Weekend Planner: January 25-26

January 24, 2014
by Scott Kearnan

Saturday and Sunday. Brunch? Big deal, it comes every weekend - for those of us who are lucky. But for many, hunger is a daily reality that happens right here in Boston. So this weekend, take part in the annual Super Hunger Brunch to benefit the Greater Boston Food Bank. Each year a handful of top restaurants team up to offer specially priced ($25-$50) brunches where every dollar benefits the GBFB. (And each $1 raised provides 3 meals to someone in need.) Grab reservations with participants like L'Espalier, Harvest, Craigie on Main and Blue Ginger, home to star chef Ming Tsai (pictured). For a full list of individual dates and prices, head here

Sunday. Speaking of eat-for-a-cause opportunities, here's another; once you've brunched for hunger, you can dine to fight diabetes. On Sunday, January 26 at 6 PM, restaurants throughout the Seaport, North End and South End will simultaneously offer special five-course dinners (with wine pairings) for the same single-ticket price: $150. (Get them here by 4 PM today.) Among the participating spots are Tresca, Taranta, Antico Forno, Lucca and Temazcal - where tequila pairings will stand in for wine, natch.

Sunday. In recent years Fort Point has grown into an impressive (and still-burgeoning) dining destination. But thriving artist communities have long been part of the area's identity. So starting Sunday, January 26, Tavern Road and TR Street Foods (a neighboring fast-casual lunch spot) will launch Studio Sundays to honor the best of both worlds. From 4-7 PM guests will enjoy bites and cocktails from Tavern Road as the grafitti-laden Street Foods location is turned into a pop-up gallery spotlighting a different local artist. Mediums will vary; this weekend's kickoff features illustrator and Dig Boston comic artist Patt Kelley, but on the horizon are photographer Natasha Moustache (a popular face on the local social scene) and Bill Phaneuf, who specializes in crafting rustic wood furniture from reclaimed vintage materials. 

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