Weekend Planner: April 11-13

April 11, 2014
by Scott Kearnan

Friday.  Looking to score some coveted Sox tickets? Stuff your face. Today kicks off a creative promotion between three North End eateries, dubbed the "Triple Play," that rewards diners for sampling the "signature dish" at each establishment. Here's the deal: order two traditional cannoli at Modern Pastry, the three-pound Giambotta pizza from Regina Pizzeria, and the 14-oz lobster roll from Pauli's. Save your receipts, mail them back - and you'll get a pair of tickets to an upcoming Red Sox game. You'll also gain four pounds, but it's a small price to pay. (The promo runs through the summer; more details promised here.)

Sunday. This will probably be the most guacamole you've had in one sitting since Super Bowl Sunday. On Sunday, April 13 at 3 PM, The Painted Burro will host its annual "Guac Off," a somewhat rudely named event that will lay out a spread of guacamole recipes submitted over previous weeks by guests with a lot of confidence in their avocado-smashing skills. The winner, determined by a panel of expert judges and the voting masses, will earn some Burro bucks - and more importantly, see their winning version featured on the restaurant's actual menu. Suggestion: wear something stretchy.

Sunday. Actually, you'll want to leave on those fat pants if you  head to the Lamb Jam, which runs from 3-6 PM at the Royal Sonesta in Cambridge. The epic tasting event will bring together meaty tastings from about 20 chefs: including Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa and Toro), pictured, Michael Scelfo (Alden & Harlow), Cassie Piuma (Sarma), Peter Davis (Henrietta's Table) and Daniel Bojorquez of the upcoming La Brasa - so maybe you'll get an early taste test of what that Somerville spot has in store. Also expect suds from a dozen local breweries, butchering demos and more. Tickets ($60) are here.

Sunday. Mad Men fans will be glued to the TV on Sunday night for the season premiere. You might as well welcome the return of Don Draper & Co. in appropriate environs. So first, check out this "50 States" feature that rounds up our favorite Mad Men-style experiences from coast to coast. And take note of two viewing parties worth checking out: on Sunday night the sultry cocktail lounge Noir at the Charles Hotel will host a premiere party, airing the show on a big drop-down screen while guests tipple - and partake in a costume contest. There will also be a fete at Social Restaurant & Bar in Newton, featuring a menu of show-inspired cocktails like Betty's Basil Gimlet (vodka, Kafir lime, agave, lime and basil) and The Dapper Draper Maple Manhattan (Bullet bourbon, maple liquor, and cherry bourbon).

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