10 Can't-Miss June Food Events in Boston

Here's what to eat, when and why
June 1, 2015
by Scott Kearnan

Monday, June 1 — Launch of "Top Hot Dog" Series at The Kirkland Tap & Trotter. It's a dog-eat-dog restaurant biz, but tonight two alpha toques are teaming up for the launch of something special (and scrumptious). Toro and Clio master Ken Oringer will be the first guest chef at Tony Maws' new "Top Hot Dog" series, which will see different chefs stepping into the Kirkland kitchen to create a unique combination of toppings and condiments for the restaurant's now-famous dog. Four dates and chefs are set for the series; each chef will be present on one night, but their hot dog creations will continue to be available each Monday until the next chef’s appearance. The lineup is: Ken Oringer on June 1; Matt Jennings of Townsman on June 29; Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang on August 3; Jody Adams of Rialto and Trade on August 31. Bonus: diners will receive a punch card, and those who eat all four dogs will be entered in a contest to create their own, which will be featured as the menu's October pick.  

Monday, June 1, through Sunday, June 7 — Negroni Week. Bottoms up! The Campari and Imbibe Magazine-created Negroni Week is back in full swing this week, once again challenging top bars to create an inventive spin on the classic cocktail. Several dozen Boston-area spots are signed on, including favorites like backbar, Brick & Mortar, Hops n Scotch and The Hawthorne. (Get the full list here.) Each participant has chosen a beneficiary charity to receive a portion of the proceeds from sales of each Negroni twist. Plus, Campari is awarding an extra $10,000 donation to whatever restaurant raises the most. Start sipping. 

Wednesday, June 3 — Taste of Somerville. Here's a way to sample over 60 of the city's best eateries in one visit. Starting at 5:30 PM, the Taste of Somerville goes down at 50 Holland Street. It's an outdoor food fest where tickets ($50 general admission; $75 for VIP tent access, both available right here) score you access to an endless array of food and craft beverages created by local restaurants and breweries: Brass Union, Foundry on Elm, Highland Kitchen and Meju are among the many participants. 

Thursday, June 4 — ROSEBUD Summer Kickoff Party at The Blue Room and Belly Wine BarSince pink is the color associated with breast cancer awareness, it makes sense that these restaurants would chose rosé wine as the centerpiece of a summer-long fundraising effort. From June 4 through August 31, 15% of sales from all rosé sold at these neighboring spots (and from certain bottles sold at sibling shop Central Bottle) will be donated to the Di Vilardi Fund for Patient Care at The Breast Health Center at Tufts Medical Center. (The fund was founded in honor of restaurant owner Liz Di Vilardi's mother and grandmother.) To kick off the initiative, they'll host an hors d'oeuvre- and wine-filled patio party from 5-9 PM this Thursday, with every $25 ticket (get them here) going toward the cause. 

Sunday, June 7 — CREATE at the Battery Wharf Hotel. Tavern Road chef Louis DiBiccari (pictured at page top, far right) has something new up his sleeve for this year's installment of CREATE, his annual series that celebrates the culinary and visual arts. At each CREATE, chefs and bartenders are paired with local artists to create food, drink and artwork that reflects a unified theme of their choosing. The participants this year include chefs like Jason Cheek of Sam's (pictured page top, center), Alex Crabb of Asta and Alex Hill of Mei Mei, plus bartenders like Ran Duan of The Baldwin Bar at Sichuan Garden, Vikram Hedge of Sarma and 30 Under 30 honoree Tyler Wang of Audubon. But new for 2015 is live music from popular Boston-bred acts Moe Pope, Tigerman WOAH and DJ TJ Connelly. Get your $45 ticket to feed, drink and dance (2-5 PM) here

Tuesday, June 9, through Sunday, June 14 — Sausage Week at BronwynNot all sausages are the same, so prepare to learn more than you thought possible during this German restaurant's week-long ode to hand-cased greatness. During "Sausage Week," Bronwyn will spotlight a different sausage on each night's dinner menu: from the "buttery, spicy" King Knockwurst to the Utopenci (lightly pickled, battered and pan-fried sausage) and Kielbasa Pounder, a 1-lb beast flavored with garlic and coriander. $19 gets you the nightly sausage, plus potatoes, sauerkraut and haus mustard.

Wednesday, June 10 — The Great Aussie Steak Out at 300 Technology Square. Want to take a bite out of some Down Under-raised beef? Head to the Technology Square courtyard in Cambridge at 6 PM for a friendly competition between five local chefs — including William Kovel from Catalyst, Ryan Marcoux from Boston Chops and Matthew Gaudet from West Bridge — as they prepare tasting dishes made using grass-fed Aussie beef. Vote on your favorite while washing them down with sips from Harpoon Brewery. Free parking is even included in your $45 ticket (pre-purchased here), which benefits the ALS Therapy Development Institute, the world’s largest drug development organization dedicated to ending Lou Gehrig's disease.

Sunday, June 14 – Madonna Super Fan Brunch at Back Bay Harry's (pictured). Boston Pride (June 5-14) is practically upon us, so naturally Hell's Kitchen alum Jason Santos chose the queen of pop (and contemporary gay icon) for a special Pride installment of his Super Fan Brunch series. Two seatings (11:30 AM and 1:30 PM) will let you "Express Yourself" over a themed three-course prix fixe accompanied by champagne, all-Madonna music and videos on large-screen TVs. Material girls and boys will enter on a red carpet, strike a pose in a Madonna photo booth and compete for prizes in Vogue dance-offs — and a few rounds of "Truth or Dare" too. Like a prayer, take us there. (And then to the Pride block parties afterwards.) $44; call ahead (617-424-6711) to reserve. 

Friday, June 19 — Chefs in Shorts at the Seaport World Trade Center. It's an annual Boston summer tradition: Friday evening (7-9:30 PM) spent with our favorite toques in the glorious open air of the Seaport World Trade Center, when they trade aprons for Bermudas in a massive tasting event to benefit Future Chefs, a local nonprofit school-to-career program focused in culinary arts. (Tickets are $80 here, and include complimentary beer and wine too.) Nearly 50 chefs are on board this year, hailing from spots like Fairsted Kitchen, Bastille Kitchen, The Tip Tap Room, MC Spiedo and the Strega family of restaurants. 

Saturday, June 20 — Bacon and Beer Fest at Fenway Park. Two words: move fast. Because tickets always sell out quickly for the Bacon and Beer Festival, which this year will take over Fenway Park. (Perfection!) As per usual, you'll find dozens of local restaurants, craft breweries and taprooms doling out a huge variety of unlimited bacon-based eats and an amazing array of suds (16 samples per ticket, available for purchase thereafter). The eateries on board include Blackbird Doughnuts, JM Curley, Lulu's, Shojo, Sweet Cheeks Q and Trina's Starlite Lounge; beer comes from Peak Organic, Slumbrew, Narragansett and many more. Head here for tickets, which you can score for $53 — or splurge $125 for some VIP perks. After all, a portion of proceeds benefit Community Servings, Lovin' Spoonfuls and the Red Sox Foundation. 

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