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Food Events This Week: Daiquiri Days, Garden to Gourmet Farm Dinner

By Scott Kearnan  |  July 14, 2014

Monday. Next week is the birthday of Ernest Hemingway, so The Painted Burro is raising its glass to the great American author by launching a a five-day tribute to his favorite drink: the daiquiri. Starting today and running through Friday, July 18, the Somerville Mexican will run a "Summer Daiquiri Days" series that spotlights a different variation nightly, each inspired by Hemingway's life. For instance: Privateer Rum, distilled right in Ipswich, mixed with pink peppercorn syrup, peach puree, firewater and rose water. Then on Saturday, July 19, the Burro will host a National Daiquiri Day Party from 3-5 PM, featured passed apps, daiquiri-making lessons and take-home recipe cards. 

Tuesday. The World Cup may be over, but reaching a milestone goal this week is Ducali, the North End restaurant named in reference to the Italian soccer team. On Tuesday, July 15 the restaurant turns five years old - and it's celebrating with a Pizza Party that features $5 menu items. That'll get you a selection of pizzas, salads, antipasta and craft beers from 6-8 PM. (Plus raffle prizes and a chance to "tag" the restaurant's graffiti wall.) And even though it's Ducali's birthday, they're kindly gifting the proceeds to the ALS Cellucci Fund, which works toward research of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: ALS, commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease. 

Wednesday. As far as "farm to table" is concerned, here's an especially short commute. On Wednesday, July 16, chef Eric Brennan (pictured) of Post 390 will host a Garden to Gourmet Dinner at Smolak Farms in North Andover. Diners will gather under a tent to partake in produce sourced right from the farm's gardens, and the resulting plates sound fairly spectacular: think applewood smoked trout with a zucchini remoulade and dill candied beets, grilled duck with raspberry-ginger poached rhubarb, and more. Dinner is served from 6-9 PM, and you can find tickets ($69) here. The dinner will also support The Boys and Girls Clubs of Boston Blue Hill Club in Dorchester, where Brennan works with young people to plant gardens and demonstrate how, well, a garden becomes gourmet. 

Thursday. Want to learn how to make your own kimchee? On Thursday, July 17, Myers + Chang chef Karen Akunowicz will offer a 45-minute kimchee-making class that gives the 101 on it all. The class starts at 5:30 PM and includes light snacks. Reserve a seat ($45) by calling ahead: 617-542-5200.