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Plan Ahead: Boston Food Events This Week

By Scott Kearnan
April 7, 2014

It's Monday. A new week awaits, and with it a new week's worth of food events. Here are some highlights, so you can plan ahead.

Porkapalooza. You can still score tickets ($27.50, available here) for tonight's Porkapalooza at The Salty Pig, the showdown series that pits local chefs against one another in pig part-focused competitions. Tonight's featured ingredient, pork loin, will be tackled by Salty's executive chef Kevin O'Donnell and Tres Gatos toque Marcos Sanchez. Once they've completed their dishes, you eat and vote for a winner to receive a $100 donation to a charity of choice. (For advance planners, the "season finale" will be Monday, May 5, with former jm Curley chef Sam Monsour.)

Eat at the Street. First came Dine Out Boston. Then North End Restaurant Week. Now we've entered "Eat at the Street Week," running through this Thursday, April 10, when restaurants at Chestnut Hill marketplace The Street will offer two discounted prix fixe menus: two-course lunches for $18 and three-course dinners for $30. Among the participating spots are Aquitaine, The Cottage and Davio's Cucina.

An Evening With Jacques Pépin. What do Kanye West, Miley Cyrus and Jacques Pépin have in common? They can all sell out in Boston. (Also: all expert twerkers, perhaps?) Though his Thursday appearance at Boston University is already full of food lovers, tickets are still available for a new event this Wednesday, when the famed French chef (pictured) will craft one of his signature menus, expertly paired with wines, and demonstrate finely tuned techniques that guests can try at home. (Cooking, not twerking.) Each guest will also receive a copy of one of Pépin's cooking compendia. Head here to register ($150).

Beyond Shelter. We're lucky to eat as well as we do, especially when there are plenty of people out there for whom daily hunger is a fact of life. On Thursday night (7-10 PM), the House of Blues Boston will fill with guests for the 27th Annual Beyond Shelter Gala, a fundraiser for the Friends of Boston's Homeless programs. The event always attracts a wide array of area restaurants that offer gourmet tastings, and this year is no exception: expect to see Gordon Hamersley of Hamersley's Bistro, Joanne Chang of Flour and Myers + Chang, Chris Douglass of Ashmont Grill and Tavolo, and reps from The Fireplace, Tresca, and Union Bar & Grille, to name a few. There will also be live music and a swag-filled raffle and live auction, plus the wine and beer shall runneth over. Tickets go for $125 here.

Places Mentioned

Food23 Decor23 Service23 Cost$40
 
 
 
The Fireplace

New England • Brookline

Food24 Decor22 Service24 Cost$38
 
 
 
Myers+Chang

Asian • South End

Food25 Decor21 Service23 Cost$34
 
 
 
Flour Bakery

South End

Food26 Decor20 Service20 Cost$13
 
 
 
Flour Bakery

Cambridge

Food26 Decor20 Service20 Cost$13
 
 
 
Aquitaine Chestnut Hill

French • Newton

Food24 Decor23 Service23 Cost$40
 
 
 
Ashmont Grill

American • Dorchester

Food24 Decor22 Service22 Cost$27
 
 
 
The Cottage Chestnut Hill

Californian • Newton

Food19 Decor22 Service20 Cost$31
 
 
 
Flour Bakery

Seaport District

Food26 Decor20 Service20 Cost$13
 
 
 
jm Curley

American • Downtown

Food23 Decor21 Service23 Cost$31
 
 
 
Tresca

Fine Dining • North End

Food25 Decor23 Service23 Cost$48
 
 
 
Hamersley's Bistro

French • South End

Food28 Decor25 Service27 Cost$59
 
 
 
Tavolo Ristorante

Italian • Dorchester

Food24 Decor22 Service22 Cost$30
 
 
 
The Salty Pig

Back Bay

Food23 Decor20 Service21 Cost$27
 
 
 
Tres Gatos

Jamaica Plain

Food23 Decor20 Service21 Cost$28
 
 
 
Flour Bakery

Back Bay

Food26 Decor20 Service20 Cost$13
 
 
 
Food25 Decor25 Service25 Cost$49
 
 
 
 
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