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June

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, 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.

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Mei Mei Restaurant
  • 506 Park Dr.
    Boston, MA 02215
June

26

Summer Parillada with Buenas' Nini and Bass

Gear up for some serious summertime grilling South American style at Formaggio Kitchen’s Summer Parillada. They’re teaming up with South American speciality food producers, Melissa and Sebastian from Buenas to throw a serious Parillada — a traditional grilled South American feast. A ticket to this event will allow you to enjoy Parillada staples like entraña (skirt steak), choripan (sausage with chimichurri on a baguette), and ensalada rusa (Argentinian potato salad), while learning how to host a Parillada of your own. Tickets $65.

  • 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl.
    Unit 13A
    Mid-Cambridge, MA 02138
June

27

Coastal Spain Wine Dinner at The Table

Join Chef Carl Dooley and Wine Director Jesse Eslin for an edible tribute to the coast of Spain. This special event dinner will be hosted at The Table at Seasons to Taste in Cambridge, an intimate and eclectic twenty-seat restaurant known for its focus on seasonal ingredients and creative, internationally inspired menu. Tickets include a wine pairing, various tapas and pintxos to start, and five-courses including Cazuela of Grilled Squid & Local Clams, Roasted Suckling Pig with Morcilla Sausage, and more — all inspired by coastal Spain. Tickets are $175 per person, including gratuity and tax.

  • 5:30 p.m.-10:30 p.m.
  • The Table at Seasons to Taste
  • 2447 Massachusetts Ave.
    Cambridge, MA 02140
June

29

Savoie Wine and Cheese with Master Affineur Marc Birkett

Formaggio Kitchen has recruited Savoie cheese expert and master affineur Marc Birkett for an evening sure to satisfy your funkiest cravings. Featuring tastes of various cheeses and wines all hailing from the Savoie region of France, cheese experts and novices alike are sure to learn something new at this event. Tickets $65.

  • 6:30 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl.
    Unit 13A
    Mid-Cambridge, MA 02138
June

30

brioche + sticky buns

Learn how to make Joanne Chang’s (of Flour Bakery + Cafe) famous sticky buns in this hands on class. Attendees will start by learning the basic principals behind the buttery brioche dough and take part in a demonstration of how to roll and assemble the buns. Then its up to each participant to try it on their own, and take the dough home with them. Tickets $165. 

  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Flour Bakery Breadquarters
  • 9 Travis St.
    Boston, MA 02134
July

7

Thru Jul 8

2018 Boston Pizza Festival

If you love pizza, then you can’t miss this pizza lovers heaven. This one-of-a-kind, multi-day event will allow pie aficionados to get together to taste some of the best ‘za that local and international vendors have to offer, with over 30 participants hailing from all over the Greater Boston area and even as far as Naples, Italy. Besides unlimited pizza sampling, you can enjoy live music, pizza acrobat shows, cooking demos, plus wine/beer. Count us in. Tickets $35.

  • 12 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • City Hall Plaza
  • City Hall Plaza
    Boston, MA 02108
July

9

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, 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.

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Mei Mei Restaurant
  • 506 Park Dr.
    Boston, MA 02215
July

10

Taste of Cambridge

The Taste of Cambridge celebrates its 16th year at Canal Park at CambridgeSide overlooking the beautiful banks of the Charles River. This years event will feature 70+ of “Boston’s Best” Restaurants in Cambridge, plus games, live music, DJs, and dancing! Participants include Lone Star Taco Bar, Lord Hobo, Craigie on Main, Formaggio Kitchen, Puritan & Company, and many more. Tickets range from $12-$65.

  • 5:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Canal Park at CambridgeSide
  • Lechmere Canal Park
    Cambridge, MA
July

10

Not My Mother's Chicken

Chicken is often the subject of lackluster preparation at home, but with a little know-how it doesn’t have to be. Join The Food Lens’ own Catherine Smart at The Milk Street Cooking School for a hands on cooking demonstration all about chicken. Participants will learn the basics of braising, roasting, and pan frying chicken through three recipes: Colombian Coconut Chicken with homemade coconut milk, Chicken Teriyaki Donburi, and South African Piri Piri Chicken Thighs. Tickets $125.

