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Boston Food Events: Baking to Fight Breast Cancer, Feasting for Firefighters

By Scott Kearnan  |  May 5, 2014

Monday. Newton bistro Sycamore prides itself on focusing on local cuisine. But on Mondays the west-of-Boston 'burb heads to the East with "Big Trouble in Little Sycamore," an a la carte Asian concept available from 9-11:30 PM. Among the offerings: salt & pepper shrimp ($9), ssäm of grilled belly and steamed rice with kohlrabi ($9) and house ramen ($15) in tonkotsu broth with a soy-marinated egg. You can wash them down with Asian-inflected sips like Chang Beer and a Singapore Sling. 

Tuesday. This week sees the launch of Boston Bakes for Breast Cancer, an annual fundraiser in which restaurants and bakeries across the area designate a certain dessert that's sales benefit the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. (Satisfy a sweet tooth and contribute to potentially life-saving research? Check, please.) The campaign runs through Sunday, May 11, but take advantage of the thinner event field tonight to contribute. There are nearly 300 participating spots, but maximize your meal by choosing a restaurant from the "The 50% Club" of spots that contribute to the cause a full half of all their dessert sales during the week. That club includes Beat Hotel, Bondir and Tres Gatos, among others. Find more info here

Wednesday. On Wednesday, May 7, Davio's will host a special tasting event to benefit families of fallen firefighters. Starting at 6:30 PM, reps from over 25 restaurants will gather at the Back Bay Italian steakhouse so that guests can graze upon their delicious offerings: Expect to see Cinquecento, Mistral, Row 34, and Stella, among many more. Your $200 ticket gets you access to all you can eat noshes plus an open bar, and a live auction will be hosted by KISS 108 and Dining Playbook personality Billy Costa. All the proceeds will benefit the families of Lt. Edward Walsh Jr. and Firefighter Michael R. Kennedy, who passed in last month's Back Bay fire. Get tickets in advance here.

Thursday. Another day, another chance to eat well and do some good. On Thursday, May 8, head to The Langham, Boston for a cocktail party at 5:30 PM that kicks off LifeSavor 2014, the annual fundraiser for Community Servings: a nonprofit delivering healthy meals to the homes of those with chronic illnesses. After you clink your glasses, you'll be whisked to a multi-course dinner at one of 80 of Boston's best restaurants; participants this year include Rialto, Lumiere, Trade (pictured) and Top of the Hub. Then it's a trolley trip back to the Langham for an after-party, which includes a slew of luxury silent auction items. You can buy individual tickets ($300; $200 for cocktail party only) or reserve a table for 10 with friends right here.