Tag Archives: Dining

Dîner en Blanc is returning to Boston on September 10th

Source: Boston Herald, Diner en Blanc Boston 2012

Source: Boston Herald, Diner en Blanc Boston 2012

Dîner en Blanc has been a tradition in Paris since 1988, when Francois Pasquier invited a handful of friends to meet for dinner at the Bois de Boulogne and he asked them to wear white so it would be easy to identify each another.  That dining event has grown into an international dining phenomenon, which will be returning to Boston on September 10th, but getting tickets to this event isn’t all that easy with thousands (yes you read that correctly) seeking an invite through the dinner’s Facebook page.

The event is one part dinner and one part fashion as everyone wears white from head to toe, snubbing protocol by wearing white after Labor Day.  It also looks to be quite fun, judging by the photographs. According to the Boston Herald article, there are more than 1,000 people on the waiting list, but maybe you’ll get lucky. Sign up at bos
ton.dinerenblanc.info/register.

Johnny D’s in Davis Square will close next year

Johnny Ds Davis Square SomervilleJohnny D’s Uptown Restaurant and Music Club in Davis Square will close in early 2016 after operating for nearly 50 years so its owner can convert the 3,900-square-foot space into a multi-story building.  Johnny D’s surprising announcement comes on the heels of T.T. the Bear’s Place which will close later this week, after more than 40 years in Cambridge.

While I’ve not been to Johnny D’s in years, I loved their weekend brunch and viewed the place as a permanent fixture for that neighborhood.  It is sad to see another quirky venue closing.  Places like Johnny D’s has not only served to provide a stage for big names, but it also was a venue for many local acts.  For the sake of Boston’s live music scene, I hope this is not the start of a trend.

The Boston Globe has a more detailed story about the pending closure, here.

Mean Girls super fan brunch at Back Bay Harry’s

Mean GirlsBack Bay Harry’s is hosting yet another “Super Fan” brunch this Sunday.  This week’s theme is a “Mean Girls” brunch.  For  $35 you can enjoy a three course brunch while the movie is shown on the big screen.  There will be two seatings- one at 11:30a and a second seating at 1:30p.

Mean Girls Brunch – Sunday, July 12, 2015 – at Back Bay Harry’s

Tickets can be purchased by calling Back Bay Harry’s at 617-424-6711.

Eater Boston’s $1 Oyster guide

Oysters in BostonAlthough Eater Boston published this list late last month they continue to update it, providing you with a detailed list of where you can slurp your way through as many oysters as you like all for just a $1.

At that price oysters might be the most affordable aphrodisiac on the market. Oysters contain dopamine, that increases both sexual desire and levels of testosterone.  The bivalve is also high in zinc, which is necessary for proper sexual function in men and increases semen production.   But enough of that sort of thing. Check out the full list of 50+ restaurants serving $1 oysters.

Eater Boston’s Ultimate $1 Oyster Guide

Merrill & Co. to close after 15 months

BiNA Family Hospitality Merrill and CompanyMerrill & Co. was an eagerly anticipated (and hyped) South End restaurant that opened in March 2014 with quite a splash.  For about three months it was the “IT” place to dine, but after an initial honeymoon it didn’t have the staying power and earlier this month several food blogs published what everyone in the neighborhood already knew — nobody eats at Merrill & Co.  All one had to do was walk by on a weekend evening and you could see the place half empty.

Merrill & Co. will close Friday, June 19th

In an interesting twist the owners are creating a competition to find the right person to take over the space.   While I don’t pretend to know how to run a successful restaurant or even what the rent there might cost here are some thoughts on what I think one needs to do to succeed in that space.

  1. The neighborhood doesn’t need anymore small plates restaurants.
  2. Unless you are going consistently crank out amazing food (and not just claim to) bring your average entrée price down to $18-$22.
  3. Do great comfort food or something ethnic the neighborhood doesn’t have to stand out.  Some suggestions include: Greek, Moroccan, or a Japanese Noodle Bar — I’m thinking Ramen and Karaoke Bar.
  4. Create great bar scene at your restaurant where people can pick from a number of easy to eat options bar side.
  5. Do something with that beautiful patio while the weather is warm.

 

Madonna super fan brunch at Back Bay Harry’s June 14th

MadonnaSunday, June 14 Back Bay Harry’s is hosting a Madonna Super Fan Brunch. 

Two seatings are available at 11:30 AM and 1:30 PM but are expected to book quickly so if you feel the need to “Express Yourself” or are simply looking to “Get into the Groove” before you head over to Boston Pride’s Back Bay block party, which is conveniently just two blocks away then make your reservations sooner rather than later.

The Madonna Super Fan Brunch includes a three-course prix fixe accompanied by champagne, all-Madonna music and videos on large-screen TVs. The cost is $44 – call ahead (617-424-6711) to make your reservation. 

Boston Bacon and Beer Festival tickets on sale

Bacon and Beer festival BostonBoston’s sixth annual Bacon and Beer Festival will be at Fenway Park on Saturday, June 20th from 2:00pm to 4:30pm in the concourse at Fenway Park.

Tickets go on sale this evening and the festival will sell out so don’t hesitate if you want to check out this fun event.

The festival doubles as a fundraiser for The Red Sox Foundation, Community Servings, and Lovin’ Spoonfuls so tell your friends about the event.

More event info and ticket information here!