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January

17

Bitters and Bitter Cocktails with Alden & Harlow's Drexel Axeloons

Better your bitters game with a cocktail class dedicated to bitters and bitter cocktails. Cocktail buff and bartender Drexel Axeloons of Alden & Harlow will be stirring up several cocktails elevated by the use of various types of bitters. A class at Formaggio Kitchen wouldn’t be complete without cheese, so each of Drexel’s creations will be paired with a wheel or wedge courtesy of Formaggio. Tickets $65.

  • 6:30 P.M.
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Place
    #13a
    Cambridge, MA 02138
January

23

Breaking the Rules with Chef Michael Scelfo

Embrace your rebellious side with Chef Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow and Waypoint. He’s teaming up with Formaggio Kitchen to teach you how to break the rules of classical cooking and prepare deliciously defiant food. Attendees will enjoy a series of Chef Scelfo’s rule-breaking dishes and learn how to think up their own imaginative, new food. The tasting will be paired with a variety of beverages courtesy of Formaggio Kitchen. Tickets $65.

  • 6:30 P.M.
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Place
    #13a
    Cambridge, MA 02138
January

24

France vs. Italy

Formaggio Kitchen is pitting two old-world meccas of wine and cheese against one another for the ultimate face off— France vs. Italy. Guests will enjoy plenty of wine, cheese, and other accoutrement from each country and be tasked with picking their favorite. Tickets $55.

  • 6:30 P.M.
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Place
    #13a
    Cambridge, MA 02138
January

24

Taste of Eastie

Celebrate the best food East Boston has to offer at Taste of Eastie. Nearly thirty of Eastie’s best restaurants are joining forces to offer samples of Latin American, Asian, Italian, and many more cuisines. The event also includes live entertainment, raffles, and a cash bar. Tickets $35.

  • 6 P.M.-9 P.M.
  • Hilton Boston Logan Airport
  • 1 Hotel Drive
    Boston, MA 02128
January

25

Mixology Class with Short Path Distillery

Join Short Path Distillery at Boston Public Market’s The KITCHEN for an in-depth look at how to shake up a variety of seasonal cocktails. In this step-by-step demonstration one of Short Path’s barkeeps will teach you the techniques, tricks, and terminology necessary to become a formidable mixologist. To accompany your cocktails, Appleton Farms will be providing local cheese and snack boards. Tickets $44-$55.

  • 6 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
  • Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover Street
    Boston, MA 02108
January

27

Brave the Caves: An Underground Cheese Lesson

Explore a cheesy underworld beneath the streets of Cambridge at Formaggio Kitchen. From the biggest wheel to the smallest chévre, you’ll learn all about the diversity of cheeses in Formaggio’s cheese caves. Once you’re done spelunking, you’ll have a chance to try many of the cheeses you viewed in their natural habitat. Tickets $65.

  • 5:30 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
  • Formaggio Kitchen Cambridge
  • 244 Huron Ave
    Cambridge, MA 02138
January

27

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 $150.

  • 10 A.M.-1 P.M.
  • Flour Bakery + Café
  • 21 Drydock Ave
    Boston, MA 02210
January

27

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 Drive
    Boston, MA 02215
January

27

Buffalo Sunday Kickoff at Craigie on Main

Bring wing night to the next level at Craigie on Main’s Buffalo Sundays. They’ll be cooking up elevated bar fare like buffalo duck wings and spiced-up sweetbreads every Sunday. To help kick off this new series, Notch Brewing Company will be pouring flights and full-size pours of a variety of their tasty session beers. For $40 tickets include samplings of the new buffalo-inspired menu and one drink ticket.

  • 5 P.M.-7 P.M.
  • Craigie on Main
  • 853 Main Street
    Cambridge, MA 02139
January

27

Winter Foraging Tour and Dinner at Tasting Counter

Join the Tasting Counter for a special tasting dinner collaboration with Tyler Akabane of Mushrooms For My Friends. Tyler will lead guests on an educational foraging tour, gathering local ingredients for a wintery meal. That evening the talented team at Tasting Counter will cook up a 9-course tasting menu using locally foraged and preserved ingredients.

