Boston Weekend Planner: September 20-22
This weekend straddles the seasons. Today and tomorrow, it's summer. Sunday? That's the official start of fall. So naturally the weekend's food events are a curious mix, with an autumn-apropos farm dinner to summer-ending patio parties. Behold.
Friday, September 20 and Saturday, September 21. The monthly dinner series at L'Espalier chef Frank McClelland's Apple Street Farm continues with the Farm Fire Pit Fiesta. Starting at 5:30 PM, guests explore his 14-acre Essex farm with seasonal cocktails and hors d'oeuvres; then at 6:30 PM there's a seated, wine-paired multicourse dinner featuring ingredients from the farm: think fire pit roasted beets with ham salad, grass-fed rib eye with short rib and more. Finally, s'mores roasting with chef McClelland by the fire pit. Gives us that warm, toasty feeling, don't you think? (Call the restaurant to reserve a $180 spot; 617-262-3023).
Saturday, September 21. New Financial District hotspot Society on High bids adieu to summer with a "Lete Indien Patio Party" from 7:30-10:30 PM. Its palm tree-filled patio will bump with the sounds of DJ Brek.One, a hipster-club fave who spins everything from hip hop to glam rock, while chef Brian Benton serves up seasonal bites and bartenders sling complimentary Brugal rum cocktail creation. Expect: pretty people (RSVPs required at 857-350-4555).
Sunday, September 22. Swing by Dorchester's Tavolo to congratulate chef Nuno Alves on the fifth birthday of his neighborhood ristorante. From 5-7 PM the spot will host live music and dole out complimentary Italian appetizers.
Sunday, September 22. The Blue Room and Belly host an Oktoberfest Biergarten on Sunday, September 22, letting guests enjoy the last gasps of summer patio weather from 3:30-7:30 PM. Tickets ($45, available here) cover your first two seasonal brews, plus an all-you-can-eat spread of Oktoberfest fare: like wood grilled sausages and bratwurst, pretzels with mustard, and sauerkraut and potatoes.