Boston Food Events This Week: Swedish Dinners, Tacos & Tequila

June 16, 2014
by Scott Kearnan

Monday. What is Midsommarmiddag? A tongue twister, for one. But then again, you shouldn't talking with your mouth full this week when Beacon Hill Hotel & Bistro hosts its Midsommarmiddag dinners tonight through Sunday, June 22. Swedish for "Midsummer's Eve," Midsommarmiddag is an important celebration of the summer solstice in Scandinavian countries. So naturally the Bistro menu will offer a four-course prix frixe menu ($47) that includes Northern European fare like pickled herring with baby potatoes and knäckebröd (cracker-like crisp bread), västerbottenpaj (a cheese pie) with lemon vinaigrette, and grilled salmon with baby beets and herb butter. Call ahead to reserve during regular dinner hours of 5:30-11PM: 617-723-7575. 

Tuesday. Chefs Sam Monsour and Richard Chudy continue their clever pop-up series, Super Burger Bros., on Tuesday, June 17 at Commonwealth. From 9-11 PM the Kendall Square restaurant will play host to "Level 3" of the ongoing patty party, which sees the duo roll out creative offerings alongside a different guest chef; this time, of course, that's Commonwealth's Steve "Nookie" Postal. Among this edition's burgers you'll find the Mason Dixon Mix-Up, topped with mignonette ketchup, Johnny cake fried oysters, "Pop’s Dirty South Slaw," and crispy leeks. It's one of the burgers that will be included in Monsour and Chudy's upcoming burger cookbook, scheduled to be released next year. 

Wednesday. Sorry, Romeo and Juliet. We're in love with a different couple this week: Tacos & Tequila, a blissful pairing series that launches at Rosa Mexicano on Wednesday, June 18. The "tasting tour," available until July 13, offers a regional history of Mexico by pairing a taco and tequila inspired by each of several different regions in the country. For instance, representing Central Mexico are the camarones (pictured): grilled Mexican white shrimp marinated in guajillo chile, cumin and canela with purple cabbage escabeche, pineapple mint salsa and chipotle crema; it's paired with Partida Blanco, a floral and slightly fruity variety made with blue agaves grown near a dormant volcano in the Tequila valley. Yucatán, Veracruz, and Mexico City are among the other regions represented. 

Thursday. Summer patio season is in full bloom, so Rialto kicks off its Summer Terrace Series on Thursday, June 19 with a four-course, nose-to-tail dinner featuring lamb. Chefs Brian Rae & David Ladner will fire up the outdoor grill to create dishes inspired by the Italian regions of Calabria and Basilicata, with wine pairings by beverage director Young Won. Among the plates: lamb tartare with fermented radish, harissa marinated lamb ribs with almonds and cucumbers three ways, and spicy roasted leg of lamb with Sardinian couscous and garlic yogurt. Tickets are $75 here, and mark your calendar for July 17 and August 7, when the series continues with striped bass and "summer bounty" themed cookouts, respectively. 

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