  • Varies
  • Tasting Counter
  • 14 Tyler Street
    Somerville, MA 02143
January

27

Rialto Pop-Up Dinner at Porto

Join Porto for a special Rialto Pop-Up Dinner with Jody Adams. Chef Adams will be preparing a retrospective five-course dinner of classics from Rialto. Dishes include Grilled Oysters with Andouille and Garlic Toast, and Slow Roasted Duck with Escarole and Green Olives. The dinner will be paired with a selection of Italian wines. Tickets $175.

  • 6 P.M.-9 P.M.
  • Porto
  • Ring Road
    Boston, MA 02199
January

28

It's a Date!

Make a date with dates at Sofra Bakery & Cafe’s hands-on class dedicated solely to cooking with this Middle-Eastern staple. Pastry Chef Alex Artinian will demonstrate several sweet and savory preparations for these delicious dried delicacies. Recipes include Date Espresso Terrine, Caramelized Onion and Date Fatayer, and Pear Crisp with Dates. Tickets $85.

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

28

Tasting Hour: Rums of the World

Learn why rum is on the rise at The Hawthorne’s Rums of the World Tasting Hour. You’ll sample a wide variety of rums from the Caribbean and beyond and learn how this tropical spirit found its way onto shelves and into glasses around the world. Tickets $40.

  • 6 P.M.- 7 P.M.
  • The Hawthorne
  • 500A Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215
January

28

A Night in the Alps at Branch Line

Join Branch Line for a special meal celebrating the wine and food of the Alps. Michael Kane of Rosenthal Wine Merchant will lead guests through a pairing of Swiss, Italian, and French wines from a host of vineyards that dot the alps. Each wine will be paired with a wintery, regionally-inspired dish cooked up by the team at Branch Line. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase their favorite wines of the night through Cuvee Fine Wines of Belmont. Tickets $125.

  • 6 P.M.-9 P.M.
  • Branch Line
  • 321 Arsenal Street
    Watertown, MA 02472
January

28

How I Funded My Dream Food Business

Join The Fresh Collective for an evening all about turning a food business idea into a reality. They’ll be featuring an all-star panel of female entrepreneurs for an honest conversation about various ways to raise funds for your dream food business.The panel includes Jody Adams of TRADE, Porto, and Saloniki Greek; Heather Schmidt of Union Square Donuts and her forthcoming café, Landsmith; and several more innovative entrepreneurs in the Boston food world. Tickets $40.

  • 6 P.M.-9 P.M.
  • Alley Powered by Verizon
  • 10 Ware Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
January

28

Spoke Wine Bar X Momi Nonmi Dinner Collaboration

Join Eric Frier, executive chef at Spoke Wine Bar, and Chris Chung, chef/owner of Momi Nonmi for a special dinner collaboration. Having worked together at the critically-acclaimed Uni in Boston’s Back Bay, the two talented chefs are sharing the kitchen once again for one night only!

Guests will enjoy a set menu of four courses – expect dishes like Maine uni, grilled Spanish mackerel, Sukiyaki-glazed beef tongue, and more – with the option for additional wine & sake pairing. Tickets $49.

  • 6 p.m.-9 p.m.
  • Spoke Wine Bar
  • 89 Holland St.
    Somerville, MA 02144
January

29

Cocktails 201: DIY Bitters & Vermouth

Bolster your bitters knowledge with The Hawthorne’s Cocktails 201 dedicated exclusively to bitters and vermouth. Participants will learn all about the history and role of these complex concoctions and even get the chance to craft their own special infusion. Tickets $55.

  • 7 P.M.- 10 P.M.
  • The Hawthorne
  • 500A Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215
January

31

The Gourmet Doughnut Bowl

Join New England’s best doughnut makers at WGBH for the ultimate fried dough showdown. A panel of judges will determine which doughnuts reign supreme in two categories: Classic Glazed and Wild Card. Attendees will enjoy samples of dozens of creative and classic doughnuts as well as a cash bar. This event is 21+, tickets $25-$30.

  • 7 P.M.-9 P.M.
  • WGBH
  • 1 Guest Street
    Boston, MA 02135
January

31

Scottish Whisky and Cheese Pairings

Join Formaggio Kitchen for a tasting event dedicated to the cheese and whisky of Scotland. Representatives from St. Andrew’s Farmhouse and Aberlour Distillery will walk guests through several pairings of cheese and whiskey while discussing the history and production of each. Tickets $65.

