10 Can't-Miss April Food Events in Boston

Everything you need to know about where to go and what to eat
April 2, 2015
by Scott Kearnan

Monday, April 6 — "Cooking Matters" at Tremont 647"Hell's Kitchen" alum Andy Husbands earns a special seat in heaven for hosting this fundraiser for Share Our Strength's Cooking Matters, an initiative that offers nutrition education to low-income families. Joining Husbands and his chef de cuisine Molly Dwyer in the Tremont 647 kitchen will be Tim Cushman of O Ya, Josh Ziskin of La Morra,  Youji Iwakura of Snappy Ramen, Brian Mercury of Harvest, and Michael Smith of Extra Virgin in Kansas City. A cocktail reception kicks things off at 6 PM; at 7 PM dinner begins, with each chef preparing a different Asian-inflected dish — like miso glaze hake and hamachi sashimi with a Vietnamese mignonette — to be paired with sake. (Tickets are $150 here.) Want another way to help Share Your Strength? On Tuesday, April 7 head to Lincoln Tavern & Restaurant for the next installment of the ongoing "Food Fight" series that pits competing chefs against one another. This time it's Steve "Nookie" Postal of Commonwealth versus Tyler Sundet and Barry Maiden of State Park; tickets (which cover food and two cocktails) are here

Friday, April 10 — "Toques & Tonic" at the Boston Children's Museum. The Barbara Lynch Foundation shows its star-drawing power yet again with another impressive lineup of participants for this year's installment of the fundraiser Toques & Tonic. Guests will graze with culinary glitterati among food stations manned by chefs from over 30 restaurants here in Boston (like Alden & Harlow, Oleana and Townsman) and beyond (like Chicago's Alinea, NYC's Marea and San Francisco's Restaurant Gary Danko). Rub elbows with grand chefs, sip cocktails, and bid on live auction items like a long weekend in Paris with Drink general manager Ezra Star, exploring Paris's cocktail scene, hot new restaurants and street markets. It goes down at 7 PM and tickets (here) are $195; $350 for VIP tickets that include admittance to an after-party at Harpoon Brewery. 

Sunday, April 12 — "Taste of South Boston" at the Seaport Boston HotelWe've already done our best to point you toward some of the best restaurants that Southie has to offer. (Check out our most recent Neighborhood Guide here.) But if you want to find the area's best chefs under one roof, grab a ticket ($50 here) for this edibles extravaganza that includes a wine and beer tastings, raffles and auction prizes, and of course, eats from 30 neighborhood restaurants like Local 149, The Paramount, Loco Taqueria & Oyster Bar (pictured) and more. Proceeds benefit the South Boston Neighborhood Development Corporation. 

Tuesday, April 14 — Stone crab dinner at Grill 23 & BarVery exciting: It's Spring! Also very exciting: It's stone crab season in Florida, and our very own famed Back Bay steakhouse (pictured) is dedicating an entire five-course tasting menu to delicious variations on the coveted crab. Starting at 6:30 PM you'll find plates like crab dim sum with scallop stuffing and ribeye topped with stone crab, lonster hollandaise and caviar. Call the restaurant (617-542-2255) to reserve your seat; $185 per person, tax and gratuity included.

Thursday, April 16 — Absinthe dinner at StudyAside from its associations with hallucinogenic green fairies, absinthe remains a largely misunderstood spirit. Get learned (and drunk) at this Kendall Square newcomer's four-course dinner paired with cocktails that use Butterfly Absinthe, a modernized take on a pre-Prohibition recipe that was originally produced here in Boston. You'll dine, drink, and learn the history and production of absinthe. Seatings are at 6:30 PM, 7:30 PM and 8:30 PM. Call ahead (617-374-0700) to make a reservation for $90 per person. 

Saturday, April 18 — "Better Bagels" at CoppaStart your lazy South End weekend right by swinging by chef Ken Oringer's and Jamie Bissonnette's enoteca at 9 AM, when it will host Somerville pop-up Better Bagels as they dole out their hand-rolled bagels (from plain to poppy) with a selection of chef-driven toppings: think trout roe cream cheese with charred broccoli, mortadella pimento cheese spread, and avocado with Calabrian chile, to name a few. It'll be a cash-only affair (prices range from $3 for plain bagels to $8 for the most luxe selections), and there will be coffee and morning cocktails too. (Rhubarb mimosas, anyone?) Just get there early, because once they're gone — they're gone. 

Saturday, April 18 — "Farm to Glass Mixology Throwdown" at W Boston HotelBefore breaking out to form the pop-up sweets concept "Party of Two" with "Top Chef" alum Stephanie Cmar, tart- and treats-maker Justin Burke-Samson worked with the Mass Farmers Markets. And he's still helping the organization plan the second installment of its drink-slinging showdown. Bartenders from spots like The Salty PigVialeFairsted KitchenWest Bridge and more will concoct cocktails using fresh ingredients; guests will sample, bop heads to DJ beats, and vote on which finalists will compete in on-stage in a final throwdown that pairs them with barbacks plucked from audience members. Cmar (pictured) is among the guest judges, if you're looking for selfie opps with the "Top Chef" star. Tickets are $65 here

Thursday, April 23 — "Mastering the Art of Pasta" at SportelloJames Beard award-winning chef Marc Vetri (of Philadelphia's Vetri family of restaurants) visits Barbara Lynch's Fort Point Italian for a special evening that begins with a meet-and-greet over hors d'oeuvres, Prosecco and negronis (prepared by Drink's Ezra Starr) followed by a four-course, wine-paired dinner spotlighting recipes from Vetri's "Mastering the Art of Pasta" cookbook — a copy of which is included in the $145 price. Call ahead to reserve:  617-737-1234.

Sunday, April 26 — "Dinnerfest RED Party" at Red LanternFor restaurant lovers, it doesn't get much better than this food-themed fundraiser for Victory Programs, a nonprofit that helps Boston's homeless individuals and families, focusing on those struggling with substance abuse and/or chronic health issues like HIV/AIDS and mental illness. Now in its 40th year, the event is a one-stop shop for dozens upon dozens of restaurant-related silent auction items, with special packages reflecting over 100 local eateries: like Bistro du Midi, Craigie on Main, The Tip Tap Room, Post 390 and more. Your ticket ($60 here, $70 at the door) includes access to this treasure trove of goodies, plus hors d'oeuvres and raffle prizes; wear red to be entered to win a special prize. 

Thursday, April 30 — "Taste of Maine" at BELLY Wine BarNow that Spring is here, we're already thinking about summer. And so is Kendall Square's BELLY from 5-9 PM, when the patio will host a special pop-up appearance by Kittery, Maine's beloved seafood joint Bob's Clam Hut. Each ticket ($19) gets you a choice of Bob's clam roll, oyster roll or lobster roll, plus a Narragansett brew or glass or crisp, summer-apropos wine. Additional eats and drinks will also be available for a la carte purchase, including clam chowder and onion rings. 

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