  • 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Milk Street Cooking School
  • 177 Milk St.
    Boston, MA 02109
July

10

roofTOP Chefs: Will Gilson

Join The Colonnade Hotel for a casual rooftop cookout featuring one of Boston’s best. Sure, a good view makes everything taste better, but it’s really just the cherry on top when Chef Will Gilson of Puritan & Co. is at the helm. He’s usually creating exceptional New England inspired fare up in Cambridge, but for one night only he’ll be cooking up a few summery dishes alongside The Colonnade’s own Executive Chef Nick Callais. All of the proceeds from the evening will go to benefit No Kid Hungry, a national campaign aimed at ending childhood hunger in the U.S. and around the world. Tickets $30.

  • 5:30 p.m.
  • The Colonnade Boston
  • 120 Huntington Ave.
    Boston, MA 02116
July

11

Summer Vegetables

Contemporary cooking may be more veggie-centric than ever, so it is increasingly valuable to know how to make the most of your vegetables. Join Milk Street Cooking School for a hands-on cooking class aimed at teaching you how to the most important food group shine. Milk Street’s experienced instructors will teach you a variety of techniques for cooking and preparing vegetables. During the class participants will make four dishes with peak-summer produce including Spanish Ratatouille, Palestinian Tomato-Herb Salad, and more. Tickets $125.

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Milk Street Cooking School
  • 177 Milk St.
    Boston, MA 02109
July

13

Mixology Class with Bully Boy Distillers

Join Bully Boy Distillers at Boston Public Market’s The KITCHEN for an in-depth look at how to shake up some classic cocktails. In this step-by-step demonstration, one of Bully Boy’s finest barkeeps will teach you the techniques, tricks, and terminology necessary to become a formidable mixologist. All cocktails will be shaken or stirred with freshly made syrups, bitters, and of course Bully Boy Distiller’s spirits made right down in Roxbury. To accompany your classic cocktails, Appleton Farms will be providing local cheese and snack board. Tickets $40-$50.

  • 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover St.
    Boston, MA 02108
July

14

brioche + sticky buns

In this hands on class, one of Flour Bakery + Cafe’s experienced bakers will be teaching participants how to make Joanne Chang’s famous sticky buns. Attendees will learn the basics of building a buttery brioche dough and take part in a demonstration of how to roll and assemble the buns. Afterwards, participants will try their hands at rolling their own buns and bring their dough home for future sticky indulgence. Tickets $165.

  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Flour Bakery Breadquarters
  • 9 Travis St.
    Boston, MA 02134
July

15

Drinking Through Imperialism

Since opening in 1998, Barbara Lynch’s No. 9 Park has made a big impact, not just on the culinary scene, but on the cocktail scene too. Now you can pull up a stool and learn the techniques, specs, and a healthy dose of history from some of Boston’s best bartenders. In this installment of No. 9 Park’s monthly cocktail class series, you’ll learn all about how British Imperialism spread spirits across the globe and made the cocktail revolution possible. Bar snacks will be provided in addition to the craft cocktails you’ll be shaking up. Tickets $95 plus taxes and fees.

  • 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park St.
    Boston, MA. 02108
July

20

Thru Jul 22

Cooking the Milk Street Way: Weekend Intensive

The Milk Street Cooking School is offering a weekend intensive dedicated to cooking the Milk Street Way. Over the course of three four-hour sessions participants will learn the techniques and principles that govern Milk Street’s simple approach to creating bold and exciting recipes. The sessions are as follows:

Friday 2-6 p.m.: Participants will learn the foundations of the Milk Street theory through tasting experiments and the hands-on preparation of two recipes.

Saturday 12-4 p.m.: Learn the Milk Street approach to to herbs and spices through demonstrations, tasting exercises, and cooking practice.

Sunday 12-4 p.m.: Participants will put the techniques and theory they learned throughout the weekend into practice and hone their skills with a few final recipes.

Tickets for this weekend-long intensive are $500.

  • Varies
  • Milk Street Cooking School
  • 177 Milk St.
    Boston, MA 02109
July

20

flour cupcake workshop for kids!

Whether you hope for your child to become the next baking prodigy or just have a good time getting messy in the kitchen, flour bakery + cafe’s cupcake workshop for kids is sure to entertain. In this hands on demonstration flour’s bakers will demonstrate how to mix, scoop, bake, and decorate their delicious chocolate cupcakes. Participants and parents alike will learn how to make flour’s cupcake frosting and color it for vibrant decorations. Best of all, they’ll get to take home their creatively decorated cupcakes. Children must be accompanied by an adult to participate. Tickets are $150 and include entry for a child and their guardian.