  • 6:30 P.M.
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Place
    #13a
    Cambridge, MA 02138
January

31

Sour Ale Kickoff at Row 34

Extreme Beer Fest is coming to Boston and Row 34 has called dibs on some of the best brews of the weekend. To kick off the festival, Row 34 is hosting a night of sours from Almanac Beer Co., Upland Brewing, and The Rare Barrel. Pours of these special brews from across the country will be available from 5 P.M. until 10 P.M., no tickets necessary.

  • 5 P.M.-10 P.M.
  • Row 34
  • 383 Congress St, Boston, Massachusetts 02210
February

1

Truffle Making Workshop and Whiskey Tasting

Taza Chocolate is teaming up with Bully Boy Distillers for a tasting and class dedicated to some of our favorite vices — whiskey and chocolate. Participants will learn how to make a dark chocolate ganache using Taza’s stone-ground chocolate with a little extra boost from Bully Boy’s Whiskey. Then participants will be guided through a tasting of three types of chocolate each paired with one of Bully Boy’s whiskeys. Finally, attendees will roll, dip, and top a dozen dark chocolate whiskey truffles with a variety of toppings to take home. In case all the chocolate and booze doesn’t tide you over, Appleton Farms will provide a local cheese board to chow down on as well. Tickets $65.

  • 6 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
  • Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover Street
    Boston, MA 02108
February

1

A Taste of Liguria with Roi Olive Oil

Celebrate the heritage and craft of Italy’s Liguria region with Formaggio Kitchen. They’ll be hosting olive oil producer Paolo Boeri to tell you all about the rich cuisine and culture of this region. Attendees will taste the world-renowned Boeri family olive oil on its own and in classic sauces like pesto alongside a selection of regional wines. Tickets $65.

  • 6:30 P.M.-8:30 P.M.
  • Formaggio Kitchen Classroom Annex
  • 67 Smith Pl
    #13a
    Cambridge, MA 02138
February

1

Thru Feb 2

Extreme Beer Fest

Join BeerAdvocate in celebrating all the brewers pushing boundaries and creating wildly different beer at the 16th Annual Extreme Beer Fest. This years festival will feature over 120 brewers and more than 400 different beers from across the country. The festival will take place in three separately ticketed sessions:

Session 1: 2/1 6 P.M.-9:30 P.M.

Session 2: 2/2 12 P.M.-3:30 P.M.

Session 3: 2/2 6 P.M.-9:30 P.M.

Tickets are $65 for any of the three sessions and include samples of hundreds of beers and access to food for purchase from KO Pies, Eastern Standard, and more.

  • Varies
  • Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center
  • 1 Seaport Lane
    Boston, MA 02210
February

1

NY/NJ Tap Takeover at Row 34

Extreme Beer Fest is coming to Boston and Row 34 has called dibs on some of the best brews of the weekend. For one night only, New York and New Jersey breweries Finback, Interboro, SingleCut, and Carton are taking over the taps. Pours of these special brews will be available from 5 P.M. until 11 P.M., no tickets necessary.

  • 5 P.M.-11 P.M.
  • Row 34
  • 383 Congress St.
    Boston, Massachusetts 02210
February

2

Foam Party at Row 34

Extreme Beer Fest is coming to Boston and Row 34 has called dibs on some of the best brews of the weekend. To close off the weekend Row 34 is hosting Foam Brewers for an evening with some of Burlington, Vermont’s best beers and finest brewers. Sip on some stellar beers with the Foam Brewers crew from 5 P.M. until 11 P.M., no tickets necessary.

  • 5 P.M.-11 P.M.
  • Row 34
  • 383 Congress St.
    Boston, Massachusetts 02210
February

4

Fish Tales

Conquer your fear of cooking fish at Sofra Bakery + Cafe’s hands-on cooking class, Fish Tales. In this class, James Beard Award winning chef Ana Sortun will guide participants through various cooking methods, techniques, and sourcing tips for preparing delicious seafood at home. Attendees will prepare three Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern inspired dishes including arctic char in grape leaves and caramelized scallops with lentils. Tickets $125.

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

4

Tasting Hour: Cocktail History in a Glass

Taste through cocktail history with The Hawthorne. In this class Head Bartender Rob Ficks will teach you about the hazy history of cocktails. Participants will enjoy a flight of of classic cocktails and even learn how to make a few themselves. Tickets $40.

