. Ticket prices range based on the event.

  • See link for details
  • Various Locations on Nantucket
  • See Link for details
May

13

Tea and Cheese Pairing

Formaggio Kitchen will be hosting a unique pairing night as they pair some of their artisan cheeses with teas from around the world. While wine is more well-known for pairing with cheese, tea has just as complex of a flavor which allows for endless pairing options. Formaggio Kitchen will guide you through the ones that make sense and complement each other for a novel tasting experience. You’ll be able to spill the tea to all your friends about what you learned. Tickets: $55.

  • 6:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl #13A
    Cambridge, MA 02138
May

17

Flour's Chocolate Butter Bretons Class

Flour baking and pastry classes are back in 2020 and we are so looking forward to them! Want to impress your friends and family with a Flour pastry that only comes out seasonally? Well now’s your chance to make them even if Flour isn’t making them. In this class, you will get a hands-on demonstration of Flour’s chocolate Bretons and how to make them from buttery dough, chocolate, and caramelized sugar. Our mouths are already watering. Tickets: $150.

  • 11 AM - 2 PM
  • TriMark Innovation Center in the Innovation Design Building
  • 21 Drydock Ave.
    Boston, MA 02210
May

17

The Savoy Hotel at No. 9 Park

Tell your friends you learned how to make cocktails from the best! If you didn’t know, No. 9 Park hosts a monthly Sunday afternoon cocktail class covering different topics that reveal some of the secrets on how to make world-class cocktails at home. Complimentary bar snacks will be served as well so you’re not drinking on an empty stomach. This class will be featuring recipes from The Savoy Hotel, regarded as one of the most important bars for classic cocktails. Tickets: $101.18.

  • 3 - 5 PM
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park Street
    Boston, MA 02108
May

17

Cheese 101 - May 2020

Come to Formaggio Kitchen in Cambridge for their most popular class: Cheese 101. Formaggio Kitchen’s cheesemongers will walk you through the history and process of cheesemaking while highlighting how modern-day cheesemakers are honoring artisan traditions. Come up your cheese plate game by learning the basics of tasting and building your own cheese plate while also tasting some wines and beers that pair perfectly with the cheese. At the end of the class, you’ll also get to peak inside the cheese caves. If you want to spend more time learning about the caves, be sure to check out their other class “Brave The Caves: An Underground Cheese Lesson.” Tickets: $55.

  • 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen - Cambridge
  • 244 Huron Ave.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
May

19

Born in the USA

While Europe may have a few more years of cheesemaking under their belts, American artisans have been innovating and putting their own touches on century’s old traditions. In this cheese-tasting class hosted by Formaggio Kitchen, you will taste some of the best cheeses found from the US along with domestic beverages and accompaniments. They are keeping it a bit more local in this class! Tickets: $55.

  • 6:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl #13A
    Cambridge, MA 02138
May

31

Brave the Caves: An Underground Cheese Lesson - May 2020

So your friend asks you what you’re doing this weekend. Maybe other weekends you’d say “Taking it easy, maybe watching the Pats game.” But not this weekend. This weekend you will be spelunking for cheese. You heard that right, you will be going into the stone caves below Formaggio Kitchen’s Cambridge store to learn about the secrets of cheese aging, storage, and maintenance. You’ll also get to try a few examples of cheeses you are learning about. Tickets are $65 and be sure to bring a sweater or light jacket for the cave-like conditions.

  • 5:30 - 7:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen - Cambridge
  • 244 Huron Ave.
    Cambridge, MA 02138
June

2

Wine 101

Are you confused every time you walk into the wine aisle or into a wine shop? Let Formaggio Kitchen simplify it for you by taking you through a tasting education. Formaggio Kitchen’s wine buyers Stephen and Colin will take you through all the primary components of wine as well as the sensory impressions they make. They’ll also teach you how there’s more to the difference between red and white wine than just the color as well as the basics of food and wine pairing. By the next time you hit the wine shop, you’ll be ready. Tickets: $65.