  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Flour Bakery Breadquarters
  • 9 Travis St.
    Boston, MA 02134
July

21

Food Waste Feast Dumpling Making Class at Mei Mei

In this hands-on cooking class, Mei Mei’s Irene Li will teach you how to minimize food waste for maximum dumpling goodness. As part of their series of dumpling making classes, Mei Mei is partnering with their sustainability-focused side project, Food Waste Feast. Participants will learn how to make delicious dumplings with stems, peels, and other commonly wasted ingredients. This class will teach you how to save money on food, become a better cook, and even contribute to ending hunger. Additionally, there will plenty of dumplings and signature Mei Mei snacks to eat. Tickets $88.

  • 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Mei Mei Restaurant
  • 506 Park Dr.
    Boston, MA 02215
July

27

Bully Boy Distillers Cornhole Tournament

Join Bully Boy Distillers for a celebration of two of humankind’s greatest creations: booze and cornhole. Maybe that’s up for debate, but that shouldn’t stop you from tossing around some bags of corn with a drink in hand. Tickets include entry to the tournament for a team of two and a round of craft cocktails. The winners will receive a $25 gift card to Bully Boy’s Tasting Room and free entry to the next month’s tournament. Tickets $20.

  • 7 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • Bully Boy Distillers
  • 44 Cedric St.
    Boston, MA 02119
July

29

rustic summer tarts

As part of their series of hands-on baking classes, Flour Bakery + Cafe is offering a course dedicated to their rustic summer tarts. Participants will learn the secret to making Flour’s delectable pie crust and assemble free form tarts with seasonal ingredients. Tickets to this class include a hands-on demonstration from one of Flour’s experienced bakers and a strawberry-rhubarb tart of your own making to take home. Tickets $150.

  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Flour Bakery Breadquarters
  • 9 Travis St.
    Boston, MA 02134
July

30

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, 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.

  • 6 p.m.-8 p.m.
  • Mei Mei Restaurant
  • 506 Park Dr.
    Boston, MA 02215
August

5

haley.henry's "Down Under"

Downtown’s haley.henry is heading across the harbor for a “Down Under” part at KO Catering and Pies. All of the party essentials will be there including a dunk tank full of Boston industry folks, a rosé ice luge, and of course, shrimp on the barbie. Tickets include plenty of food, three drink tickets, and access to all of the summery, down under festivities your heart desires. All proceeds from the event will go to support the Veteran’s Homeless Shelter in Downtown Crossing. Tickets $60.

  • 1 p.m.-6 p.m.
  • KO Catering And Pies
  • 256 Marginal St.
    Boston, MA 02128
August

10

Mixology Class with Bully Boy Distillers

Join Bully Boy Distillers at Boston Public Market’s The KITCHEN for an in-depth look at how to shake up some classic cocktails. In this step-by-step demonstration, one of Bully Boy’s finest barkeeps will teach you the techniques, tricks, and terminology necessary to become a formidable mixologist. All cocktails will be shaken or stirred with freshly made syrups, bitters, and of course Bully Boy Distiller’s spirits made right down in Roxbury. To accompany your classic cocktails, Appleton Farms will be providing local cheese and snack board. Tickets $40-$50.

  • 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover St.
    Boston, MA 02108
August

11

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, 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.

  • 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Mei Mei Restaurant
  • 506 Park Dr.
    Boston, MA 02215
August

13

flour oreo workshop for kids!

There are arguably few things better than Oreos, and homemade oreos are one of them. Join Flour Bakery + Cafe for a hands-on cooking class for kids ages 10 and up. Participants will learn how to make Flour’s take on classic oreo cookies with plenty of different fillings to choose from. And don’t worry — milk will be provided. Tickets $150.

  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Flour Bakery Breadquarters
  • 9 Travis St.
    Boston, MA 02134
August

14

Fearless Fish: Summer

Plenty of amateur cooks are hesitant to cook fish at home, which is why Milk Street Cooking School is hosting a class dedicated to deconstructing our fear of cooking fish. Led by our very own writer, Catherine Smart, this class will teach you all the techniques you need to tackle that pesky pesce. In this hands on cooking demonstration, participants will practice preparing fish by making Seared Salmon with Avocado Sauce and Tomato-Cilantro Salsa, Thai Jasmine Rice and Herb Salad with Shrimp, and Italian Fish Poached in Tomato-Garlic Broth. Tickets $125.

  • 6 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
  • Milk Street Cooking School
  • 177 Milk St.
    Boston, MA 02109
August

14

The Cue: BBQ & Cocktail Bash

Boston Magazine is hosting their 5th Annual BBQ and cocktail bash, The Cue, in Seaport featuring some of Boston’s best chefs and vendors. Tickets include an abundance of mouthwatering barbecue and summery samples from Boston purveyors like Area Four, Blue Ribbon BBQ and FoMu. Some of the proceeds from the event will benefit Share Our Strength, a non-profit dedicated to ending childhood hunger in the United States. General Admission $55.