  • 6 P.M.-7 P.M.
  • The Hawthorne
  • 500A Commonwealth Avenue
    Boston, MA 02215
February

4

Provençal Winter Feast with Chef David Bazirgan of Bambara

Join Formaggio Kitchen for a celebration of the wine and food of Provence. Chef David Bazirgan of Bambara will be cooking up a Provençal feast including wine-braised meats and roasted root vegetables perfumed with herbs de Provence. The meal also includes a pairing of wines from this bucolic region of France. Tickets $65.

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

7

Warm Winter Cocktails

Fend off the cold with a class all about warm winter cocktails at the Boston Center for Adult Education. Spirits expert Brady Graham will teach participants how to make a variety of seasonal cocktails including a spiked eggnog and other winter warmers. Tickets $50.

  • 7 P.M.-9 P.M.
  • Boston Center for Adult Education
  • 122 Arlington St
    Boston, MA 02116
February

9

Hopsters Grand Spirits Tasting

Sample spirits from more than ten New England distilleries at the Hopsters Grand Spirits Tasting. Short Path, GrandTen, and many more local spirits producers will be pouring tastes of whiskey, gin, rum, and more. In addition to the bevy of booze, several Boston Public Market vendors will be there offering small bites and snacks to accompany the spirits. Tickets $15.

  • 4 P.M.-5:30 P.M.
  • Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover Street
    Boston, MA 02108
February

10

Valentine's Oreo Cookie Decorating

There are arguably few things better than Oreos, and homemade oreos are one of them. Join Flour Bakery + Cafe for a hands-on baking class dedicated to making oreo cookies with some Valentine’s day flair. Participants will learn how to make Flour’s take on classic oreo cookies with plenty of different fillings and decorations to choose from. Tickets $150.

  • 10 A.M.-1 P.M.
  • Flour Bakery + Café
  • 21 Drydock Ave
    Boston, MA 02210
February

11

Basic Pantry 101

Learn how to build a better pantry to keep you warm and well-fed all winter long at Sofra Bakery & Cafe. Participants will learn what staples to stock up on, like whole grains, legumes, spices and versatile condiments like tahini and pomegranate molasses. Then Chef Didem Hosgel and Executive Pastry Chef Maura Kilpatrick will teach you how to put these ingredients to work in tasty recipes like Bulgur Pilaf and Tahini Shortbread Cookies. Tickets $110.

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

11

Taza Truffle Making Workshop and Wine Tasting

Support local charity while indulging in two of our favorite vices at Boston Public Market’s Truffle Making Workshop and Wine Tasting. Taza Chocolate will teach participants how to make dark chocolate truffles from scratch. Afterwards the Massachusetts Wine Shop will provide a selection of wines carefully paired with three of Taza’s stone-ground chocolates. Proceeds from the event will go to benefit Project Bread, a local non-profit committed to preventing and ending hunger in Massachusetts. Tickets $75.

  • 6 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
  • Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover Street
    Boston, MA 02108
February

13

Galentine's Day at OAK Long Bar + Kitchen with The Food Lens

We’re throwing a party for ladies to celebrate ladies the day before Valentine’s Day, popularly known as Galentine’s Day. Join The Food Lens and OAK Long Bar + Kitchen for a Galentine’s Day soirée, a night of sipping, snacking, and sweets—all while supporting local charity Women’s Lunch Place. Tickets $55.

  • 6 P.M.-9 P.M.
  • OAK Long Bar + Kitchen
  • 138 Saint James Ave.
    Boston, MA 02116
February

22

Mixology Class with Short Path Distillery

Join Short Path Distillery at Boston Public Market’s The KITCHEN for an in-depth look at how to shake up a variety of seasonal cocktails. In this step-by-step demonstration one of Short Path’s barkeeps will teach you the techniques, tricks, and terminology necessary to become a formidable mixologist. To accompany your cocktails, Appleton Farms will be providing local cheese and snack boards. Tickets $44-$55.

  • 6 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
  • Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover Street
    Boston, MA 02108
February

24

The Classic Cocktail Renaissance

Classic cocktails have survived years of lackluster mixology and cocktail fads and now they’re back with a vengeance. Learn all about their origins and revival from the talented barkeeps at No. 9 Park in this special cocktail class. Tickets $101.