  • 6:30 PM
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl #13A
    Cambridge, MA 02138
June

7

Pastry Love Cookbook Edible Gifts at Flour

Flour baking and pastry classes are back in 2020 and we are so looking forward to them! Joanne just came out with a new cookbook, Pastry Love, and Flour wants to teach you more about how to make some of the best recipes from the book. In this hands-on class, you’ll learn to make Brown Butter Rice Krispy Treats, Maple Pecan Tassies, Christopher’s Honeycomb, and Vanilla Mint Marshmallows. Even though it’s not the holiday season, you will be ready when holiday treat season comes. Tickets: $150.

  • 11 AM - 2 PM
  • TriMark Innovation Center in the Innovation Design Building
  • 21 Drydock Ave.
    Boston, MA 02210
June

21

Whisk(e)y around the world: US, Scotland, and Japan

Tell your friends you learned how to make cocktails from the best! If you didn’t know, No. 9 Park hosts a monthly Sunday afternoon cocktail class covering different topics that reveal some of the secrets on how to make world-class cocktails at home. Complimentary bar snacks will be served as well so you’re not drinking on an empty stomach. This class will be featuring whiskey from around the world: US, Scotland, and Japan. Tickets: $101.18.

  • 3 - 5 PM
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park Street
    Boston, MA 02108
June

28

Croissants Workshop at Flour

Some mornings, you just wake up wanting to eat a freshly-baked croissant. Sure, you can walk out of your apartment to a nearby Flour bakery but what if the snow if 2 feet deep and you just need to have your croissant!? Don’t worry, Flour is here to help. They are offering this 3-Hour hands-on class to teach you how to make your own buttery croissants at home, the Flour way. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to tell your friends that you learned how to croissants from the croissant masters at Flour! Tickets: $150

  • 11 AM - 2 PM
  • TriMark Innovation Center in the Innovation Design Building
  • 21 Drydock Ave.
    Boston, MA 02210
June

28

Lamb Jam Boston - 2020

If lamb is your jam then this event was made for you. Traveling across culinary capitals across the US (Austin, Boston, Denver, San Francisco, Washington DC, and Seattle), Lamb Jam is a national chef competition that celebrates lamb and the 80,000 farms that raise it around the country. 16 New England chefs compete to be the Boston champion, creating unique dishes that include lamb. The winner goes on to face the winners from the other cities to become the Lamb Jam Master. Last year, Liz Barwick of Sarma won with her Turkish Roasted Lamb Shoulder. Main event tickets are $75 and get you into the event from 3 to 6 PM to try all the dishes and enjoy the drinks. VIP tickets are $125 and get you in an hour earlier with exclusive access to libations and other bites. You don’t want to miss this!

  • 2 - 6 PM
  • The Innovation and Design Building
  • 21 Drydock Avenue
    Boston, MA 02210
July

18

WGBH’s Craft Beer and Cider Festival 2020

Summer is heating up and if you’re not heading down to the cape this weekend, head over to Brighton for the WGBH Craft Beer and Cider Festival which will be featuring some of our favorite breweries including Aeronaut Brewing Company and Cambridge Brewing Company (but the list continues to get longer). Now you can drink and support your local radio station at the same time! $55 tickets get unlimited samples of the beer at the festival. Get your tickets before they run out!

  • 7 - 10 PM
  • WGBH Educational Foundation
  • 1 Guest St.
    Brighton, MA 02135
July

19

Sherry, Amaro, and Vermouth at No. 9 Park

Tell your friends you learned how to make cocktails from the best! If you didn’t know, No. 9 Park hosts a monthly Sunday afternoon cocktail class covering different topics that reveal some of the secrets on how to make world-class cocktails at home. Complimentary bar snacks will be served as well so you’re not drinking on an empty stomach. This class will be featuring cocktails with Sherry, Amaro, and Vermouth. Tickets: $101.18.

  • 3 - 5 PM
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park Street
    Boston, MA 02108
August

16

Home Bar: Tips and tricks for home cocktailing at No. 9 Park

Tell your friends you learned how to make cocktails from the best! If you didn’t know, No. 9 Park hosts a monthly Sunday afternoon cocktail class covering different topics that reveal some of the secrets on how to make world-class cocktails at home. Complimentary bar snacks will be served as well so you’re not drinking on an empty stomach. This class will be featuring how to create a home bar to entertain friends and family (from the tools to the techniques). Tickets: $101.18.

  • 3 - 5 PM
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park Street
    Boston, MA 02108

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