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Food Events This Week: Street Meat Series Launch, Taste of Somerville

By Scott Kearnan  |  June 2, 2014

Monday. You've heard of a "warm homecoming." But like everything else at the spicy East Coast Grill, tonight's is hotter than most: The return of chef-founder Chris Schlesinger, the man who built the Inman Square's spot for heat-seeking seafood and fiery BBQ before passing the reins to chef Jason Heard two years ago. During dinenr tonight, Schlesinger is back in the house to celebrate the release of his new cookbook, The Big-Flavor Grill, and a special menu will feature recipes pulled from its pages: grilled orange-glazed baby back ribs with chile peanut dust, grilled tuna steaks with sesame-seaweed salad, Greek-inflected lamb kebobs and "Jerk Wings from Hell." Sounds heavenly. Call ahead to reserve the remaining seats: 617-491-6568. 

Wednesday. Speaking of spicy, here's something that perks our ears and palate: the launch of another series from chef Sam Monsour (pictured), who sure has been keeping busy since moving on from Downtown's jm Curley. (Between this, The Future of Junk Food and Super Burger Bros., the man is becoming a pop-up machine!) His latest venture is Street Meat, a "summer picnic series" created in collaboration with the team at Roxy's Grilled Cheese. Its "Volume 1" installment, dubbed "Puerto Rican Remix," will take over the Rowes Wharf Plaza on the Greenway on Wednesday, June 4 from 6-9 PM, serving "a remix of dishes found on food trucks, street purveyors, cafes and lechonerias." To wit: skin-on pork shoulder roasted for 12 hours, morcillas (pig's blood and rice sausage with clove, allspice and nutmeg), and mofongo, green plantain with garlic and chicharrón mash, among other selections. There are three hourly picnic-style seatings, and you can grab $35 tickets (each serves two people!) here.

Wednesday. Also on Wednesday, the Taste of Somerville will let guests graze through the culinary grounds of over 40 city restaurants. From 5:30-7:30 PM, Davis Square's Buena Vista Pavilion (50 Holland Street) will be a temporary home for toques from Bronwyn, Daddy Jones, Foundry on Elm, Highland Kitchen, Kirkland Tap & Trotter, and many more - plus wineries, local booze purveyors like Bantam Cider, and a farmer's market. Tickets benefit The Somerville Home, a non-profit providing residential services to the elderly and disabled, and you can get them for $40 here. ($50 VIP passes include access to a tent with spirits tastings.) 

Thursday. If you've been wanting to head to Newton's brew-your-own-beer spot Hopster's Brew & Boards, here's a good reason to go: on Thursday, June 5 from 4-7 PM, the crew from Somerville-based Slumbrew will host a Tap Takeover. Head brewer Jeff Leiter will personally guide up to 25 guests as they make use of his pro-grade fruit and berry ingredients to create one case of a custom beer. Tickets are $99 here. But if you'd rather just relax with one of Slumbrew's own crafty concoctions, just swing by - the draft lines will be dominated by Slumbrew's Happy Sol, Trekker Trippel, and Lobstah Killah Imperial Red Ale, among others, until 11 PM.