  • 3 P.M.-5 P.M.
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park Street
    Boston, MA 02108
February

24

Brave the Caves: An Underground Cheese Lesson

Explore a cheesy underworld beneath the streets of Cambridge at Formaggio Kitchen. From the biggest wheel to the smallest chévre, you’ll learn all about the diversity of cheeses in Formaggio’s cheese caves. Once you’re done spelunking, you’ll have a chance to try many of the cheeses you viewed in their natural habitat. Tickets $65.

  • 5:30 P.M. - 7:30 P.M.
  • Formaggio Kitchen
  • 244 Huron Ave
    Cambridge, MA 02138
March

1

Truffle Making Workshop and Whiskey Tasting

Taza Chocolate is teaming up with Bully Boy Distillers for a tasting and class dedicated to some of our favorite vices — whiskey and chocolate. Participants will learn how to make a dark chocolate ganache using Taza’s stone-ground chocolate with a little extra boost from Bully Boy’s Whiskey. Then participants will be guided through a tasting of three types of chocolate each paired with one of Bully Boy’s whiskeys. Finally, attendees will roll, dip, and top a dozen dark chocolate whiskey truffles with a variety of toppings to take home. In case all the chocolate and booze doesn’t tide you over, Appleton Farms will provide a local cheese board to chow down on as well. Tickets $65.

  • 6 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
  • Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover Street
    Boston, MA 02108
March

4

Hummus Where the Heart is

Join Chef Ana Sortun at Sofra Bakery & Cafe for a cooking demonstration all about hummus. Forget the packaged stuff, Ana will show you how easy it is to prepare delicious hummus at home with just five ingredients — chickpeas, lemon, garlic, olive oil, and tahini. She’ll also prepare a variety of regional and modern takes on this rich spread including Warm Buttered Hummus with Crispy Lamb and Carrot Tabbouleh, and Bread Hummus with Avocado and Beets. Tickets $110.

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

11

MEZE - Big Flavors, Small Plates

Join Sofra Bakery & Cafe for an hands-on cooking class all about meze. Chef Didem Hosgel will teach you how to prepare a variety of small Middle Eastern and Mediterranean shared plates including Shanklish with Brioche and Za’atar, and Brandade Cakes with Crispy Potatoes. Tickets $110.

  • 6:30 P.M.-9 P.M.
  • Sofra Bakery & Cafe
  • 1 Belmont Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
March

22

Mixology Class with Short Path Distillery

Join Short Path Distillery at Boston Public Market’s The KITCHEN for an in-depth look at how to shake up a variety of seasonal cocktails. In this step-by-step demonstration one of Short Path’s barkeeps will teach you the techniques, tricks, and terminology necessary to become a formidable mixologist. To accompany your cocktails, Appleton Farms will be providing local cheese and snack boards. Tickets $55.

  • 6 P.M.-7:30 P.M.
  • Boston Public Market
  • 100 Hanover Street
    Boston, MA 02108
March

24

The Wide World of Agave

Join No. 9 Park for an in-depth look at the diverse world of agave spirits. They’ll discuss the regional nuances, production methods, and flavors of various of tequilas and mezcals. Participants will learn how to make several cocktails that honor the hard work of the palenqueros who make Mexico’s delicious agave spirits. Tickets $101.

  • 3 P.M.-5 P.M.
  • No. 9 Park
  • 9 Park Street
    Boston, MA 02108
March

25

Fish Tales

Conquer your fear of cooking fish at Sofra Bakery & Cafe’s hands-on cooking class, Fish Tales. In this class, James Beard Award winning chef Ana Sortun will guide participants through various cooking methods, techniques, and sourcing tips for preparing delicious seafood at home. Attendees will prepare three Mediterranean and Middle-Eastern inspired dishes including arctic char in grape leaves and caramelized scallops with lentils. Tickets $125.

  • 6:30 P.M.-9 P.M.
  • Sofra Bakery & Cafe
  • 1 Belmont Street
    Cambridge, MA 02138
April

28

PUNCH! A Celebration of Large Format Cocktails

Before cocktails there was punch, and before punch people probably didn’t have quite as much fun. Join No. 9 Park for a cocktail class dedicated to this party pleasing libation. Guests will learn about the history of punch and samples a few glasses themselves. Tickets $101.

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

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