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Party of Two Takes Over Coppa, Openings Update

October 15, 2014
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by Scott Kearnan

Party of Two takes over Coppa tonight. We just deemed the late night menu's Hangover 'Za at Coppa as a Must-Order Pick at Boston's 15 Best Restaurants. But here's another reason to head over to chef Jamie Bissonnette's South End gem tonight: a late night appearance from Party of Two (pictured), the collaborative formed by Top Chef alum Stephanie Cmar's Stacked Donuts and Justin Burke-Samson's Trademark Tarts. The duo promises that this pop-up will provide another glimpse into their upcoming brick and mortar spot, spotlighting both savory and sweet selections: think a tart of lamb and lentil curry, kimchi hot dogs with Sriracha donut buns, and "Space Pie," a twist on Tang pie that is infused with Pop Rocks candies. Party of Two gets started at 9 PM, and will run until the treats (priced $3-7) have run out. Cocktails will also be available.

Don't forget: The Boston-set season of "Top Chef" debuts tonight at 10 PM on Bravo. First, take a taste tour at these "Top Chef"-associated restaurants around Boston. (And hear from our hometown chef-testant, Stacy Cogswell of The Regal Beagle.) Then tune in tonight, and follow us on Twitter (@ZagatBoston) as we live-tweet the premiere. 

Learn from the masters. Prefer to get up close and personal with some local top toques? The Boston Center for Adult Education has just unveiled its fall lineup of chef instructors, and there are a few exciting names on the course list. Fresh off his how-to cookbook, Coppa and Toro chef Jamie Bissonnette will teach tapas, Kevin O'Donnell of The Salty Pig will offer a pasta making class, and Catalyst chef William Kovel will instruct on Holiday Entertaining. You can find the full lineup of food-related classes (and sign up) here

Dine with the best. Rather let the experts do the work? Not a problem. A dozen of the city's best chefs - six "savory" and six "sweet" - are pairing up for Overkill 2014, a 12-course fundraising dinner for Share Our Strength's No Kid Hungry initiative. The dinner will go down on Thursday, October 30 at 6:30 PM at the New England Center for Arts & Technology. Harvest chef Mary Dumont and pastry chef Brian Mercury are hosting the extravaganza, and have tapped a lineup that includes Michael Scelfo of Alden & Harlow, Will Gilson of Puritan & Co., Karen Akunowicz of Myers + Chang, Monica Glass of Clio, Jaime Davis of Deuxave, and Jared Bacheller of L'Espalier, among others. And a trio of bartenders will be ladling out punchbowl cocktails: 30 Under 30 honoree Kevin Mabry of jm Curley and Merrill & Co., and our bar stars to watch picks Naomi Levy of Eastern Standard and Kelly Unda of Harvest and Citizen Public House. $175 tickets are here.

Fall openings updates. Wondering the latest on some of the season's upcoming restaurant openings? Here are a few notes to know: A rep tells Zagat that MAST', a Downtown Italian from the former chef of Mamma Maria, should open within the next three weeks. Meanwhile we're also told that the innovative Cafe ArtScience is projected to host some mock dinner services by the end of next week. Viale, a "green driven" Mediterranean restaurant from a pair of Green Street alums, will open tonight in the Central Square space that formerly housed Rendezvous, co-owner Greg Reeves told Eater. And Mary Ting Hyatt, who previously scored a cult fandom for her creative bagel pop-up out of Cutty's, will soft open her solo venture Bagelsaurus in Porter Square on Sunday, according to the Boston Globe.

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