Need to spruce up your dining schedule with some special events? Look no further. Here's a glance at some of the must-go dinners and food-focused parties this month.
Thursday, March 5 — "Chefs Cooking for Hope" at the atrium of 125 High Street. Seeking last minute dinner plans? Tickets ($125 here) are still available for tomorrow evening's fundraiser for the Friends of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. Chefs from Deuxave, Henrietta's Table, Post 390, Trade, Tresca and more will be on hand to serve all the edibles you can eat. Indecisive diners, take heed.
Saturday, March 7 — "#roastingit with @StumptownCoffee" at Alden & Harlow. This weekend Alden & Harlow kicks off Saturday brunch service (10:30 AM-2:30 PM), and to celebrate they've tapped pals at the well-regarded coffee roaster for a (social media-minded, apparently) kickoff with some cool coffee-related bells and whistles. We're talking coffee flights featuring newly unveiled varieties, cocktails made with cold-brew concentrate, and more.
Monday, March 9 — "La Dolce Vida" at Cafe ArtScience. Sweet teeth, start gnashing. This Kendall Square innovator (pictured at top), one of our picks for the Hottest Restaurants right now, will feature the work of pastry chef Renae Connolly (pictured below) in a five-course dessert tasting ($45) that includes rhubarb mille-feuille, a tiny spoon "Key lime pie", and sourdough beignets. Add another $25 for cocktail and wine pairings; call 857-999-2193 to reserve.
Tuesday, March 10 — Whiskey dinner at Saloon. If you still haven't found time to revisit the Somerville restaurant and watering hole since chef Dana Love stepped into the kitchen, perhaps the promise of a special whiskey-paired dinner will cure the procrastination that ails ye. To eat: a four-course meal that includes Eire-inspired dishes like cauliflower soup and smoked beef short ribs. To drink: perfectly matched sips, from a Red Breast 12-year to Jameson Black Barrel. To go: snag $55 tickets here.
Wednesday, March 11 — "Bourbon Street Party" at Bergamot. Because you never made it to Mardi Gras, the Cambridge New American is bringing the heat of Nola to the Hub. Just $20 gets you into a fete that features a spread of chicken toufee, barbecued shrimp, sausage po'boys, and beignets, plus live jazz. The late-night bash kicks off at 10 PM, in true Bourbon Street style. Tickets are here.
Thursday, March 12 — "Chew on This" at the BCAE. The Boston Center for Adult Education has carved itself a niche for interesting programs aimed at food lovers; hence why we honored program manager Brooke Barsanti in our latest "30 Under 30" lineup of young culinary power players. Here's a special event that doesn't require ongoing enrollment: "Chew on This," where nine all-star toques will gather to support BCAE scholarship programs. Among the chefs serving “unique takes on classic diner-style foods”: "Top Chef" alum Tiffani Faison of Sweet Cheeks Q (pictured), Myers + Chang’s Karen Akunowicz, Michael Schlow of Via Matta and Tico, and Steve "Nookie" Postal of Commonwealth. Plus: beer, wine, cider, and an auction presented by NESN’s “Dining Playbook” hosts Billy Costa and Jenny Johnson. Tickets ($85-$135) are here.
Friday, March 13 - Monday, March 16 — A Taste of Iceland at Tavern Road. If Bjork is your only cultural touchstone to Iceland, better expand your horizons. Here's one good way: swing by this Fort Point restaurant for four days' worth of a special four-course prix fixe prepared by Iceland chef Viktor Örn Andrésson. Free-range lamb with native herbs, slowly cooked cod and seafood, and Arctic char are among the dishes complemented by cocktails prepared with Icelandic spirits. The prix fixe is $65.
Saturday, March 14 — "Farm to Glass Mixology Throwdown" at W Boston Hotel. Before 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 Pig, Viale, Fairsted Kitchen, West 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 is among the guest judges, if you're looking for selfie opps with the "Top Chef" star. Tickets are $70 here.
Tuesday, March 17 — "An Evening in Eire" with Oliver Dunne at Met Back Bay. You could celebrate St. Patrick's Day by getting blackout on green beer. Or you could take a long, hard look in the mirror, double-check the age on your license, and opt for a more grown-up option: a four-course dinner prepared by Oliver Dunne, the youngest Michelin-starred chef in Ireland. Straight from his Dublin restaurant Bon Appetit, Dunne (pictured at top) will prepare herb-crusted lamb, deconstructed Irish coffee, and more alongside samplings of Jameson. Score a seat ($75) here.
Saturday, March 21 - Sunday, March 22 — Whiskey Rebellion at Moksa. If a pan-Asian restaurant seems like a curious choice for an event that focuses exclusively on American whiskey — well, why are you still thinking so clearly? Get to sipping. Tickets ($42 here) include an "ABCs of Whiskey" seminar that focuses on history and distilling, a chance to sample a dozen USA-made whiskeys and chat with some of their producers, snacks and cocktail demos.