With Thanksgiving ahead, we know you're saving room for the biggest dining day of the year. But consider this look ahead to the month's can't-miss food events — could be a tasty way to whet your appetite.
Tuesday, November 1 — "Shake. Stir. Sip." at Cafe ArtScience. Mixology wizard Todd Maul is known around Boston as one of the best bartenders in the biz. employing everything from centrifuges to time-release flavor cubes at this futuristic Kendall Square-side restaurant (pictured at page top). But tonight from 7-9 PM he'll welcome novice cocktail mixers for a reception for tipple-savvy author Kara Newman's new book, Shake. Stir. Sip: More than 50 Effortless Cocktails Made in Equal Parts. Newman will be on hand for signings while guests try Maul's spins on the classic cocktails featured in the time: like his signature smoked cocoa ni negroni and a clarified lime gimlet. Complimentary bar bites will be provided too.
650 E Kendall St., Cambridge; 857-999-2193
Courtesy of Melissa Ostrow/Committee
Wednesday, November 2 — Thessaloniki wine dinner at Committee. Every month this buzzing hotspot in the Seaport hosts intimate prix fixe wine dinners that spotlight a different region of Greece. But in November the concept will, for the first time, go restaurant-wide. Visit tonight and you'll find a special menu developed by consulting chef Diane Kochilas to explore the culinary traditions of Thessaloniki, the historic Greek port city. The five-course menu, priced a la carte and with optional wine pairings, will include options like lamb shank, leek and herb phyllo pie and mussel pilaf with rice, raisins and mint. Call ahead to reserve a seat.
50 Northern Ave.; 617-737-5051
Wednesday, November 2 — "Game Day: Cooking with Beer" at Saltbox Farm. Football season is well underway, and your game day bashes could probably use better grub than frozen buffalo wings. So trust the crew at Saltbox Farm, the sibling source for Concord restaurant Saltbox Kitchen, to give you a litany of ideas at this beer-based cooking class. From 6:30-9 PM you'll learn how to make spectacular-sounding eats like stout-glazed chicken wings, sweet potato fries with hopped aioli, barley salad with wit-infused vinaigrette and spent-grain slider buns with pulled pork. Tickets are $90 here.
40 Westford Rd., Concord; 978-610-6020
Courtesy of Coppa
Sunday, November 6 — Lovin' Spoonfuls Ultimate Tailgate Party at Cruiseport Boston. Speaking of game days, here's a tailgate party you just can't beat. 24 top chefs will gather in the Seaport for this annual fundraiser for Lovin' Spoonfuls, a Boston-based nonprofit that rescues unused food from area restaurants and delivers it to area food banks, homeless and domestic violence shelters and other in-need organizations. Things kick-off at 6 PM for a VIP hour honoring this year's MVP, Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa, Little Donkey, Toro), a meet-and-greet with all the chefs and cheese and charcuterie from the team behind Moody's Delicatessen. Then comes a DJ-spun party emceed by Ming Tsai (Blue Dragon, Blue Ginger), with an appearance by Andrew Zimmern and all the tastings you can handle from guest participating chefs like Joanne Chang and Top Chef alum Karen Akunowicz (Myers + Chang), Will Gilson (Puritan & Co.), Matthew Jennings (Townsman) and Tony Messina (Uni). For more details and tickets ($150-$250) head here.
1 Black Falcon Ave.; 800-235-6426
Sunday, November 6 — Taco Tour. You have to love any food crawl that burns off the calories consumed by the end. From 1-6 PM the Boston Cyclists Union has organized this two-wheel tour of some of the city's top taco joints. Simply grab a ticket ($27-$64) here, then hit the road to six different restaurants: Olecito, El Pelon Taqueria, Chilacates, Dorado, Tenoch and Taco Loco. At each stop you'll score one or two tacos (depending on your ticket selection), and then things wrap up with some free beers during an after-party at Flat Top Johnny's. This is definitely your best chance to compare eats at some of the top taquerias around.
Tuesday, November 8 — Campaign for the Cocktails at Craigie on Main. If ever there was a presidential election that called for cocktails — this is it. Whether you're hoping to celebrate the results or planning ahead to dull the pain, James Beard award-winning chef Tony Maws has you covered at his Cambridge icon, where you can catch the election results while noshing on bar snacks until 11 PM; expect free giveaways if you've got an "I Voted" sticker on. But more importantly, you'll have a chance to cast your vote for the best tipple prepared from four top bartenders: Craigie's own Rob Ficks, Jared Sadoian from The Hawthorne (pictured, and one of our past 30 Under 30 honorees), Will Isaza from Tiger Mama and Sam Treadway from Backbar. This election night party is gonna be yuuuuge.
853 Main St., Cambridge; 617-497-5511
Thursday, November 10 to Wednesday, November 23 — Pop-up pie counter at Bar Boulud. Not much for baking? No worries. Pastry chef Robert Differ is offering up four different pies for Thanksgiving pre-orders: Tall Apple with spiced Golden Delicious apples, traditional pumpkin, glazed pecan of nut and custard, and pistachio cream, with a coconut graham crust and vanilla Chantilly, can all be ordered now and picked up in three days prior to Thanksgiving. But if you need to sample the wares first, or just want to satisfy your pastry hankering, sidle up to the temporary "pop-up pie counter" during these dates, when you can try all of the above by the slice — or a tasting of all four.
776 Boylston St.; 617-535-8800
Tuesday, November 15 — Taste 2016 at Boston Children's Museum. We're always trying to guide diners to the best new restaurants in Boston (and you can check out the latest list here). Don't have time to dine at each? This annual Boston magazine-sponsored soiree saluting the city's best newcomers, plus a few old favorites, is a way to get a taste of each all in one spot. On hand will be white hot recent openings like Bar Mezzana, Fat Hen, SRV and Waypoint, plus beer, wine and cocktails — and a portion of ticket sales ($85-$125 here) will benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank, putting food on the plates of many others.
308 Congress St.; 617-426-6500
Tuesday, November 15 — A Brewer's Feast at Cambridge Common. Celebrate a "Friendsgiving" with this not-quite-traditional feast at Cambridge Common, hosted by Rhode Island craft beer maker Revival Brewing Company. At 6:30 PM, your $49 ticket for this sudsy extravaganza earns you five courses (plus a snack starter), each paired with a Revelry beer. Expect pumpkin and sweet potato ravioli with an IPA, roast turkey and stuffing with a tripel, and warm apple crisp with pumpkin ale, among other dishes. Get your tickets here.
1667 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge; 617-547-1228
Thursday, November 17 — "Well Done" at the Seaport Hotel & World Trade Center. You know the saying "respect your elders"? Do better than that: Support them by showing up at this food-focused fundraiser for Boston Senior Home Care, a nonprofit that helps low-income and disabled elders continue to live independently. Emcee Jenny Johnson, host of the NESN show Dining Playbook, will preside over a tasting experience featuring 25 restaurants, including Grill 23 & Bar, Post 390, MAST' and Tavern Road. There'll be live music from KISS 108 personality and Sinatra-esque crooner Rich Dimare, plus plenty of food-oriented live and silent auction items. Tickets are $150 here.
1 Seaport Lane; 617-385-4000