Eat to fight Alzheimer's. The campaign is called "Food for Thought," but we won't have to think long about supporting this one. Through Monday, September 28, swing by about a dozen area restaurants to raise money for the Alzheimer’s Association, Massachusetts/New Hampshire Chapter. Participating chefs, including Todd Winer of Pastoral, William Kovel of Catalyst, and Robert Sisca of Bistro du Midi (pictured left to right) have agreed to designate signature appetizers, proceeds of which will benefit the organization. Other restaurants that are on board: Abby Lane, Deuxave, Harvest, Il Casale in Belmont and Lexington, Moody's Delicatessen, Myers + Chang, Restaurant dante, and Zebra's Bistro.
Fall Fest for food lovers. It's officially Fall. Quick: while the air is still crisp (not cold) make the most of dwindling al fresco days. This Saturday, September 27, star chef Michael Schlow's Tico will host a Fall Fest Patio Party. From 1-4 PM, grilled sausages and other noshes will be served while Yuengling and tequila, rum, and vodka infusions flow. Your all-inclusive tickets are $35 here.
Bourbon dinner. And speaking fall, it's a season when dark liquors are especially in season. Hence an upcoming Bourbon Dinner at M.C. Spiedo on Tuesday, September 30, when the Seaport Italian from Top Chef Masters alums Mark Gaier and Clark Frasier will offer a cocktail reception and six-course meal (with pairings) that features bourbon maker Angel's Envy. And the spirit won't just wind up in glasses, but on plates. Among the edible offerings are smoked duck with a red-onion bourbon jam, guanciale-wrapped head cheese with bourbon mustard, and an olive oil cake with bourbon caramel. Call ahead for tickets ($75) to the 6 PM feast: 617-476-5606.
Alden & Harlow launches chef's table series. Considering the awed reception that greeted Harvard Square newcomer Alden & Harlow this year, chef-owner Michael Scelfo must be in high demand. But starting Wednesday, October 1, fans of his rustic American restaurant can earn a little time table side with Scelfo during "Family Meal at the Chef's Table," an ongoing prix fixe experience available on Tuesday through Saturday evenings at a single 6:30-8:30 PM seating limited to two to four guests. Guests will receive a four-course meal (two family-style plates per course) served at the kitchen-side chef's table, offering a view of the action and the chance to bend Scelfo's ear (when he's not busy, of course). Dinner is $80; wine pairings available for an additional $30. Book a seat by calling 617-864-2100.