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Cruiseport Boston
  • 1 Black Falcon Ave.
    Boston, MA 02210
August

18

butter bretons

Caramelized, buttery, flakey — these are a few of our favorite adjectives and all of them can be used describe Flour Bakery + Cafe’s buttery breton cakes. It’s one of founder Joanne Chang’s favorite pastries, which is why Flour is hosting a class dedicated just to making them. In this hands-on class, participants will learn how to laminate pastry dough and build their own butter breton cake to bake at home. Some sweet treats from the bakery will be provided as well. Tickets $150.

  • 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Flour Bakery Breadquarters
  • 9 Travis St.
    Boston, MA 02134
August

19

Home Bar: How to furnish your personal bar!

As part of their monthly cocktail class series, the beverage team at No. 9 Park is hosting a class dedicated to decking out your own home bar. They’ll teach you all the techniques and tools necessary to skillfully shake — and stir — cocktails at home for friends and family. Tickets $95 plus taxes and fees.

  • 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park St.
    Boston, MA. 02108
September

14

Mixology Class with Bully Boy Distillers

Join Bully Boy Distillers at Boston Public Market’s The KITCHEN for an in-depth look at how to shake up some classic cocktails. In this step-by-step demonstration, one of Bully Boy’s finest barkeeps will teach you the techniques, tricks, and terminology necessary to become a formidable mixologist. All cocktails will be shaken or stirred with freshly made syrups, bitters, and of course Bully Boy Distiller’s spirits made right down in Roxbury. To accompany your classic cocktails, Appleton Farms will be providing local cheese and snack board. Tickets $40-$50.

  • 6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
  • Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover St.
    Boston, MA 02108
September

16

Drinking through Boston History!

From the Great Molasses Flood to the Tea Party, Boston’s history is in many ways one of drinking. Pull up a stool and learn a healthy dose of alcohol-fueled history from some of Boston’s best bartenders at No. 9 Park. In addition to the craft cocktails you’ll be learning how to shake and stir, bar snacks will be provided. Tickets $95 plus taxes and fees.

  • 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park St.
    Boston, MA. 02108
September

23

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, 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.

  • 9:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
  • Mei Mei Restaurant
  • 506 Park Dr.
    Boston, MA 02215
September

24

Thru Sep 30

Nantucket Restaurant Week

Looking to take a break from Boston? We have the perfect excuse. Thirty of Nantucket’s best restaurants will be offering up three, four, and five course dinners from $25 to $50 as part of Nantucket Restaurant Week. Take a culinary tour courtesy of some of New England’s most talented chefs and soak up all of the island’s cedar sided, lighthouse laden beauty while you’re at it. Check out the Nantucket Restaurant Week website for a full list of participating restaurants.

  • Varies
  • Nantucket
  • Nantucket
October

11

Thru Oct 14

Taste of WGBH Food and Wine Festival 2018

New England’s largest food and wine festival, The Taste of WGBH, is back this year to showcase all of the delicious products and culinary talent the region has to offer. The festival features live music, seminars, and plenty of food and drink at each event. The Taste of WGBH will take place over four days with tickets for a variety of budgets and tastes. Every ticket includes food and a wine glass to hold throughout the day for sampling. Tickets $50-$300.

  • Varies
  • WGBH
  • 1 Guest St.
    Boston, MA 02135
October

21

New Orleans: The cradle of civilized drinking!

From the easygoing Sazerac to the labor-intensive Ramos Gin Fizz, New Orleans has long been one of the best drinking cities in the country. Join some of Boston’s best bartenders at No. 9 Park to learn how to shake up some of The Big Easy’s legendary cocktails. This cocktail class will teach you recipes, techniques, and a fair share of history to bolster your cocktail party prowess. Tickets $95 plus taxes and fees.

  • 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park St.
    Boston, MA. 02108
November

18

Winter Warmers: Warm your body and soul with a slew of winter libations!

Fight off that New England chill with a warm wintery drink or two! As part of their monthly cocktail class series, the beverage team at No. 9 Park is hosting a class dedicated to teaching you how to make your own winter warmers. They’ll share all the techniques and recipes necessary to skillfully whip up these warming drinks at home for friends and family. Bar snacks will be provided. Tickets $95 plus taxes and fees.

  • 3 p.m.-5 p.m.
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park St.
    Boston, MA. 02108

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